Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Song of the Orphans (Silvers #2) by Daniel Price

21408184This review was written by: C
Received: Publisher
Date of Publication: July 2017
Pages: 752
Stars: 4/5

Official Summary:

After their world collapsed in a sheet of white light, everything and everyone were gone—except for Hannah and Amanda Given. Saved from destruction by three fearsome and powerful beings, the Given sisters found themselves on a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances. There, they were joined by four other survivors: a sarcastic cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, a brilliant young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had, and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their companions began a cross-country journey to find the one man who could save them.

Now, only months after being pursued across the country by government forces and the Gothams—a renegade group with similar powers—the Silvers discover that their purpose on this unfamiliar earth may be to prevent its complete annihilation. With continually shifting alliances and the future in jeopardy, the Silvers realize that their only hope for survival is to locate the other refugees—whether they can be trusted or not. 

My Thoughts:

I was initially interested in this book simply due to the story being comprised of some intriguing characters being sent to an abstract Earth and given awesome powers. I found the description to be a bit strange as well, but I don't mind books that follow an unnatural order, as long as the happenings don't get utterly ridiculous and carried away. Thus, I just had to give it a chance, even though I rarely find a science fiction book that I can actually bring myself to finish. Its sheer size was a bit daunting, too, but it was a challenge I was willing to face.

Although I had not read the first book in the series, I was able to read a handy-dandy recap of it here. The summary was both informative and humorous in its abbreviation of the important events of the first book. (The pictures were also appreciated.) 

It is evident that the second book takes place about half a year after the happenings of book one. I honestly had no problem becoming engrossed in the story. The Given sisters and the other Silvers are thrust into facing the harsh realities that this new world possesses, such as its imminent demise and many parties trying to work against them. However, some of the most interesting aspects of the story involve the introduction of more information regarding the Pelletiers. These three beings are definitely fascinating and I just had to learn more about them! But of course, there are so many more questions that come along that MUST BE ANSWERED!

I also fell in love with the story because I pretty much enjoy anything that reminds me of X-men, and the action scenes and powers in this book were right on par with my favorite group of mutants. Character development was acknowledged and nothing fell flat. To me, the writing was not sloppy or difficult to follow, rather it was extremely well though-out and crafted with immense precision and beauty. My mind was pretty much blown by how amazing this story was!

Congratulations Mr. Price! You have officially gained a fan and loyal reader. However, my only disappointment is that I must now wait for the next installment.

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