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Book Review: Whisper Book 2: Weapon, by Lynette Noni

YA FICTION: The second and final book in the Whisper series sees Alyssa Scott desperate to save those she left behind — and the rest of the world.

A book full of twists and turns that is a fitting conclusion to Whisper.

Lynette Noni is an Australian author who lived in outback Australia until she moved to the Sunshine Coast. She studied journalism, academic writing and human behaviour before beginning her career as a fiction writer. She is the author of the 5-book fantasy series The Medoran Chronicles and Weapon is the second and final book in her latest series, Whisper.

In Weapon, Alyssa Scott, a powerful Speaker, has now escaped from Lengard, the place where she was tortured for the past two and a half years. She has joined the Remnants and wants to save those she has left behind. Standing in her way is Vanik, the evil scientist who was responsible for most of her torture. He is still experimenting on other Speakers and using mind control to get them to do his bidding. Alyssa struggles with remembering her past and as her memories begin to resurface, she finds she has more questions than answers. Not everything is as it seems, and she begins to question what she has been told. But who does she believe?

Noni is a writer who knows how to keep her audience entertained and I found myself hanging on every word. Her stories are well written and easy to read. It is a book I found very hard to put down. Noni has the ability to present us with well-rounded characters, each very different in personality, and we find ourselves cheering them on when things are going well and despairing for them when things are not going to plan.

With all the twists and turns the story takes, I wondered whether there would be loose ends and questions unanswered but thankfully, Noni manages to seamlessly tie everything together. Weapon kept me glued till the very end. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, things changed again. Lots of clues throughout the book may possibly help some readers make a good guess, but it was fun constantly being surprised.

What a fabulous ending to a great series of two books. Weapon, like Whisper before it, was completely entertaining, containing enough elements of truth that it all seemed perfectly possible. Because the story is set in Sydney, I was able to visualise the landmarks. I may never visit there again without looking for various locations and wondering if I will discover evidence of a hidden Speaker community.

I thoroughly enjoy this book and for lovers of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, both young and old, this series is well worth a read.

Reviewed by Sue Mauger

Distributed by: Pantera Press
Released: November 2019
RRP: $19.99

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