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Silent Symmetry (The Embodied trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This novel is well-paced and easy to follow, building the story through mystery and intrigue. The characters relating to the Temple of Truth draw you in through their creepy behaviour. There are some great suspense moments, and you'll never view your cupboards the same way ever again! You'll find yourself urging Kari and Cruz to get the hell out of that room in the Temple of Truth.
There are sufficient plot twists to drive the story forward and the main questions are answered at the end, with a few neat cliff hangers in there to set up the sequel. I'd love to see what happens to Noon. This book is more plot driven, one you pick up for the story rather than a hormone soaked, angst ridden teen tale. There is some romance in there, but it is a secondary thread.
The style is YA and we follow the story through Kari's point of view. She has a great sense of humour and a quirky, almost BFF relationship with her mother. There are some intriguing little dream sequences and memories at the beginning of each chapter, and their significance in the story becomes clear towards the end.
I awarded Silent Symmetry four stars as it was entertaining, well paced and exciting.Read more ›
Silent Symmetry has an interesting premise and I enjoyed that about it. I also enjoyed Mr. Dutton's writing. However, there were also quite a few aspects of the book that left me baffled.
First and foremost, the clues that Kari followed in order to recognise that there was a mystery to the Emboldened seemed nonexistent. I get that a lot of it was supposed to be gut instinct, the lizard brain so to speak, on Kari's part. Though that left very little for the reader to follow and go, 'oh yea, that is weird, I wonder...' I had the exact same response to her feelings for both Cruz and Noon. They glanced at each other and BAM! Suddenly there were emotions flying all over the place, abrupt kisses, and even the occasional he "cares about me." Um...how does she know? Again, that lizard brain is whispering to her, but it left me lost.
The character descriptions seemed a bit on the light side too. I honestly don't know what a single one of them was supposed to look like, except that Cruz was of Puerto Rican decent and therefore dark complected. As a result, I had a hard time visualising any of them.
Next, some of the language made me want to scratch my eyes out. Things like Oh. Em. Gee--Not OMG or Oh My God, but Oh. Em. Gee. Yes, it's teenager speak, but it's wrong teenager speak (in my opinion, at least). Then there was the whole Eff thing. Eff or Effing was used instead of F_ _k. Every time this came up I found it jarring. Not just because it seemed out of place, or because it was so frequently used, or even because that's kind of a linguistic habit one person might have, but not multiple characters, but because other curse words were used without alteration.Read more ›
When she starts at her new school she meets a couple of men/boys called Noon and Cruz. Along the way she also meets some other characters called Elle, Aranara, Dragard, Bob, Cilic, to name a few.
**Mini Spoiler Alert**
At this point i'd refer back to the names of most of the characters I have named. Note most of them are symmetrical (mirror images), this is key to the story and who and what the embodied are.
**End of Spoiler**
I wont go into too much detail on the story as I do not want to ruin the plot, which is really, really good. What I will say is that the plot moves at a steady pace the whole way through and you are drip fed enough information through the story to want to keep reading more and find out more about the Temple of Truth and why they are so interested in Kari.
The ending of the book was nicely done. Kari and Cruz were starting to readjust to events when Kari notices something about her appearance (I really cannot say for major spoiler!). Then as if this wasn't enough to get you wondering Mr Salas (note the name) is introduced. I cannot wait to see where the author is going with this series and will definitely look for the next book, Starley's Rust.
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