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Silent Symmetry (The Embodied trilogy Book 1) by [Dutton, JB]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Embodied Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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About the Author

After graduating from film school in London, England, John emigrated to Montreal in 1987, where he still lives with his two young children and their even younger goldfish. He spent over a decade as a music TV director before moving into the advertising industry as an award-winning copywriter for clients such as Cirque du Soleil. John has written novels, short stories, blogs, screenplays and a stage play.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: JD; 2 edition (11 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0534UC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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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.
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Silent Symmetry is a YA soft sci-fi novel featuring the story of Kari, a teen whose father died when she was young. Her mother gets a job with the mysterious Temple of Truth, an organisation whose members seem strangely symmetrical and perform an enigmatic handshake. She meets Cruz, a guy who works in a restaurant and the distinctly odd Noon, who is involved with the Temple of Truth in some way. The story follows her quest to discover what the Temple of Truth is and its objectives, plus uncover the real identity of its members. Are they aliens, some kind of scientific experiment?

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.
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Teenager Kari Marriner has had a tough start in life. Her father was killed when she was a child, but her intelligent, resourceful mother has raised a bright, compassionate daughter, keen to take in the world around her. When they move to New York it is a fresh start for them both, but Kari is soon aware that things are not all they seem to be.

The challenge for a writer of YA fantasy fiction is to create both real and alternate worlds that are believable. In this first volume of his Embodied Trilogy, John Dutton has carefully assembled the building blocks of his alternate world, the Temple of Truth. I'm not going to give too much away here, but it's been done cleverly and carefully, although I think I would have liked Kari to happen on a few more details sooner and more gradually, so it didn't come in a rush of revelation all together. That's sometimes the challenge with first-novels-of-trilogies - giving enough detail early enough to bring the reader in.

The author has though done a good job of anchoring the novel in contemporary teenage New York. The city is well painted through teenage eyes, and the angsts of moving to a high school are effectively identified, though Kari is possibly a bit too at ease with change for someone who has been dragged out of a tiny Wisconsin town into a 24-7 international metropolis. Characters are very well drawn: the relationship between Kari and her mother is well-established at the beginning, showing how sometimes the relationship can change in the absence of a second parent, towards two people who are more like friends than parent and child.
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