For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes… Subject Six-Eight-Four, ‘Jane Doe’, has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.
Life at Lengard follows a strict, torturous routine that has never changed.
When Jane is assigned a new—and unexpectedly kind—evaluator, her resolve begins to crack, despite her best efforts.
As she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, Jane discovers that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot …. And one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.
*Thank you to the publisher, Pantera Press, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
I haven’t read a YA fantasy for a long time and I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into Whisper. I was immediately drawn by the intriguing blurb. It’s been two years and six months since Subject Six-Eight-Four aka Jane Doe has been transferred to an underground facility called Lengard. Since then she has been subjected to experiments and trainings she didn’t know what for. Since then, she also stopped speaking. Not a single word, not even her name. She’s been following strict rules, diet, therapy, and workout, a routine that she knows is part of Lengard’s experiment. But things were about to change. Jane was assigned a new evaluator, Landon Ward. He’s almost her age and has been the kindest of all, so far. She goes to his office and he just let her read for hours. Oddly, he doesn’t try to pick her brain, force her to speak, or even subject her to torture, unlike the others. Before she knows it, she’s staying in a much better room than her small cell and she’s eating good food as well. All thanks to Ward. She also finally realized the truth about Lengard and how important she is to them. How her words can do a lot of things, even kills.
I went blind going into this and I was surprised by how much I like it. It started real slow as we get to know more about Jane’s situation. Why doesn’t she speak at all? Why is she locked up in Lengard? What is Lengard, in the first place, and why are they making experiments? So many questions but has been answered, albeit slowly. Even with such a steady pace, I find myself completely engrossed. The concept is very interesting, the story is enthralling and Jane, utterly fascinating. She is such a strong lead even before she started talking and her ability was revealed. The supporting characters are all delightful and fun, with their exciting backstory, to read, while the villain is despicable.
There’s not much world-building but since most of it happened in an underground facility somewhere in Australia and everything was distinctly described anyway, so I guess it doesn’t really require a lot of world-building. There are mystery and action, and of course, a hint of romance and the ever-present love triangle. I love the underlying message the story present. That our words are so powerful. It can either make or break someone and we should be more responsible for what we say. Be more mindful of our intention. Whisper is very well-written though of course there are some loopholes and it left some questions, still, I find it really entertaining. A solid start for a series. I will definitely wait for the next book and delve deeper into Jane’s world with more action and adventure hopefully.