Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hope Defined by Shannon Humphrey Review

Hope Defined
Reading Level: YA
Self Published
Source: Author
Stand Alone or First book in a possible series
*This was gifted to me by author for review*
HOPE The torture began in sixth grade. Hope should never have told the other kids in Opal Lake that she has weird dreams. Or that these dreams inspire her to invent objects that fly. Now in eighth grade, she's the outsider nobody wants. Things get worse when Hope takes the top grade in science. She becomes a threat to eighth grade queen Caitlin Crawford and her privileged clique for the school's highest award, the prestigious Sky Honors. Caitlin preys on Hope's loneliness and concocts a scheme. As Hope's life spirals, the dreams won't stop. Why does the girl in them look like a perfect version of her? DINAH Perfection is the only way of life the Scions know. In Tavos, they exist in peace, traveling through the galaxies, creating planets and manipulating stars. The standard of achievement is nothing less than excellence. Until the hard voices awaken Dinah. Deep punches pierce her. And the desperate eyes pull at her insides. A mysterious force begins to crack the perfect equilibrium of their world. Neither King Aleph nor Dinah's father gives her the answers she seeks. Who is the withering young female in those horrible visions? What does it mean to... suffer? Dinah is bold enough to pursue her own truth. But is she strong enough to handle Hope's?

This was an interesting read. I didn't love it but I did enjoy it. It had a very unique concept but not so great characters. 

This had two stories tied into one with alternating point of view. One the story of a supernatural being in a galaxy far away. The other an average human with an amazing brain. 

The thing that annoyed me about the two main characters was one was very mature and complex, the other very young and average. I enjoyed Hope more because it was easy to follow her story. Hope wasn't immature at all it was the world around her. It was overdone. I enjoyed Dinah but I couldn't keep up with her world. There was a lot of unexplained meanings. But, I enjoyed both characters and their stories.  

The best part of this story was how fast it was. Once I got into it, I couldn't stop reading. I also loved how complex it was. I loved Hope's science and the astronomy part of Dinah's world. There was a fair share of action on both sides. Overall this was a good read. It took awhile to get into but ended up being great! If you liked complexity and unique worlds this is for you! 


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