[779]: Silent History by Eli Horowitz, et al.

I was under the impression that this book is a horror. But as the chapters flew by, it quickly become clearer that it was more Sci-Fi than anything. I enjoy Sci-Fi/horror anyway, and since I don’t have very many of those, I’m always game to dive in. However, I felt that this book went way too long for my taste and it didn’t have the sustainability to keep a reader like me.

In here, we find a generation of children without voice and no means of communication. It was as if they were born without that part of their brain. Parents, doctors, scientists were confounded. The children can’t speak, and unable to make any sounds at all. They were shunned by other children who can speak, treated as if they were mentally handicapped. But the worst part of all was that they were vulnerable to predators. Case in point, a kid who was abducted while shopping in a mall when he couldn’t scream for help.

Told in part as chronicles of testimonials, The Silent History contains a world whose ability to communicate vastly changed. Half of the world spoke in a telepathic manner but was not taught and can’t be learned. Though this book is 500-some odd pages, I found myself racing through 50% of it. It was a fascinating world, one where half the population scrambled to learn about a new kind of language all together.

However, it doesn’t take time until I found myself lost — not in the story, but literally lost. The plot quickly becomes convoluted. With the discovery of nanotechnology that enabled the children to speak, the Science of it all complicated what was an otherwise absorbing story. And as the cure was slowly introduced, so were the factions that contributed to the chaos. It was harder to keep track of the number of points of views — and there were many.

The cure, while great on the surface, became a bone of contention for some parents and the government. After the kid was saved from the sexual predator that kidnapped him, the government instituted a law that aimed to protect children under the age of 6. They made it a law to have all outfitted with the cure. And while I can understand why the parents would want their kids to have the ability to speak, I also saw why some parents were against it. In essence, the cure would invariably change their children into different people altogether. Some chose to let the children decide for themselves as adults.

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Thrillers I Read in October

At the beginning of the month, I set out to read some thrillers in time for Halloween. Unfortunately, I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped. I was only able to read three of them to my disappointment. Originally, I’d planned to peruse my unread shelves for thriller reads but the month got away from me.

The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett reads like a mix of World War Z and The Children of Men. But while World War Z was written in a mixed media form, The Silent History was written in two parts: one as testimonials, and the second part as the lives of the silent children progresses into adulthood. It’s an ambitious undertaking in such a way that it was written to be read with the accompaniment of an app. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to for it, nor the patience. I’m sure the experience would’ve been fantastic, but the story, unfortunately, isn’t interesting enough for me to be curious.

I spoke about The Lovecraft Compendium on my inaugural #fridayreads. While it was highly imaginative for its time, I’m not a Sci-fi/Horror fan. As well, the language left a lot to be desired. It was an arduous read, to be frank.

Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe. I don’t even know if this is considered as thriller. It’s a non-fiction work about women’s obsession with true crime novels. The author aims to dissect all the whys and hows women, in large are aficionados of the genre. I consider it as thriller as she included some history of some gruesome killings. Least of all was Sharon Tate’s murder. As well, a woman whose life-long work included creating a series of dioramas of bloody crimes that were, though miniature in sizes, were true to form.

What about you? Did you manage to read some thrillers this month?

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