Monday, August 10, 2015

Transparent by Natalie Whipple [Review]

Transparent (Transparent, #1)3 out of 5 Robots!

Transparent by Natalie Whipple

Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release: May 21, 2013
Hardcover: 350 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Even though it took me a looooong time to get to this book, I had high hopes for it.  The premise sounded so interesting!  Unfortunately, it didn't quite deliver.  It was enjoyable enough, but I was definitely left wanting more.

Here is what I liked:
**As I mentioned, I like the premise.  People have begun to develop "special powers" due to a drug called Radiasure and crime lords rule over the US, using these people to commit crimes.  This was a different twist on the "super powers" troupe and I liked some of the mutations the author came up with, such as someone who can recreate any scent.  Very interesting!

**I liked Fiona's journey from a girl who is used by her father, but not loved by him to someone who makes friends and finds love and acceptance.  Fiona comes pretty far in the book.

Here is what I didn't like:
**The writing felt very flat to me.  Everything was laid out so matter-of-factly and unemotionally.  I prefer my books to be a little more on the poetical side or at very least, adhere to the "show, not tell" tenant. 

**This storyline could also benefit from some fleshing out.  We spend the vast majority on what I consider the less interesting parts of the story: Fiona going to high school, Fiona failing math, Fiona making friends, Fiona going running in the desert, so on and so on.  But we don't get to learn much about her father and how the crime lords work.  We get told her father is a terrible person, but we are never really shown why.  I really wanted more.


A near-hit for me if the world building and backstory were better fleshed out and the writing was more engaging.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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