No human on Earth is anything but serene, content, pleased. Except me.
The year is 2015 and a race of alien Others have invaded Earth. They have enslaved humanity by using mind control which has reduced all of mankind to content, happy robots.
All but sixteen year old Althea.
Althea isn’t sure why, but she is considered Something Else… she’s not controlled by the aliens but she has to hide because if she’s found out, she isn’t sure what will happen to her.
A mysterious note inside her locket tells her that she should trust no one and so she doesn’t. Suddenly she’s back in Autumn and meets Lucas. Lucas seems to be like her, different and someone that she could lean on and not be alone anymore.
When they finally realize their importance and how to work together, they are on a search to find out why they are different.
I was immediately hooked on this series. I know, you’re thinking Aliens…
but in all seriousness, the aliens aren’t green little martian people. I promise.
I’m going to keep a lot of specifics vague because the way this story weaves it’s way is incredible. I can’t give you a lot of details because anything I say, could potentially impact the story.
What I can say is this… The characters are incredibly written, the story, while dystopian in nature, is incredibly unique and different and I was wonderfully surprised by it. I was hooked from the very beginning turning page after page to find out what the hell was going on. The struggle that Althea goes through to try and come to terms with what/who she is, was written so well.
It’s often crossed my mind, the obvious question that if I’m different – Dissident – does that mean I’m not human? And if I’m not… what am I? I’m nowhere near perfect enough to be Other, but the fact that I feel everything doesn’t make a great case for my humanity either.
And Lucas… I really liked him from the very beginning, and even though Althea fights it, she likes him too.
I make a mental note to avoid looking at his smile if I intend to utter intelligible language afterward.
This is a definite must read if you’re looking for something dystopian but unique. The third book in this series was recently released and I’m going to jump back into the second as soon as I can. I’m excited to see where Leigh takes both Lucas and Althea!