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My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight, an ability to see into the future. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution, where all Seers are raised and trained. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning the mark of the raven’s wings tattooed by my eyes. And when I turned seventeen, one of my Visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.The Institution now depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemies, the Dreamcatchers, but ...
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight, an ability to see into the future. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution, where all Seers are raised and trained. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning the mark of the raven’s wings tattooed by my eyes. And when I turned seventeen, one of my Visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.The Institution now depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemies, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m keeping a secret from everyone. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me…
Posted November 7, 2012
In this futuristic world there are those that are destined to be the protectors of the people. They are the Seers, and Beatrice is the most gifted of them all. They are distinguished at birth by the appearance of their violet colored eyes, and are taken to be raised in The Institution, trained for a life of servitude, ruled over by "The Keeper." Their enemy, the ones they protect the citizens from, are the Dreamcatchers. Where Seers see the future, Dreamcatchers see the past through the dreams of others. The life of the Seer is very controlled and regimented, everything they do, everything they learn, everything they are allowed to know, every vision they have, is dictated and recorded by "The Keeper."
When Beatrice foresees the threat of war and invasion by the Dreamcatchers, everything begins to change. Security is strengthened, the training sessions at the Institution are more intense, and as the threat of war escalates, they become more deadly. Beatrice also finds herself having romantic feelings for her life-long best friend Gabe, who she trusts more than anyone, but when her visions and her dreams change, and someone appears to her, someone who she shouldn't see, she is forced to keep a secret, a secret that changes everything, and could possibly cost her her best friend, the boy she cannot bear to lose.
Is everything she and the other Seers been told true, or has it all been a lie? What is the Keepers true agenda? As Beatrice, Gabe, and her friends come face-to-face with these questions, she is forced to decide who she will believe, and she must choose the path she will have to take to save herself, the boy she loves, and possibly an entire race of people.
I really enjoyed this book. I love science fiction, romance, and dystopian novels, and when these elements are all combined into one, it is even better. The premise of this story was unique and fresh. I liked Beatrice’s character. Though she struggled with her emotions and choices, she also was very loyal to those she loved, and very determined to find the truth and do what was right, even though she didn’t always make the best decisions. I really loved Gabe’s character. He is a born leader, quite the hottie, headstrong, and funny. Then there is Echo. I loved Echo and I can’t wait to get to know him better in the next book of the series. This is quite an intense book and has some serious action-packed battle scenes. There is a love triangle, though not everyone in the triangle is aware of it, and I enjoyed the romantic component of the story. I also felt the story ended well, leaving me hungry for more, yet not feeling like I was dangling off a cliff either. If you are a science fiction lover, a romance lover, and a lover of dystopian novels, then Luminosity is a book you will want to check out.
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Posted August 11, 2013
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15
I have read so many fabulous books recently, but this one is truly my favorite as it sits on a pedestal all on its own, shining with a rare uniqueness unseen in stories lately. Even down to the cover, everything about this book just feels right. This is a book you will want to set aside for a time when you can read straight through as you will not want to put it down once you start.
“It’s best if we keep what you know to a minimum for now, Beatrice. There’s only so much I can let you know in your dream, because this is not a Vision. This is a ‘maybe’ and not a ‘what will be.’ In this dream, i just want to take you to my home.”
Beatrice has the ability of sight and at a young age is taken from her parents and placed in a special institution where she is taught to hone her abilities. When she turns twelve is when the realness set in as her first vision came to her and she was awarded the prestigious raven wing tattoos around her eyes, but not all is well as the weight of the entire city’s safety rests upon her shoulders. There is only problem and she hasn’t told anyone yet. She has had a vision of the incoming enemies, and in this vision she finds herself enamored with one such man. Will the demise of the city and its people be because of her, or can she realize the fate of her actions and do what is right and try and change the outcome? If you haven’t picked up this book yet, you don’t know what you are missing.
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*You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
Posted March 3, 2013
This is such a great book with intantly loveable charcters and great suspense. I'm 24 pages from reading the end & I'm too scared to read on! The way the aurthor has described the invasion is stunning. Greatly detailed & sad with tons of chaos that makes you wonder who's gonna die next. I am seriously in love with Gabe and Beatrice. They are such a wonderful couple, and the attraction they had with eachother at the beginning of the book was so adorable. I hope all goes well with those two! My fingers are crossed.
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Posted February 6, 2013
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