Whispers In Autumn: Book 1 of The Last Year series

Whispers In Autumn: Book 1 of The Last Year series

by Trisha Leigh

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ISBN-13: 9781475235944
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Pages: 420
Sales rank: 754,339
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Raised by a family of ex-farmers and/or almost rocks stars from Southeastern Iowa, Trisha Leigh has a film degree from Texas Christian University. She currently lives in Kansas City, MO. Whispers in Autumn is her first novel, and she's hard at work on the remainder of the series. Her spare time is spent reviewing television and movies, relaxing with her loud, loving family, reading any book that falls into her hands, and being dragged into the fresh air by her dogs Yoda and Jilly.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.

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Whispers In Autumn: Book 1 of The Last Year series 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Sixteen year old Althea has always known she was different. She keeps to herself and trusts no one, focusing on blending in and not being noticed as she travels between seasons and time in this dystopian world. Aliens now rule, and they do it by mind control, only Althea has never been influenced by it. She doesn't understand why she's different. She doesn't know how long she will be alone. She only has a note carried in a treasured locket with a promise and instructions to hold onto. Things are different this autumn. She meets Lucas, and he's not like the other people. He sees her, really sees her. As they become friends, although she is very guarded, they face finding out what they are together, and come to really care for each other in the process. The revelation of who and what they are is not only unique to them, however. Unfortunately, the Others are hunting them also. Can they survive, and if they do will they lose each other in the process? This was an interesting book that combined dystopia, science fiction, and fantasy, with some romance added in. Trisha Leigh has created a world in which its inhabitants live very controlled lives. Everything is dictated to them, how to dress, where to go, their entire lives mapped out according to the plans of the Others who control them. They live in fenced in cities, supposedly for their protection, but the veil over their minds keeps them from seeing the truth, everyone that is except Althea and Lucas. I liked Althea's character. She was very timid in the beginning, but proved herself to be quite a strong character as the book progressed. She wasn't afraid to stand up for those she cared about. I really loved Lucas. He has a great personality, is fun, loyal, and pretty hot. The relationship and ensuing romance between Lucas and Althea was sweet. I enjoyed the way Trisha Leigh used the elements in her story and tied them to the seasons, then meshed it so well together with the alien theme. I found the story line to be creative and thought provoking. If you are a dystopian, science fiction, and/or fantasy fan, then this is a book you should check out.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
Whispers in Autumn is a unique and wonderfully written dystopia novel about aliens who have taken over Earth. The plot is very well thought out and the characters are very compelling. Althea is different than from everyone else. For some reason every season she jumps to a new home and to parents that are not hers. Every season except the summer and currently it is autumn. She has only one clue about herself. A necklace that has a secret message in it from someone named Ko. She knows not to trust anyone and then she meets Lucas. Soon she realizes he is just like her and they both could be in danger… Whispers in Autumn is the first in The Last Year series. I can honestly say that I cannot wait Winter Omens to be release in late September. This is a great YA dystopian adventure and one I would recommend to anyone.
Hermyoni More than 1 year ago
Review: The Good The Plot- I really liked the concept of this book, it wasn't your traditional Dystopian story nor was it quite traditional in the Science Fiction aspects either. From the beginning this story had a solid foundation and fantastic world building without boring the reader while doing so. Althea- I really enjoyed Althea she was a great female protagonist. Althea was a confident character who knew she was different but smart enough to keep that fact hidden. While I pitied the situation Althea found herself in I couldn't help but keep rooting for her as the book went along. The Others- OK so they came to Earth and basically enslaved the human race and we can all agree that's bad but c'mon that is what makes them such great villains. I can't wait to learn more about them in the next book. The Cover- Hands down one of the prettiest self published covers I have ever seen. I love everything about it. The Bad Nothing, Zero, Nada I can confidently say that I really enjoyed everything about this book from beginning to end. I wouldn't change a thing. Final Thoughts Pick this book up, simple as that. If your looking for the next great Dystopian series Whispers In Autumn is it. I finished this book in one day, it was unputdownable if that says anything. I will be giving Whispers In Autumn by Trisha Leigh ¿¿¿¿5 stars!!
shae_carcar More than 1 year ago
Overall Thoughts: The uniqueness of the summary instantly captured my intrigued, and the actual book definitely didn't disappoint either! Whispers in Autumn is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Althea, who lives in a world completely controlled by aliens. Humans have become enslaved by mind control and they don't even know it. Animals of all kinds are forbidden, for fear that they will attack and/or bring disease into the world. Everyone looks normal on the outside, but possess a perfection and exactitude that normal humans aren't capable of having. They're always smiling and content, even if something isn't exactly right; everyone except Althea, that is. Althea is more lucid and sensitive than everyone else, which is not a good thing. She feels fright, unease, and nervousness when everyone else is oblivious. When her uniqueness starts becoming more apparent, she fearfully wonders why she seems to be the only exception. Then she meets a boy named Lucas. Like herself, Lucas seems to be the only other person in the world who is different; who feels emotions when the situation rightfully wills it. But unlike herself, Lucas embraces his individuality. And when the Others (a.k.a. the alien government) start searching for Althea, the pair team up to discover why they're so different from the rest off their population. What I liked about this book: Althea is the kind of character that you automatically have empathy for because she is the outcast and because she is the black sheep. Whenever she's in a pressuring situation she automatically starts to freak out internally; which then entails me to freak out with her! Lucas, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. He stayed cool and calm under pressure, and balanced out Althea's fiery and panicky nature really well, I thought. What I disliked about this book: The beginning was slightly confusing because of all the new vocabulary like: Dissident, The Others, Wardens, the Cell (or school). I'm happy to say that the further I got into the story, the more sense it made to me. Verdict: Trisha Leigh definitely has a gift for story-telling because I really enjoyed diving into this adventure-filled book!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 5 months ago
If you want a good out of the box read, try this one! I for sure, did not know what I was getting into when I started reading this but found myself enjoying it quite a bit.I love a story that has a good plot. There are many twist and turns in this book. Like that parts where you are the only one not complying with what you are supposed to do. Being one of few who are exempt from this control, A gazillion things go through my mind. What if they get caught? They have to be careful with every emotion or question they ask! I loved that this plot kept me on my toes till the very end.I want to get to the love interest cause this one I particularly enjoyed. Torn between finding out your not the only one to OMG my emotions are going out of control really left me excited. Always on the run adrenaline mixed with the roller coaster of emotions it's easy to watch these two fall for each other. Yet, then again, it gets difficult. They both have a lot of decisions to makes.Whisper In Autumn is a great start of a series. Fascinating and intriguing, this story pulls the reader in with amazing clarity. If you love a good sci-fy book of aliens taking over, read it. I can assure you it will mess with your mind. Whispers In Autumn is great!
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that Whispers In Autumn by Trisha Leigh is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a read that this book is well worth their time and money!
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty sure it was Denise Grover Swank who got me reading Trisha Leigh. The two of them are BFF's after all. I read the first chapter of this book and it was different than other books that I have read. It is considered a young adult book, but titles don't phase me. If the story sounds interesting then I will read it. I don't care what the genre is listed as. That's exactly how I like my music and my movies, too. Althea is a 16 year old girl living in a world where aliens have taken over the human race. Everyone is happy following their directions and plugging along in life, thanks to the alien mind control. But Althea feels different than the others. She has a secret: she can go to sleep and wake up in another time, in another home in another state and it's like she never left. She doesn't know how it happens, when it's going to happen or why it happens. She doesn't know how long she will stay each time she travels. She can't tell anyone about it and it's driving her crazy. She meets Lucas and realizes that she is not alone. He is a lot like her and there may be more like them. They can't let on that they are different because they will be taken and become "broken." No one has ever come back from being broken. Any one who does not obey or submit becomes broken and disappears. Althea cannot risk that happening. She has been told and believes that she is different for a reason; that she can stop the mind control and release the humans from their prisons. But, at what cost? I am currently reading book 4 Summer Ruins and because this series revolves around the seasons, I am inclined to believe that this will be the last book. I enjoy this series because Trisha is a fantastic writer. She has given Althea enough fire (hee-hee) and enough vulnerability to be believable. The task at hand is a dauntingly epic one, hence why it needs 4 books to tell it. However, the challenges that she faces and the struggles that she has to overcome don't seem over the top or tend to drag on and on for no reason. There is purpose to the actions and the problems that Althea encounters. This girl is trying to change the world and that doesn't happen in 1 book or without major repercussions or collateral damage. I would REALLY love to see this series become a movie. It has a chance to become something like the Lord of the Rings movies where the epic journey is started on in the first movie and it takes several more to complete it. There are some amazing elements in this series that would transfer well to the big screen. So go read this book and jump on the bandwagon BEFORE it becomes cool to be on it. You can look back with pride knowing that you were here from the beginning and saw this baby all the way from birth to graduation.
StrangeOddAuthor More than 1 year ago
Different, out of the ordinary tale, love the odd-ness.  The writer's writing beautifully evolves as the story progresses. Engaging!!
HeatherMcC More than 1 year ago
This book earned every single star and then some, and I'm not one to give out five stars lightly. From the very first page it grabs you with its originality and compelling writing then it simply refuses to let go. An intimate, original look at alien invasion told in a completely unexpected and captivating way. 
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avalonpriestess More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I am somewhat tired of dystopian novels. Something about this book drew me in. I was hooked from the beginning! It is a unique combination of dystopian, and science fiction (yes,there are aliens...) The main character is a young teenage girl named Althea. It would not do justice to the character to merely describe her as multidimensional. She is different, she doesn't quite belong. You, as the reader, can actually feel what she is feeling. You can see what she is seeing. This, in my opinion, is the sign of a truly fantastic writer. When I was finished, I reread the story. Also a sign of a fantastic writer. I look forward to more books by Trisha Leigh.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
If you want a good out of the box read, try this one! I for sure, did not know what I was getting into when I started reading this but found myself enjoying it quite a bit. I love a story that has a good plot. There are many twist and turns in this book. Like that parts where you are the only one not complying with what you are supposed to do. Being one of few who are exempt from this control, A gazillion things go through my mind. What if they get caught? They have to be careful with every emotion or question they ask! I loved that this plot kept me on my toes till the very end. I want to get to the love interest cause this one I particularly enjoyed. Torn between finding out your not the only one to OMG my emotions are going out of control really left me excited. Always on the run adrenaline mixed with the roller coaster of emotions it's easy to watch these two fall for each other. Yet, then again, it gets difficult. They both have a lot of decisions to makes. Whisper In Autumn is a great start of a series. Fascinating and intriguing, this story pulls the reader in with amazing clarity. If you love a good sci-fy book of aliens taking over, read it. I can assure you it will mess with your mind. Whispers In Autumn is great!
funsiized08 More than 1 year ago
There are some books that aren't worth one's time but we don't know it until we read it. Then there are books that make you make time for. Whispers in Autumn was the latter for me. It hooked me from page one. There is no way I can know the true feeling of thinking I'm completely alone in this world as Althea does, I can only imagine. That is one of the things I truly enjoyed about this book. Also that there were aliens connected with the seasons plus brainwashed humans. There is no worst torture then knowing that everyone in the world has been brainwashed into being a compliant robot who smiles all the time. It's just plain creepy. Being afraid every single second of your life thinking that you're going to be found out and "disposed of" in the exact same way as your parents. Well that is what Althea has to deal with. People who smile for no reason and don't seem to care when someone is hurt or is going to be killed. There are times when one fakes a smile to make others happy but not for as long as Althea has done it for. That I can empathize with. Even though she was afraid and even though her survival instincts are yelling at her to stay away from every single person out there she can't help but connect with the one person who knows exactly what she's feeling and/or not feeling. There are some books that are so vague and confusing and they just make me want to have a good talking to with the author. I had no problem whatsoever with this one. It had a little bit of mystery but not enough that I was floundering about completely confused, puzzled, and frustrated. Enough mystery to keep me on my toes but not so much that if maybe me wasn't to drop it and run for the hills. It was an incredible beginning to the series if you ask me. Favorite part without spoilers? Threatened skunks. Is it vague enough to make your curious? I hope so. It made me laugh so hard I almost fell out of bed! overall, would I recommend this book? Yes I do. Definitely want to know how Althea and Lucas.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Trisha Leigh pens a unique dsytopian science fiction, that is both beautifully and well written. I found the characters to be well developed/strong, believable and unpredictable, which made the story much more interesting. This book hooks you from page one and doesn't let go! This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
Intriguing and captivating, Whispers in Autumn is one of those books that blends together several known elements in a way that just totally grabs you. Though a little slow feeling at first, there is a strong undercurrent to this one that holds interest.With some great twists, and quite a few thought-provoking moments, Whispers in Autumn is both fun and intense. Althea is a great character, the kind with a different sort of journey ahead of her. Truly feeling like an outsider because she doesn't exist in a mindless daze, there is a constant layer of fear around her. Being found out in regards to having control of her own head definitely has consequences, and Leigh navigates this area seamlessly. Althea goes through tremendous strides, while still being very much the perceptive and caring girl we meet at the start. Then there's Lucas, a boy who will completely capture readers from his first appearance. Testing Althea in some pretty big ways, the pair have a few strides to overcome. Once they do, though, things heat up... in some rather awesome ways. There is definitely chemistry between these two, and so many of the pages sizzle with what's going on between them. I fell hard for Lucas, and rooted right there with him and Althea, even in their not as stellar moments. While this one is a bit confusion to start, being thrown right into things, and the pacing takes some time to really get up to speed, Leigh has enough mystery mixed with well timed reveals to keep reader interest. I had so many questions, where it seemed like each new piece of info only made me want to know more, in that way that lets the book get so into my head. While I admit, I predicted a few of the twists, Leigh still keeps some up her sleeve until the right moment. There are some fantastic elements pulled into this one, woven in a way that I thoroughly loved, and that put a fresh sort of spin on them. The writing is fabulous, building the atmosphere Althea lives in while also giving a strong voice to who she is. With some amazing descriptions, and an alluring flow, the writing stands out as much as the story and characters do. There is a huge amount of emotions worked into this one, pulling you in right away, and letting you feel everything Althea does, from fear to happiness. Blending some great aspects into something with a new feel, and adding in the right amount of romance and heat, Whispers in Autumn is a great book that shouldn't be missed.
Basically_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
First off, I have to say that Trisha Leigh is a gifted writer. Her ability to play on words is not something you see all the time. Whispers in Autumn is an amazing book and it has basically no faults. I think the only bad thing I can say about the book, is the author jumps into the story immediately. She kind of expects you to know some things beforehand. You eventually figure it out and get comfortable with it after about 20 pages, but at first you feel as if you may have a copy missing the first 10 pages. Other than that though, there are so many good things to say about this book! This book pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the very last word. You become invested in what happens and the author does an amazing job of keeping the story line and the characters actions unpredictable. I see this book becoming an infatuation among the YA book world and I think the author has great things to come! Overall I would recommend this book to anyone with eyes! Content: 4/5 Writing Quality: 4.5/5 Uniqueness: 4/5