The Silence is Lifted
As most have noted (in previous reviews), the language and grammar is exceptional. It had me tripping over my thoughts at some points, but it flowed so beautifully how could I not be in awe...
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After the pulsating prologue, the story slowed down a bit but I still enjoyed being in the characters' world in their everyday life. It started picking up again in Chapter 21, grabbing my attention with the new plot twist. Understandably, as this is only an excerpt, the new plot twist was short-lived with only a few chapters remaining (explaining the plot rating).
I loved the ambiguity throughout, like I was left to my own conclusions on some things and I think that is kinda neat. E.g. Thomas... is he homosexual, or am I the only one that picked up that vibe? Haden... I most certainly thought he was about to sexually assault Alieda in the alley, were it not for the forced interruption. Am I the only one that picked up creeper/predator vibes from him?
To conclude, my favorite scene had to be the storytelling of Jaran Carver, specifically the story of the traveler fig. Along with Grey; Sera and Mama G, Jaran is one of my faves.