No good, at all, simply no good.
I will shamelessly admit that I chose Silence by Michelle Sagara because of its alluring cover (again).
The story is about a teenage girl, who is still grieving for her lost boyfriend, finding out she is a necromancer. It entails the teenage girl’s entourage (including a nerd and a queen of the school), two guys who came to kill her but decided not to, a bad guy and a group of ghosts.
Let me pick at the strands of why this story is no good.
Firstly, at certain parts of the story, we are made to know that the main character, Emma Hall, had to work to belong in the ‘in’ group. This made her seem fake and not even in the wicked way (which would have been interesting), more like bo-ring. Her quiet trust in a guy who came to kill her is amazing and astonishing. When she found out she had power of a kind, why didn’t she even think to experiment?
Secondly, leaving aside the cliches her entourage contains, their casual acceptance of all that was happening was even more astounding. Although, I did like the fact that the school’s most popular girl was for once not out to get the protagonist at every turn.
Thirdly, Eric. Who is this guy? What is he? What does he do? Where did he come from? Why did he come? Why did he decide not to kill Emma? Then there is Chase, who is generally accepted as Eric’s brother but is not. Completely useless characters, the both of them.
Fourthly, there is the thing with the concept of the story. Every author creates a different world with different makings. This one, I can’t comprehend. The explanation, when it comes is all off. What are even necromancers in the concept of this story? How is Emma different from them (as they let us know often)? How does this necromancy-ghost thing work? There was a bit of a explanation on the latter, I think, but it came off all messy like a ball of tangled yarn.
Finally, there is the story itself. I can’t accept it. Nope, sorry. No one knows a thing and what little they know, they refuse to share it like its gold. Come on y’all. So the entire story revolved around, what, getting a ghost kid out of fire? Fighting a guy who is bad simply because Eric said so? Then every once in a while, there’ll be phrases that would seem out of place in the context. There was just one too many unanswered question. It lost its mystery aspect and simply became an incomplete story.
I didn’t vehemently hate this story but I simply didn’t like it. It was so flat and not good at all. Especially a story coming from Michelle Sagara.
Goodreads Insert: Ever since her boyfriend Nathan died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. Tonight Emma and her dog are not alone in the cemetery. There are two others there–Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags (never in this story do we come to know who this lady is). First in a new trilogy.