“In this futuristic world, some children are born with the ability to see the future, known as Seers, they are taken from their families and raised together with other Seer children in an often cold, clinical environment. Some children are born with the ability to enter the Seers' minds, they are...”see full review » see other reviews »
“In this futuristic world, some children are born with the ability to see the future, known as Seers, they are taken from their families and raised together with other Seer children in an often cold, clinical environment. Some children are born with the ability to enter the Seers' minds, they are called the Dreamcatchers. We are told the Seers are good, the Dreamcatchers are evil and there is a constant battle between the two forces, all of it leading to an all out war!
Bea, considered the strongest Seer, has had her dreams invaded by Echo, a strong Dreamcatcher, who warns her that they must save each other to save the world! He doesn't seem evil, but Bea knows NOT to let anyone in authority know this is happening...(hold this thought!)
Bea is a strong character, her loyalty to her friends and fellow Seers, especially Gabe, her best friend is admirable! She is definitely a leader with a conscience, but something about Echo's warnings and pleas has her second guessing all she has been taught! Is everything she and the other Seers been told true, or has it all been a lie? As Beatrice and her fellow Seers have to face these questions, they are forced to decide who they will believe, and ea must choose the path she will have to take to save not only herself, but possibly an entire race of people.
As with many 'firsts' in a series, the set up was detailed and ALMOST slow, but well written, with a touch of darkness and an edgy feel that, maybe everything isn't as it seems. Once the 'action' started, it didn't stop!
I HIGHLY recommend this book to YA readers who love Fantasy, dystopian and action-type books. I do believe this will be perfect for you. Stephanie Thomas does a fantastic job with her debut novel and has DEFINITELY made a fan out of me. ”
Heidi's review Nov 13, 12 · edit
Three stars: A dystopian book with a new paranormal angle: Dreamcatchers and Seers.
Bea awakens frantic with anxiety and her violet eyes glowing. Before she can gather her wits, the door to her small bunk area slides open and The Keeper enters. Bea is a Seer. She is blessed with visions of the future, but this gift means that she must live her life in the Institute after she was taken from her parents as an infant. As a Seer, it is her duty to relate her visions to their leader, The Keeper, who records and helps interpret the visions. They must protect all the Citizens living in the city from the enemy, the Dreamcatchers. The Dreamcatchers can catch Seers and Citizens and drain their life force. Bea's visions indicate something dangerous on the horizon. An impending war with the Dreamcatchers. Can Beatrice use her gift of foresight to help prevent the war?
What I Liked:
*I was impressed with the dark, dystopian society that Ms. Thomas presents in Luminosity. Her world is inhabited by the Seers, Dreamcatchers, and ordinary Citizens. I liked that new angles on Seers and Dreamcatchers. I am always pleased to encounter something original in the paranormal genre and the Dreamcatchers and Seers were definitely different.
*I really enjoyed the way the villain was portrayed in this one. The Keeper strides on scene with her digipad, billowing black robes and raven. At first, she seems like a caring and concerned leader but there is alway that subtle feeling that something about her isn't quite right. She comes across as sinister even though she seems like a good character. I liked that the hint of doubt was implanted early on and as the story progresses it grows.
*I liked that this was packed full of action and heart pounding scenes. This book keeps it coming and there is little time to catch your breath in between the adrenaline spiking moments.
*I liked the utilization of the dreams and visions in this one. We get to experience a lot of scenes inside Bea's dreams and visions and it is interesting to see the foretelling of events and later to learn how it plays out.
*I really liked the romantic relationship between Gabe and Bea. They are life long friends who over time feel the chemistry of attraction. I always enjoy when best friends fall for one another because it is a believable and realistic approach.
And The Not So Much:
*I did not like that this book utilized a love triangle. I never understood the attraction Bea felt for Echo. I think it was because I never had a strong picture of him as most of his appearances are in dreams. I never thought that Beatrice was meant to be with him.
*I wish I had a better understanding of the Dreamcatchers and how their powers worked. They drained the life force from the Citizens to restore themselves. Did they always have to kill the Citizens? They see the past, but what does that mean? Do they see all the way back in time, and how does that influence their behavior? At the end of the book, it seemed that the next book would focus more on Dreamcatchers and hopefully provide more insight.
*I didn't like that the Citizens came across as puppet, cardboard characters. The Seers are supposed to protect the ordinary people who lived in the city, but we never get an idea of what life is like in the city for these people who are not Seers. Is it a difficult life? Are they miserable? More detail and explanation on the Citizens and the makeup of the City would have enhanced the read. For the most part, the Citizens came across as disposable, and I didn't feel like the Seers felt any empathy toward them.
*This book has a troubling ending. It is a cliffhanger and I was not pleased with how things played out. I didn't like Bea's final choice and I do not understand why she would abandon her duties and her friends.
Luminosity is an interesting beginning to a new series. While the world building lacked a bit of detail, the world Ms. Thomas presents is unique. I enjoyed meeting the Seers and Dreamcatchers, the two halves that can see the future and the past. It is always nice to encounter something different in the paranormal genre. If you are looking for something creative, pick this one up.
“Beware what you cannot See. Trust what you cannot trust.’”
“I must save you, and you must save me.”
“Everything is starting to unravel into a pool of nonsense. And standing in the middle of the pool is Echo, handsome and tall, pleading with me to save him. Save us.”
“Why did I run away from him? Why couldn’t I have stayed? It isn’t Gabe I’m running from, though. It’s the thought of losing him.”
“My identity as Beatrice will soon become nothing, and I will fill the shoes of a monster.”
I received a copy of this book as part of a book tour. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Posted@Rainy Day Ramblings.
“Keeper Beatrice was born with the sight, as with all Keeper new born babies they are taken from their parents and raised by the Institution. She had the tell tale sign of all Keepers, lavender eyes. Her visions might just be the clearest of all the Keepers. When she turned 17, one of her visions came true and she was given that raven wings. Wings signify her proven ability as a Keeper.
The Institution residence are tasked with keeping the city safe from the Dreamcatchers. They can see into peoples minds and suck the vitality and life from a person to heal themselves.
Gabe and Beatrice, Bea, have grown up together in the Institution and he is her best friend...but Bea can’t even tell Gabe that a Dreamcatcher is meeting her in her dreams. They would lock Bea up or throw her right out of the Institution, the only home she has ever known.
Beatrice knows the enemy is coming. But she is unsure if all she has been taught about the Dreamcatchers is real. Are they the enemy? Who can she trust?
Luminosity is a dark dystopian tale. It was slow going, I was really liking it but not loving it and then all of a sudden I was completely sucked away! I was completely riveted to the new and fascinating world and I couldn’t put the book down. Hunger Games has nothing on this world where the public is kept in the dark, the protectors might be the enemy and even though you can see the future some one can kill you in your mind. 5 Stars and I’m putting this on my favorite shelf. Can't wait for the next book in this series!
This copy of Luminosity was given to me by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review.”
“After a war that almost destroy the planet, the Seers are back and they protect the city and it's Citizens. That's how they world now works, the Seers live separeted from the Citizens in the Institution and they must keep the Dreamcatchers away and prevent them from kiling all the Citizens.
Beatrice, Bea, is probably the best of her class, her vision are clear and especific and they become true. But the Institution keeps a lot of secrets, and most Seers aren't allowed to know.
Bea needs to understand what's going on inside the Institution in order to save those she cares about.
But The Keeper, the leader of the Seers, and her Raven are watching, always Watching her every move, and maybe... The Keeper isn't very happy with what she's seeing.
Female Main Character
Bea is a very intriguing character. At first, she's like the rest of them, used t living inside the Institution and watching the City through tinted windows. But suddenly her Visions start becoming true and she starts having Dreams of a blonde boy named Echo. The problem is, Echo is a Dreamcatcher and she likes him. After meeting Echo, Bea starts having doubts about all the things they were taught to believe.
Bea is a strong character. She fights for her friends and t make sur they're safe but with all the secrets she doesn't know who to trust.
What about the hotties of the book?
Echo and Gabe...
Echo is calmed and collected. He's mysterious. He's the blonde Dreamcatcher that wants to save his people from a pest that's killing them. Echo tries to guide Bea, he wants her help but he also knows a lot of things she doesn't.
Gabe is Bea's best friends. They've known each other since they were little, and have always been there for each other. But now tha Bea has been keeping secrets from him, he's not exactly happy.
What was the best part?
I love reading about the ins and out of the Institution and Dreamcatchers. To see how much control the Institution had over all of the Seers and Citizens.
What you didn’t like about the book?
I think they were some things that were very predictable, not just for this book but for the future... we'll have to wait and see.
Anything else I should know about this?
Yes! This is the first book in the Raven Chronicles. And the ending, yeah it makes you wanna have the second book right now.
I'm really looking foward to the rest of the story and learning what happens to all this lovelies characters. ”