Author: Stephanie Thomas
Publication Date: November 13th, 2012
Genre: YA - Paranormal/Dystopian - Sci-Fi
"My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.
The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.
But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win." ~See it on Goodreads
Luminosity was definitely an enjoyable read, and it was a unique story that had me intrigued from the beginning.
I really liked the authors take on the Paranormal/Dystopian genre; I haven’t read many books dealing with dream walkers and things of that nature so that was a really refreshing element to this story. I thought the world building was really fascinating, although I did wish there had been a little more detail to the backstory. That being said, I still felt that overall it was well done and I was able to believe that this could actually be a real world and it didn’t come across as “over the top” or “fake”.
As far as the characters go, they were all very likable and well developed. I really liked Beatrice (her name is awesome by the way lol); she was a very determined and driven character. She took the time to figure things out for herself and didn’t just jump into situations blindly and hope for the best. I really enjoyed getting to know her, as well as the rest of the characters in the book.
I’m normally a big fan of romance in books, but unfortunately I couldn’t really get into the whole romance aspect in this book. I really don’t like when the romance is an “insta-love” type situation and there were a lot of areas where the romance just felt really rushed to me. And then there was a little bit of a “love triangle” as well as the whole “best friend becoming more” thing, and those are okay in moderation, but they’ve started to become such a common theme in books nowadays. I’m just a bit wary of them to be honest, so I wasn’t able to enjoy the romance as much as I wish I could have.
Overall I did enjoy this book; there was a lot of action and suspense, as well as interesting plot twists that kept me turning page after page. There are so many different aspects to the story, and not only is it a Young Adult Paranormal/Dystopian, it also has a bit of a Sci-Fi feel to it. I can see this book appealing to a wide range of readers, and I’ll most likely be continuing on with the series in the future.
About The Author:
Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).
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