Review: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

December 5, 2012
Title: Luminosity
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Published: Entangled Teen; November 13, 2012
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Series: Raven Chronicles

    Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    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.

    * A Copy was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for an honest review (Thanks You!)*

         Luminosity was a very difficult read for me. It is a good book with an intriguing world, but it was a very S L O W read with no action. Some of you will disagree with me because there was a lot of violent training involved but that's not real action. The story didn't move forward for a very long time; things were discovered, relationships were build but there wasn't anything that gripped me into the story. It was very close to being a DNF. What saved it? A very loyal, and charming man named Gabriel, and my willpower to finish it.

         Luminosity is a dystopian step up in a post apocalyptic world where the Seers protect the Keepers from the Dreamcatchers. Seers are special people with sight to see the future, Keepers are the normal citizens, and Dreamcatchers are the people who steal memories of the Keepers in order to survive. I loved the world created by the author, it is such an original concept, but I feel like it wasn't used to it's potential. So many things could have happened, but everything was kept very subtle & normal, in other words, Boring!

         Beatrice is one of the best Seers in the Institution, her visions are trusted the most among the Keepers. I had no character connection with her whatsoever, she seemed strong, and smart, but somehow she ended up sounding very childlike to me. Maybe it was the innocence, I don't know exactly, but someone was definitely lacking. She had two love interest Gabriel, best friend & fellow Seer and Echo, enemy & a dreamcatcher.  I loved Gabe, he was the most loyal, honest, caring person in the story, and such a good friends to Bea. Echo on the other hand seemed very stalkerish, and his likeness towards Bea was sudden & rushed, and definitely unrealistic.   

         I have mixed emotions with Luminosity, I really liked the world, but I was extremely disappointed with the character (exception to Gabe) and especially the pace of the story. I'm not sure if I'm going to continue this series, but you should give it a try, many of my fellow bloggers have seemed to like this book. Maybe it's more like looking at it from a different angle, mine was surely not the best.



    1. I've heard a lot of stuff about this book, but honestly, I just can't stand it when books go T H A T slow! ;) Also, it often happens that book is essentially interesting, but just doesn't incite that "oh my God! I loved this!" feeling. Great review, Aman! :D

      Sarika @ The Readdicts

    2. This sounds pretty good I love the sounds of the word and that it includes Seers which is something I have not come upon very often. Too bad that the characters weren't more compelling, though. But overall it sounds like it wasn't too bad. Nice review!

    3. The world building sounds fabulous, what a shame the pacing felt of, and you didn't connect with the heroine. Great review- out sounds objective and well balanced,


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