Length - 226 Pages
Star Rating - 5
Eris is only sixteen and faced with the traumatic reality of a physically abusive, alcoholic mother. Lost and lonely, Eris doesn't feel she fits in to normal life. She struggles to survive each day. It isn't until she catches a glimpse of Nelson in the distance that her life finally begins. Unfortunately for Eris, not everything goes to plan and she will find herself alone still. However, with the friendship of Nelson's family, she finds companionship and happiness while learning what it means to carry one extra chromosome.
Eris' past unravels, revealing the truth about her mother and father as well as her own birth. She discovers that puberty is not the same for the extra-chromosome-ites and that life underground is vastly different to the one she leaves behind up top.
Before I go on, I have to point out that I couldn't put this book down. Snizek is not a first time author and it shows in her abilities as a writer. Every page serves a purpose, each building as the story moves on, slowly at first and then all at once by the last quarter.
Snizek has created a wonderful world of the Translucents, Lucent for short. The genre of young teenage girl in a fictional setting has worked for so many book series, The Payton Chronicles included, however there's something memorable about this story; something that sets it apart. The world of the Translucents is beautifully adapted around the story of Eris and how she came to be, bad guys and all. It's easy to find yourself tucked up in bed with your nose buried in this book.
I'm a lover of character building, especially when it is done well, and the characters of this story grow in such a gratifying way. It's a beautiful reminder that love takes time and friendship doesn't always last. Eris and Nelson are two characters that I won't forget, both of them as complex as each other and both so in need of reassurance.
In terms of the story itself, I could easily ruin the very moments of this novel that make it so enjoyable. Each character's story twists together with another, making it almost impossible for me to go too far into the details, but this is the charm of this series; there are so many more stories to tell.
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