Whispers of the Dead: When Death Doesnt Die

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Death Whispers is a lot more fun than I was expecting. As a YA Urban Fantasy, there were so many directions it could have gone. I plan to read the sequel s as well. View 2 comments. Shelves: own , read , reviewed , 1star. I was very disappointed with this book. Really disappointed. Based on the blurb, it sounds like a really good plot.

Basically, a boy Caleb Hart develops the ability to raise bodies from the dead. During the novel, we also find that he has other cadaver related talents. Other teenagers have various other abilities; astral projection, fire related, empathy related, etc.

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However, the actual novel was a very poor follow through for the plot. It basically starts off with a vague explanat I was very disappointed with this book. It basically starts off with a vague explanation of how these abilities and their knowledge of them came to be. He was then kidnapped by the government something everyone fears since then and then force to do their bidding.

To stop bullies making fun of him, he takes them to a graveyard to show off his new abilities. For some really stupid reason. I don't know why he did it.

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It was really stupid of him. Basically he was just showing off and then they held his secret over him.

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Now he's really worried about the government finding out his secret, especially because it's a lot worse than he'd thought; he could actually bring a very dead body back to life. It doesn't stop there. Throughout the novel, despite being afraid that the government is going to get him, he keeps on telling people. He tells his parents, he tells his new girlfriend, he tells a police officer, he tells a bunch of complete strangers to him, etc. It's ridiculous. He even then decides to show off his abilities to his parents his father's idea by bringing back his long dead great-grandmother on his mother's side.

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It's all a pretty stupid thing to do. This is also where those prior mentioned complete strangers one also being an AFTD come across him having brought back his dead great grandmother. They fight to get control of her and he ends up needing Tiff's the other AFTD help to get the dead body back in the ground. All throughout the book, he and other people he's told keep on expressing worry that the government is going to take notice.

Yet he keeps on performing these ridiculous feats just to show off.

He might not think it's just to show off, but that's certainly what it seems like to me. Basically, soon after he finds out he's an AFTD, he also gets a new girlfriend. Jade LaClerc. He's been eying her off for a long time. But suddenly she takes notice of him as soon as he becomes interesting to her. It seems kind of tacky. I think their whole relationship is somewhat poorly written.

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Mind you, the relationships he has with everyone feel forced. With his parents, it seems like the author is trying to be overly cool, but of course he thinks they're lame. With his friends, they're all using various slang and lingo. Much of the time, it just seems like the author is using such poor language just to be offensive because much of the time, they also use a lot of derogatory terms and other offensive comments. It doesn't fit properly with the plot so it all looks out of place. Much of the story is written in Caleb's mind and he thinks a lot of stupid things. Much of the grammar and sentence structure is poor.

One would think that being in the future, they would actually teach kids basic grammar. Sadly no. It's tacky and forced. Not to mention, much of the text includes current pop culture references, playing it off as if Caleb is so "old school" and he's better because he actually reads Stephen King name dropping , has a wind up watch and an old bike hand me downs.

He keeps on trying to make it seem cool, as if he's better than everyone else even showing off these things to his friends , but it just seems sad. Going on with that point, the futuristic not really that far ahead of us in time aspects are kind of lame and poorly explained. The author first introduces the "Pulse" as if we should all know what they are.

It turns out they're just glorified mobile phones that people use a bit like texting. Other pulse related items also have little imagination, being that they're all just basic items we have nowadays, only that they use Pulse technology instead. They basically have television and games connected to the Pulse. They also have the Pulse connected to their house, landline phone or Pulse, now and various other things in everyday life.

I would have thought that being in the future, there would be much neater things, even though it's not that far ahead in time. I might go back to that point later. For now, I'll go on about the government stuff. So, basically, he's worried they're after him. He's worried about all the police now in his life. A little bit in the future, he's also going to be going through the AP test where it will be decided what school all these students will go to next. It will also be where these children will be "found out" by the government and what sort of abilities they have not all of them do.

Yet, weirdly enough, the majority of his friends do have abilities, even the bunch he's now gained from the start of the story which doesn't even make much sense to me, either. So, after doing the test, he's found out as a 2 point AFTD on a scale from Or 6 as they later assume. He'd taken a medication his dad had given him to make sure he didn't test as a full 5, as we all assume he is.

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The government knows he's a 5, anyway, because they've been keeping an eye on him for a while. Later, he finds out that the government had been sort of tapping his phones and his home. They know he's a high level AFTD because of the information they've gained from this and watching him closely. They end up trying to kidnap him Because of the awful things said about the government gossip , we're meant to assume that it's all bad and he'll be made to do bad things with them.

They didn't need to try and kidnap him.

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They could have just had him arrested or maybe "taken him into custody" or something "legal". They're the government and the way the author was making it seem, they could have just turned up anywhere and legally take him. Yet, they try and kidnap him within a large group of teenagers and were planning on taking him away with a helicopter.

They didn't need to go to that much effort, even if they were kidnapping him. They could have taken him at any time in the past few weeks- at home, school, shopping, in the graveyard, etc.