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Early Review: Transparent by Natalie Whipple

Title: Transparent

Author: Natalie Whipple

GenreYA Sci-Fi

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062120166 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062120168 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed byBridget


Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl

Quick & Dirty: Great Sci-Fi book, with a great plot and awesome characters.

Opening Sentence: I nearly died the second I was born.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Fiona McClean lives in a world where everyone has some kind of mutation.  Years ago there was a drug called Radiasure and it was suppose to help protect people from radiation but it came with side effects that no one was expecting.  Even though people stopped taking the drug — the damage had been done and it was passed on to their children.  Some mutations were very mild and only affected the way someone looked but some were much more advanced like being able to fly, being super strong, or being able to smell like anything.  There really is no limitation to what your mutation could be, but for Fiona she is one of a kind.  She happens to be totally invisible.  As long as something is in her body and she isn’t wearing any clothes she is totally invisible to the human eye.

Unfortunately, Fiona’s father is a big time crime lord and he uses Fiona’s gift just for his advantage.  Her father also has a rare gift; they call him a charmer because when he talks he can convince people to do what he wants.  So he uses his gift to control Fiona and her mother to do things like steal, spy, and whatever else fits his agenda.  But he finally crosses a line and orders Fiona to murder the innocent daughters of his biggest rival.  Fiona and her mother flee to try and escape him, but over the years every time they run he always finds them.  They run to a small town in Arizona where Fiona’s mother decides they should try to live a normal life, and by normal she means going to high school.  But how long is this time going to last?  Can she really ever be free of her father?

Fiona has never attended school before, she always just had private tutors that her dad hired.  She has never really had a chance to make friends or really get to know any kids her age.  As she starts school she realizes that most people are afraid of her and don’t want her around, but there are a few kids who try to be nice.  Fiona has a hard time trusting anyone and their intentions, she has been burned to many times in her life by the people closest to her.  So opening up and letting people in is not her forte, but there are some kids at school who refuse to give up.  As a character Fiona has some of my favorite qualities.  She has a fun attitude and doesn’t mind sticking up for herself.  She is also insecure at times and cares deeply for the people in her life.  I really loved her and connected well with her.

Bea and Brady are the two students who are determined to get to know Fiona.  Bea is a beautiful girl who has the power to voice throw, which basically means she can make anyone hear what she wants them to no matter how far they are, and she can do it in any voice she wants.  This is a pretty rare mutation so the kids in her school have always treated her as an outsider and she honestly just wants to be friends with Fiona.  Once Fiona finally opens up they become very close and Bea is a very loyal and good friend.

Brady has been best friends with Bea most of his life.  He also has a rare mutation where he is extremely strong.  He is the sweetest guy and a total hottie on top of it.  Fiona can’t help but like Brady, he is just one of those guys that everyone likes.  Fiona has never really dated anyone, but she wouldn’t mind getting to know Brady better.

Last we have Brady’s Older Brother Seth.  Fiona realizes that she is really behind most of the students in her studies — especially in math.  The teacher recommends she go and visit the tutor who happens to be Seth.  Right off the bat Seth and Fiona do not get along.  He is an arrogant jerk and he makes Fiona feel very stupid.  But as Fiona gets to know Seth better she sees a side of him she missed at first.  Underneath his jerk attitude he really is a sweet guy that has had a hard time in his life.  As Fiona discovers more about him she can’t help but be intrigued by him.

I really loved this book.  It caught my interest right off and I couldn’t put it down.  I loved all the characters in this book.  The plot was very intriguing and the story fascinated me.  I loved Natalie’s writing and I can’t wait to read more books from her.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes YA Sci-Fi or just a really great read.

Notable Scene:

I’m surprised how many people are here, but relieved to find Bea smiling.  Only now do I notice how not a single person sits next to her, as if she’s cursed.  I’m such a jerk.  I wave, the gold bangle around my wrist the only indication I moved at all.  She pats the desk next to her, but before I head over I notice a guy coming from the front.

He must be the tutor, though I’m surprised he’s not as old or geeky as I imagined a tutor to be.  He’s tall and thin with strawberry-blond hair and a light dusting of freckles to match.  His ears stick out, but he’s actually pretty cute.  Cute enough that I end up smiling a little as I wait for him.

Then his crystal-blue eyes meet mine directly, and I gasp.

A smirk crosses his lips.  “You here for tutoring?”

“Uh.” My heart flips, and I look down, unable to hold his gaze.  Sometimes people hit dead-on like that-Miles more than anyone.  It’s unnerving, and yet comforting at the same time.  I almost feel visible, just for the smallest moment.

FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Transparent. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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  1. Rain MaidenNo Gravatar

    Sounds like another great book to put on my wish list. Thanks for the review.

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