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Word and Breath

(Wordless Chronicles #1)

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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Riana has learned how to stay out of trouble. She spends her days studying written texts in the government’s Office of Readers, and she spends her nights taking care of her sick sister. She always—always—follows the rules. Despite her low profile, she has mysteriously become a target. Someone has kidnapped her sister. Someone else is trying to kill her. And someone has sen ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 31st 2012 (first published August 7th 2012)
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Jenn
I knew literally nothing about this book or author when I went into this. This was a free book on Amazon that I picked up years ago and finally decided to read. And I was pleasantly surprised. This book takes place in a different world from the one we know now. A government entity called the Union is in control and all books and languages have been outlawed. Only a few people can read the Old language and they're called the Readers. Our main character is one such reader.

Following the death of he
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Alicia
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Word and Breath is unlike any book that I have ever read. The layers in this book were just remarkable. Susannah Noel did her homework when writing this novel. The world that she created was dangerous and fun all at the same time. Her characters were witty, charming and just plain fantastic.

While I was reading this book I felt like I was watching one of those old time black and white movies set in a dystopian world. The suspense was slowly killing me while I was reading. Even when I thought I h
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Jessica
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Fantastic! I really liked the character of Riana - while shy and bookish, she wasn't afraid to kick butt when those she cared about were in danger. I'm looking forward to reading the sequels!
Teresa Mary Rose
More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand Lives

Do you like dystopians? Do you like paranormal? Do you like romance? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, well then this book is for you. All of these elements are woven together seamlessly to create a breathtaking story. This story has many layers and each and every character is defined by a great amount of depth.

Our heroine Riana has always kept to herself and the only person she really cares about is her sister Jannie. So when she en
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Anissa
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book. The summary sounded like it was just my kind of read. I must say that I was rather disappointed. First the good, the setting. Many centuries into the future after some great cataclysm, the written word has fallen out of favor & censorship rules. The main character, Riana is a Reader for The Union. A small group of people who can still read & who are set to work to look for messages & anomalies from The Front (the rogue group seeking to topple the governmen ...more
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
This review was originally post at Northern Plunder, for other reviews please click here.


I was lucky enough and very thankful to receive a copy of Word and Breath from Susannah Noel herself and boy do I have to apologise for taking so long to post this review.

I read Word and Breath during February this year and during this time I hit a reading slump for two reasons, one I was getting bogged down with college work and two, I read a lot in January and felt frazzled. So when I think back to Word an
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BookHookup
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

**I received a copy of this book from the author but that did not influence the review**

♥ The story
Very corrupt dystopian society that has rebuilt itself up. A small group of people (the Union) holds all the power, the wealth, and information from the masses. Of course another group (the Front) wants to rebel, so this is where it gets interesting. And then, there is at least one more group that has a third mission in mind. As the struggle for
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Susana
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, dystopia
An interesting concept. This story takes place in a dystopian future, where society has stagnated.

The leading government, called "The union" controls, what allows the world to develop and to change itself into a better world.
The ability to read.
In this future, only a small number of persons, called "The readers" know how to do it.

Readers are mainly used to try to decipher "dangerous" codes, that the "Front"(the ones opposed to the union)may be trying to pass over.

"Looking for suspicious messa
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Lesley
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Kristi at My keeper shelf

Dystopian novels are certainly becoming more and more popular. It is one of those genres that just intrigues people. A truly mind grabbing dystopian novel must throw the reader into another world and keep us entertained in it. Personally, I think Susannah Noel has nailed it!

Riana Cole is a 22 year old Reader. She works for the Office of the Readers to "read" codes and other questionable messages. Five centuries ago, the Cataclysm destroyed almost everything.
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Angela Grim
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing! Its completely original, based in a world that's been ravaged by wars and a political system that's taken over. With the new political system comes rebellion and different groups with different reasons to rebel. The two main groups being the Zealots (a group of people who take the ideals of the new government to an extreme,) and the Front, people who still have home in a world with free thought. During all of this crazy political trouble comes Riana, a girl with ...more
Ashley Williams
This was an intriguing read, this is one of those books you will just devour!! I couldn't put it down.. the flow of the book was perfect. There were several swoonworthy moments. The overall premise and setting was interesting as well. Sweet yet sexy, definitely a 5 star in my opinion and a must read.

Post Apocalypse.. reading is nearly extinct. Those who can read work for the Office of Readers, trying to find codes in written text. Riana tried to maintain a low profile, but is suddenly thrust int
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Yzabel Ginsberg
This book was mostly OK, and a quick read, but I admit I expected more from what was an exciting premise.

I think the story could've benefitted from more development. For instance, while the world depicted in it seemed interesting, it lacked that little something that would've made it appear like a real dystopia for me; as a result, it remained a bland backdrop. Same with the characters, who went about their business without leaving me much of an impression. I couldn't really connect with them (a
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Michelle
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

My review can also be found at Reading Lark: http://readinglark.blogspot.ca/2012/1...

Can you imagine a FUTURE world where very few people can read? It's hard to envision but this is the captivating premise for Susannah Noel's Word and Breath, set in a post-Cataclysm future society. The current government, known as The Union, would rather its people not be able to read...because reading begets knowledge, which begets knowledgeable people forming rebellious groups to over-throw the government (The
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Susannah Noel’s Young Adult debut is an ode to censorship and consumerism gone mad; with a dash of romance, a sprinkling of intrigue and a drop of action to whet the appetite. Word and Breath, is a justifiable addition to the ever-so-popular dystopian genre as well as being a respectable first installment to the Wordless Chronicles.

Our protagonist, Riana Cole, has spent the majority of her life caring for her disabled sister, Jannie, and perfecting the art of
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Sara (sarabara081)
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

The premise of Word and Breath immediately grabbed my attention from the get go. A dystopian/post-apocalyptic read with a bit of a paranormal element is right up my alley. And lets not forget the love triangle! All this combined for a wonderful read!

The plot was very different that anything I've read. I expected more of a paranormal feel to it, with the addition of these Soul-Breathers who have the ability to breathe out memories or feelings wi
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Christi Snow
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:

It's no secret that I am a HUGE reader. With that comes an almost obsessive love of books and the written word. As such, the world that Susannah Noel has created in this Urban Fantasy world is one that gives me nightmares.

This book takes place centuries into the future and in this world, reading and books are almost a non-entity. The government (the Union) has determined that the written word is an evil thing that's used to spread subversive messages. As such, there is very little wri
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Celeste
This was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup

**I received a copy of this book from the author but that did not influence the review**

♥ The story
Very corrupt dystopian society that has rebuilt itself up. A small group of people (the Union) holds all the power, the wealth, and information from the masses. Of course another group (the Front) wants to rebel, so this is where it gets interesting. And then, there is at least one more group that has a third mission in mind. As the struggle for power
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Kelsey (Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf)
Originally posted on my blog Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf

A big thank you to the author for sending me an eBook copy to review!

The world is different than what we know now; everything is run and controlled by the Union after events that happened in the past that were apocalyptical. Almost everybody has lost the ability to read except those working as Readers for the Union, and some of the people who rebel against them. The Readers go through old texts and try to discover any hidden codes or messa
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Soma Rostam "IOB"
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book for review, about two week ago. I rarely start review copies this early but this book really WAS something. I loved how the blurb didn't give up too much on the story-line but still intrigued me. And I also ADORE the cover. The font fades nicely with the background. I finished it in only two settings, and I loved it!
Rianna is a reader, one of the very few people who can still read in the Union (her country). She has always lived a normal life, all centered around taking ca
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Celeste
This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

**I received a copy of this book from the author but that did not influence the review**

♥ The story
Very corrupt dystopian society that has rebuilt itself up. A small group of people (the Union) holds all the power, the wealth, and information from the masses. Of course another group (the Front) wants to rebel, so this is where it gets interesting. And then, there is at least one more group that has a third mission in mind. As the struggle for
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Between the Bind
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars from Between the Bind.

Word and Breath was a uniquely written Dystopian novel, weaving an illicit romance, underground terrorists, a wordless society and controlling government into one cohesive and well-written novel.

Riana is a Reader. In her world, not many people know how to read anymore, especially the Old Language. Riana's job is to seamlessly search through thousands of pages of text to uncover possible codes written into these messages. And Riana has never made a mistake - until
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Riana leads a boring life...work, home, sleep, repeat. She takes care of her wheelchair bound sister and is a Reader at her job with the Government. A Reader is a rare job in a world where most people do not read at all.

One day, Riana meets Mikel and they hit it off. Things are finally starting to look up for her and life is becoming a little less boring. But when her sister goes missing, Riana's world is suddenly raging out of control. Little by little Riana learns secrets about herself and the
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I never know what to expect when I go into a novel written by an author I have never read and know very little about. Especially when after reading the synopsis, I know the book will be different than anything I have probably ever read before.

Sometimes that can be a good thing and sometimes...not so much.

Thankfully this wasn't one of the “not so much”.

This novel definitely had a darker feel to it. It had a slight dystopian/paranormal/mystery vibe. I was pretty sure that I had been right with my
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Ctrl, Alt Books!
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review:

First off I want to thank Susannah Noel for sending me this review copy, and for being patient with me as I read and worked on the review.When I started reading, the first page automatically grabbed my attention.

“She’d started as a Reader at age fourteen. Since then, she’d done her work quietly and well. She’d never had a bad evaluation, and she’d never gotten in trouble. Until today.”

I was hooked from that point on, Riana Cole was raised by her grandfather who was also a Reader, a very
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I never know what to expect when I go into a novel written by an author I have never read and know very little about. Especially when after reading the synopsis, I know the book will be different than anything I have probably ever read before.

Sometimes that can be a good thing and sometimes...not so much.

Thankfully this wasn't one of the “not so much”.

This novel definitely had a darker feel to it. It had a slight dystopian/paranormal/mystery vibe. I was pretty sure that I had been right with my
...more
Marie DeLaRosa
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Review:
First off I want to thank Susannah Noel for sending me this review copy, and for being patient with me as I read and worked on the review.When I started reading, the first page automatically grabbed my attention.

“She’d started as a Reader at age fourteen. Since then, she’d done her work quietly and well. She’d never had a bad evaluation, and she’d never gotten in trouble.

Until today.”

I was hooked from that point on, Riana Cole was raised by her grandfather who was also a Reader, a very
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Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
When I was asked to read this book I though that, okay this is going to be an interesting book. And it was. The author did a good job in writing a book that was entertaining. Her writing is clean and crisp and is written were you get multiple POV's. The multiple POV's is something that adds to the story. Since there is so much going on, have the view of different people allows you to have a diferent take on the story.

The story mainly follows Riana. She is a Reader for the Union. What is that you
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Christy
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five centuries ago, the Cataclysm destroyed almost everything; practically everything of value was gone. When the society started to build again the Union Government rose from the ashes and gave people the stability that they desired. But the Union Government slowly took over the entire continent and nothing has been strong enough to stop it.


Riana Cole is a 22 year old read Reader, which in the world she lives in is very rare, most Union officials can’t read so they depend profoundly on the Read
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Lola
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

I finished word and breath in one day, the story is fast paced and interesting. For once the main girl is actually just a normal person, who tries to mind her own business and doens't try to attract attention. Until that all changes.

The story is interesting and original. However the first few chapters feel a bit rushed and it takes some time before the story get's really good. The story is written very well and I liked seeing the perspecti
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