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The Silenced: A Novel

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  978 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Marena struggles to remember the past: a time before the Zero Tolerance Party murdered her mother and put her father under house arrest. A time before they installed listening devices in every home and outlawed writing. A time when she was free. But it feels like the only thing the new, repressive government wants is to have Marena forget. When the Minister of Education, H ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Milkweed Editions (first published January 1st 2007)
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Lucy
Jan 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, 2009, dystopian
Marena, raised by her revolutionary mother, has always believed in speaking your mind and standing up for what you believe in. But her mother is dead now, condemned a traitor executed after the Zero Tolerance party came to power. Her crime? Thinking for herself and speaking out.

Now, as conditions in the government compound where Marena lives get more and more oppressive, Marena has to make a choice. Will she stay silent, keep her head down, and stay safe? Or will she make a stand, even if it mea
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Allie Stephens
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an OUTSTANDING book that resembles the world that would have been created had the Nazis of WWII won. The plot, characters, setting and ideas are so well organized, and the book is very well written. After my third reading in two years, I still am picking up things that I've missed. Marena is sick of going about her daily life under the rule of the ZTs, and she finally uses the inspiration of her mother's legacy to motivate her to make a change. She resists the controlling government and ...more
Cassidy
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Confusing at the beginning, and didn't get much better. Drags on a little bit at times. Very abrupt ending. Not worth the 500+ pages I took the time to read.
Natalie Valles
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These reviews are always the hardest. There’s very little WRONG with The Silenced, but at the same time, there is very little to get excited about.

This book is inspired by a real girl named Sophie Scholl during WWII who led a resistance against the Nazis in Germany. There are clear parallels between the two and it has that sort of Nazi vibe, but at the same time it is different. There aren’t really concentration camps, and while ethnicity is a factor in this wo
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Julie
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, dystopia
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure if I would really get into it but I did. I became so enthralled by this world Devita had created and I had to read it to feel like I could understand more of it while trying to make sense of it all. I thought it had a great pace which made it entertaining to read as well.
Devita develops a dystopian society that through its own government seeks to alienate people and control huge aspects of their lives. From restricting interactions with the o
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Aislinn Berry
I'm wondering if all the five star reviews are from years ago, before YA dystopian novels were as popular as they have been for the past 2 years?

This book absolutely fell flat for me for a variety of reasons...

Marena is 16 years old living under the control of the ZT party. (Zero tolerance party). Times are much like nazi Germany and Marena has little freedom. She's not allowed to write, draw, or be within a foot of a boy her age. So, what's the issue? This seems like a great plot, right?

It wo
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Usha
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I can't possibly tell you, just how much I truly enjoyed this novel. I've been a huge dystopian fiction fan, for quite a while. Marena, a pretty normal girl in the world of ZT(the over controlling government), except for one fact. Her mother rebelled against ZT, and then was killed, for disobedience. Marena obviously takes after her mother, and also rebels against ZT, and founds a organization called the "The White Rose". All goes well, till Marena is found out when she tries to spread fliers
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Lili
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silenced is a book that will leave you thinking. Thinking about who is who and what an identity is. You will wonder what being you really means, how you behave, and if it is the right way to be behaving. You will wonder if judging someone by how well you now them is the right waqy to judge them.

If you like books that will hang you oof the edge and let you lie there for a while, you will like this book. James DeVita can write a book that is easy to understand but will leave you with question
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Stephanie
Aug 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, ya
Based on the real activities of Sophie Scholl during World War Two. It is set in a world where Big Brother has been allowed to run amok. Some teenagers who still remember having the freedom to read, write and think for themselves begin encouraging others to rebel against the "Zero Tolerance" party.
Ellen Taylor
A fictional account based on a true story of German resistance fighters against the Nazi regime, set in the future when government officials punish those who question their authority and surgically remove their brain centers that enable reading, writing, and speaking. A chilling supposition to loss of freedom of expression and the other rights Americans take for granted.
Jana
Jun 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i haven't stayed up later than i really really should because i COULD NOT stop reading in a while .... this one does it. READ IT. one of the best "controlled society" books style sorta like 1984 that i've ever read.
Bella Snyder
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silenced by James Devita is a heart wrenching book about a teenage girl and her family after losing there mother in an unnecessary war between the government and the people. The characters are ultimately living in a world where the government is trying to make everybody the same almost like robots following insanely strict rules. Ruling over them with fear making everybody too scared to stand up for their basic human rights. When reading this book it brings you into another dimension, anoth ...more
Sophia
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
Hello!!!!
I am back.
I read this book way back in January, so I'm sorry if some of these details aren't too accurate. The premise of the novel, is about a 16-year-old girl Marena, who is inspired to become the White Rose in order to provoke change against the current way of living the Zero Tolerance Party has established in this future dystopian world and it is based off the experience of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose's resistance of the Nazis.
Honestly, I was only able to get halfway through
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Brandon
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silenced is a very interesting book. There are many plot twists that keep the book entertaining. The main characters name is Marena. I would describe Marena as brave, intelligent, and stubborn. The most exciting moment in the book was when Marena snuck out at night and she destroyed the bus tires. She took all the drones and smashed them. The next morning she woke up to the sound of a knock at the door. She looks out the window and sees a big black bus that is picking everyone up instead of ...more
Briar
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the The Silenced, Marena is the main character. She lives with her father, Richard, and her brother, Daniel. In Marena’s world, everyone follows the Zero Tolerance Rule. Marena secretly goes against it for all her life until things get out of hand with the government changes rules on how they look, walk, what they learn, where they live, what they own, pretty much anything. Marena ends up going against the government and creates a group called the White Rose.
The story was very interesting. It
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Maddie
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I COULD NOT put this book down. The Silenced is a book that will keep you interested from beginning to end. Something that made this book so interesting was how the problems in the book really came from problems our world and government has today. The story was very believable which can open our eyes to our everyday problems. The beginning of the book started off slow but it was still very interesting. This made the book very suspenseful in the long-run.

There is constantly a chance for Marena,
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Lane O'Reilly
In the book The Silenced the main characters are teenagers who are under a strict government called the zero tolerance after a world war. The main character Marena and her friends formed a group called the White Rose rebelling the zero tolerance.There are so many plot twists in this book it's crazy! Which for me i loved that there were so many twists and turns because it kept me on my toes throughout the whole book. There were so many times where i stayed up past 12:00 at night to keep reading t ...more
Grace C
This book is pretty good. It's about a girl named Marena who lives in a dystopian society. The society is let by the Zero Tolerance Party, or ZTs. They control everyone, and they can arrest anyone of a different religion, color, opinions, etc. The people there can't think for themselves at all, and you can be taken for speaking your mind. The main conflict is between the rebellion and the ZT. I think that the most interesting thing about this is it could really happen, and to some extent it has. ...more
Allison
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished the book “The Silenced” and Ican say Ididn’t really enjoy it as much at I thought I would. I expected a lot more from this book and I feel like I got left with a lot of questions. I was very confused on most of it and I don’t think I was really ready to read a book like this. this is not my favorite genre to read. considering I don’t read much I just don’t think this was a good one for me.
I would recommend this book for a person that is really good at comprehension and good at
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Ma-Kaiya Tolene
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This to the day is still one of the best books I have read. The story line was done so well you can't stop turning the pages. This is a book that really reflect on what life could have been like had the nazi regime succeeded in WWII. But without being a dull headache of a read. DeVita wrote a book that was amazing all while still paying tribute to the white rose society in a way. I recommend this book to everyone that ask about really good books. It's a book you can re-read because you love it t ...more
Kaleb Sandoval
Dec 11, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Marena was raised by her mom until she died. Her mother is dead, prosecuted by the Zero tolerance party who is now in control. Marenas mother always taught her to speak her mind and believe in what is right.

The government starts to compound where Marena lives. Will she stay quiet and be safe or will she follow in her mom's footsteps and speak for what she believes. But she thinks she has to because no one else will.

I enjoyed the book. Knowing at any point they could execute her made it very in
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Liz
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the book addressed issues in our own society. I also had one of those moments that I thought to myself, author please don't take this book in this direction, but then it changed directions and was a pretty good ending.
Julianne
The writing was very choppy and the only character who was really was Mr. Greengritch. Marena just spent the entire the running around being brash and yelling. The storyline was much better than the typical YA dystopian.
IzzyS
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quarter-1
I gave this book five out of five stars because it always made me want to keep reading. Also because even when I was close to ending the book I didn't know what was going to happen and it kept me interested.
Amelia B
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not gonna lie I read this book years ago, barely remember it, but I'm pretty sure I liked it. Just learning about the real White Rose society in euro and had to search for this book again because I remembered that much about it.
Keira M
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book about a rebellious teenager who defies the rules of her dystopian, zero-tolerance city. A very enjoyable book that makes you think.
Caroline Palmer
Jun 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know this is YA, but it has no bite to it. And naming a country Zero Tolerance? Might as well call it Dystopia just to make it more obvious.
Izeum
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Overview of books story: -Marena, is living in a word where ZT (zero tolerance) is enforced and the ruling power. She refuses to stop remembering, writing and drawing, things that are now considered a crime against the government and its people. An act of resistance. Eventually her school gets severely cracked down upon and she becomes more forceful in her rebellion. Creating the white rose resistance. But all resistance comes with a price. -


Lots of fluff and the writing style is pretentious but
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Katherine Vellenga
I’m so excited to read this book with students next year! It was so interesting and realistic.
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James DeVita, a native of Long Island, NY, is an author and playwright. Along with his two novels, The Silenced and Blue, he has also written more than sixteen plays and adaptations of classics for young audiences. He is the resident playwright for First Stage Theater for Youth. His plays have been awarded the Distinguished Play Award by the American Alliance of Theater and Education; the Intellec ...more

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