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The Silenced: A Novel

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  129 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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Jan 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, teen, 2009
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
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
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
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
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 a
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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
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
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The most striking thing about this book upon picking it up is its length. It’s 500 pages. But they actually fly by and I found it to be a fast read. The story is riveting. The first 200 pages set up the story but there is enough to keep it interesting.

The basic storyline is that a girl, Marena, is in a country with a Zero Tolerance regime in place. It was created for everyone’s safety after a horrible war. Anyone who doesn’t agree with the regime is “neutralized” or sent to centers for readapta
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Silenced” is a thought-provoking novel that brings the restrictions of life in the Holocaust to a futuristic time period. Nail biting scenes engulfed this great novel, but not every aspect of this book was satisfactory.

This book brings the settings to life with the help of amazing descriptions. “And a string of coloured plastics that crosshatched the ceiling flickered on and lit the room in a soft orangey-red glow.” (34) The emotions of being sustained and trapped poured out of the pages
Marena lebt mit dem Vater und dem kleinen Bruder in Nordamerika in einer Zeit, in der die Freiheit des einzelnen strengstens reguliert wird. Lesen und Bildung wird nicht nur als Zeitverschwendung angesehen, sondern streng kontrolliert. Nachdem ihre Mutter als Verräterin hingerichtet wurde, hat die Familie es besonders schwer. Inspiriert von ihrer verstorbenen Mutter beginnt Marena aufzubegehren, mit 2 Freunden gründet sie eine rebellische Organisation, "The White Rose" (!), die sich zum Ziel ges ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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In this vision of a government-controlled futuristic world, James DeVita introduces readers to Marena, a teenage girl who is just barely old enough to remember a world without the Zero Tolerance Party, which rules their lives and restricts everything from interactions with the opposite sex to education to reading and writing to private conversations to (it seems sometimes) thoughts.

Marena struggles to remember a time when people could talk to whome
Apr 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like books where antagonists become friends with the protagonist
Shelves: hated
Ugh...I hated this book. If you see a good review on here, it's probably some teacher talking about what a great lesson the book has. Well, if your a kid, listen to me, because I am a kid, too.

Let's start off with the worst. THE BOOK DOESN'T EVEN END! I mean, there isn't a sequel to it, and the book doesn't end! I mean, in the end, it just awkwardly ends. I turned the page to find ACKNOLEDGMENTS!

Second of all, if you like a book with good and bad characters, this book is not for you! I mean, at
Carol Lee
The one thing that I absolutely love about The Silenced, is the rapid transition from the current situation to the past memories of the character and vice versa. It consists of a story about a minute figure, which was a little girl in this book, fighting against the total oppression of a dystopian government. Although this book from the main description may seem as though it is like any other dystopian novels in which the main character always wins battle against the government, this book connec ...more
Tristan Ropa
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book you will stop and wonder what would have happened if the Nazis won WWII.

Marena a girl living in the land of ZT or zero tolerance has a bloodline for rebellion,from her mother's history with the rebellion group AYLR. She also has a reason to rebel because of her mother's death and the treatment of her and her friends at the YTF (Youth Training Facility). Marena and her friends Dex and Eric decide to rebel in any way possible without getting caught;they spread leaflets and
It's more accurate to give this book 3 1/2 stars. I quite liked it, but I just finished another dystopian book (The Flight of the Silvers) that was SO GOOD that I can't, in all fairness, give them the same 4 star star rating. So, suffice to say, I really liked this book, but not quite enough for 4 stars. With that said, I enjoyed the main character, Marena, and other major characters in the book (her mother, in absentia, her father and brother, her good friends Dex and Eric, and several characte ...more
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
This book was a little scary. Not in a horror kind of way, but in a that can totally happen again sort of way. It's horrifying, and while you don't see any violence, it's implied that it does happen.

It's narrated by several different people, which works really well for this novel. You get to see the different sides, and how different people react to what's going on. There's an author's note at the end, saying that the book was inspired by a resistance group in Nazi Germany called The White Rose.
Rachel Heil
I read The Silenced for a literature assignment, we were discussing utopian societies, with a group of four other people. As far as the utopian society goes, The Silenced did a good job at this. It follows Marena, who wants to remember her mother, who were murdered by the Zero Tolerance Party for fighting against the state. Along with her forbidden boyfriend (no relationships allowed in this society!) and a new student named Eric, Marena forms the White Rose. Overall, the story was good but it d ...more
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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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