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Whisper Gatherers

(Song of Forgetfulness #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  8 reviews
What if your last day at school turned out to be your first day as a rebel warrior?

“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense!”

17-year-old orphan, Adara isn’t like the other girlygigs in Cityplace, she has six fingers on each hand and a secret
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published May 31st 2015 by Nicola McDonagh
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Kata Mlek
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian is one of my favorite genres and I try to stay up-to-date with the latest novels. How come I missed this one so late? I don't know!

The author created a very complex and appealing world I travelled with Adara with great pleasure. I must say the extraordinary English was at first hard to understand (English is my second language) but as I got used to it I found it stunning. It helped develop the feeling of being there with the main character who narrates the story.

I'll for sure read the
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The world Nicola McDonagh has created in the Song of Forgetfulness series is an intriguing one—I think I’d have picked up a book that claimed to be about ‘Notsogreatbritain” without even reading the blurb—so I was delighted when the author asked if I would like a sneak peek at the prequel.
Prequels are difficult to get right. A prequel can easily be simply a ploy to explain some of the confusion an author has sown in the first books of a series. This is not the case with Whisper Gatherers which
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Don Viecelli
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review Number 162:

This review is on Whisper Gatherers, The Song of Forgetfulness - Book 1 by Nicola McDonagh. This is the first book I have read by this new Sci-Fi author. It is a Sci-Fi Dystopian adventure series set in the distant future.

The main character is a seventeen year old female girl named Adara. She lives in a place called Cityplace, which appears to be somewhere in the old country of NotSoGreatBritAlbian.

Adara is a heavyset, plain looking girl with a secret talent that may threaten h
Andi Houtsch
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having read both Echoes from the Lost Ones and then the following A Silence Heard, I was excited to hear McDonagh had written a prequel. Whisper Gatherers takes us back to NotSoGreatAlbion but in the days prior to Deogol’s abduction. As much as EftLO and ASH were chock full of a world far different than the one we know, this book retains that sense of foreign futurism although with a familiarity to it that comes from the necessity of having read the first (or last?) two. We already know who Adar ...more
Lorinda Taylor
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never read much dystopian fiction, but this one attracted me for its original use of language. The tale is told from the first person POV of the narrator, the teenager Adara who is just graduating from her schooling. She speaks in a constructed dialect that includes elements both quaintly formal and innovatively slangy, incorporating lots of diminutives as well as adverbs used as adjectives (“birds” have become “birdles,” “birdies,” and “birdybirds”). Here’s an example of both: “Derisive ca ...more
Carol Cassada
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I admit I was never into fantasy and dystopian novels, but after reading Whisper Gatherers I have to say I’ve changed my tune.

Adara is the main character in the story; she lives with her aunt Santy and her brother Deogol in Cityplace. Adara gets teased by the other kids, while they’re planning on relationships and marriage; Adara sets her sights on joining the S.A.N.T.S like her aunt. Her training is put to the test when the city is invaded by Agros, who launch a war and destroy what is left of
Chantelle Atkins
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant and fast paced prequel to a book I read recently and really enjoyed (echoes of the lost ones) I am so glad the author wrote this prequel, as it explains a lot about Adara's life before she left Cityplace to rescue her brother. I loved the new characters in this prequel, and it just made me want to read the third book in the trilogy even more. The language created is brilliant, clever and quirky and beautifully conveyed for the YA dysopian audience. Excellent.
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Nicola McDonagh was born in Liverpool and is a creative writing tutor and photographer. Originally she trained as a photojournalist, then decided to do something more theatrical and gained a Hons. Degree in Drama and English Literature.

Nicola spent many years as an actor, scriptwriter and workshop leader, but gave all that up when she moved to Suffolk UK and became fascinated by the beauty of her

Other books in the series

Song of Forgetfulness (3 books)
  • Echoes from the Lost Ones (Song of Forgetfulness, #2)
  • A Silence Heard (Song of Forgetfulness, #3)

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