Thursday, February 4, 2010

Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn

Grade: A

Synopsis:

Daughters of a famed clairvoyant, the five Taylor sisters begin the twentieth century desperately searching for a home. Their mother takes them to the small town of Spirit Vale, where she makes a living by talking to the dead. The future, however, is something even she cannot clearly see.

The Taylor sisters are not destined to stay in Spirit Vale for long. Mimi's fate is mingled with that of rich society, and threatened by a secret surrounding her birth. Jane becomes involved in a feat of scientific intrigue that has the potential to alter the course of history--and the course of her greatest love. The twins, Emma and Amelie, appear ready to follow in their mother's footsteps. And the youngest, Blythe, will stop at nothing to make her dreams of wealth and fame come true.

All of the sisters' destinies converge on board the Titanic. A transatlantic voyage that promises great wonders--including a surprise wedding--soon turns into a fight for survival. Not everyone will make it through...for neither love nor sisterhood can escape the threat of death.

Or can they?

Rating:
Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
Setting: 8/10
Total Score: 51/70

Obtained: Library.

Age Appropriate? PG
Cussing: Very, very limited.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Mentions of drinking.
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some graphic images of death. Some creepy psychic-ness (?).

Review:
Distant Waves was a book that flawlessly captured the essence of the early 20th century. The historical accuracy was painstaking. From the music to the descriptions of clothing to speech patterns to the attitudes toward science and spiritualism, this book really grounded the reader in the time period better than most period novels of today.

The voice of Jane was occasionally annoying, occasionally interesting, but in reality I am entirely indifferent to her and her journey. I found her slightly naive and boring. While her character had some moving moments and insightful opinions, I feel like, through her, I became much closer to her sisters than to her. Even after reading the entire novel, I feel a distance between me, as a reader, and her, as my hero.

Overall, it was an interesting take on a well-known tragedy. I learned a lot about Tesla and spiritualism and scientific opinions of the age, and I became genuinely interested in that period for the first time. Suzanne Weyn is and always will be an intelligent, creative writer, and Distant Waves was certainly worth reading. I just feel like it will fade into the background of my reading memory. If you have a particular interest in the Titanic, science history, Tesla, time travel, the psychic movement, or the early 1900s, by all means, pick up a copy! You will not be disappointed.

LINKS:

Suzanne Weyn
Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn review

3 comments:

  1. I am TERRIBLY jealous. I have been wanting to read this for like ever!

    Oh and the cover is just gorgeous!

    Thanks for the wonderful review.

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  2. I think the book was very sharp. It was like you were right along with Jane the whole time and now i can describe every person in the book.

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  3. I read the whole book and I LOVED IT. While I was reading I felt like I was Jane, it was so real!

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