The Silenced is a plausible dystopian YA novel set in the not-so-distant future, where dissenters are “disappeared”, there is no due process, children are sent to training camps instead of school, and people live in a closed compounds. It’s fast-paced and exciting, but it is not the best dystopian novel I have read. What it does have going for it are two things: 1) the White Rose, the covert group in the novel, was based off of an actual group of young people who called themselves the White Rose in Nazi Germany and 2) it’s much more plausible than some other dystopian novels.
You will see the modern world in this novel. DeVita did an excellent job drawing from real life, both in the United States and abroad. I wish I had known more about the White Rose before reading the novel because I think that would have enhanced reading the novel. The book is over 500 pages, but the ending manages to feel forced and rushed. The first half of the novel was great, but there were just some things that frustrated me. There were times when the sentence structure completely confused me and there were a lot of acronyms that I had difficulty keeping straight. There were also some things that were never explained and confusing. I recommend other novels over this one, but it is a well-crafted world and I think this would be a good one to teach in schools for its historical connection.
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