Once again this week, it’s my pleasure to host author Jade Kerrion – today for her terrific YA novel When the Silence Ends. Stick around for my review of the book at the end of this post, but for now …
Meet (or renew the acquaintance of) Author Jade Kerrion.
The Power of Sibling Relationships
One of the most underrated yet important relationships in our lives is the sibling relationship. In the typical course of life, most of us will expect to outlive our parents by several decades, and we usually only meet our spouses as adults. Our siblings, however, torment (or are tormented by) us in our childhoods, embarrass us in our teenaged years, and then miraculously, when they become adults, usually become halfway decent people. The point is siblings are our livelong, built-in relationship, yet we often take the relationship for granted.
My novel, a Young Adult spinoff of my award-winning Double Helix series explores the life-transforming power of sibling relationships. When the Silence Ends is the story of Dee and Dum, paternal twins who possess far more differences than they have similarities. In a futuristic Earth, one transformed by the Genetic Revolution, Dee and Dum find themselves on opposite sides of the spectrum. Dee is human (and boringly normal, or so she says), and Dum is a mutant. Dee is a chatterbox, and Dum hasn’t spoken since the age of five when a tragedy ripped their family apart. All they have left is each other.
Like many sibling relationships, Dee and Dum’s relationship is faceted. Dee frequently rolls her eyes at Dum’s obliviousness, but she isn’t afraid to jolt the both of them out of their comfort zone if she believes it will help him speak again. Dum rarely notices anything outside of his private world of music, but he will expend the full range of his mutant abilities in order to save her life. Between his silence and her lack thereof, Dum and Dee will find it in themselves to change their world, and the world around them for the better—just by wanting the best for the other.
The novel contains another sibling relationship, that is between Danyael Sabre, an alpha empath, and his formerly estranged brother, Jason Rakehell. Like Dee and Dum, a tragedy tore their family apart, and in their case it separated them for many years. As Danyael and Jason mend their relationship, always careful not to ask too much of each other, Dee shows them that there can be another way, and that is by living full out, giving and demanding the fullest that love can offer, because only then, can you change lives, and by changing lives, change the world.
When the Silence Ends is a fast-paced adventure about two young people coming into their own, but it is also unabashedly a tribute to sibling relationship. My sister who was a nuisance at best when I was growing up is now my closest friend—the one person to whom I can tell anything and everything. I am immensely blessed, and I wish you the very happiest sibling relationships too.
When the Silence Ends (Blurb)
What Amazon reviewers are saying: 5 stars! “Wow! When the Silence Ends is captivating! I laughed, I cried, but overall I could not put it down… Forget Harry Potter and Twilight. Every young adult should read this book!”
When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies.
Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.
The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?
America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants—society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary.
When the Silence Ends is the Young Adult spinoff in the award-winning Double Helix series.
Buy Links (e-books)
When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK
Buy Links (paperbacks)
When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK
Jade Kerrion unites cutting-edge science and bioethics with fast-paced action in her award-winning Double Helix series. Perfection Unleashed and its sequels, Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon, have been described as “a breakout piece of science fiction” and drawn rave reviews for their originality and vision. Her latest novel, When the Silence Ends, is a Young Adult spinoff the Double Helix series. She is also the author of Earth-Sim, a whimsical and compelling view of Earth’s history through the eyes of the two students assigned to manage our planet.
My Review (5 Stars)
YA Novel a Great Read for Any Age
Seventeen-year-old Dee and her twin brother Dum are orphans, being raised by a special council set up to deal with those like Dum – a mutant gifted with unusual powers.
Jade Kerrion’s newest novel, When the Silence Ends, deals with a time when Earth’s humans are divided in four groups: normals (as Dee seems to be), clones, in vitro, and mutants. The four groups are locked in conflict against each other – ranging from mere antipathy to full-scale violence. A “pro-human” organization killed Dee’s and Dum’s parents, leaving Dum scarred and unspeaking.
At least … He doesn’t speak with words. Dum – an empath with the power to alter the emotions of those around him – exists in a world of music that, initially, only he hears. How he uses his gift is a key part of the plot that I won’t reveal here.
Trust me … It’s good.
When the Silence Ends is, simply, a terrific book – another of those on my “to be read again” list. As Dee struggles to defend her brother against those who would hurt him – and discovers new allies and unsuspected enemies – she grows into a broader purpose. The four groups of humanity need someone to unite them, someone to remind them that, despite their divergent origins, they are all still human.
Dee realizes she must become that “someone.”
This is a great book for young adults, with an exciting plot, a message that will resonate, and a triumphant, feel-good ending.
If you aren’t a young adult, don’t let that label keep you from reading this book.
When the Silence Ends is a darned good read for us not-so-young adults too!