The Silence

The Silence

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In the darkness of a underground cave system, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed... Swarming from their prison, the creatures thrive and destroy. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death. As the hordes lay waste to Europe, a girl watches to see if they will cross the sea. Deaf for many years, she knows how to live in silence; now, it is her family's only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others, to find a remote haven where they can sit out the plague. But will it ever end? And what kind of world will be left?
Publisher: London : Titan Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781781168820
Branch Call Number: PB Lebbo
Characteristics: 398 pages ; 18 cm.

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Science fiction horror. Lebbon brings the creepy with an underground cave system, blind monsters that hunt by sound (until one day they escape to wreak havoc across Europe) and one deaf girl determined to save her family.


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Sarah1984
May 05, 2016

SPOILERS!!!! SPOILERS!!!! SPOILERS!!!!

15/7 - Absolutely, terrifyingly fantastic!!!! So realistic that it felt like I was reading someone’s memoirs of the time when the vesps came rather than a tale imagined by a very creative, but twisted author. The monsters he’s created here are truly horrifying and I was worried, after the night of reading (actually only last night, now that I think about it) during which the vesps first started decimating the Eastern European countries, that I would have nightmares about trying to flee from an unknown horror but never getting anywhere. I didn’t, I read till 12:30 and then slept like a log.

I was going to start my review this morning (before I actually finished the book), but my internet was down (still is as I’m writing this), so I decided to keep reading instead. Now I’ve gone and finished the book altogether, without ever getting the chance to write a midway review. Oh well, your loss, my enthralling gain. I had a number of staggering insights I was going to share with you, too, but I’ve forgotten most of them now. One of the things I wanted to mention that I haven’t forgotten is that the character of Lynne and her death immediately reminded of the grandmother character from the movieDante’s Peak. Both were tough, uncompromising old ladies who had lost their husbands, but still had their daughters and grandchildren to live for. Both died excruciating deaths saving their families. Neither death was in vain – their families survived the apocalypse.

Whenever I read apocalypse books I put myself into the apocalyptic situation and usually imagine my likely death because whenever there’s an apocalypse medical supplies are some of the first things to go. As a diabetic I can’t last long without my insulin. Even with food shortages and therefore needing less insulin every day, and assuming that I just happened to have filled my prescription the day before the apocalypse hit I would probably only last six months if I was lucky, and the last days would not be happy ones as I slowly got sicker and sicker. Considering all that and the likelihood that ‘the rescue’ would take longer than six months to arrive (if it ever did) I would probably choose to die in the initial disaster, never knowing what was coming.

Is there going to be a sequel? 18 hours (dinner interrupted my writing last night and then I couldn’t be bothered continuing, I had another book I wanted to start and it wasn’t like there was any rush to get it written) after I mentioned that I couldn’t get on the internet I’m still connectionless and it’s really becoming a pain in the neck. The ending seemed set for a future book, but I can’t check because I HAVE NO INTERNET. I also can’t check which book is next in the library due date waiting line, so I don’t know which one needs to be read most urgently. Even more annoyingly I can’t re-borrow books which aren’t going to get read before their due dates come up. I think I’m going to have to make an unscheduled trip to the library tomorrow just to do some re-borrowing. I shouldn’t have to leave the house for something as simple and easy as re-borrowing a library book (you can tell I couldn’t get by without my internet for very long). Anyway, if there is a sequel I will definitely read it.

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BWilsoned
Oct 08, 2015

Just because you find a huge cave without an opening (is that really a cave?) doesn't mean you should make a hole and go exploring. Part cautionary tale, part horror, this gripping story wouldn't let me put it down. From a newly discovered, and apparently quite unique ecosytem, Moldovan cave comes a swarm of horrifying, flying, carnivorous creatures (think kitten-sized blind piranhas) that use echolocation to navigate and sound to hone in on prey.
You're thinking, "well, Moldova is pretty far from here," aren't you? Yeah, that's what the main characters (and all the rest, except the Moldovans) thought when they saw the first scenes from the cave disaster. What happens next is heart-pounding, taut, tense yet not as gory as you're probably thinking it will be (unless someone makes a movie of it). Elly's been deaf since the car accident that killed her paternal grandparents, so she's used to silence, but if her family is going to survive, she'll have to help them adjust to it, too. When it becomes clear just how fast the creatures are reproducing and traveling, Elly, her brother, Mum, Dad, and maternal grandmother decide to make a run for a remote family place in Scotland; and their conveniently gun-handy, Land Rover-driving family friend comes, too. Read this one and find out how their journey goes and how civilization as we know it (or think we know it) falls apart as survival instincts kick into high gear.

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MintyFreeze
Jun 13, 2015

I liked this book. The interesting thing and unique about this book was how well it built up anticipation and suspense while you waited for the "monsters" to arrive. I felt the same urgency as the characters did. And started to dread the moment that the creatures would actually arrive.
The plot is character driven and the characters are easy to relate to. The chaos, as it unfolds, is well detailed.

I would recommend this book.

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