The jubberty-jibbit of an evolved language in a dystopian future grabbed me right from the start. All the words made so much sense. The girlie Adara shares her thoughts on the way through a forest where she meets an assortment of filthy youths intent on throwing her onto the dirt. She needs her wits about her if she wants to find her brother. Her remarkable gift of song stands her in good stead as she learns of her foretold role among different groups, each more astounding than the last, on her journey.
Whilst I enjoyed the story and writing style tremendously, the serial-form ending came as a disappointment despite the clearly stated Book 1 on the title. I'd love the read more of the series.
The theme reminds me of my Higher Ground series, co-written with Edith Parzefall, set in dystopian Britland. My aura-seeing heroine Cerridwyn tells stories of the past. Some reviewers write scathing remarks about the heroine's astounding abilities, but lead characters need something remarkable to make them noteworthy.