See Through

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
Amy is a young empath stolen from her Normal parents by law on her fifth birthday - with deadly consequences. Her carefully constructed serenity is ripped away a second time when her empath community is attacked from within. *

This is a complete book, not a series. *

Note: Contains some violence, including hitting and emotional abuse of a child.
My estimated rating is PG.

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Words: 80,770
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301272464
About Felicity Banks

Felicity Banks lives in Canberra, Australia and has no magic powers she cares to confess at this time.

I talk about writerly stuff on facebook, so that's the best place to connect. Or my blog, which has a "Writing Tips" link on the right, but is mainly about my kids.

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Review by: Isuru Abeysinghe on June 01, 2013 :
Overall, this is quite a good book and an enjoyable read. The story is one of personal journey with strong elements of mystery/suspense, action and humor. I found the idea of the 'empaths' in this light to be a very interesting basis of personal perspective. I admittedly found it difficult at first relating to a person who could speak with inanimate objects, however there seemed to be an overall logic to the perspective of objects and it was well integrated in the ways that the objects themselves contributed to the story. On the mystery side of things, the protagonist is not immediately or even intermediately obvious; however makes a lot of sense after "he or she" is revealed. I particularly liked the end of the book, which I found gripping and thrilling. I did (agreeing with the previous comment) notice gender imbalance; but this was not too severe. The character of Amy did originally seem to be very simple minded to me; but later consideration made me realize that this was well-judged, since she was bought up in an isolated community away from the complexities of a regular life. As mentioned, it is a story of personal growth!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Phillip Berrie on June 01, 2013 :
'See Through' is a speculative fiction book written by a fellow Canberran. It's nice to see Canberra used as the background for a story, even if it is an alternate Canberra in a world where 'empaths' exist and a man named 'Jim' is the prime minister.

The author has some very interesting ideas regarding her empaths—an apparently viable mutation of normal humans that has suddenly appeared in significant numbers and across unrelated families through some unrevealed cause—who are generally feared by normal humans because of their psychic abilities, which go much further than what I normally understand the term 'empath' to mean. However, the reader's view of the empaths in this story is further biased because the book is written in the first person from the point of view of a particular empath, Amy. It is this bias that perhaps caused me the greatest difficulty with this book because Amy's world view is very different to all the other characters, normal humans and empaths alike, and I believe this should have been made more of in the book because of its importance and its ramifications about the world of the setting.

Things I really liked: I liked the way the protagonist related to the world (I just wish she had realised how special she was). I also loved the cats.

Things I didn't like much: I thought the first half of the book wandered a bit and I think the story could have been improved by eliminating some of the earlier incidents and escalating the danger faster. I also think there was a bit of gender imbalance in the main characters, which did telegraph the identity of the main protagonist a bit for me. I would also suggest that the author look at how she set up the fonts for her eBook. Courier is a good font for a lot of things, but it did look a bit clunky on my Kindle and even choosing the san serif option in the settings didn't change the font for this document for some reason.

My preference would be to give this book 3.5 stars, but as I can't, I will round in the author's favour because of the Canberra setting.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Wendy Bloomfield on Feb. 07, 2013 :
A world which looks remarkably like our own but includes some people who can understand each other and inanimate objects leads to even more misunderstanding and conflict than most of us, hopefully, experience.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: MamaBelle11 on Jan. 28, 2013 :
Witty, intelligent, delightful. Highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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