Hanna, Hanna, One-and-Two

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An intentionally mute and secretive young woman flees a fragile but ruthless government seeking to sacrifice her to a time-altering Device. More

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Myndi Shafer lives in Kansas with her husband, four kids, dog, and bird. She likes walking barefoot in wet grass, drinking coffee with good friends, and listening to vinyl with her hubby.

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Amy Shannon reviewed on on July 9, 2016


Johanna "Hanna" is a silent character, who doesn't speak by choice. She lives in her own world, where she expects those around her to just leave. It's an exciting story and the author takes the reader on the trail of Hanna, and how she deals with being kidnapped and having to sacrifice her silence. Intriguing story. Will seek out other books by Shafer!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Tammy Dewhirst reviewed on on July 1, 2014

The author, Myndi Schaffer, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

Shafer gives the reader touchstones that will spark the consciousness of a younger generation in her work. This is going to be that work that a young reader will read again and again well into their elder years.

For much of the book we know that Johanna harbors a vague power or secret for which she’s feared. She has a canine companion that she calls Joby but, of course, he doesn’t know that because she never speaks. She lives her life expecting Joby, a pet given to her by a friendly guard, to one-day just leave her life and she will go on because that’s how life works. The sense of desolation from this character is astounding. She has plans but little hope and to live each day without that sense of something coming next punches the reader in the heart. Matthew asks Joanna who is skirting the edge of a dance floor if she knows why they dance. “Defiance…. It is our reminder that a good life - even if it’s a simple life, an underground life - is worth fighting for” (Page 78). The impact of what this society has lost is stark and vital and one that readers will understand is to be cherished.

There is an expert flow to Shafer's story. The beauty of her construction is that its so well thought out. This is not an author who sat down and raced out a slap-dash story to post and make a few bucks. “Hanna Hanna One and Two” reads as a labor of love and I loved it.

There are risqué language and adult themes in “Hanna Hanna One and Two.” The story is suitable for older teens and adults who love good stories.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
Rhonda Hopkins reviewed on on April 9, 2014

Ms. Shafer has proven that she's a versatile author. I love her Shrilugh series and found I enjoyed this book just as much. She creates vivid characters - good and bad - that you feel like you know. Hanna is such a great character and I easily found myself rooting for her and her friends. Ms Shafer is a very talented writer and makes the action and emotions come alive. The world building was excellent. The book was well-written, and well-edited. A first rate read!
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)

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