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Whispers in Autumn

Book 1, The Last Year - The Last Year, #1

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In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots. 

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone. 

The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes. 

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race. 

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.

Customer Reviews


What is the stereotypical descriptions made of Asians? Yellow skin, slant eyes, dark/black silky hair. Miss Leigh refers to them as Barbarus. Do you know what words could be linked to Barbarus? Barbarian. Not only that, but she makes them out as the human race's enemy. I don't know what transgressions an asian person may have done to make Miss Leigh, a college-educated Christian write this.

The story line is interesting, but I would suggest therapy and counseling for the author. If she reads this, I hope she can find forgiveness in her Christian heart and not go on such public platform and bash Asians again.

I have an open-mind and am considering purchasing the next book despite being asian myself. I am giving this one star in the hopes that she'll review my review as constructive criticism. Even if you hate a group of people, it's best to not publicize it; especially when you are trying to generate income from the sales of your books. Bless her heart.

You will not regret picking up this series!!!

I'm pretty sure it was Denise Grover Swank who got me reading Trisha Leigh. The two of them are BFF's after all. I read the first chapter of this book and it was different than other books that I have read. It is considered a young adult book, but titles don't phase me. If the story sounds interesting then I will read it. I don't care what the genre is listed as. That's exactly how I like my music and my movies, too.

Althea is a 16 year old girl living in a world where aliens have taken over the human race. Everyone is happy following their directions and plugging along in life, thanks to the alien mind control. But Althea feels different than the others. She has a secret: she can go to sleep and wake up in another time, in another home in another state and it's like she never left. She doesn't know how it happens, when it's going to happen or why it happens. She doesn't know how long she will stay each time she travels. She can't tell anyone about it and it's driving her crazy.

She meets Lucas and realizes that she is not alone. He is a lot like her and there may be more like them. They can't let on that they are different because they will be taken and become "broken." No one has ever come back from being broken. Any one who does not obey or submit becomes broken and disappears. Althea cannot risk that happening. She has been told and believes that she is different for a reason; that she can stop the mind control and release the humans from their prisons. But, at what cost?

I am currently reading book 4 Summer Ruins and because this series revolves around the seasons, I am inclined to believe that this will be the last book. I enjoy this series because Trisha is a fantastic writer. She has given Althea enough fire (hee-hee) and enough vulnerability to be believable. The task at hand is a dauntingly epic one, hence why it needs 4 books to tell it. However, the challenges that she faces and the struggles that she has to overcome don't seem over the top or tend to drag on and on for no reason. There is purpose to the actions and the problems that Althea encounters. This girl is trying to change the world and that doesn't happen in 1 book or without major repercussions or collateral damage. I would REALLY love to see this series become a movie. It has a chance to become something like the Lord of the Rings movies where the epic journey is started on in the first movie and it takes several more to complete it. There are some amazing elements in this series that would transfer well to the big screen. So go read this book and jump on the bandwagon BEFORE it becomes cool to be on it. You can look back with pride knowing that you were here from the beginning and saw this baby all the way from birth to graduation.


This entire series was so invigorating and fresh! It was great to finally read a series with so much originality that I had no idea what would happen next.

I loved it, so much so, that I had to go out and buy it in print as well! I recommended this series to all my reader friends and anyone else. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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Whispers in Autumn
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  • Level: Grades 5 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: Jul 24, 2012
  • Publisher: Author Published
  • Seller: Trisha L Ziegenhorn
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Last Year
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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