Dianne Gray’s The Eleventh Question will keep you entertained and asking questions
This is book #2 of Dianne’s that I’ve read, Wolf Pear was a very strong, 5 star book, Dianne has kept up the good writing, creative story telling and intricate plots with another enjoyable read.
Synopsis: The first ten questions have already been asked. Who will ask the eleventh?
Fifteen-year-old Arista McGregor is in trouble – she is being bullied at school, her mother is put into rehab and she is sent to live with a foster carer. The foster carer is a vet and Arista isn’t what you would call an animal lover, in fact she’s terrified of the things. Like any teenager she asks questions, but the difference with Arista is that her questions may spark a chain of events that will change the world forever.
Bookish things: 203 pages. The cover is lovely. I would probably reconsider the synopsis/book blurb since you know nothing of Cayo or the Seer from that, I don’t feel it accurately describes the book in its entirety.
I will admit, I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this one. Now that I’ve finished the book, I’m still not 100% sure what it is I read.
You get to meet Arista the 15-year-old girl who is mentioned in the blurb of the book. This part of the story is about self-discovery, dealing with emotional and physical attack, bullying and abuse. It does, despite this rather dark shadow, end up portraying a very positive story of overcoming fears, being more aware of your surroundings and seeing the positive in people.
You also get to meet Cayo the Seer’s Ayudante or student who is training with the Seer. He is also on a journey of self-discovery, but rather than dealing with physical and mental abuse, he has to deal with otherworldly aspects like ‘not mistaking reality for truth’ and being able to ‘see without his vision’. I liked his story probably more than Arista’s, but only because I felt it was incomplete (which happily Dianne tells us at the end of the book there will be a continuance of this side of the story in a new book). Arista’s story was more detailed.
Ultimately, it was thought-provoking, entertaining, interesting and surprisingly complex. There were, however, times when I felt I was reading two completely separate stories, not two stories tied together. This is the primary reason the book didn’t get 5 stars.
This was another great book from Dianne. Pick it up today!
A couple of things:
4% – last paragraph if chapter 1 is smaller font than the rest.
35% – ‘…looking down on the back (black) dog…’