Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1)

Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1)

by Trisha Leigh

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014980838
Publisher: Author Published
Publication date: 07/21/2012
Series: The Last Year , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 4,131
File size: 391 KB

About the Author

Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it's pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y'all. Most of the time. She's been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey's kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90's-00's.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are numerous, loud, full of love--the kind of people that make the world a better place. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they've taught, through characters and stories--made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR and CAVY FILES series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY and LOWCOUNTRY GHOST books. She's represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.

If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out her pen name, Lyla Payne, at

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Whispers in Autumn 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept that grabs your imagination and action and drama to keep you riveted. ?
DGS1 More than 1 year ago
Whispers in Autumn is a young adult dsytopian science fiction, but don’t let that moniker scare you. While that might be it’s label, Whispers in Autumn is really the story of a teenage girl who has always known that she is different. Only her difference doesn’t just make her lonely, it’s dangerous. The locket she wears around her neck with a note tucked inside proves it. It tells her that she’s Something Else, there are more like her, but to trust no one. In Althea’s world, people are dutiful and calm and Althea has spent her entire life hiding that she is neither. She’s accepted that this is her life until things begin to change. The Wardens have suddenly announced that they will begin to question students in Althea’s grade. And while her head is swimming with worry that she will be found out, she meets Lucas. She notices right away that Lucas isn’t quite “normal” either, but she’s been told not to trust anyone. Could he be like her? And what about the new boy Deshi? As the autumn progresses, Althea searches for answers because trying to blend in with the rest of society is no longer an option. The Others are trying to search her out and she has to find out why. Whispers in Autumn is not only a gripping story but beautifully well written. Trisha effortlessly blends gorgeous prose with sci fi, dystopian, romance, and a mystery so that you no longer see the monikers but just the story: A girl who not only wants to survive but wants to belong somewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this story. I love how the character find out what's going on with you. There is a creep factor that keeps you urging her to look over her shoulder, and you'll take a small peek over yours just to be sure.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Last Year’ blog tour. Thanks to Trisha Leigh.) 16-year-old Althea has secrets. Firstly, she’s not really Althea Morgan, in fact she doesn’t know who she really is at all. And secondly, she’s not like all the other humans either. Althea lives in a society where humans are brainwashed by alien life forms known simply as ‘others’. The Others seal the humans in an area surrounded by electric fences, claiming to be protecting them from the animals outside who carry disease. Humans are paired up at 16, are allowed one child to each pair, and always have a smile on their faces. They never feel emotion, not fear, or love, joy, or pain. It’s all bottled up inside and purged once a year by the others. Althea is different though. The other teenagers at school look through her as if she’s not really there, they never really see her. Althea feels all the emotions that the other humans don’t, but more than anything she feels alone. Althea has a message inside her necklace that tells her that she is different and that she needs to hide this. Althea doesn’t really know what the message is about, but she knows to take its advice. Another strange thing about Althea is that she ‘travels’. She spends springtime with the Hammonds, Autumn with the Morgans, and winter with the Clarks in Iowa. Each time she travels and wakes up in a different place Althea feels more alone than ever – who or what is she? Why does she travel between the seasons this way? Why has she never seen summer? And why does she heat up enough to melt things when she feels strong emotion? Change is in store for Althea though with the appearance of a boy at school who smells strangely of pine, and she wonders if he is maybe like her. He seems to feel emotions too, and he isn’t like the other humans, he doesn’t always have a smile on his face. But what is Althea really? Is Lucas really the same as her? Who are the ‘others’, and what are they doing here? And what will happen to Althea if the others realise how different she is? I loved this book. The writing was just beautiful and flowed so well. The story was well paced, and had plenty of mystery, and even a touch of romance. The world building in this dystopian society was complex and well-thought out. There were several differences between this society and ours, and even different words for things, eg: school was called ‘cell’ (a much better description if you ask me!) The storyline in this book was complex too, there were so many things that made Althea different, and made her life different that it is difficult to explain them concisely! I loved Althea and Lucas, they were both just great characters, and both had their own problems, their own quirks, and their own way of dealing with things. The subtle romance between them was beautifully done, and totally left me wanting more! I loved all the little quirks each had, and how they learned to use their differences to help themselves, and I loved the constant ‘threat’ from the ‘others’. It was also great how Althea and Lucas had finally found each other, and weren’t quite so alone any more. Overall; I loved this book, it’s one of the best that I have read this year! If you like books like ‘the hunger games’ you’ll love this! 9 out of 10.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Whispers in Autumn' is the first book in the Last Year series, a young adult dystopian that follows Althea and Lucas as they discover the truth about who and what they are, and as they try to bring down the Others before humanity is destroyed. I found this to be a really engaging and interesting novel. The writing was very well done and the plot line was amazing. I was hooked from the first page and I couldn't stop reading until the last sentence. The story takes place in a dystopian future - one that is super creepy - but the author did such a great job at world building that it didn't seem impossible that it could happen in our future. The characters are unique and I immediately felt connected to Althea and her struggle with loneliness and feeling like she was somehow wrong in the world. I really liked the character of Lucas - he was the yin to Althea's yang and they make a great team in the novel. The other characters - especially the Others and those that work for them - were written in a very edgy and chilling way. The setting was intricate and was easy to visualize, which worked well with it being set in a dystopian future. I thought the plot was refreshing and brought something really intriguing to the genre. The vocabulary that is used just added to the mystery and other-worldliness of the book, which I thought was a good fit. This book definitely leaves you at the edge of your seat, trying to figure out what's really going on and what will happen next. It was a great start to a series I'm sure will be just as amazing as the first book proved to be. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 8 months ago
An adventure.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Could do without the slow middle
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this, cant wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to finish the series excellent start. I enjoyed the character development the pace was perfect for binge reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the twists and turns. I can hardly wait to read the rest of the books in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I have to find the next chapter of this entertaining story. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. A very differant perspective. This author populates this world with strange and wonderful beings. I will be reading more by this autor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.. for a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an awesome story! I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping twist on alien invasion. Well written, addictive plot. I'm eager to move onto the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. Drew me in and I couldn't put it down. Would def. Recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant stop reading this book. Its so amazing, a little confusing but great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fantasy/Sci. Fiction fan. I often look at the free book within BN looking for new authors. With Whispers In Autumn I found a true jewel to treasure. Every page was filled with a unique plot, a fresh voice, and a page turning adventure. Reading this novel made me feel as if I went on the adventure along with the main character. I'll be eagerly awaiting more novels from this talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about 270ish pgs. It's geared for YA. Thought the story line good have moved a little faster. I think YA and light readers will enjoy this. 3.5 overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it interesting when a book or author indicates a work as YA Young Adult. Being a over 50 prolific reader, I felt this book good enough to be rated E for everyone. Top notch, top shelf, and top marks for this book and this author. And much appreciation for the entertainment it provided! DMB
ByeFelicia More than 1 year ago
Whispers in Autum is absolutely fabulous. Leigh has an amazing talent for story telling. You're able to immerse yourself in her world and come to love her characters. Trisha Leigh never disappoints and I'm quite anxious to see where she takes us on this journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first page I read and I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I was always so interested in what she was and what was going to happen next. I just bought the second book Winter Omens. I can't wait to read it and find out how she is going to find Lucas.