Title: The Eleventh Question
Author: Dianne Gray
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Blurb: 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.
My Review: It all starts with “Who am I?”
It is the Seer and her Ayudante’s job to oversee those who have the potential to ask the eleventh question. The idea is that since the beginning of mankind, humans have questioned their existence and purpose. To first time each question was asked, it led to consciousness and a paradigm shift across the face of the Earth. Each potential unknowingly starts from the first question ever asked and work through the ten. The eleventh question has never been asked and no one knows what repercussions it will have. The Seer oversees and helps those potentials. They are also to oversee the effects of the eleventh question.
Does my summary sound boring or dull? Well, the novel is anything but. Gray takes the reader into this world that’s intriguing, unpredictable and fresh. Gray keeps her readers guessing. There are plenty of plot twists to leave the reader not knowing what to expect. I also thoroughly enjoyed the wide array of characters but in particular the two narrators: Arista and Cayo.
One thing however, that took away from the novel for me is that The Eleventh Question is very philosophical. To be honest, at times I would reread a line three of four times and finally come to the conclusion that no amount of re-reading would help me understand it. For example, one popular idea in the novel that kept me scratching my head in wonder is: that you should not ‘mistake reality for truth.’ I know many of you may understand this but I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. At times I felt it was a bit too philosophical for me. Yet even this not take away from the overall awesomeness that is this novel.
The Eleventh Question is an interesting read to say the least. It was fresh and different and I really enjoyed it. The characters are realistic and relatable. It has it’s suspense, action, humor, drama and you are hooked throughout. Definitely worth reading and am positively looking forward to it’s sequel.
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review
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