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Imagine a world where you're special because of your abilities, and raised believing you're doing something good. In LUMINOSITY, Seers are taken from their families upon discovery and raised in the Institution. They're trained in their Visions, and, once they're able to see clearly, tattooed with a raven's wings to mark themselves as true Seers. Beatrice is one of the most accomplished Seers in the Institution despite her youth, and sees more clearly into the future. Her Visions almost always come true, and she's been seeing horrific visions of war as of late. The Institution puts in more measures of protection, upping the way it trains to the point where training results in a Kill or Be Killed environment...for real this time. Beatrice is conflicted about such sessions, but afraid to say anything and be reprimanded. She also keeps quiet about the fact that one of the Institution's enemies, a Dreamcatcher named Echo, has been entering her dreams at night and telling her disturbing things about what's to come. What's real and what's a dream? Which Seers are having Visions of a truthful future, and which ones aren't clear enough to be right? who does Beatrice believe in this world of lies, half-truths, and whispers of potential futures?
Fans of dystopian novels looking for something outside the normal crop of offerings might want to take a look at Stephanie Thomas' debut novel LUMINOSITY. While there's still a controlling government keeping dark secrets, there's also the element of fantasy in that there are Seers who can see the future and Dreamcatchers who look into the past. The world of LUMINOSITY is different to the dystopian genre in a manner that reminds me of the way Gennifer Albin's CREWEL is unique to it, with a world built on a foundation that's new to us. It also helps that in both worlds, those "imprisoned" are treated as the cream of the crop, the best of the best.
LUMINOSITY also bears more grittiness than most dystopians. A lot of books get compared to Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Trilogy these days just because it's the "hot book," but most don't share the grittiness. That isn't to say it's a rip-off, either, because that's not what I'm trying to say. Mostly, I'm reminded of MOCKINGJAY in the way there's a death toll and more violence than what's seen in most dystopians. The age of the characters reminds me of THE HUNGER GAMES itself, where kids are trained to be killers, though this isn't exclusively limited to children as in THG, but training for a war between Seers and Dreamcatchers. The arena is a training ground, not Death Row, and the Seers must kill convicts, not one another. This also is just a small part to the fabric of the story, not the centerpiece. These are just small similarities that showcase the book's grit and the way it actually can be more closely compared to the "it" book than most in the genre.
There's also the potential for a love triangle in future books. At the moment, it's slanted toward a fellow Seer, Gabe, Beatrice's best friend at the Institution. He protects her fiercely, and the two of them grew up together and always look out for one another. On the other hand, there's potential for more with Echo, the Dreamcatcher who finds his way to Beatrice in her dreams at night with promises of saving them both despite the impending war.
There is so much more to come in future books; we've only scratched the surface at the mythos of what it means to be a Seer or a Dreamcatcher. What actually happened in the past, and what's coming in the future? I predict more darkness and grit in this series before society can repair itself. If you're looking for a unique society amongst the glut of dystopian out there, take a closer look at the world of LUMINOSITY.
Reviews of similar books mentioned that you may also enjoy:
CREWEL by Gennifer Albin
THE HUNGER GAMES/MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins