The Whisper (The Riverman Trilogy, #2)

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • The Whisper (The Riverman Trilogy, #2)
  • Aaron Starmer
  • 11 March 2018
  • 0374363110

The Whisper (The Riverman Trilogy, #2) Twelve Year Old Alistair Cleary Has Washed Up On Shore But Where It Seems To Be Aquavania, The Magical Realm Where Children Create Entire Worlds From Their Imagination There S Something Wrong, Though The Creators Have Disappeared And The Worlds Are Falling Apart All Alistair Wants Is To Find His Friend Fiona Loomis And Go Home Easier Said Than Done Animals Made Of Starlight, A Megalomaniacal Boy King, And Astronauts Who Peddle Riddles Are Hard Enough To Outwit, But They Re Only The Beginning To Find Fiona, Alistair Must Travel From World To World He Must Confront The Mistakes Of His Past And He Must Face Countless Monsters, Including The Soul Stealing Stalker That Some People Call The Riverman, The Merciless But Misunderstood Servant Of Aquavania Who Refers To Himself As The Whisper

10 thoughts on “The Whisper (The Riverman Trilogy, #2)

  1. Wendy Darling says:

    4.5 stars I d like the ability to visit Aaron Starmer s brain whenever I pleased, because stories and characters just keep spilling over in a glorious jumble of images and words in this strange but wonderful series This story is a bit Mary Poppins, a bit Edward Eager, with a lovely, delicate undercurrent of philosophical pondering that sets it apart from other middle grade The plot is intriguing, the characters don t reveal all their secrets even to themselves and both books one and two have 4.5 stars I d like the ability to visit Aaron Starmer s brain whenever I pleased, because stories and characters just keep spilling over in a glorious jumble of images and words in this strange but wonderful series This story is a bit Mary Poppins, a bit Edward Eager, with a lovely, delicate undercurrent of philosophical pondering that sets it apart from other middle grade The plot is intriguing, the characters don t reveal all their secrets even to themselves and both books one and two have admirably complex structures I enjoyed the stories within stories, but my one quibble is that there might have been a few too many for the pacing of the story But still, the book is such a marvel that you kind of just have to go with it You try to resist a lonely penguin who cries on your shoulder I mean, really 3

  2. Eilonwy says:

    Three and a half stars, rounded down I ll try to write a proper review later, but right now I m just stunned by the very weird although not wholly unexpected twist this story took at the end of this second volume I cannot guess what the author is trying to do with this trilogy To me, this book feels similar to a combination of The Phantom Tollbooth and the Withern Rise trilogy A Crack in the Line Small Eternities and The Underwood See , the last three of which get darker and creepier Three and a half stars, rounded down I ll try to write a proper review later, but right now I m just stunned by the very weird although not wholly unexpected twist this story took at the end of this second volume I cannot guess what the author is trying to do with this trilogy To me, this book feels similar to a combination of The Phantom Tollbooth and the Withern Rise trilogy A Crack in the Line Small Eternities and The Underwood See , the last three of which get darker and creepier with each installment I m not entirely sure why this Riverman trilogy is aimed at middle grade readers, as I think my child self would have had nightmares from these two books So while I would recommend this series to adults as it stands so far, I don t think I could give either of these books to children under high school age and feel very good about it They re creative and fascinating and are making me ask a lot of questions, in a good way But they re also genuinely scary and unsettling So, maybe acoherent review will follow

  3. Mike says:

    The first sequel that s made me reimagine what I saw in the original.

  4. Mindy says:

    I received an ARC of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.I don t know On its own, The Whisper is a fine book, but as a sequel to the exceptional The Riverman, it s not what I expected or even wanted it to be The Riverman skillfully blended reality and fantasy, keeping the reader guessing as to what was real and what was fiction The Whisper, on the other hand, is purely a fantasy novel and I do love fantasy, but it s not quite where I was hoping this trilogy would go That being s I received an ARC of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.I don t know On its own, The Whisper is a fine book, but as a sequel to the exceptional The Riverman, it s not what I expected or even wanted it to be The Riverman skillfully blended reality and fantasy, keeping the reader guessing as to what was real and what was fiction The Whisper, on the other hand, is purely a fantasy novel and I do love fantasy, but it s not quite where I was hoping this trilogy would go That being said, I did like reading it Good characters though not nearly enough Fiona , good pacing, and an imaginative plot And it s rather violent and messed up for a middle grade novel, which I just love I m eagerly awaiting the final novel, but I hope it ll beof a return to the dark charm and weirdness that was The Riverman

  5. Jonathan says:

    Last year, I raved aboutThe Riverman , the first in a trilogy by Aaron Starmer Now it s publication day for book two, The Whisper, and I couldn t bethrilled for everyone and jealous I can t read it for the first time again.When we left off book one, Fiona had disappeared into Aquavania, perhaps forever Alistair realized that Charlie is the Riverman, accidentally shoots Kyle, and then uses the portal in Fiona s basement to chase after her What he discovers there is a world of ash, wi Last year, I raved aboutThe Riverman , the first in a trilogy by Aaron Starmer Now it s publication day for book two, The Whisper, and I couldn t bethrilled for everyone and jealous I can t read it for the first time again.When we left off book one, Fiona had disappeared into Aquavania, perhaps forever Alistair realized that Charlie is the Riverman, accidentally shoots Kyle, and then uses the portal in Fiona s basement to chase after her What he discovers there is a world of ash, with a sparkling rainbow river in it Left without a choice, he jumps in the river and rides it to another child s realm There he discovers another swimmer, a kid who has entered Aquavania through someone else s portal, and, not sure what else to do, follows her lead So begins book two.Perhaps my favorite thing about this book is how different it feels from its predecessor, and I mean that in several ways the narration switches from first to third person It s a strange choice, but one that ultimately suits the style of this book Riverman was largely about Alistair s pursuit of truth be it in Fiona s story, his relationship with Fiona, or his own understanding of the world around him and the first person narration provides a lot of really crucial moments of introspection Whisper feels a lot questier, like The Odyssey, because he hops from world to world and meets one strange set of characters after another we re less concerned with how Alistair in particular perceives what s happening andconcerned with what s happening to Alistair We want need the outside perspective on what s going on to map a change in Alistair.Another of the major differences is that not everything we read is about Alistair Interwoven with his narrative are several vignettes, stories about other kids who have gone to their own Aquavanias, have built their own worlds and given them up I can t express how much I adored these I believe in the author s own words, they are origin stories, and indeed one of them seems to be the origin of the magical otherworld and the Whisper They read like fairy tales, the real, meaty ones by Andersen Please don t ask me to explain what exactly I mean by that these aren t moralistic like Andersen, to be certain, but nonetheless I get the same feeling from these origin stories as I do from, for example, The Red Shoes or The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf Starmer wisely plays with the idea of the uncanny for much of the novel there s something inherently terrifying about reality , and the author exploits it to his benefit often I don t want to be too spoilery, but let s just say that Alistair spends a fair amount of time in a version of his hometown I was unnerved as he was by the tiny differences, by the slighty too flat population of the town But all of the children s created worlds are like this, shifted minutely and all the creepier for it.The thing I loved so much about the first book in this series is how creepy it was rarely am I made to feel frightened by a book, but there was something about The Riverman that crawled into me and made me shudder The Whisper exercises this chilly effect less often, but when it does, you really feel it the uncanny, as I mentioned earlier, has a lot to do with that, but the most chilling moment is without doubt the ending.However, if creepy is the mood word I use for book one, then lonely is the mood word for book two Alistair spends a good part of the novel isolated in other people s worlds even the sentence that I ve just typed should clue you in on how lonely it is Fiona was a lonely character in The Riverman, and Aquavania was a manifestation of that loneliness and an attempt to assuage it the other children who have escaped to their fantasy lands are no different, and between their narratives interlaced with Alistair s and the wastelands and abandoned creations he exploresthis book really punches you in the gut with feelings.Aaron Starmer, you re great You have written something delightful and dreary and dazzling and dreamy and destructive If the rest of you haven t read this book, or what comes before it, stop wasting your time We re so lucky to be on Starmer s journey Ugh.My rating 5 5http jonathanlikesbooks.blogspot.com

  6. Lizzie says:

    BUT I want it now

  7. Suad Shamma says:

    The Riverman was one of the best books I ve ever read I couldn t believe how Aaron Starmer s mind works for him to be able to create such a brilliant world with wonderful characters I had barely closed the first book before I was picking up The Whisper and jumping straight into Alistair s world again to find out what happened to Fiona, Charlie, Kyle and everyone else Before reading on, I would suggest you read The Riverman as I will mention things that happened in the previous book that you ar The Riverman was one of the best books I ve ever read I couldn t believe how Aaron Starmer s mind works for him to be able to create such a brilliant world with wonderful characters I had barely closed the first book before I was picking up The Whisper and jumping straight into Alistair s world again to find out what happened to Fiona, Charlie, Kyle and everyone else Before reading on, I would suggest you read The Riverman as I will mention things that happened in the previous book that you are definitely not going to want to spoil for yourselves.We left off The Riverman with one of the craziest twists ever Charlie, Alistair s best friend, is the Riverman, and Alistair ends up shooting Charlie s brother, Kyle, accidentally, before running off to Fiona s basement going through her portal and into Aquavania to find her He ends up finding Fiona s world destroyed and swims to other kids worlds, meeting new people, creatures, in a quest to find her.This is a very lonely book, following Alistair s journey as he meets a whole variety of strange characters jumping from one world to another This is emphasized by the use of third person in the book, whereas the The Riverman was written in first person I believe Starmer chose this path specifically because he wanted us to distance ourselves from Alistair, to intensify that feeling of aloneness and loneliness We don t know what s happening in the real world, we don t know how much time has passed, or how old he is now, but we know it s a long time in Aquavania time We also get a deeper glimpse into the history and background of Aquavania, and how The Riverman or the Whisper was created.I don t know if I can honestly say this was as good as the first book, but it was different for sure Good, but different

  8. Mbobrosky says:

    The tragic ending of The Riverman, the first book in The Riverman Trilogy, finds Alistair Cleary reeling from the events The Whisper takes off with Alistair bursting into Fiona Loomis basement, touching the suspended column of water, her portal to her make believe world of Aquavania He is transported to an incredible world, where his search for Fiona takes him from one fantastic adventure to the next There s are lessons here, some forcing Alistair to look at his own life, and confront mist The tragic ending of The Riverman, the first book in The Riverman Trilogy, finds Alistair Cleary reeling from the events The Whisper takes off with Alistair bursting into Fiona Loomis basement, touching the suspended column of water, her portal to her make believe world of Aquavania He is transported to an incredible world, where his search for Fiona takes him from one fantastic adventure to the next There s are lessons here, some forcing Alistair to look at his own life, and confront mistakes he has made The repetitive story of Una, and the guilt she feels for lying about her brother s accidental death might be a reflection of Alistair s pain Is this a dream Is this a coping mechanism for Alistair Is this simply a true fantasy Sorry, but none of those questions will be answered here The Whisper is an incredible ride The writing is typical Starmer lyrical and poetic The story is unusual, like nothing else Alistair s adventures will remind you of Alice s Adventures in Wonderland Only, these are evenfantastic The environments and characters from the tribal bush to underground caves and astronauts to the Riverman who calls himself the Whisper , challenge Alistair and force him to think and evaluate himself in his search for Fiona The issues that Alistair is dealing with are dark and adult The many references to trust and good vs evil, are a reflection of the torment Alistair is dealing with The ending is a powerful lead in to the next book My problem is, is how long must I wait This review is from an ARC, and The Whisper is not being released until March 2015 I have a year and a half to ponder and anticipate

  9. Steph Lovelady says:

    I liked this ambitious, complicated, deeply imaginative book but I didn t love it and I was trying to put my finger on why, so I asked my eleven year old why she was less into it than the first installment She said it was because the cliff hanger that ends the first book never gets resolved in the second one, the protagonist having decamped to an alternative world in order to avoid the consequences of what he did at the very end of the first book and then stayed there for the entire book Also, I liked this ambitious, complicated, deeply imaginative book but I didn t love it and I was trying to put my finger on why, so I asked my eleven year old why she was less into it than the first installment She said it was because the cliff hanger that ends the first book never gets resolved in the second one, the protagonist having decamped to an alternative world in order to avoid the consequences of what he did at the very end of the first book and then stayed there for the entire book Also, I think because a lot of the characters in this book are figments of other characters imaginations, they are not as three dimensional as the mostly real characters in the first book The parts I liked best were actually the flashbacks to the real world in which Alistair and Charlie s relationship gets further developed Some of these are really astute and well done I think the third book will take us back to Alistair s original life, but if I read it I may have to read it alone because my daughter has lost interest

  10. Leonard Kim says:

    1 Unlike The Riverman, this book is written in the 3rd person, making it a very different experience 2 As someone who thinks The Riverman is one of the best books of the year, I have to be honest in saying I felt generally disappointed throughout the first 2 3rds or so of the ARC 3 Upon reflection, I think this reaction is attributable to the two books feeling like they are of different genres By itself, The Whisper is fine, at times great 4 Genre aside, I think The Riverman is the bette 1 Unlike The Riverman, this book is written in the 3rd person, making it a very different experience 2 As someone who thinks The Riverman is one of the best books of the year, I have to be honest in saying I felt generally disappointed throughout the first 2 3rds or so of the ARC 3 Upon reflection, I think this reaction is attributable to the two books feeling like they are of different genres By itself, The Whisper is fine, at times great 4 Genre aside, I think The Riverman is the better book.5 I still want to read book 3