I love and have always been fascinated by the idea of losing one’s emotions entirely. I think this is why I was so blown away by Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series when I first came across it. For The Waning Age by S. E. Grove I couldn’t be more excited about the ideas behind this story. In a world where emotions begin to disappear once children reach their teenage years, the desensitization people have developed into as a result of this waning age has changed societal dynamics removing closeness and the ability to care about violence. But when Natalia’s younger brother, Calvino, reaches the waning age but does not begin to “wane” his emotions, he is suddenly kidnapped by government scientists to be tested and Natalia doesn’t react the way she is supposed to. All at once the emotionless state she’s supposed to have is destroyed and she becomes determined to save her brother, whatever the cost.
My dears, I need this book. I’m already looking into buying it as I write this post. I don’t know what it is about the loss of emotion in characters that gets me immediately interested in a book, but I’m really excited to see how this one goes. I took a look at the Goodreads page recently and while the ratings aren’t what I’d like, I’m hoping that the book is written well and manages to impress me somehow because I just love the premise.
I haven’t read any of the reviews for The Waning Age just yet and I’ll admit that I’m a little nervous to do so because it seems like opinions are rather varied. I’m definitely still looking forward to reading this and hopefully it lives up to my expectations. So, this book is definitely being added to my TBR and I hope to get to it quickly.
What do you all think of this book and its premise? Is it one you’ll be adding to your TBR? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!