I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This in no way effected my opinion of this book.
There were a lot of mysteries in this book. Everything from who the main characters really are to the meaning of the title “Five-Seven-Five, was cloaked in mystery. By the end of the book, I received some answers, but other things were left up in the air.
The first mystery about the main character, White, is revealed somewhat early in the book, and if you have read some of this authors other works it won’t really be a surprise.View Spoiler »White and all those around her are only a few inches tall. They believe that their world is the only world and do not realize how small they are. They also live in the basement of an abandoned building and only a select few of them have ever seen the outside world. « Hide Spoiler
Just in case you skipped my spoiler, I will give you a slightly less spoilery rundown now.
White, and lots of other people like he,r, live isolated from the rest of the world. In fact, she and those people are so isolated that she has never seen the sky, grass trees, animals or other simple things of that nature that we all take for granted. When she ventures from her shelter and further explores the world (something that s forbidden for most people where she lives) she meets a boy named Kes who introduced her to the world.
This leads to some very cute scenes where White gets to experience things for the first time. She cries at the first sight of rain and falls in love with ladybugs, but she also spends a good amount of time simply taking to Kes. The two for an unlikely and cute friendship, but the romance in this book is lacking. That isn’t so much a criticism because all books don’t need romance, but this book read like a romance without the romance. I am pretty sure there will be more declarations of feelings and lingering looks in the next book, but for now, there’s not much to say on the relationship front.
If you read Five-Seven-Five, read it for the science fiction, fantasy, and adventure elements. The author does these things very well, and for that reason, the story held my attention. White is a likable and adorable character, and while Kes could be a little clueless and annoying at times, he was adorable in his own dorky way.
Because of mild language and some violence, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up. There were no sexual situations.