The Waning Age

The Waning Age

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Determined to rescue her brother from the world's biggest company after they kidnapped him, Natalia finds her mission complicated by a serial predator, a boy who needs help, and the bounty on her head.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2019
ISBN: 9780451479853
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC GRO
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 22 cm


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vpl_teens Oct 11, 2019

Reviewed by Keisha L. for Teens Read it First

‘The Waning Age’ by S.E. Grove is a beautifully crafted science
fiction story that plays with emotions and hidden truths. Set in San
Francisco, the author creates a dystopian tale of 'the waning age’, in
which kids will become devoid of feelings and emotions during their
preteen years. The psychology behind the plot is very believable and
rings with a splash of truth that keeps readers strung on.

This book teaches others about selflessness. Although the main
character, Natalia Peña, is supposedly devoid of emotion after her
waning age, she still loves her brother with an astonishing ferocity
that penetrates readers through the pages of the book. In this
storyline, Peña is a fierce, loyal, and determined young girl who will
do anything to get her brother back, and her inner strength should be
idolized by elder sisters all around the world.

S.E. Grove helps readers understand where Natalia Peña is coming from,
her backstory, and her cunning persona. The Waning Age is a fantastic
read, and it keeps you hooked until the very end. Definitely would
recommend for sci-fi lovers and dystopian fans. 'The Waning Age’ is a
unique book who’s storyline aims to show readers the worth of our own
emotions and memories in comparison to a world like in this particular
story, where people constantly play tug of war with their own
feelings. In the present time, where our emotions are free, this book
definitely shows that our spirits are more valuable than they seem.

Mar 22, 2019

A dystopia set in a parallel world in which by adolescence people lose the ability to experience emotion, 'wane', unless they use emotion-enhancing chemicals from which they can pick and choose. It's also a hard-boiled detective novel of the Dashiell Hammitt variety with Sam Spade portrayed by a teenage girl. Her brother, to whom she is irrevocably attached via something that one might suspect is love, is taken for research by a corporate pharmaceutical company that manufactures the emotion producing drugs because he doesn't seem to be waning. An interesting read that might make an interesting movie.

DCLteens Feb 13, 2019

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. Natalia Peña has already reached the waning age. She isn’t supposed to have emotions anymore. So why does she love her little brother with such ferocity that she'll do anything to get him back after he's kidnapped by a Big Brother-esque corporation?


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