Saturday, March 5, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: At First, You Hear The Silence By Mark Fuller Dillon


At thirteen, Philippe can see his father trapped in a world of secrets and silence, a world with no place for honesty or courage. But when the walls of that world fall apart, and something from outside breaks in, the silence becomes a warning shout... and Philippe will be tested in ways his father could never imagine. This is a dark modern fantasy, suitable for Young Adult to Adult readers.

REVIEW BY: Angel, age 13 years, 3 months


This short story was fascinating and full of exciting mystery. 

This story is about a boy named Philippe. His parents and younger siblings go visit his aunt, leaving him alone. When he is alone, stuff starts to get weird, such as: the animals won't go outside, there is a dead silence everywhere, humans are shaped as birds, birds are shaped as humans and are out to get samples of blood from all the animals and Philippe. However, when his family gets back they don't believe him. He has to warn everyone that when they come again, all you hear at first is silence. 

My favorite part is when Philippe's dog, Isabelle, goes up stairs when she is scared. She knows she is not allowed to, but she does anyway because she is so frightened. 

I think that this short story should become part of a well-written novel because it is so exciting and the adventure is priceless. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 and up.