Book Review: Hope Defined by: Shannon Humphrey

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Createspace

Publish Date: March 8, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: HOPE
The torture began in sixth grade. Hope should never have told the other kids in Opal Lake that she has weird dreams. Or that these dreams inspire her to invent objects that fly. Now in eighth grade, she’s the outsider nobody wants. Things get worse when Hope takes the top grade in science. She becomes a threat to eighth grade queen Caitlin Crawford and her privileged clique for the school’s highest award, the prestigious Sky Honors.

Caitlin preys on Hope’s loneliness and concocts a scheme. As Hope’s life spirals, the dreams won’t stop. Why does the girl in them look like a perfect version of her?

Perfection is the only way of life the Scions know. In Tavos, they exist in peace, traveling through the galaxies, creating planets and manipulating stars. The standard of achievement is nothing less than excellence. Until the hard voices awaken Dinah. Deep punches pierce her. And the desperate eyes pull at her insides. A mysterious force begins to crack the perfect equilibrium of their world. Neither King Aleph nor Dinah’s father gives her the answers she seeks. Who is the withering young female in those horrible visions? What does it mean to… suffer?

Dinah is bold enough to pursue her own truth. But is she strong enough to handle Hope’s? 

Review: Hope is a very intelligent and thoughtful young girl who dreams of making things fly. Now at thirteen, she doesn’t fit in with the kids in her neighborhood or the kids at the preppy school she attends. She avoids the other kids, who like to pick on her, as much as possible and devotes all her time to science. This threatens some of her classmates who want to win the school’s highest honors and so they come up with a plan to make sure Hope doesn’t win. The plan works all too well as Hope is desperate to belong and while Hope’s life is now falling apart, her dreams become more and more real of a girl who can fly and looks just like Hope…but better. Dinah is a Scion on Tavos and she is held to the highest of standards as the Scions expect nothing less than perfection. Now Dinah’s dreams are haunted by a girl who is miserable and suffering. How are Hope and Dinah connected and what does it all mean?

‘Hope Defined’ is more than the story of Hope and Dinah, but the story of countless kids who deal with bullying every day. Hope longs to fit in and to discover if the amazing world she dreams about is real. Dinah strives daily for perfection as it is what is always expected of her, but the dreams and feelings of the hurting girl from Earth is shattering her world. As the truth becomes more evident for both Hope and Dinah, their worlds will never be the same. I feel ‘Hope Defined’ is a great book for parents to read with their middle-school age kids. There are a lot of different issues which can be talked through and sometimes a great book is the best way to facilitate those discussions. ‘Hope Defined’ will definitely make a lasting impression on every reader.

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