The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price

The Song of the Orphans

Daniel Price

“Dazzlingly original and nimbly told, Daniel Price’s Silvers series brims with mind-bending fun.”—Brendan Duffy, author of House of Echoes

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“A worthy and thrilling follow-up to The Flight of the Silvers; the wait for Book 3 will be tough to bear.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The second book in the genre-bending Silvers series—an io9 "can't miss" sci-fi pick—about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from our own.


The end of the world was just the beginning for Hannah and Amanda Given. Saved from apocalypse by three mysterious beings, the sisters were marked with a silver bracelet and transported to an entirely different Earth—a place where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances.

There, the Givens were joined by four other survivors in silver: an acerbic cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, an aloof young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had, and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their new companions embarked on a cross-country journey to find the one man who can give them shelter.

Now, six months after their tumultuous arrival in New York City, the Silvers find themselves in more trouble than ever. Their new world is dying, and a clan of powerful timebenders believes that killing them is the only way to stop it. The U.S. government has sent its most ruthless spy agency to track and capture them. And a new pair of allies—with their own terrifying abilities—endangers the group from within.

But their biggest threat of all may be the people who first saved them: the godlike Pelletiers. They had a reason for bringing the Givens and their friends to this world. And when the Silvers learn the awful truth, nothing will ever be the same.


Advance Galley Reviews

I tried to read the first book of this series so that I would know what's going on in this one, but I'm so bored of men who write about women that hate each other that I couldn't get past the first chapter.

After reading the prologue to this book, it occurred to me that this was perhaps a book in a series. I googled it and indeed it was. Feeling that I would better enjoy this book if I'd read the previous book, I proceeded to buy the e-book of "The Flight of the Silvers". After reading the first book I was then eager to read "the Song of the Orphans". This book is even better than the first. The action rarely ceases and there are several twists that I just didn't see coming. When I was afraid that the Silvers and the two Golds were all going to perish, I had to remind myself that there is a third book coming and enough people have to survive to make the third book interesting! While this book would appeal to readers of young adult books, it should appeal to adult readers too. (This adult reader is in her 60's!) I feel that I've been immersed in these books for the last couple of weeks. When will the next one be coming out?

After reading this book I have decided to read the first from the series as well. The story stood fine on its own, but I'm sure some background will make it more insightful on some of the characters and some of the terminology. I want to know more, and am excited to read the next book as well. Many creative ideas and visuals, a lot of characters and strange story lines. My idea of good Syi-fi. Great read for those who enjoy the mortal instruments series.

I didn't realize when I started this book that it was the second in a series. Had to put off reading this one until i read the first one and I'm glad did. Although this book is lengthier than I normally go for (700+ pages!), the story has such a flow to it that before you know it you are a few hundred pages in. Very interested in a third installment to this series

****I received this ARC from Penguin's First to Read Program!**** CHRIST THAT WAS GOOD! There's a LOT that I want to say about this book, so hopefully it comes out pretty coherent. I had heard from a good source (the author himself) that this sequel to The Flight of the Silvers would be even better than the first and yes, it was. Even though it was over 100 pages longer, I feel like I blazed through it even faster. The various pop culture references are so well placed and not forced, which is funny because all Zack does is force them. There was some action in the first installment, but here there was sooo much more. I felt like I couldn't put it down without knowing what was going to happen to my little orphans, especially Mia. I love the unpredictability of her character, even though we get glimpses of her potential future selves. She's the youngest and yet she seems to have the biggest heart and be the bravest of them all. The other characters all grew so much as well and all of the relationships and movements are so natural, you can tell that Price really cares about them and their individual stories. There is so much diversity in this book and it even brings in characters with mental health issues and not in a way that makes them token. They are real people who are badass as hell. The fact that each new installment brings in new characters while we lose some at the same time, keeps the dynamics fresh and allows for us readers to experience all the many sides of each of Silvers as they progress. Even though I was almost 90% sure about the big reveal that comes out before it happened, it still didn't stop it from hurting. It was so well planned out and didn't feel wedged in there for more drama. When it comes to the villains I'm glad that they have a cause behind them that we finally find out and that they wholeheartedly believe in it, no matter how much the orphans rage against them. They're? really well represented as being so large (literally) and so far removed from anything that made them even remotely human after their long lives, but still three dimensional. I absolutely love to hate Esis especially... My copy is only a borrowed ebook, but I am planning on getting my hands on a physical copy that way I can share it with my friends. Once again, I feel like this series deserves such a big following, and I dearly hope there is a movie franchise in this Earth's future. And of course, once The War of the Givens graces us with its presence, I'm going to snatch it up, too.

I don't usually read this kind of book. It was interesting but hard to get into. I quickly realized this was a second book in a series. It would have been better if I had read the first book first.

Just fun, thoughtful and engrossing. I'm always amazed at the page counts of this series because they feel half as long. Fast, fun and entertaining. Some twists you see come, some you think you do and others smack you upside the head with surprise. Not the deepest read around, but that's not likely what you're looking for if you've read this far. High quality fun read, not just mindless fluff to pass the time.

The same infectious desire I had to spend more time with the Silvers, only increased in this sequel, Song of the Orphans, which I ended up loving even more than the first! The Silver survivors have had a long and hard journey all the way from San Diego to New York as wanted fugitives, and people drastically out of their depth. However, all is certainly not well, even in New York. Facing the end of this world, having just witnessed the end of theirs, their neighbors once believed that their deaths were the only things that could stop a second Cataclysm. Now with loyalties tense, and alliances broken, the Silvers are going to realize they have a lot more on their plate: not only the Pelletiers, but also themselves. My absolute first thought, and I know this because I take notes while reading, was: I am even more obsessed than before. If you thought you were in love with them before, this book takes you deeper into the characters, their histories, and their future. As one of the main pieces of the novel that results in this glowing review, the characters in this novel go through more emotional events and a truly staggering betrayal that will leave everyone, including you, reeling. Additional characters merely increase the complexity of their relationships, causing you to form attachments, and empathize with the morally gray. Because of the amazingly intricate plot, Price takes us on an adventure where we are obsessed with finding out the answers. Who are the Pelletiers? What is this prophecy people are talking about? Where’s Evan? They never end, only some of these are answered, and even those fragments of answers aren’t enough. The plot thickens. Sides change and rebellions grow. The Song of the Orphans is even twistier and emotional. One of my favorite parts of this novel is the way that music is integrated into their journey. That’s all I can say without spoiling it, but wow, everything related to music in here touches my heart (but I definitely don’t spoil anyone because with a title like that, you’ve gotta know that music is going to be important). Additionally, from an idea perspective, I am enthralled by their situation in regards to the future. Let me be more clear, unlike the Pelletiers. Where they have the ability to see the multiple futures, prophecies, and even aim a gun, there is also no denial of their ability to change this future. This balance is amazing to watch as it unfolds and complicates the question of fate versus self-determination. Even when we begin to think our fate is written in the stars, it is our human nature to rage against the eventual sunset. And sometimes we even succeed. I am both overjoyed I got to read the second book immediately after finishing the first, but am also heartbroken I have to wait so long to read the next! I would like a temporal portal please, even if I get singed in the process. At the heart of these characters and this plot is forgiveness, choosing our family, and finding our inner strength. Mixed in are absolutely loveable, and flawed characters, a cunning plot that leaves you confused, and real discussions about the future.

Not having read the first in the series, it took awhile to jump in, but once you do, you get hooked. This is a very thorough story that encompasses many angles and characters, and how their lives are all intertwined- regardless of time or space.

"The Song of the Orphans" was such a fun follow-up to "The Flight of the Silvers" and a great read. The author's plotting and pacing are exemplary, especially over a long middle entry in the trilogy, though the novel's length causes no issues as it reads so well. The roll-over of answers and new questions is continuous, with a good amount of both drama and levity along the way. I really enjoy the Orphans' cultural references and in-jokes as strangers in a strange land. I like how the author keeps the action moving, as in "Flight," and always with just the right number of characters in the mix. Most of all, I really enjoy the way the author keeps a balance of conflict and camaraderie throughout the story, and it becomes more and more apparent along the way that everything in the story happens for a reason, even if it's not quite apparent at first glance. I am very much looking forward to the third entry in the series!

A worthy sequel to The Flight of the Silvers! The Song of the Orphans picks up right where the first book left off and runs away with non-stop danger and action that kept me glued to the pages - I devoured the book in 4 days. To have any sense of what's going on, you absolutely must read The Flight of the Silvers first. But if you like apocalyptic sci-fi you won't be disappointed in either book. Admittedly, when I first read the synopsis of TFotS, I passed on the book. But when I read the synopsis for TSotO and won a free copy, I decided to read both. I'm so glad I did and I'll be anxiously awaiting the final installment of the trilogy.

I started this book, but it was part of a series and I was not vested in the characters due to not being familiar with the setup from the first book.

The Song of the Orphans makes almost no sense without reading book #1, which I did. It is not a stand alone book. It is filled with popular SF elements: super powered teens and young adults, overlords, end of world count downs, pesky villains, and love triangles left unrequited. The Beatles figure prominently in proving one's bonafides. I like this book, and this series, more as YA than adult, because it lacks complexity in character and plot development. I was hungry for greater purpose here; the best SF offers a larger agenda for readers to absorb. That's missing here and so leaves the whole effort feeling more commercial than inspired. If it gets the author an avenue into other media, he should be happy.

Could not finish this book. Didn't realize it was part of a series. No interest in starting another series

These Silvers books give me the worst book hangovers. I enjoy reading them so much and they are difficult to put down, so I tear through them and feel lost when they are finished. I wish I had temporal powers of my own to ease the wait between books. If I had more willpower I would've waited until the series was finished to read all the books together - but couldn't do it - the books are just to compelling to me to wait. The Song of the Orphans is the follow up to the first book Flight of the Silvers, which really should be read first (if you have read it and need a refresher, Price has a nice recap on his website: http://danielprice.info/category/recap/). In the first book we meet the Silvers, a random group of people who were saved by a mysterious trio at the end of their world and transported to an alternate Earth. They adjust to their new circumstances and newly found abilities while escaping others who are intent on doing them harm. I found the ideas original and engaging and the plotting well done to balance action and the world building. I thought the book held up on the second reading and I loved it just as much the second time around. I was anxious to see where the story went and if the second book could maintain the freshness and momentum of the first book. The Song of the Orphans picks up six months after the end of the first book. We are quickly caught up and jump right in to the action. And there is a lot of action - at some points too much for my taste and the book risked becoming repetitive: battle scene, however will they escape, oh they do it, repeat. But just as I was getting a little nervous after the first big battle, Price throws in some good plot twists and turns that advance the story and keep it interesting (no spoilers, but one of these is quite the game changer and should make rereading the books very interesting with this new piece of knowledge). By the end I was completely swept up again with the Silvers and dying to see where the story goes from here. I like that we got some answers and understanding, yet enough new information and plotlines to take the story in unexpected directions and set up what I anticipate will be an exciting conclusion. 5/5 stars.

 


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