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The Boy with Words by C.E. Wilson

The Boy with Words, C.E. Wilson, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Science Fiction, Clean New Adult Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Back Cover

Two Books in One Volume! (Five Seven Five & Five Seven Six)

White Frost has only ever known the darkness. Everything outside of her closed society is The Unknown – a strange and dangerous place accessible to only a chosen few. White’s only glimpse of the world beyond comes from her beloved cousin in the form of mysterious collections of words that hint at astonishing wonders. When an accident upends her simple existence, she’s given an unlikely chance to see the truth for herself.

What she finds is greater and more terrible than she could have imagined, and before long she is forced to make the most important choice of her life: does she accept her safe, limited world that she’s known or take a desperate gamble in a world not meant for her with the Boy with Words?


White Frost is a young adult who lives very cloistered society that is in constant fear of being discovered by "The Creators" who reside above in "The Unknown." Access to and knowledge of The Unknown is severely restricted, only a few people known as "the Chosen" are allowed to visit The Unknown to bring back food and items that are necessary for survival. However, White's beloved cousin smuggles pieces of paper with mysterious words that provide cryptic descriptions of The Unknown.

When White's cousin is killed on an expedition to The Unknown, White finds herself cut off from learning more about The Unknown until an unexpected source provides her with the knowledge she needs to seek out the answers to her questions. What she learns changes her perspective on the only home that she has ever know and leaves her questioning her society's way of life.

Will she accept the truth and challenge everything that she has been taught, or will she choose to remain blind and live the limited life that has been planned for her?


The beginning of the book has a dystopian feel to it as readers are introduced to the protagonist, White, and other members of the cloistered society that eke out a living on what The Chosen bring back from The Unknown. However, this changes when White makes her way to The Unknown and discovers the secrets that it holds.

White discovers her people's true origins, but the book does not go into any great detail about them. I was a little disappointed by this because I was expecting a bit more science fiction or fantasy and a little less romance. Having said that, I thought the romance was written very well; not overly "gushy, but it was sweet.

All of the characters were pretty well developed, even the ones that did not play a huge role in the plot. The characters mirrored the society that Wilson created, every character had a purpose and that purpose contributed to the plot as a whole. The setting was gorgeously written; it was easy to picture life in the society that White was raised in, and her descriptions of The Unknown will provide readers with a different perspective of the world around us.

Despite what some reviewers thought about White, I took an instant liking to her. She thought for herself, she was a trailblazer, and she was also what one might expect a normal young adult to be; brash and bold in some instances, but unsure of herself in others. I was rooting for her through the entire book!

I found myself emotionally invested in White's story. It was difficult to put the book down and I had tears in my eyes during the last chapter. While I have been known to cry over books in an ongoing series (three or more books) with the same protagonist(s), it is rare for me to get teary-eyed over a protagonist after a book or two. This illustrates Wilson's ability to draw readers into a story and capture their hearts with a compelling protagonist.

The Boy with Words is a unique story filled with enchanting characters in beautiful settings with a brilliant plot. While it does not seem to fit in either the science fiction or fantasy genres, it is a stunningly well-written novel.

About C.E. Wilson

C.E. Wilson, author, The Boy with Words, On My Kindle Book Reviews
C.E. Wilson, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
C.E. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, "Oath of Servitude," was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn't looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband.
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