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The Hush

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The Hush

Skye Melki-Wegner, author of CHASING THE VALLEY, and THE ELEVENTH HOUR brings Chester, a small town boy with nothing left but his own two feet and a fiddle. Since his father died, Chester has been traveling from city to city, attempting to make enough to keep himself fed through his performances, but Chester has a secret. He has the ability to connect to the Song, the force that runs the world, which is illegal for unlicensed Songshapers. After he’s caught accidentally connecting to the song, he is sentenced for death. Chester only hopes to stay strong until his end, before he is saved by a member of the Nightfall Gang.

"With a beautiful merging of music, magic, and the world as we know it, THE HUSH develops an intricate fantasy world."

Susannah, the captain of the elusive gang of thieves, is planning something, and Chester is exactly what she needs. He is introduced to The Hush, a mystical realm where there is no Music, and no Song; just the vicious Echoes, who kill anything with Music. Chester, Susannah, and the Nightfall Gang must work together to find what really happened to Chester’s father and seek justice and find out what the Songshapers are really hiding.

With a beautiful merging of music, magic, and the world as we know it, THE HUSH develops an intricate fantasy world. The idea of the Song and Music being so powerful and fundamentally necessary in this world was so intriguing, as music is deemed a mere enjoyment in our world. The Hush itself was also such a cool idea, as it’s darkness and similarities to the real world made it a constant source of surprise. I especially enjoyed how typical fantasy items like pegasi and magic lamps were sprinkled in with a normality that made you almost forget that they aren’t actually real.

Besides the world itself, I loved the idea of the Nightfall Gang. With a Robin Hood vibe, I fell in love with the group of thieves, stealing for the good of others, and becoming famous with their skill. Each character in the gang were so different from each other, but their contributions to the story were each enjoyable and helped pull the book together. The constant alluding to Sam and Susannah’s problems with Music kept me intrigued throughout the book. Travis’ flamboyant poshness, and Dot’s ingenious additions were hilarious and helped lighten the book.

Although this book had a good plot, problem, and conclusion, I never found myself blown away by the story itself. It was just good; interesting enough, but nothing extremely captivating. Besides one reveal near the end of the book, I was never shocked by what was going to happen, or wondering how something was going to turn out. Despite this the characters and unique world were entrancing enough to allow me to still enjoy the book.

THE HUSH, by Skye Melki-Wegner is the perfect novel for high school and middle school teens who enjoy fantasy and intrigue. Also, any music lovers will have to read this book to learn about how important Music can actually be.

Reviewed by Jessica K., Teen Board Member on August 15, 2017

The Hush
by Skye Melki-Wegner

  • Publication Date: June 6, 2017
  • Genres: Fantasy, Music, Western, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press
  • ISBN-10: 1510712488
  • ISBN-13: 9781510712485