16-year-old Marena is stuck in a world most teens would consider a bad dream. Ruled by a totalitarian style government, the country she lives in and its people have been beaten down mentally and physically to protect the government’s ideals. Revolutionaries are snuffed out or reprimanded quickly. Marena, whose mother dared to speak out against the atrocities of the government gives her life for the rebellion’s cause. Similar to her mother, Marena and two of her friends decide to form the White Rose, a secret effort to crush the government.
I found it very interesting that the story was based loosely on the life of Sophie Scholl and a small group of German students who formed the White Rose resistance group against the Nazi regime during WWII. The Silenced makes you think about what you would do if you knew something was wrong. Would you have the courage to stand up for what is right even if no one else was willing to take a stand with you because it meant death? This book made me think about the past governments in various countries’ history and how they failed and if maybe they might be tried again just to see if it would work.