Ambitious novel, but doesn't ultimately deliver. The narrator is very good and I was disappointed that he didn't continue in the second book. The novel is entertaining and occasionally thought provoking, but at the end of the day reads like an author's literary creation, not something real. The science is far-fetched (obviously not written by a scientist), but even more far-fetched is the society portrayed in the book or the ridiculous post-humans. There are 3 books in the series, but I quit after book two. Extremely rare for me not to finish a series. Biggest gripe is that the first book's ending is up in the air. The reader does not know how it turns out. So one would hope that the second book picks up where the first ends and carries the plot forward. Instead book two tells the same story from a different perspective and barely advances the plot at all. Upon reading that the third book tells the story from yet another perspective and barely advances the plot, I called it quits. Nevertheless, the writing is good and the characters interesting. It just wasn't the story I wanted to hear.
The story was fantastic, a little slow during the middle. The narrator was amazing as well. I went into this book without knowing anything other than the dystopian setting. I really loved it though.
I have not.
Jimmy, you're so funny.
This is a well constructed, intricate story with great characters and relationships. It's but logical. Is there hope in this series? Still waiting for that element.
I listened for 6 hours, falling asleep several times.
The story lags any highs.
The narrator does his best but with a boring book, there is not a whole lot you can do.
After I read all those great reviews , I'm throughly disappointed!
It is about a dystopian GMO holocaust, and very well crafted story. The last human survivor of some sort of plague shares how things went wrong, with the strange humanoid creatures that now populate Earth. The narration is very good, Campbell Scott conveys the various swinging emotions of the main character. The odd cadence of the "Craker" speech was fun to hear as well
I did not finish this book. At the beginning it was intersting and I enjoyed it. But it slowly (very slowly) turned into a sermon about the evils of genetic engineering. I think the author's time would have been better spent writing letters to congressmen and newspapers to publicize her political views.
I normally enjoy sci fi books that are cautionary tales or take us to alternate timelines but this allegory became a little too pointed. I felt the story's judgements and conclusions were being not only spoon fed to me, but that I was also being beaten over the head with the spoon.
I imagine it could be. It would star a popular television evangelist and enron's upper management.
I am only so bitter because at the start I thought I really found a good book!
Horrifying look at the future. A cautionary tale. A new kind of apocalypse, bleak but well supported. Bold statements about human nature. A likable and relatable narrator. I definitely want to read the next book in the series.
The whole book I was waiting for something to happen in the present. When it finally did, the book ended.