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This might actually be my favorite book ever. Every word Collins writes has a purpose; either to progress the story, paint a picture of the world or develop the characters. I've never cared for characters more. My own emotions ebb and flow as the plot develops. I loved every second of it. If I have any criticism it is that the narrator could never be taken for a 16 year old girl. She performs well, but sounds like a much older woman (maybe in her mid 50s?) It was so distracting that it took me more than half the book to stop noticing the disconnect. Don't let this discourage you though. The story more than makes up for it and eventually you will stop thinking about it.
The plot and detail in this story make this novel completely riveting. There were moments where I was cognizant of it being a "young adult" book, but for the most part the descriptions, conflicts, and themes were engaging for adults as well. It's kind of like Lord of the Flies meets Survivor, and it is horrific in its implications about humans, politics, and sociology.
I've listened to many audiobooks, but this one really stood out among the crowd! Really! It was full of action, drama, suspense, surprise, and even some romance mixed up in all that. Kinda reminded me of a side salad( haha. no? No one laughed.. okay..well..) yeah, anyways, it was a really good book. Try it, you won't feel bad about it!
I read this book with high expectations. I forgot that it was written for teenagers, not 30-somethings. As long as you remember the target audience for this book, you will be fine.
The idea is interesting. It's post-apocalyptica US-meets-reality-television. Some creative concepts and visuals came from this idea.
The end became a little long and at times cringable, but don't give up. I was wrong about the end.
This page turner will keep you listening. Follow the female protagonist through a chilling tale of survival of the fittest. This novel will appeal to young adults as well as an older audience.
A young friend of mine (he is twelve) highly recommended this. I waited to listen to it thinking it was going to be too young. My mistake. Totally enjoyed the story and the narrator. Thanks Riley for turning me on to this one! I'm 53 and ordering book 2 today.
An interesting, can't put it down story. Good for any audience, except for graphic violence descriptions. Very well done. Excellent narrator. So glad there is more to come - it definitely leaves you wanting more.
This is a well written and narrated audio book, but it is in the end just a love story. My 24 year old daughter loved it and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series but I want be moving on to the next book.