I purchased this book on Friday evening and finished it by Monday afternoon. It is definitely an original. Although some books have similar concepts, I love how the love story is not flawless and how they portray real human emotions, flaws, petty concerns, and living with PTSD. The author does such an amazing job giving this science fiction story in a way that makes it believable and, at times, painful. She is quite an artist to be able to design her words in a way that paints this amazingly vivid picture with all of the humor, lightheartedness, and horror that it possesses.
The woman reading the story has a voice that is an absolute pleasure to listen to. She spoke clearly, fluctuating her voice appropriately and even changing the tone of it for certain individuals. Even with the many combined listening hours, I feel the book went by too quickly and will certainly listen to it again and again.
Great series! I didn't want to stop listening, like the entire series, well worth the credit.
Sometimes I got bored with this sequel. Seeed to drag out at times.
yes good narrerator
very suspencefull and fairly fast paced.
I always enjoy future histroys and this fit right in. Absolutely no profane language or even implied sex.
She is a good narrator with good timing and the perfect voice for "Catnes". Her other characters were distinct. You didn't have to try to figure out which person was talking.
It was very sad in spots, but it also had a lot of "feel good" moments and hummor.
Good does win in the end without a fairy tale feeling.
The performance of the series was conducted wonderfully and McCormick really put your mind there in the book.
For me, with little leisure time, but with maximum travel time it was. I miss seeing the words. The story was wonderfully read.
The entire series was read wonderfully!
She did not overact the various voices but it was clear who she was speaking as during the performance.
Its far too long for such a thing, the chapters are well spaced but end with you wanting to continue on to the next.
I teach business, economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. I love economics, politics, and philosophy. I hold an MA in Political Science and BA in English Literature.
Despite the fact that the basis of this story is lifted from ancient Greek history, reality TV and real wars, and the battle group's number "451" is unceremoniously lifted from Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451", another futuristic take on battling an evil, omniscient government, I found this story engaging just enough to finish the series.
Collins has a tendency to over-write the emotional side of the story, forgetting that the reader has a brain and can inflect their own ideas.
On the other hand, you can literally see the points when she feels she has gotten in over her audience's head and decides to not write anything at all. Instead the protagonist falls unconscious and wakes up days later to find that what, in real young adult literature, should be the conscious raising climax has already concluded, without her participation.
This irked me a lot. This should be the culminating event in the mental development of the young protagonist. The point where she has fought physically and mentally to overcome the obstacles placed before her. She is now an adult and can stand and fight on her own two feet. The reader wants a cathartic resolution. The character wants it. What we are all given is the proverbial "Go to your room while the adults handle this!"