this book was recommended by a friend. I told her it was not a very good book. she said keep listening. I found it hard to get into. even thru the end. It was ok. not great. I have read better.
Yes... Not surprisingly, I found the story engrossing; But if there is one thing I have to say about the experience is that listening to the fantastic Narration by Sarah Drew has truly made this a listen I would (have already) recommend(ed) to others.
As far as the story is concerned; I love the way the author ended it. [SPOILERish] I'm not necessarily a fan of cliffhangers; but I understand the hooks use, and in the case of this story, I like how the protagonist is at a loss yet left with that glimmering bit of hope that in sacrifice, there may yet be opportunity.
Ms. Drew has made this book for me. Her character profiles and vocal assessment is so befitting the characters, that I feel almost as if she and the author spent hours going through background notes and read-throughs before a single word was put to sound. It's been a great experience and one I look forward to throughout this series.
The illusion of love... both a chemical response to our preternatural drive to advance the species & yet inexplicably linked to every death and atrocity committed by our species since the dawn of man; until now.
Lauren Oliver & Sarah Drew have made a potent mix in this paring of author and narrator. I truly look forward to continuing on with this series.
If you like dystopian stories this would be a good book for you.
At first her voice bugged me a little bit. After hearing the story for a few minutes her voice matched the age of the person she was portraying. The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life.
Yes. I was hooked!
I wanted this book to be for adults rather than Young adults. It lacked a certain level of maturity. Throughout the book I had to remind myself that this was from the view point of a 17/18 yr old girl.
I liked the premise of this teen love story.
I got a bit mushy but considering it's a teen love story that is as expected.
I didn't mind listening to it but I don't plan to read anymore books in the series.
I'd been debating about whether to read this book for about three years. The description was a bit murky--a world where love is forbidden and the main character falls in love can go wrong so, so easily--and I'm not generally a fan of books where romance is the main plot. In the end, I decided to grab this off Audible because the sample seemed like Sarah Drew would give a good performance, and because I have friends who liked the series a lot.
I will say, I liked this book a lot more than I expected to. But it wasn't fantastic. I recognize that this book is a romance first and dystopian second, so my complaints are probably a result of my own personal preferences and biases about literature in general rather than the book itself. But they're still valid.
Firstly, I'll say that I really liked that it wasn't just romantic love that was feared and forbidden in the book, but even love of family and friends. I wasn't expecting that to be addressed much, so the fact that Lena's memories of her mother's love were so important for her character development really improved the book in my view. I still wish it would have been focused on a bit more, though. Again, personal preference about romance books, but there you have it. This book did seem a bit flat at times because the instances in which familial love was explored were few and far between.
Secondly, I did like that Lena's relationship with Alex wasn't as fast as it frequently is in YA books that focus on love. They fell in love over the course of about three months, if I remember the timespan of the plot correctly, and they didn't get to "I love you" within a couple weeks. It felt like a touch of realism, and I didn't expect that in a book focusing so much on romance.
Thirdly, I thought that the pacing of Lena's discoveries about the dystopian world she lives in was spot-on. She had little bits of realization throughout, but the big reveals were spaced out, and she actually dealt with them in a variety of ways, depending on what they were, and reacted believably. For the most part, Lena was a very believable, convincing, and well-rounded character. It was just everybody else who fell a bit flat. Hana lacked an interesting character arc and remained unchanged from beginning to end. I know that the Cureds were supposed to be rather flat of personality and that was a major aspect of the procedure and the world-building in general, so I can't exactly fault Lauren Oliver for that, though it did bother me that we didn't even get to see subdued change. It would have been a bit easier to sympathize with the Cureds if we could see flashes of their previous personalities hiding under the surface, rather than them being cardboard cutouts filling character types and acting more or less as plot devices or background items.
As is the case with certain types of books, I have to say that the fact that I listened to the audiobook is the main reason why I enjoyed this book. Sarah Drew's performance was very satisfying. She really nailed Lena's conflicted thoughts and relationship with the world around her, and accurately portrayed her confusion as she navigated falling in love in a world that told her it was wrong. She made Lena come to life, in a way I'm almost certain wouldn't have happened for me if I was reading this myself. Drew's emotional delivery also helped carry the slower parts, and helped make the unbalanced focus on romance bearable for me. I plan on at least reading the second book, and I credit that entirely to Sarah Drew's performance. It's why I rated this book 3 stars instead of the 2 or even 1.5 it probably would have gotten otherwise.
My hopes for the sequel are that other types of love are explored within the context of the world, and that we see more of the resistence.
Yes I would recommend it! I would say only about 1/4 of the audibles I have listened to I have been excited about, and this is one of them. It has an interesting plot line, and an awesome narrator!
It is hard to pinpoint a most memorable moment, but all of the interactions between Hannah and Lena were great! Also I loved when there was a raid, and Lena was starting to realize that the government was corrupt.
I have not listened to her other performances, but she was great in this one! She definitely made this audible a great experience!
Love is deadly disease.
It did take a little getting used to listening to Sarah Drew narrate, mostly because she sounds very young. But after I got past the first chapter or so, I absolutely loved her narration! She did so good!
I liked it very much, and the reader did a good job. she made the main character much more likable than even the author had made her. There were a few lulls in the story, and some predictableness (a story about a society who eliminates the emotion of Love. Aaaaand one day a charming, mysterious boy suddenly enters a young teenage girl's boring life. Oh so forbidden!) but overall I was motivated to see how it ended. But dang, the story had to end on a such a cliffhanger, now! I decided to buy the other 2 in this trilogy because the 3/4 through the story it got more complicated. I like complicated. so, I hope it only gets more complex and intriguing from here!
Some parts were a bit predictable but overall it was a great book. The voice actress's attempt at male voices results in almost all of the male characters sounding alike, but she still did a pretty good job.