Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.
The Hunger Games - wrenching and memorable.
Multiple narrators bring the story to life.
An inventive and gripping book. Characters who you come to know rather slowly, and each is more complex than you originally thought. JB confounds your expectations several times, which I really appreciated. But the book is also filled with terrible imagery that was sometimes a bit much for me (maybe even worse than The Hunger Games). I love dystopia, but I can only take the post-apocalyptic stuff in small doses. That said, I can't wait for the sequel, which unfortunately, is not due out until next year. JB's descriptions of this burned out world makes you appreciate the small pleasures of everyday life that we so take for granted. The book has been optioned for a movie, which I would love to see, and I hope they do it justice.
This book is somewhat fascinating due to it's uniqueness. I enjoyed the story, but did find parts of it a bit unrealistic, but because of the world the author has created it didn't really detract from the story. All the narators did a good job bringing out the individual main characters. I will probably download the next book in the series when it comes out, but I'm not overly excited for it.
yes, its hard to get into and I didnt like how they changed narrators and didnt interact with each other the way I expected. but once hooked into the story line, i cant wait for the next one
I liked all of them, wished they would have interacted with each other. and i really didnt like the guy who read for El Capitan
yes, it obviously didnt finish the storyline
Plot line had the real potential to depict a horrible atrocity, but was undermined by the sing-song naration and a love story obviously taken from Romeo & Juliet/West Side Story.
No. I love this genere. And I love this narator. And I love a lot of her work within this genere. But it just didn't work here.
I love this narrator. I really do, but only when her smokey, sexy voice is appropirate to the story. In this incredibly bleak plot line, the slow, choppy, suprised naration ("Welly Goly!") makes the horrific tradegy of nuclear war into farce reminicient of Mid-Summer Night's Dream.
I would cut out scenes within the dome. I get it. She's from a world of horrific poverty; he lives a life so fortunate that he can't comprehend his comforts; when they meet, their love is fueled by a growing understanding of the other's world. Bla, bla, bla... = West Side Story. I bought this book because great inspiration for the horrors of nuclear war, and it turned out to be the same re-packaged young adult fiction books following a plot formula designed for budding teen girls.
Though the story is great and the performance is fabulously done by four different people I still found it very difficult to get into it overall. I will need to try to listen to this again and hopefully I will be able to give this book more than a 2 or 3 star rating or at least figure out why I do not care for the book.Slow paced and boring at times but I continue listening because I love the concept of their society.
I didn't love this book. I love Fantasy, Dystopia and Supernatural, but this was a bit too much science fiction for me. The concept is a typical dystopian story (there's an evil "head" of the world who treats the rest of the world like crap). However, the characters and their background are far different from other stories, which leads to an interesting story. The concept of "fusing", presented early on, is unique and conjures up interesting images in my head.
I'm not yet 100% sure I'll read part 2 due to the strong science fiction aspect, but give it a read and decide for yourself.
Narration: This is the first book I've listened to that has four narrators. I love this style. It's so much easier for characters to develop their unique personalities. Plus, I really love Khristine Hvam ("Iron Fey" Series) and Kevin T. Collins ("Beautiful Creatures" series). All audio books should follow this example.
Baggott does a great job of setting up this future world...where a dome has protected some while others fight to survive. I'm really glad I purchased this as an audiobook rather than reading it myself, as most of the narration was great! The narrator for El Capitain was especially incredible!
My high ratings for this book are based more on potential than in what was delivered...because...while the story held my attention, in the end, it was really just one big setup for the next book - introducing us to the characters and the world they live in. Baggott tries to throw in a little romance, but it seemed really forced to me. That is one thing I wish had been more fleshed out...the relationships that develop between the characters. The never have "moments" in which you see their feelings for each other expressed. Instead, you are just supposed to accept that one character cares for another.
Still, the story was very interesting and I'm looking forward to the next book, but not in a "I can't wait until it comes out!" kind of way.
When I picked out Pure as my next book to read, I figured that it would be the same old "End of the World" concept that usually gets overplayed quite a bit. Luckily, the postapocalyptic world that is created by Baggott is unlike anything I have read or listened to before. I loved how the scenery was described by Pressia, the ash swirling about her head. I also enjoyed the interactions between all the main characters and how each them got their own chapters. And despite the horrible world that they lived in, the reader could see that they were still kids at heart even if their childhood was robbed from them.
All of the narrators did a wonderful job when reading their own character's voice. However, some of the were not able to handle the opposite sex's voices very well and it was a bit distracting for the reader. For example, the voice of Bradwell (a boy) sounds completely different from when Pressia (a girl) is telling the story from when Partridge (a boy). When Pressia is telling the story, Bradwell sounds somewhat whimpy than from when Patridge tells the story, where he sounds gruff and rugged. It would have been better if the same person could do the voice throughout the book, no matter who is telling the story at the moment.
I like the book overall, all the weirdness and how nearly everyone was fused with something or someone. I wait impatiently for the next book in the series.
Not a typical book that I would read, however, I found myself intrigued. I haven't finished the full read however I am looking forward to the end. It is not a typical SCIFI book. Read it just for the fun of it. I am not a fan of multi narrators and have found this a little disconcerting.