I rely heavily on reviews because I listen to a lot of books on tape. If you are a young adult or teen then this is probably right up your alley. Not on par with hunger games or divergent. Sorry.
You have to suspend a lot of disbelief. I just can't believe a 16-year-old girl would have that kind of medical knowledge, ability to understand those medical concepts. A nice piece of fluff but not for grown adults.
I don't consider this first novel as gripping as some but it does have it's moments. So I am not drawn to listening to it again.
The story is based on a trilogy so there really is not an ending only a beginning to the next phase of the overall story. The author should have done more to create a cliff hanger but it's a nice transition to the next book.
Good voice contrasting
It was not one of those for me at least. That said, I could never write a book as good as Dan Wells. Definitely a talented author but not as gripping as I would have liked. Character development I think is what really made the book drag on. Dan Wells had to establish a world and the characters in this first book so he could move on to the more interesting aspects of the story later on. Given it's average novel length this was a difficult task to do but he do okay with it. But this is what made the first book go a bit slow. Things definitely get more interesting in the second book.
You have to take all 3 books into context as an arch across the apocalyptic world created by Dan Wells. Be patient with the first book at builds on itself nicely.
Great plot and somewhat plausible.
Brings the characters to life, including the male characters
Lots of action and excitement, but there were points that evoked emotion, such as when Kira got over her feelings of hate for Sam.
Really well written. My wife and I are listening to the series together and truly enjoying it.
I enjoyed this book so much. I this book on a list of recommended reads with dystopian themes. I had not heard of this trilogy but gave it a shot. I really got swept away. It's not real deep but the story is interesting and I did not want to stop reading. I am a mother of four very young kids and a crazy busy household and audible makes getting my chores done more enjoyable;) I read anything and everything but especially enjoy YA with dystopian or paranormal twist.
Yes, the narration was spot on. The story line was different which made it more appealing
Of Course the end where Kiera finds the cure and gives it to Arwin. All of the searching and all of the deaths were worth it in the end
The scenes between Kiera and Samm were my favorites. I find myself asking "How could they end up together? He doesn't age" Then, "Maybe she will find a cure for that and they will end up together." Then " Wells better not kill off her or Samm. I will be forever pissed"
All in all, this was a very nice change of pace for me. I was looking for something new and refreshing; different from all of the "predictable" books. While some parts were rather predictable, the story line kept me at the edge of my seat. I love how strong and determined Kiera is. I cant stand a lead character who is constantly scared and whiny. I look forward to the second and third book. Hopefully the story line will stay well paced and not decline.
high school English teacher
The story really kept me interested. Very good non-distracting performance. Voice changes between characters were subtle but easy to differentiate. Great dialogue throughout. Enough scientific details about the virus to make it seem plausible. Good read.
Post-apocalyptic novel with intelligence and maturity. Only a small amount of the typical blind heroism that most dystopian novels display. But this is non stop and no mush.
The storyline was okay. The book did not get interesting until the last quarter of the books d even then it wasn't terribly interesting. I understand that some time is needed to build the world and characters but I didn't feel like it was done well with as many pages dedicated to it. I may or may not read the sequel which for me is telling on how good the book was.