Great story and premise but only if you can handle the main character being an idiot. The author makes us suffer through character development of Beatrice. It almost ruins the book but the idea of factions and how they relate to one another is excellent.
I truly enjoy the narrator In this performance. She is very calm and easy to understand. Unlike the first book, I find this book difficult to follow the storyline at times and having to rewind and listen again.
I saw the first movie, and the family asked for the audiobook. The plot has some interesting twists, too bad that those twists and turns don't happen in a believable world. It's not so much that the simulation drugs are beyond believable, I can "suspend belief" for more far-fetched concepts, but the whole world of the story lacks substance and the basics of civilization, while still pretending that some civilization exists. No one actually picks up trash, or cans food, or runs powerplants. That is all some distopian fantasy with a given invisible infrastructure, that wont actually work for the factions described. I can pass over the teenage raging hormones is the middle of battle, But the heroine's giving in to her inherent weakness compared to all the males around her, just seem to be the finishing blow. She spends too much time feeling the victim, for me to enjoy the story. I'll be interested in the conclusion enough to see the last movie, but the book/audiobook isnt really worth my time.