Yes, but not right away. Sometimes abit juvenile, then moving into moments of adult sci fi. Well written, and the charcters grown on you, but it is not the cleanest story I have heard.
Conflux of sci fi, science fact, conspiracy theory and thoughtfulness.
Consider follow up downloads.
Worthwhile, but know that it hints at younger fantasy, at least for me.
It's an OK story of the 'meddling kids' genre. It has the usual gaping plotholes. The kids are smart when that suits the plot, really radically dumb when that suits. Adults are 2-dimensional. Plot elements are taken from Teenwolf, ET, The Navigator, Berzerkers, and tossed in a workmanlike salad.
I won't read any more in the series, however, because of the dialogue. It's tough to write 'teen' dialogue, and this author fails. They sound flatter than any sitcom.
There's also a goodly dose of coincedences that will bug you. Finally, I had to sort of marvel at the idea of super-genius teenagers who can calculate the answers to mankind's energy problems, but who pee in the their pants to avoid being sent to the principal's office.
Weird, and not in a good way.
Skip this unless you want a book with all the depth and characterization of a Saturday Morning sci-fi animated cartoon. I suppose young listener could like it.
I have already bought the rest of the trilogy, but I don't think that I will listen to them for a while.
I will not listen to the next book in this series for a while. I will probably listen to some Stephen King.
The narrator was OK, it was the story and the writing that was bad.
I didn't think that anybody should be removed. The problem wasn't that there were too many characters. The problem was that this is a book written for young adults, kids.
No, I would not risk money something that might be as bad as this. I had to stop after chapter 4. The writing is terrible. Phillips should really stay away from writing teenagers.
Sadness, because I cannot get my money back.
The performance was fine.
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This science fiction suspense thriller throws in all elements:Two alien space ships with secret powers, a deranged psychotic sexual sadist, the Hardy boys and Nancy Drew characters, villains that cannot die, traitorous politicians, and an evil scientist. It is a a fruit cake thriller that will keep you as spellbound as a kid at a Saturday Morning serial.
I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.
In all the mentions of this novel and peripheral encounters I had with it prior to reading, it somehow eluded me that it’s what I would consider ‘YA’ material- the polarizing Young Adult label that either terrifies or ensnares readers in droves. Fortunately, it is undoubtably SF as well, and carries the theme of danger lying in wait alongside graciously given gift-horses. As stated in the publisher’s jacket summary, it is about the recovery of alien technology from crash-landed UFOs. There’s some promising conflict set up between two opposing alien civilizations from which the two crashes originate, but it is largely deferred to subsequent novels. The teenage trio of protagonists take on some superpowers, as they tend to do in YA stories, and struggle to save the world while keeping their secret from Mom & Dad. The challenges they face all played out very over-and-done quickly, even after some heavy foreshadowing, and so the victories seemed unearned. The three teenagers are also all written fairly interchangeably I thought, and I never full distinguished them in my mind. I will leave it to younger readers to judge whether Phillips successfully captured teenage thought and dilemma adequately, although I suspect his characters a bit over-matured. One satisfying technique used here successfully was to slowly weave together plot threads from disparate characters which at first seemed unrelated. With a number of unresolved questions and troubling character disappearances, we seem well positioned for a follow-up story, though I hope it expands the stage settings and characters.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
The plot was ridiculous. There is nothing short of rewriting the entire book that would make it more enjoyable. He had too many story lines going on at the same time. Having the main characters fall in love was absurd. I couldn't finish the book because it was so juvenile. I got the feeling that Phillips was trying to write a "Hunger games" type of series.
The narrator was fine. He can only deal with the material he's presented
Yes, the discussion of time travel was interesting
Don't waste a credit and I'm asking for mine back.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Tired of authors writing Young Adult stories vying to become the next Heinlein heir apparent? Me too! This was my mindset going in, and that thought carried me about three-quarters of the way into it; then something changed. The realization swept over me that I was engaged with the story. I began to care about the characters, to relate with them, even though I long ago left the “young” phase of my adulthood behind. Some of the elements put me off at first as too much in the superhero vein for my tastes, but Phillips was careful to give them a scientific explanation which dispelled my initial reservations, and kept the story firmly in the Science Fiction camp. This is the main appeal of this novel: it is classic Science Fiction. You get space ships from outer space, advanced technology bordering on magic, and a decent mystery to keep things interesting.
I can imagine Phillips taking on this book as a writing challenge; to craft a story that will engage the most jaded reader of modern fiction and prove that there is value in a tale told well. Forget gratuitous sex, Phillips doesn’t need it — although there is copious blood and violence. So, while I agree that this has all the characteristics of a Young Adult novel, it also has the features expected from more mature fiction. It does accomplish what novels targeted for any age group strive to do: keeps the listener interested. Young Adult? Yes. Worthy of your attention? Also yes.
MacLeod Andrews delivers a solid performance. His voice has a youthful timbre fitting for the protagonists. Some of his portrayals of women are a bit too masculine. In the main he does not intrude into the story, allowing the listener to fully interact with the story.
Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!
You know a book/trilogy is great when you read the last sentence and all you want to do is start the whole thing over again!
I loved this book, but I had to wait until I finished the third book to review them. After the investment of time to listen to all three, I can highly recommend them all. This is a fantastic adventure that kept me listening late into the night.
Three high school students are the main characters, but this is FAR from a YA book. Mark, Jennifer and Heather are smart kids with parents who work at Los Alamos, so they have some science knowledge to begin with. Then they happen upon an Alien ship, which they decide to keep a secret. Their curiosity about the ship causes them to end up enhancing their abilities in amazing ways when they plug into the ships technology.
You end up traveling with them around the world as they race to save the Earth from another Alien race bent on invasion and subjugation of the planet. This can be complex sci fi, but you don't have to be a full on science nerd to follow along. The relationships drive this story, and I came to care very much about the kids and their friends.
I loved it, and will reread again!
MacLeod Andrews reads all three books and does a great job.