I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
HIS STOMACH LOOKED LIKE IT BELONGED TO A COMIC BOOK SUPER HERO.
I did listened to all of this, but I almost gave up several times. This is another book that suffers from Trilogyitists. It also suffers from not knowing what it wants to be. The author writes mostly a YA book and then throws in gory fight scenes. In one scene a guy is strangled with his own intestines. There are also some sexual innuendo's, but not much. All the gory scenes put together could probably fit on two pages, but they are there. The plot is so convoluted that it almost gets silly. Do we need another teenage super hero book? If I heard, I FORGOT TO BREATHE, once I heard it ten times. How original is it to have the cheerleaders and football players be mean and evil? The theme of the book has been done so many times it worn out. The book is not terrible, it is just very common and over done.
The narrator is so bad at voices, that at times I not only could not tell which character was speaking, but I could not tell what gender they were.
I've seen several reviews talking about this being a YA book but I don't consider sadistic murder, kidnap and rape(?) to be appropriate for any YA. I stopped listening after the character kidnapped and shackled and tortured a young women in his basement. One of the reasons I often like YA fiction is because it tends to have less of this type of story element and I would not have wasted my money on this one had I seen a review that included this information.
Draws you in
I was pleasantly surprised at this book, finished it and bought the secon one in the series, and it was even better! Now picking up the third book, beware this just keeps getting better.
I found this book to be a typical young adult book in the way it was written. Nothing wrong with that but you just need to be aware of that.
I enjoyed the book and started to enjoy it more and more as it progressed. The stage is set for book 2 in the series which I've already bough and look forward to listening to.
I'd recommend it this book to a friend - not my top recommendation but enjoyable nonetheless.
I bought this based on the positive reviews, and for me this didn't live up to what I'd read.
There is a very interesting premise here, but the story is let down by:
* one dimensional characters
* too many subplots
* too much exposition
The author doesn't write convincing teenage voices, doesn't create characters we can identify with or care about, and certainly doesn't know how to create strong female characters. Women in this story are either simpering housewives or seductive vixens. It really grated on me by the end.
I'm not sure I care enough about the characters to come back for more. I need a break from them at any rate,
Warning - possible spoliers
I am far outside the target age for this book. It was a Daily Special and had a number of good reviews, so I took a chance.
The first chapter in the book deals with an insane killer. Later on another sadistic serial killer joins the story. I have a very low tolerance for explicit violence and serial killers. There was more of that than I expected to find in a book aimed at young people. It seems I am very out of touch with that age group.
The plot was predictable. I do not have enough knowledge to judge how plausible the science is.
Partly because I wanted to learn if my expectations of how the story would unfold were correct, I listened to the entire book. I skipped the violent and predictable chapters. The plot was what I expected.
I won't be reading any other books in this series.
I am normally not a big young adult literature reader, but I have to say that a friend recommended this book to me without saying the protagonists were teenagers. I have to say by the time I figured it out, I was hooked on the story. It is a great listen.
I was very surprised by this one. I bought it as a daily deal and found it to be very good. The performance was perfect for the book and it was well paced. I definitely recommend this series.
The Second Ship is approximately twelve hours of listening, read by MacLeod Andrews. Over 1000 audiobook reviews can be found on Audible.com. The story surrounds the visit to earth by an alien civilization. One ship is known to exist by the government and media. The Second Ship is known only to three teenagers who stumble upon it accidentally. Keeping their secret, they delve into the mystery and are suddenly gifted with unusual abilities. The purpose and implications of The Second Ship is the basis for this young adult tale as the teens scramble to avoid governmental agents, school supervision, well-intended parents, and a few bad-ass fellow students.
Don’t hesitate to let the kiddies listen to a fun SciFi adventure. MacLeod Andrews is a pleasant listen with a wide variety of voices.
I just wish books had a PC rating so you could avoid them. Really can't say much else about the book because I couldn't listen to more than the first couple of chapters.