Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
When your heroes are all teenagers, it's pretty hard to tell a grown up story. Honestly, I'm seeing a blatant example of publishers reaching for increased revenue on a Young Adult novel by not marketing it as a Young Adult novel.
Fun(ish), but not much in the way of new ideas or story devices, and character development of such solid oaken construction, it would be right at home on an Amish-built show floor.
• Kids smarter than their folks? CHECK.
• Parents in perfect Mayberry marriages? CHECK.
• Bosses all A Holes? CHECK.
• Teachers all bigger A Holes? CHECK.
• School bullies get meaner and meaner till shown what 'fer by the hero? CHECK.
• Government officials all idiots not to be trusted? CHECK.
• Bad guys all self-healing alien zombies who look just like the rest of us? CHECK.
C'mon guys. Really? I'm sure teens can dig it, but the storyline is so clearly marked, all you have to do in the event of reduced visibility is follow white lights which lead to red lights which lead to the exits.
I quit at 5 hours in.
I don't pick books that are targeted to kids or teens and this is not one of those. I actually didn't know that three of the main characters were high school students and that's good because by the time I realized it, I was so engrossed in the book that I hardly noticed. Not only is this an adult series, filled with incredible science, espionage, international events and amazing story lines, it is a masterpiece of character development. I don't think I ever felt the kind of anxiety for the safety and success of the characters this series brought up for me. I don't know why...just really cared about every one of them. I think a lot of it was because this is more of a character-centric author, vs. situation-centric. He just didn't spend as much time describing the minutia if detail in the environment that so many other authors like to do. Instead, even his environment descriptions were really more of a description of the characters' experience, insights and realizations.
You will not be disappointed in this series. Just be forewarned, if you start with "The Second Ship" I can pretty much guarantee you'll buy the other two in the series and then you'll be left longing for more.
Yes, as the author was very involved in the book, and I would stop reading and just sit back and listen.
As the young people began to be changed by the alien presence.
As the agents who came to investigate began to realize something was not as it seemed.
No, but I listened to it in two.
Probably not though I am enjoying it okay. I know the three main characters are just 16 or 17 but their relationship with their parents are amazing sweet and sticky. Also, the kids are just so.... sweet. Also, I think Mr Phillips could have done a little more research on the psychopathology of the really nasty antagonist being both a sadist and a masochist and on the reality of this character actually being all he was supposed to have been in the Army.
Having said all that I think it is a great idea and the story is written more than well enough for me to want to keep listening because I want to know what happens next.
Maybe it's just me but are more and more narrators interpreting and performing the emotional aspects of the story for the reader now? The best part of reading, rather than listening to, a book is interpreting and reacting to the emotional aspect of the story the way I feel it. I hate it when the narrator does it for me and I think they are wrong. Without exception I like the narrators who read the book, with perhaps some characterization and some minor emotion, but don't try to ACT the book. If I wanted a 'movie in my mind' or 'a story in my head' I would listen to the serializations that are written and acted to be just that; but I don't. I am now starting to pay as much attention to the narrator as I do to the author. In this case the narrator is right on the edge. I hope he doesn't crossover that line or I won't listen to any more books he narrates.
I was looking for something new to read and purchased this book solely on the reviews. Fun story, great narrator, I plan to purchase the next book in the series.
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.
Audio books are wonderful but some sound so bad that I cant even listen to them. However, The Second Ship (as well as the others in the series) are excellently read. Reader is clear and does well when acting the different characters. Well done!
This is a tough question. I think I have to include all three kids. They are so closely bound that I cant separate them. While they sometimes seem to lose their perspectives at times, the always have the others at heart when it comes down to it. The book IMO is all about these three people. That's the magic of the story. Everything else is icing :)
I have also listen to Methuselah's Children read by Andrews. I prefer the Rho Agenda series but that could be just because I enjoyed the books more than Methuselah's Children.
No. To be honest the first few chapters were slow (as the often are when setting up a story) but once the story got going, I was hooked.
Take the chance and check this one out!
this book won't blow you away with creative characters or never-thought-of-before plots, but it's easy to follow, fun and gets you interested. you definitely end up curious about what is going to happen next... which is of course why i've already downloaded the 2nd book in the series.
compared to ender series or daemon/freedom tm books, this one is not as epic. alas, it's worth a listen and a fun time. so after you've listened to those and want more somewhat-sci-fi thrillage, this is a good one.
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.
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Like others, I like the idea of the story but wasn't particularly happy with the overly "High schoolers save the U.S. from itself" writing. However my daughter says it gets better in book 2 so I'm taking her word for it and listening to the whole thing.
MacLeod Andrews has a nice voice but is poor when it comes to womens voices..I think this is a book that might have done well with 2 narrators - a woman for the 2 young women protagonists might have really improved the way the story flows...but then, no one asked me!
Right now this good gets a ..Meh...average Y.A. novel from me.