I disliked the authors combination of science fiction and grisly horror scenes with just terrible plot devices that are based on the 10-year-olds protagonists.
The characters we follow are just insulting to any mature reader. They don't appear authentic, they are both oversimplified yet frustrating. I'm not sure this author ever was actually a youth in the aforementioned horror scenes really make this book inappropriate for my children who might not mind the terrible logical fallacies that just fill the book .
Generally speaking this is shockingly disappointing decision by the writer, ruining what could've been a fairly good book.
I'm really at a loss to figure out how this got published. Is this an author experimenting and failing or is this just something that a frustrated underachieving university student threw together?
If you asked me what I thought of this book, I'd probably tell you I didn't like it. On the other hand, I'm currently listening to the second book in this series, so the story obviously gripped me. (For what it's worth, I'm having the exact same reaction to the second book, too).
This story isn't really science fiction in the strict sense. It's really more of a spy thriller with a sci-fi coating. There's lots of intrigue and plenty of action, with a couple of alien ships throwing technology all over the place to make the fighting and computer hacking a little flashier. It's a pretty good story, but if you're hoping that there's going to be some epic space battle, you're going to be disappointed. If you like the idea of James Bond with ramped-up technology, this story is going to sit well with you.
My main problem with the book is that the protagonists are extremely frustrating. There's a lot of what I call "bad decision theater." Basically, the characters will make strings of stupid decisions with little or no explanation about WHY someone who's smart enough to tie their shoes in the morning would think any of those decisions were a good idea. I turned off the recording many times because I couldn't believe that someone could be as stupid as the characters in this book.
There are also two minor annoyances that keep yanking me out of the story. First, the narrator mispronounces "SIPRnet." It drives me crazy. Second, about 25% of the "hacker jargon" in the book is computer/networking terms that the author is mis-using. It's really distracting if you actually know what the terms mean.
Even with those problems, though, I'm still continuing with the series. That's why I'm giving this book three stars instead of the two that I would otherwise give it.
I would recommend this audio book to my friends or to anyone who loves pure, unadulterated escapism. If you're looking for Arthur C. Clarke, may I recommend Arthur C. Clarke. If, on the other hand, you liked The Avengers movie, you'll love this story. It's a coming of age story about three high school juniors who stumble upon something both fantastic and horrible and find themselves transformed, becoming they know not what. Thrust into an adult world, they find themselves completely out of their depth as their once comfortable lives are shredded around them. On a deeper level, this is also a story about humanity attempting to make use of technological advances for which it is completely unprepared, raising very real questions about how much advancement is too much. If we can cure all disease, should we?
This book is told from multiple perspectives and MacLeod Andrews does a fine job of subtly changing his voice to give you the sense of who is speaking during the dialogue without overdoing it so that you are jarred out of the story. Well told.
This book is part one of a three part story. I really enjoyed the first act and look forward to the next two.
A thicker story, where things don't come together quite so easy. The way things flowed, and the characters, felt like young-adult fiction. A bit Disney, if I could make a comparison.
I couldn't finish it. Sorry, I couldn't stick it out.
Hmm.... For Teenagers, I think he did a job. Easy to follow, and the female voices were ok.
The storyline in this book is brilliant. It's majestic, but real. It's cynical, but on point. The content is inherently epic, but you still feel a connection with all of the characters, even if you decide that you hate some of them with a passion!
The ideas that are in the story are common place in the small world that is science fiction, However, the author threads the needle of the storyline so well, that as an intermediate sci-fi junky, I can say with true conviction, that the book takes you on an amazing joyride that leaves you wanting for more.
The narrator's range is sickening! How do you laugh in a completely different voice other than your own, and do it across various characters and still make it feel authentic is beyond me. It's not just the various voices that draw you into the story, it's also the little things that the narrator does, the pauses, the labored breaths, the quick bursts in emotion, etc.
I loved the book, and I am looking forward to the rest of 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.
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.
Imagine for the moment what might happen if instead of one, secreted-away UFO crash in Roswell there was actually another, a second one, that had crashed but had been left undiscovered until present day. Further imagine that it was accidentally discovered by 3 high school Juniors and by carelessly bumbling around and playing with stuff they knew nothing about, they are touched by the craft's intelligence and changed such that their individual natural talents are supercharged and they begin on a quest to uncover the secrets of these UFO encounters and the horrible truths being hidden by some Los Alamos scientists. Truths that, if brought to light, will not only put them in peril but the entire international community.
That's what we have here, then throw in some hyper-skilled crack secret agents tasked with discovering some strange occurrences at Los Alamos and that will take all their years of surveillance and martial arts training to just keep themselves alive.
The SciFi elements stand up quite well and I found the story elements dealing with quantum entanglement switches for providing great distance tap-proof eavesdropping fairly entertaining.
Along with Richard Phillips skillful writing, MacLeod Andrews narration is perfect for the telling of novel. His youthful voice is perfect for providing a contemporary tone to the story.
All told, this is an excellent book that will entertain YAs and older adults, both. I've enjoyed it so much that I've already purchased books 2 and 3 of the series.
The story line is fairly Good. The writer seems to drift the writing style from fun young tweens to very steamy sex and violence. The book does not clearly conclude. The book ends abruptly!
This was the most monotone and un-inspired reading I have ever listened to. Interesting story, but I just couldn't take it any more.
Seemed like an OK story,,,,