I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
I understand that each person has unique tastes when it comes to storyline and writing style . That can account for sone of the readers posting reviews and comments indicating dislike . I would ignore any reviews that use labels or exaggerated speech indicating that Oliver cannot write or build a storyline. She can write and her storytelling is engaging and unique . You may not care for her style but I it is not accurate to say that Oliver is inept . Oliver has earned her place among dystopian authors with this trilogy.. This trilogy is skillfully written . Oliver writes from the heart painting emotions with lyrical metaphors and timeless maturity. This dystopian tale asks you to consider what a society would be like without affection, without love , and without the passionate entanglement that love brings about. In a society in which emotional states are over diagnosed and over medicated, (ours) it's worth pondering just what love is, and how we experience different kinds of love . Oliver is asking the reader to consider what parts of our humanity are vital even if those human characteristics cause pain and regret from time to time, Sarah Drew does an outstanding job narrating the 3 books in this trilogy . I would listen to her read the phone book!!! This book and the 2 prior to it are not YA novels. These are novels written for anyone who seriously wants to understand just how crucial human emotion, including love, is to a healthy society.
It ended well but this was a challenge to get through. So much of the middle is limbo, which is understandable. But the beginning was also kind of anticlimactic given the cliffhanger from the previous book. I hated the dual narratives until close to the end. Really what kept me going was the beautiful writhing and Sarah Drew's breathtaking narration/reding.
The emotions that are presented in this book are so very well written that you can feel where everyone is coming from and can't wait to find out where they are going. The angst and anger, broken dreams and hollow future projected put me on edge and kept me listening. Yet the personal stories and humanization of the futuristic landscape kept it on a level that I could connect with. I found that I liked the changing of the point of view narration, sometimes coming from Lena, sometimes from Hana. It wasn't a story told from just one side or one point of view. It kept the story fresh and pumping.
Definitely worth a listen.
Part 3 of 3 in a series.
The author kept the momentum going through all three books. Awesome job and not a difficult read, so if your looking for something a little lighter this series is a good choice.
I expect the third book in a series to give you real closure for each of the characters. Unfortunately this one does not. Too bad, I was really waiting for it to finalize a pretty good series.
Not quite the ending I had hoped for, but performed exceptionally well. Loved the character development from book 1. Wish the story had stretched out a few more books, or at least given an epilogue. A great listen, nonetheless!
Good book, great narrator. Sarah Drew is now my second favorite narrator (Lake Daniels is a strong first). She does a great job changing small details like rhythm and cadence between characters.
The book is a good, happy, hopefully ending to the series. I even bookmarked a couple of thought provoking passages.
I only wish there was another book. As crazy as it may sound, I will miss the characters in the book. I found myself cheering for them and scared for them. As my fingers can attest, this book is a nail biter. I listened nonstop even though I didn't want to reach the end because it would mean saying good bye.