great characters, great narration and once again just such a great story.
It brings you in so gradually. I wasn't sure how I felt about this at first, got up to the third chapter and was still unsure until I realized how invested I was in the characters and what was happening.
Very enjoyable to listen to, with fantastic narration! Some of his concepts or theories seem illogical to me, but as long as I dont over scrutinize all the little details in Sanderson's new universe it all flows. Google rithmatic diagrams to a deeper understanding while you listen. I can't wait for the whole trilogy 4.5/5
I work in the Automotive business, I have been a manager for the last 12 years, I like to listen to books on my way to or home from work.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys other by Sanderson - I even felt it had a Harry Potter influence to this one.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I didn't know what to expect with this story. I have other Brandon Sanderson novels so gave it a try. I was so surprised in a positive way. The three main characters are strong and develop during the story. An aging academic and two teenage students Joel & Melody. There are good supporting characters. This alternate world has North America as a series of islands. Nebrask is a place where wild Chalklings are kept isolated. These creatures are chalk and 2 dimensions. They can slide under doors, cracks to attack people. People under go a procedure at age 8. There is a religion based upon this. At a chathedral the child goes into a room. When they come out they are given a piece of chalk and told to draw. If it comes to life they are a Rithmatist. They receive special schooling, training and sent to the wilds of Nebrask for a mandatory 10 years. After that they recieve a stipend for life. This naturally causes envy and hostility among the general population. Part of this is because the wilds are so far away. Another part is the superior attitude most Rithmatists have. Joel was not chosen and wants to be. Melody is chosen and hates it. The two have to find each other and work through and their limitations. Joel also has a complex family history to work through. In the meantime something starts attacking and causing students of Rithmatic to disappear. They are presumed dead. The attacker appears to be a Rithmatist. The aging academic is chosen to try figure out what the cause is. Joel forces himself into the investigation. Melody is placed with the academic for special tutoring. She works her way into the investigation out of curiosity then interest and a growing friendship with Joel. I love the part where Melody says....thank you for not ignoring me....thank you for not thinking me weird. Joel responds...we're all weird,,,you're a little weirder then most. A typical teenage boy response. Each chapter starts with a description or explanation of some fact of Rithmatic. Fortunately there is an extra PDF file with pictures of these descriptions. This is a novel for the young and old, The ending is open. I hope there is a sequel. I hope it is as good or better then book 1.
Good, but not quite up to the standard of other Sanderson works. In particular, I felt the steam punk element (spring works) needed a lot more explanation and development.
He is such a good writer it's crazy but I hate that that he comes up with all these good books and I have to wait for the next book. this book overall has his feel to it and it's a nice break from books with hundreds of characters and makes for a good listen.. A must have I'm your library.
How does Sanderson come up with his ideas ?
He has become my favorite author and he never lets me down.
This book was awesome as usual.
The only thing I regret is that I cannot find any sequel to the book.