The story felt daunting at first but once you got used to the ideas it was great. Sanderson has excellent characters again and a fun story that I felt invested in.
This was my first Sanderson book and I've been hooked ever since. So creative and unique. It was a great listen on a family car trip. Totally appropriate for kids, engaging, tense, and such a unique magic system. Very fun.
On occasion both the story and performance rise to heights unanticipated. This is one of those times. Well worth every riveting minute, every unique twist and turn. I can't wait for more...
I got this to listen to with my kids on a recommendation from my sister who had listened to it with her kids. We started it on a short trip and everybody was enjoying it. After the trip I listened to the rest of the book on my own on my way to work and back. A little slow at times but a fun and imaginative story. An easy read (or listen.). I loved the characters and the story had a couple of great surprises and turns, and left me very excited for the follow up book. When do I get to see the movie?!
the story and characters where just good, but the way he ended it was awesome, and left me thinking about it for days after. I recommend reading the BOOK, not listening to the audio on this one, as the book comes with illustrations that are important to the story.
I have put off reading this book for some time because I was afraid to be disappointed. I didn't want my beautiful image of Sanderson's impeccable writing to be tarnished. Afraid that to create a young adult novel, Sanderson would have to "dumb down" his writing, I stuck with re-reading The Stormlight Archives and Mistborn series'.
I have never been so wrong.
A story about 2d chalk monsters, geometry, and high school kids should not be this "dusting" good! Sanderson brought all of my favorite features of his writing to this book. To name a few qualities: character development, plausible yet abnormal motivations, useful dialogue, ten million plot twist, no superfluous scenes, and a very well developed "magic" system that makes you really believe it could exist.
When it comes to books I would want every teen to read, this would be on my top 5 list, right next Lord of the Flies, The Count of Monte Cristo, Fahrenheit 451, and Strange New World.
My only regret would be waiting so long to read or not waiting till the sequel was out!
And of course I must compliment Kramer! He is a master at voices! Every character has their own special inflections, tones, accents, and dynamics. And he keeps every character's voices so consistent throughout the entire novel(and even entire series in some cases). He really helps bring the characters to life.