Diverted me during long drives, had several unexpected turns despite well worn turf.
Alive, absorbing, acute
I enjoy the audio version so I can have hands and eyes free and still read.
I was shocked by the first few chapters, and that rarely happens to me.
She is a great narrator and I wish she had done all three books. When the story focused on a female,she brought it alive.
I wouldn't be surprised if this were to be made into a movie. My tagline would be: Desperate times call for extreme measures. Motives determine whether those measures can be forgiven.
I heard that the author published his books himself when he started out. Admirable. He is such a great wordsmith. I hope he keeps writing, because I will keep reading! The first book I read of his is called "Sand". Check it out!
People who read Popular Mechanics. A huge portion of the book includes lengthy descriptions of the equipment and the work processes and the industrial environment in general in very technical language.
No, the premise was extremely good but the story failed to take off or develop. So many amazing directions this could have gone but it did not really go anywhere at all.
Someone who doesn't read with silly voices. The voices ruined the characters and made them melodramatic and corny. Amanda's normal reading voice is amazing, Grade A reader; but when she tries those voices of man not good.
Probably not. Just had to give up - had no idea where this was going and a total disappointment in terms of a story
Did not necessarily detract - the story was so boring, it was impossible for the narrator to add anything to the listening experience.
Strong female lead character and a cool concept. Unfortunately, I didn't like the direction that the 2nd book took. I'm reading the 3rd now and am hoping that the tale redeems itself.
A better narrator. When Amanda Sayle performs male characters she uses this outrageous nasal voice that made me want to throw my phone out my window.
The first chapter was really interesting, but after that it became incredibly tedious and boring.
How do you prepare for an apocalypse? You create self-sustained environments. What if an environment lasted for generations? What would that culture look like? What superstitions might there be? Also, what if there was a designed enforcement procedure to ensure these environments remain viable?
Honestly - I didn't like it. While she definitely tried to create different voices for different characters. The choices were unusual and her pacing was strained. It did not at all sound natural, but forced. It was far more difficult to enjoy the book with her reading it than it was just reading it myself. Quite a few of the voices seemed to lack all emotion and the voices that did have emotion seemed out of kilter for the emotion that is being conveyed in the scene.
SPOILER: The moment that Lukas was visiting Jules before she was sent to cleaning. The possibilities of a blossoming romance seemed to be so suddenly over. The inevitability of the outcome seemed sealed and I almost stopped reading it.
I would recommend someone read *not listen* to this book. The narration is so horrible, it's distracting. Her character voices are incredibly contrived and overly acted out. It made me wonder how the process goes for hiring a narrator...is their work not reviewed prior to publishing the audio version? Does the author not have input? If I wrote this novel and heard it butchered as this woman did, I'd be mortified and defeated. Such a pity.
Bottom line: do not listen to this book.
Similar to Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner...post-apocalyptic nation struggling to exist harmoniously...
Loved the guy that narrated the Maze Runner series...
If Amanda Sayle had nothing to do with it...
I have only reviewed a book a tiny handful of times...and was so disappointed, I was compelled to provide my input.
I got this because it was a daily deal.... and the movie trailer for a upcoming possible movie... I liked the story. It still haunts me. I both wanted to hug and choke people in this book. Yes, I was involved. Hate the name; but I do not know what else I would call it...I get the reason, but there is so much more.
Certainly an interesting premise. The idea that people live in these 100 story silos essentially below ground begs the obvious question - why?. There is little context for these silos. Apparently that comes in book 2.
Initially I was not sure where the story was headed, definitely a couple of false starts. Once our heroine is thrust outside the silo to perform the "cleaning" the story definitely picks up. Unfortunately the story bogs down at times and is a bit contrived, even after we find out that there is life out there and that silo 18 are not the sole survivors in this basically uninhabitable world.
Still not decided if I will continue with the next two books. While I did not care much for the reader, books 2 and 3 are narrated by Tim Reynolds who is one of my favorites.
The story ends well if not a bit rushed but sets up well for a sequel.