I'm torn with this book.
It feels very similar to other books in the same vein; a "special" female protagonist tackles a dystopian world. However, it does it far better than many others, and with slightly more mature content. I really enjoyed the world building in this novel, and Paige feels complex. That being said, It occasionally feels forced that a first person narrator would go through the facts of the world in such a linear way- wouldn't she already know them?
Despite this, the book is compelling, and I finished it shamefully quickly. I loved that Alana Kerr felt so specific to the story. The book won't change your life, but the story's really good.
This is a book you need to pay close attention to because of all the details. I did not like the story at first until I realized this. Once I paid close attention the story was fascinating. The detail and the story were captivating and at times I was frustrated because I was to busy To be able to listen.
I felt that the performance was good but because of the accent there were times that I had to stop and rewind because I could not understand the word or phrase that she was saying but she does have a lovely voice.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series. It is already on my wish list.
This purchase was not planned - I had accidentally purchased the second book in hardcover thinking it was a stand-alone. What a great surprise to find the series on Audible and be able to get the first in the series.
I loved the narration; her performance was perfect even down to gorgeous regional accents. I especially liked that she moved seamlessly from Irish to northern to American. Flawless.
I'm not usually predisposed to alternate divergent history stories, but I was quick hooked in and in this case, it allowed the story to unfold without the burden of too much world-building; leaving more space for story and characters.
Grey book and great performance!
While I don't often go for the supernatural/ethereal type of stories this one sounded interesting, and the story was heading in a good direction. Unfortunately I cannot get past the narrator. The sad whispering monotone voice destroys any life to the characters. Her breathy indifference deflates the story and any interest or connection to the world. With a different narrator perhaps I could've enjoyed the story.
This was my first time experiencing her books. The world seemed interesting and the story moved at a good pace. Reading might be the best option in this case.
The depressed, disconnected and indifferent voice never changes. Eventually it just feels whiny and annoying.
Great narrator. It is a good story but with fantasy comes all that none familiar and made up vocabulary & definitions to remember and follow. p.S. I bought the sequel and am looking forward to it but I had to re listen to remember the jargon
I enjoyed listening to this story, but there was a bit of unsubtle foreshadowing, telling instead of showing, and unsurprising turns of plot. The portrayal of certain characters (or the main character's attitudes about them) seemed inconsistent, and again weren't always backed up by our experiences with them.
However, these critiques did not significantly lessen my enjoyment of the story. I think it's a personal thing whether you will just notice or actually be bothered by such things. I liked the narrator a lot, but she was rather subdued, so listener preference would come into play.
I really enjoyed The Bone Season and immediately preordered The Mime Order. The world Shannon creates is vivid and engaging. That said, there were times I wanted to throttle Paige. In that way, I guess she is a believable 19 year old. Kerr's narration was great.