I picked this book up without knowing much about it. It appears to be the first of a series, and I can't wait for the next book. The story, while fantastic, is thoughtful, logical, and entertaining. The characters are interesting, if sometimes intentionally corny, and I got sucked into the relationships and character development pretty quickly. The universe that Sanderson defines is a great place to explore.
Macleod Andrews does an excellent job of narration. His characterizations are unique and are not to be confused with Sandman Slim and company. He's become one of my favorite narrators. I hope he stays with the series.
If you like good sci fi/fantasy I think you will enjoy this book. I went in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised to find this gem.
This is a great book and an excellent premise. Superpowers don't make you heroic; power corrupts. It's a refreshing new take on the whole super-powered genre.
By far it had to be the Prologue where we were introduced to the Universe and the cruelty of the 'Epic' menis.
His wide array of vocal styles. He captured the brashness of youth, the voices of experience and it was very very easy to know which person was talking at any one moment.
Once again... A moment in the Prologue where one of the characters does something (no spoilers) Let's just say you will want to give your kids a hug when it happens.
This was a fantastic book. Full of action, good dabs of humor and an ending that I never saw coming. The next book in the series can't come soon enough. Brandon Sanderson has really created a rich world and the options going forward are nearly endless.
I loved this book. A new view on humans gaining superpowers. Just because they have power doesn't mean they'll be good. Once I started it I couldn't stop listening until I was finished. I did stop in the middle to go to bed finally, but started it as soon as I woke up. It was such a great story, with some unexpected twists and surprises. I love the way Brandon Sanderson writes. Look forward to the next in this series. It's great to have another book series for teens that is appropriate, and completely riveting. My children ranging from 6 to 14 are voracious readers. It's hard to find really good books that are up to date and keep there attention. For my 14 year old, she's started turning toward books that are very dark and not helpful in a world full of negative outlooks and crazy people already. This book has bad things happening to a kid who in the end sees his story in a hopeful way. I really love finding books like this that keep them enjoying every minute of it as well as not leaving them with an even more negative and horrid look on the future. Truthfully, this book is like a movie unfolding right in front of me. (Of course a movie couldn't express how involved and in-depth the characters are, but it read like a movie.)
I really enjoyed his reading of the book. I don't know if I could say anything stood out to me as to why, but he read it very well. I was hooked.
I actually cried and laughed at several parts of the book. So to me that's the sign of a great writer (and reader for audio books).
love the story and cast of characters! if i have one complaint it would be that Brandon Sanderson is spreading himself thin with all the books he is working on so its making us wait for the next book in this series!
It takes great skill to keep a story this fast-paced from beginning to end and still develop solid, dynamic characters. The plot twists were solidly built but still managed to be surprising. The author also managed to build a solid alternate world and make its illogic work by simply acknowledging it. I won't summarize the plot. Suffice it to say it's a fantastic, unique action/sci-fi/thriller that's very accessible.
Great work from first word to last word.
My only disappointment: I got through it too fast. But that's on me--I listened at every opportunity, and even made some opportunities to listen. I don't do that with most audiobooks.
The reading was also outstanding, with each character getting distincting voices and a solid narrative.
I will definitely be checking out the rest Brandon Sanderson's works.
Macleod Andrews is one of my favorite narrators. Brandon Sanderson is brilliant, especially when he manages to put out a fast paced book as opposed to a long, drawn out, over-detailed sleep inducer. Blessedly, this is a fast paced, interesting, engaging, and overall fun book with Macleod doing it justice like only he can.
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Clear character development and delivery of character roles made for a fun and energetic experience. I have listened to the story several times already.
Most memorable to me was the point that Megan is revealed. Caught me completely by surprise.
There is a depth of character and personality projected by McLeod that you wouldn't get by simply reading the book.
I liked the book so well I have recommended it to several friends. I recommend for all.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This was a wonderful story. The lead character is hilarious when he is not serious. The reader does a wonderful job portraying the many personalities. It was a pleasure to listen to it. Great Story.
Yes. In fact have already listened to it twice. The narration was excellent, the writing was exciting and suspenseful. I totally thought I had this book figured out and then there were a couple of twists at the end that were surprising. I've read Brandon Sanderson before and I really liked his science fiction, this is totally different, a different style, but excellent. I listen to a wide variety of audio books and this is the best I've heard in a long time. If your thinking about buying it, just do it. You won't regret it.
I liked it (I usually reads mysteries and science fiction)
My husband liked it (he usually reads biographies and science fiction)
My 3rd grade son liked it (he really likes the Rick Riodern, and the Harry Potter books). This book does have some violence in it but both my husband and I felt it was appropriate for my son. The content is on the same level as the Rick Riodern books.
Don't pass this book by because it is a Young Adult book. It is definitely a great read for adults.
We were listening to this in the car and my son kept asking me if we had anywhere else to go because he wanted to listen to the end.