I'm not one to usually write a review on the books I listen to, but this one has been so bad that I've to write something! Ok, the series haven't been outstanding or anything like that. They've been fairly entertaining and I found the original concept of the books to be interesting enough. But, in the last book, the main character goes from mildly annoying to completely and utterly ridiculous. Everyone's attention is focused on this girl who for some unexplained reason is repeatedly told: "you're the only one that matters" and is absolutely adored and defended by everyone around her. It's not like she's some female Harry Potter or Frodo, which I think is what the author is aiming to create, but the plot fails to be relevant enough for this girl to be the savior/protector of the magical, or human, world. Also, I'm sorry, but I fail to see how a 17 year old virgin can possibly know more than her own grown adult teachers about sex and contraception to the point that she is the one everyone goes for advice on this topic and she becomes so weirdly involved in the sex life of all those around her while her own love life is such a joke! I couldn't be bothered to listen to most of this book, I ended up falling asleep, and skipping to the end to know that much at least, but even then was mostly meh!
I found the first book of this series to be engaging and original, a dystopia that stood above many other books of the same genre. I anticipated the sequel and now that I've listened to the whole book almost nonstop, it doesn't disappoint. There are many poignant moments, especially the ending. I found it to be both hopeful and devastating, which is a running trend throughout the book - you're happy the character has survived one more close call, but you just know that in the background the world is changing irreparably. By the way, if you haven't read the first book, I suggest you do before listening to the sequel, or otherwise some situations won't make as much sense. I can't see how there could be a third book in this series, though, the ending felt quite definite, which is kind of sad. The narrator does a great job!
I have to admit that this story reminded me a little of The Host, which I enjoyed. I find the concept of having these two voices in your head, battling to have control of one body, to be an interesting plot line. However, I think for such a story line to really work, you need to think of a clear logic for the why, what and how this situation comes to be. So, you have a parallel reality in this book, in which everyone is born with two entities inside. By a certain age in childhood, one of these entities is expected to disappear, leaving only the more dominant entity. However, this concept has many holes like Swiss cheese! What should we think these entities are? Personalities? Twin souls? Then why in a world where everyone is born with two entities, would all humans be forced to accept only one entity, rejecting those who happen to keep both, considering them freaks? Wouldn't it be more natural that both entities remain and only those born with only one entity would be considered the odd ones? I'm sorry, I know there's a certain belief suspension that one is required to experience when reading sci-fi or fantasy novels, but this one leaves too many questions unanswered to fully let myself be engaged by it. Other than that, the writer does a pretty good job describing an alternative reality and the characters in the story are interesting enough. I just hope the second book provides more logic behind the laws of this world.
I enjoy this kind of fiction and this book by Druga doesn't disappoint. However, I disliked how the male narrator did all the voices in such a way that most of the characters sounded like old men or women, with very little distinction among them, so sometimes I wasn't sure who was talking. With many characters to follow this detail is very important since the story can get confusing after a while.
This book broke my heart. I was at first completely hooked: in the beginning, middle and almost to the last few minutes of the narration, you're truly enjoying the story, and then wham! Everything goes horribly wrong so quickly and you're left wondering, what?? It hurts, because this story has it all: there's action, romance, humor, tragedy, mystery and magic. The main character is likeable, for once you get a strong female lead who doesn't wimp out easily, while she's also a real girl with real insecurities. Now, I understand that the writer might be trying to prove a point at the end: how an impulsive, desperate move might change your life completely, and maybe how courage can't make up for inexperience when one's opponent is someone much older and powerful. But the lesson is brutally learned, in my opinion, and although there were hints all along that something bad will happen, it still took me completely by surprise by its harshness. Mostly, the cliff-hanger left me with a frustrating, uncomfortable feeling that was completely out of tune with the rest of the story, which is too bad, because the majority of the book is very enjoyable and well written.
The story in this book intrigued me from the summary I read here at audible, and once I listened to the book, I believe it manages to ask ethical questions that are relevant and thought provoking. Unfortunately, I found the love story a bit overwhelming and difficult to swallow. You have this character who's completely set against genetic manipulation of the human gene, but once faced with love interest who represent all of what he's expected to hate, there's no real resistance or struggle. In that sense, I felt a bit disappointed, since the book falls short from truly developing all the drama and reflection that could have created with a little more character development, and less focus on the romance and passion that in comparison to the larger picture seems to have very little impact.
I found this to be one of the best dystopia narrations I've read or listened lately. It reminded me to the Stand, minus the fantastic elements. You get to care for the characters, and the situations are realistic to the degree that you feel immersed into the reality they're living. There were only a few times when I found myself saying to the main character "why would you want to go there???" but other than that, the whole story gets your attention and doesn't let it go. Worth the credit for sure!
Wow, I really enjoyed the first book of this series. As I understand it, imagine the 1800's and the Wild West mixed in with wild unbelievable creatures (including mammoths!) and magic as part of the everyday lives of these pioneers. The author does a great job at the world creation of this alternative reality, and though the descriptive aspect of the series might turn off some readers, it's well balanced with good character development and some adventure. The reader, Amanda Ronconi, is a favorite of mine from the Molly Harper books, but she does a great job reading for this new series. It could use a little bit of romance, though there's a hint of something in the air, but I guess I'll need to read the rest of the books to find out if my feelings are correct. I really look forward to the rest of the series.
This is a great story and I loved all three books. It reminds you that no matter the difficulties and the situations you face, your family is what matters at the end.
You'd think that after 3 books the premise of this book would get tiring, but I find book #3 has hilarious and surprising as the two before it. The narrator's voice fits perfectly with all the characters that she has to read. I find that the family dynamics and the development of the main character as she grows to like who she is and those around her, seem very natural and realistic, even though we're talking about vampires and werewolves. I want more!!
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