Though the idea of this book is the kind of fiction I find entertaining, I found the characters a little hollow, I wish I would get to know them a little more to really care what happens to them.
I found this story to be a fresh take on a topic that is getting done to death by other authors... er again, no pun intended there!! This author's take is original enough and keeps you well on your toes the whole time. It's more of a feeling that something is coming that makes it scary, rather than filling pages and pages with gore and atrocities. There are a couple of heartbreaks and some very human moments when you feel for all of the characters. I'm not sure if another book is coming, but if there's I'll be sure to purchase it.
I had fair warning, after I read some reviews in another site, but I still gave it a chance. It was as bad as they said it was! Very childish,shallow characters that hardly do anything to make you want them to survive. The whole e-mail communication after the end of the world is just ridiculous!
I went directly from book one to the next and it as nice to find that this book keeps up the pace with the first one, the author doesn't drop the ball at all!! The only thing was that for some reason I thought in the first we chapters that they had changed the narrator. The reading felt a little forced, with an annoying sardonic tone that wasn't really necessary in some cases. I think the narrator gets better after chapter 7 or 8, though, getting back to his previous approach to the voices and the narration.
I had listened to this book when it first came out and then I came across the 3rd book of the series and I couldn't believe it, I had no idea it was a series! I listened to the first one just to remember the main characters and so on, and I found the story to be as good as the first time I read it. The narrator does a great job, one particular scene towards the end comes to mind that had me feeling that moment in the story, not just listening to it. A credit well spent!
Ok, there's some magic this lady is able to achieve in her stories that I'm close to believing that the world she's portraying can easily be real. Amanda Ronconi adds her voice to put the cherry on top of Harper's works. A great quote: "...Forget dragons. Here there be giant pissed-off wolves. And they are not happy with you."
Although this novel got my attention at first and I'll admit I enjoyed some of it... the ending was so devastatingly unsatisfying I felt tricked and really, really annoyed at the author. I don't want to ruin the ending in case you decide to read it, but as a reader I felt betrayed for having invested my time in listening to a so-so story only to find a pretty bad ending, in my opinion.
So, I haven't been lucky lately when I've taken risks using my credits to get books from unknown authors, particularly first timers. Although a bit annoying at the beginning (dialogues and situations a bit forced), I quickly found myself liking all of the characters and although you could say that flashbacks don't really work with the rest of the narrative, overall I found the story really had a good pace. You come to understand most of the characters' motivations, weaknesses and feelings. I'm yet waiting to see how that sequel goes. My guest is that it'll be on Eric, I hope!
I think the author of this book started off with a great premise: a frozen post-apocalyptic world in which vampires have tried to preserve their food source (humans) by creating farms where they'd be protected, but in doing so, they weaken the gene pool and humans are now in the way of the dinosaurs. In comes a girl who escaped these camps and who grew in the wild for 10 years. She's fresh blood, literally, that could save her weakened species. Now, tell me you wouldn't bet one of your credits for a story like this? Unfortunately, the book fails in two basic aspects: dialogue and character development. It's hard to imagine a girl who supposedly has lived most of her life in the wild, isolated from most of other humans for so long, and is yet able to not only speak her mind with such expressions such as "bff" and also can read people's intentions so clearly, without any kind of culture shock or real inability to cope. The author to create the appropriate conditions to make us believe this contract, like when she sees a human boy for the first time or not having a mother to explain about the birds and the bees to her... yet, these situations are completely wasted by the author never truly exploited as they should have been. The ending is very abrupt. It's not a cliffhanger as much as a sink hole. I'm not sure if this is the author's first attempt at novel, because there's a great deal of potential, yet she's still unskilled as a writer.
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.
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