If you know ANYTHING about computer science then you'll need to be able to COMPLETELY suspend reality in order to enjoy this. I was not able to.
...although they will get crushed on licensing fees from all of the references to 80's movies, video games and music. If you are even a little bit of a geek you will love this. If you grew up in the 80's you will love this. If like a story about the underdog vs the evil giant then you will love this. I like all three of those things and that made this story "totally rad". It's not as good as Daemon (if you're looking for other suggestions), but it was more than worth the credit. I went out of my way to walk my dog so I could keep listening to the story.
Actually, this was probably a very good story, but we didn't get to hear any of it first-hand because our protagonist was passed out or high on pain killers for half of the book. Eventually another character will wonder in and give us a couple sentences to get us caught up on what we missed while our eyes to this world were closed.
This might have been a GREAT story if we could have seen it through any other characters' eyes. I would have liked Haymitch's view.
The only reason that I didn't give it one star is because you're already stuck having to listen because you invested 20+ hours of your life in the first two books (which WERE good).
Wonderfully entertaining, fast-paced, funny, thrilling story. I would have given it 5 stars, but I think the writer might have jumped the shark a bit near the end. Well worth a listen. Narrator did a wonderful job with the characters.
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