While technically a follow-up to "Shipbreaker," this book stood on its own (which I love!). The viewpoint characters in each case were so well-done that I felt sympathy for each, even though many were on "opposite" sides for much of the book. The narration was stunning, keeping even side characters in distinct voices. My only gripe is that sometimes the narrative kept harping on Mahlia's emotions and feelings (especially annoying because she was the only female as well, making me wonder if the author subtly reinforced that even tough girls are by nature whinier?) and sense of powerlessness. If I'd been reading, honestly I'd have skipped over a few paragraphs of this. Still, the book is marketed as YA, so maybe that's a YA kinda thing that I'm not appreciating. Overall, a well-done book, and one that I can fully recommend.
I didn't expect to like the book as much as I did. I mean, it was amazingly well-done. Remakes of older works often seem kind of "queasy" to me, but I fell into this story very simply and fast. The narrator did a wonderful job, taking on numerous voices, genders and emotions will a dexterity that was awesome--when you remembered it was being done by one person, that is. I don't often give 5 stars, but I felt this deserved it!
Victor Bevine's narration ruined this for me. His voice was too forceful, like he was reading a monster truck rally ad most of the time. And the one character who was supposed to sound Jamaican came off, to my ear at least, sometimes as Irish, sometimes even slipping into German, with only a tinge of Jamaican.I didn't find the story terribly interesting, either. Combine these two things and I doubt I'll try other of Cherie Priest's works.
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