The story was intriguing. I picked some of the plot points, but not all of them and enjoyed the twists.
The two main characters were both likeable and unlikeable; it was a bizarre feeling to mostly dislike the characters, but want to keep hearing their stories.
The author seems to have no idea what the word "literally" means. More than half the times it's used it's about something that is figurative... if those things were literal it would have been a more horrible and terrifying story. It bugged me so much that I wasn't sure I wanted to keep listening, but I persevered and was glad I did. That is the main reason I didn't give the book 5 stars all around.
This is excellent near-future sci-fi. I was much more engaged by the story than I expected to be. I would definitely listen again.
I think this may be a slightly older recording, so the sound clarity is not amazing, but the narration is still excellent. The narrator does a good job not only distinguishing characters, but moods and inner monologues too.
I usually prefer sci fi and fantasy to regular drama, but this story was really well thought out and well written, with believable characters.
This is a good addition to the series. I prefer Davina Porter as narrator and her Jamie voice, but these narrators were pretty good too.
I have never been as captivated by a book where I didn't have any particular attachment to the characters. Robertson has woven an intriguing tale driven by human determination.
I feel like a traitor writing this review and for not liking this book. I have been wanting to listen to it for a while and so many people have said how good this series is. The series may well be good; I can imagine liking it if I had the inclination to go on and hear more of the story, but this instalment just dragged on and I am not motivated to hear more.
7 hours of book and the result is a meandering tale that reveals as much plot as the 2 minute recap at the start of the second book (which I heard in the preview at the end of this book). Throughout listening I often felt lost and wondering if the story was going to get anywhere: it did, but only in the vaguest sense.
This book weaves the stories of several characters into a bigger tale. I like how different narrators were used to do this: they did a good job giving a voice to their own character while still making it feel like a complete story.
The end of the book was a bit weird though. The sudden jump to the future and all that was happening there was, well, sudden. And nothing in the rest of the story really led up to it. That is my only complaint.
I like how this fantasy world is integrated with our regular world and how the setting in New York is recognisable to those who have been there.
I didn't expect some of the twists in the story, which was rather refreshing given the predicability of a lot of young adult fiction.
Overall very enjoyable.
I have been waiting to listen to this book for years; it was previously unavailable for my region. I wasn't disappointed. Daniel Suarez masters science fiction.
Sometimes I wonder whether his descriptions of technology are too specific, (e.g., cat5 cables etc), but at least it doesn't sound ridiculous. And I love the little bits of personality he puts in as he describes characters thoughts in tense situations.
I guess I'd better listen to the next one!
I've always liked this book. I'm not sure I liked the accents used by the narrator for Bernard and John. It makes sense that John would have a different accent having grown up elsewhere, but I've no idea why Bernard would. The rest of the nation was good though.
I don't know if this is what it's really like to have Alzheimer's, but it's a very good guess.
The author does a wonderful job of weaving past and present mysteries together. And Davina Porter is marvellous, as usual.
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