Kept you guessing
Interesting premise with a good opening hook. Complications kept you guessing until almost the end.
The very end was disappointing and not realistic. Should have come up with something more plausible. But it is Corben's trademark to offer a unique twist at the end of his stories!
Could listen again although I don't typically do so. Some of the surprise will be gone although it may be interesting to do some time to listen for the clues the author gives that were missed the first time around, not knowing the ending.
Obviously to the Hunger Games to which it is a sequel. As a futuristic book one might consider one of the classics, such as 1984, although the writing is not up to that par since it was intended more for a juvenile audience.
The reader did a fine job of distinguishing the voices. Not much difficulty in identifying the various characters.
All have fallen short.
I didn't give the book 5 stars because of the author's outlook on life. Unlike the Harry Potter books, she is much more pessimistic about people. Everyone is tainted but some are more so than others. Even her heroine is damaged. While that may be true in some degree, it does not give a reader much hope. As a book intended for young people, that is not a positive endorsement.
The storyteller has a way of drawing us into the action. Despite the premise, it does not contain graphic violence or gory details- the story is the important element. The ending definitely begs for a follow on story, which fortunately will come in books 2 and 3.
With a book on the best seller list I expected a whole lot more. Most of the book is a lecture based on spurious evidence for some nonsense called the "sacred feminine" and Brown's obvious bias against the Roman Catholic Church. I can hardly classify this as a thriller and the only suspense is trying to figure out the numerous word clues. I spent most of the time mentally posing counterarguments to Brown's leaps of logic. As an example, he claims the Holy of Holies in Solomon's Temple was a place where the Jews carried on sexual "sacred" rites thus proving that God endorses such activity. Brown conveniently forgets that this action by the Jews was one of the reasons God gave in the Old Testament for exiling the Jews to Babylon- to purge them of pagan practices. The books of the Old Testament predate by centuries the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.
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