I have to admit that when I began listening, I wanted to stop about fifteen minutes into the book. At first, the character of Alexia was really irritating. Also, I had a difficult time understanding the nature of her "soulless" condition. And most difficult of all was the constant changing and switching of the points of view. This made it difficult to know what's going on and whose head we're in---whether it be one of the characters or the omniscient narrator. The listening became increasingly frustrating.
But thank goodness I didn't stop! I ended up getting used to the switching POVs and grew to love the Alexia character and the wonderful singular British humor that runs throughout this book.
And I loved the ending! (No spoiler alert!) But now, like the other reviewers, I want more!
After reading all the other reviews, it's hard to come up with anything to say except I really love this series. So entertaining, so exciting and so well written, I don't want it to end. No, it's not heavy literature, but it is a wonderful mix of humor, action and poignancy,
And like other reviewers, Lorelei King IS Charlie Davidson. And, I might add, all the other characters. She is one fabulous narrator.
This is absolutely one of my top favorite urban paranormal series.
A very entertaining story, but too many times I had to suspend my disbelief. Too many times, I questioned "why?". Like: Why not tell the people what was going on? Why all the elaborate hidden surveillance? Why have them engage in ritual killings? I know there were rather weak reasons given for these things, but I really had to put all of it aside and just go with the story.
And if the mad scientist's purpose was to repopulate the Earth, then why wasn't there any emphasis of pregnancies? It seems they certainly had no qualms killing lots of people. Wouldn't they be concerned about the gene pool reduction?
Don't get me started, I just have to go with the flow.
Definitely better than the first because of more character development and nice plot twists, but my suspension of disbelief was wearing thin when I focused on the whole premise of the town and its creator.
I am a sci fi afficianado, but for me, there has to be a few less gigantic loopholes and a bit more reality.
But again, I did enjoy this sequel and I will get the third book.
Don't get me wrong, I ADORE the Outlander series! I say "Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ" all the time. But this book in the series fell just a tad short for me.
Maybe it was the boring historical battle details, maybe it was the forgettable supporting characters, but I can only give it four stars instead of five.
Nevertheless, this isn't going to stop me from being a rabid Outlander fan And I'm enthralled watching the Starz series! It's awesome!
Davina Porter IS Claire and every other character as far as I'm concerned. She is absolutely AMAZING!
I don't know who read which one first, but both author and filmmaker must have been separated at birth.
Besides this, and despite my suspension of disbelief, I actually enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and not poorly written and easy on the ears.
I didn't know it was a series, so I reserve final judgment until I hear the sequels.
I was enthralled throughout the entire, long, long book. I absolutely did not want this wonderful story to end. Hey! Maybe I could go back in time and listen to it again! Naahh.
I even loved the epilogue by Mr. King himself. I was fascinated by all the research he did.
I'm afraid I did not totally love Craig Wasson's narration. He was skilled in Boston accents and some Texas accents, but for me, his voice had an older person's sound that didn't fit with many of the characters, especially the main character and the women. I know that might seem like nitpicking, but listening to a book is so different than reading it. The narrator interprets the emotion and meaning of the words. For this audio book, at times I found myself trying to put aside Mr. Wasson's voice and listen to the words as if I were reading.
Nevertheless, marvelous story, equally marvelous writing from a masterful author.
Because of all the five star glowing reviews, I doubt that my not-so-glowing review will make a difference. But I have mixed feelings about this two book series.
On one hand, I enjoyed the cautionary tale of our society completely breaking down as a handful of people try to control the world. On the other hand, I needed to care about characters, who they are and what they feel. I got very little of a character study as much as I got a computer/internet lesson. And for the most part, except for a hastily thrown-in, not-quite romance, all the characters were defined by their computer/internet actions.
And maybe it was just me, but I got very confused as to who was doing what to whom, and who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. I kept trying to figure out the Dark Net or the Daemon people or what.
I did enjoy the Stephen King/Michael Crichton flavor, as well as the cinematic quality like the razorback rider-less motorcycles.
But the ending felt rushed and left some unresolved characters. Maybe another sequel.
As far as I could tell from the reviews, I am one of a mere handful of women who have listened to this book. I am not a gamer, but I do understand technology so I was able to follow most of the techno-speak. But, I'm sorry, that does not make a good novel. It mostly served to bog down the story and helped to create cardboard characters.
Anyway, about a third way through, I was ready to stop listening because of the dull, repetitive techno babble. Then finally the story heated up and moved along swiftly, albeit still immersed in techno babble. And gore. Lots of head and guts exploding. Lots of fun. Not.
My favorite parts were when the disembodied female voice spoke as those scenes were truly chilling without all the blood, guts and head explosions.
Without giving away anything, the end (or rather the cliffhanger calling out for a sequel ending), descended into a mess of chaotic suspension of disbelief.
But, what can I say? I'm ready to listen to the sequel.
This installment was a surprise. The plot takes you were you may not have expected. Lots of drama, lots of angst and again, well-written and very involving even for a non-teenager as myself.
I may have to read the next book in the series because as of now, it is not available on Audible. But I will definitely hear Amanda Ronconi's voice as Kaylee.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series that is in the same genre as Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This may not have as many levels or depth as Buffy does, but it is very well written and the main character, Kaylee, is smart, funny and engaging.
The continuing plot has really held my interest as well as the trials and tribulations of the kids in high school.
Amanda Ronconi is a very skilled narrator. Definitely a guilty pleasure and a fun listen.
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