I was so excited to see this come out as audio. I just put this on my list a few months ago and it sounded really exciting. That being said, it was good, but fell a little short of my expectations.
I was expecting chaos and EPIC life and death struggle within this high rise building. I'm a student of psychology and sociology. We all know what can happen when individuals meld into a group, when it gets violent, when we revert back to our base animal instincts.
All of that DID happen, but this story reads more like a documentary. As in here's what happened... and that took some of the umph away. It's extremely well written and well done. I read/listen to lots of crazy stuff so...
High Rise: 1000 apts, over 2000 souls, grocery stores, pools, restaurants, fitness centers, banks. You never have to leave. 40 floors. The richest live on the top 5 floors. The middle class floors 20ish-35. The lower classes 1-18ish. However, it's not class that starts the conflict (not entirely), It's just petty pet peeves that happen when you have that many people crammed together.
The main characters: In the 1st sentence, we meet Langley the doctor (Floor 35) roasting a dog to eat over a fire of burning phone books and are plunged into the chaos before the author takes us back to Langley 3 months before when all was well.
We meet Wilder of Floor 2, a film maker type.
And finally we meet R (forgot his name) of floor 40. The architect of the high rise.
Do I recommend this. Yes!
One last thing. There is no fancy wrap up to the situation. So if you like finished packages.....
Narration is acceptable, unremarkable.
Cody Riggs is an adult now and off on his own adventures with Marvin. He's a chip off the old block and Marvin is just as funny and mischievous as ever. We see a couple of old characters and lots of new aliens and "rings"... It ain't easy living in the shadow of Kyle Riggs, so it's kind of a coming of age story for Cody. Luckily he met Marvin as a child and knows how to deal with him.
I'm so happy to have this spin off. I always wondered what Marvin would be getting up to once Kyle went back to the farm. Give me more please!
Oh My GODS that was amazing. Remember how Earl had his own book adventure? Well this time it's all about FRANKS, that likeable unstoppable government psycho. What IS he?! Well we find out EVERYTHING as Frank fights to save humanity from monsters whilst being framed and hunted himself. I won't say anymore. Fans of this series, rejoice if you love Franks. I have LOVED everything Correia has written! I'll definitely listen to this again! I already can't wait for the next one!
You might like this if you like Harry Dresden, Iron Druid, or Nathaniel Cade.
*fan girl scream*
My breath caught when I saw this was released. I read it years and years ago! And I already know Simon Vance is a good narrator. Hey audible, I'm also waiting for Imajica, and the Books of The Art! Please.....
Surpasses lots of other zombie stories with lots of great action, characters you care about, good pacing, and a tight plot. I can't wait for the next installment. It's always feels so good when someone gets a zombie story right!
Mild spoilers but I couldn't finish.
I don't understand the high rating. There were continuity issues. Lee is not believable as a military officer, nor is the premise itself believable.
We meet Lee in his underground bunker waiting to hear from a government official. He doesn't, and 48hrs after not hearing he has to open a secret file that describes the situation that got him sent underground until further notice. It's a virus that has spread. If he's reading this then the government is gone/infected and he's supposed to emerge from his bunker in 30 days and restore order and help survivors.
LEE IS STUPID: First of all. Lee is all scared and anxious about not hearing from his contact. Then after he reads the file, he thinks it can't be that bad. He doesn't obey the order to wait 30 days to exit his bunker and goes out to explore only to get stabbed in the leg right on his front door step by a crazed infected teen aged girl. Stupidity alert!!! The first of many. Why would a highly trained officer get so antsy and not obey orders and then bumble immediately into danger.
INCONSISTENCY IN STORY: The next day he decides to check on his neighbors. Through a window he sees their teen age daughter laying on the couch. He takes of his mask to knock on the window to get her attention. Then the father appears, crazed and infected, and he has to shoot him several times and then he mentioned breathing harshly through his mask. HELLO! He took it off! Which was soooo stupid in the first place. He knows the virus is highly contagious.
I didn't buy that this one dude was supposed to come out of his bunker and restore order to the chaos. I didn't buy that his underground bunker wouldn't include cameras to monitor the house and the perimeter. There are evidently other guys like him in bunkers because he emails a guy to ask "is this real" before he leaves the bunker, but there'e no other coordination or anything. If him or other guys like him were our last hope at restoring order, then I assume they are screwed.
Christian Rummer is great as narrator though. As usual.
I was riveted the entire way through. The books is kind of in 3 parts. The first part with the aliens arriving and Amy learning to survive by being quiet, not talking for years, the alien attacks and behavior. It was brilliant.
When they are rescued and brought to New Hope, I was so angry at the people in charged, at Amy's treatment there. My blood was on fire the entire time. I felt like Amy should have been a little more stealthy as she discovered what was really going on, as to not get caught. The ultimate reveals of the why behind everything (aliens, New Hope) left me disappointed. It's all been done before. Although this is done really well. Amy is a solid character, smart and strong and I definitely rooted for her. But I was so enraged at certain characters, at her treatment, that I don't know if I'll read the next one. It was a little over the top or I just don't like the way I felt so angry.
Julia Whelan is always a great narrator choice.
After reading just little of this book, I was going to write to B V Larson to see of he knew about this. After doing some research, I see they are friends and they have collaborated on book of separate short stories. I can tell they're friends. There's a lot of the same humor when it comes to some of the alien interactions.
However good some of the parts were, it felt sloppy overall. There are some characters introduced that fall by the way side, the battle scenes were not explained enough to picture anything. (Ex. "Attack") Well, attack what, who, where?. How many? What kind of weapons do the aliens have? Where are you in relation to them... Sigh.
Christian Rummel is fantastic as narrator though...He's one of my favs.
I was skeptical because I didn't think Larson could pull off another great series like Star Force, but he has, in spades. I loved loved the entire ride. It's totally UNIQUE with lots of great characters and the all of human life at stake but for different reasons.Reminiscent of Heinlien's Starship Troopers and Scalzi's Old Man War.
Summary: In short the Galactic Empire shows in 2052 and says join us or you all die. We join of course, BUT in order to join you need something to trade with the galactic community. Our tech is laughable, our foodstuffs not valid, so we offer soldiers for hire. We are the cosmic mercenaries for hire. John McGill signs up after losing funding for college and with no other prospects. Unfortunately, his test scores and psych profile aren't palatable to the top more popular easy Legions, so he joins a low ranking Legion who gets all the hard, dangerous jobs and is deployed to Steel World to protect some mines and settle a dispute between opposing factions of the aliens there. BUT, these aliens have tricked them into coming. You see, the galactic empire is watching and these aliens want to prove their better than the humans by beating us and taking our mercenary status away. If that happens, earth will have nothing to trade and will be destroyed. Let the battle begin. There's also things going on with John and his commanding officers but no spoilers.
FUNNY: I'm not sure if Larson means it to be funny but I was lmao. No, it's not slap stick humor. It's just that when the troops die, they can be regenerated and that makes for some funny situations related to trying to get each other killed etc. Also, Larson is great at creating alien races with lots of personality and disdain for humans, which makes for funny situations. Here's a non spoiler example: (Mcgill and his team are caved in underground with the enemy and his commanding office suggests they kill themselves and wake up all regenerated, which is met with silence and appall. Blah Blah. I could go on forever.
I'm a Star Force fan girl and now I'm a fan of this series as well. I can't wait for more .McGill is a great main character prone to pissing off his higher ups and finding ways to stay alive and win. Lots of great supporting characters too.
Narration: Mark Boyett is great, just like in the Star Force series. I didn't find it confusing because this story stands on it's own and I was drawn in.
The Nightside is a parallel World or maybe just a parallel London? that can be accessed through London's Tube system for those in the know. A pretty Dame walks into John's office wanting him to find her runway daughter that is rumored to be "IN THE NIGHTSIDE".
Why did I use the word 'Dame'? Why did I all cap "in the nightside"? Well. It's because this reads sort of like a cheesy clichéd old school private eye movie and the words "in the Nightside" were used SO many times that if you were playing a drinking game, you'd have been dead several times over. (Another reviewer mentioned this)
No one talks like that and what kind of writing and editing is that? It almost drove me MAD.
The world building is lacking in spite of John saying almost every sentence how it is "in the Nightside". There are supernatural entities and other bad guy humans with gifts of their own. John's gift is "finding things" and it only works "in the Nightside" (lol). We experience him open his mind to get a ghostly image of the girl's trail. Unclear? Me too. His gift also seems to change or pick up extra skills as needed when they're in trouble. The book is short. Time could have been taken to explain so much.
Anyways, it had intermittent moments when it was almost really good, but was an overall flop because it wasn't fleshed out enough. I feel like I just experienced first hand someone's vague dream memories upon waking. I kept thinking the entire time that I could be continuing to reread Harry Dresden, which is the void I was trying to fill.
Narration: Marc Vietor has a great voice. He does decent female voices and each character is identifiable and unique. However, his lilting cadence is a bit too much sometimes.
A great, well executed thrill.
+1 star for keeping the suspense and creep factor going with only Emily left alive in NYC while alien things happen. Reminiscent of 'I Am Legend' in that aspect. Otherwise everything was unique. I'm already on book 2.
Also kudos to Emily as a character. I like her a lot, especially her potty mouth and determination.
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