There are a lot of mixed reviews of this book, so I was a little leery of this choice, but the Warecats series ended up becoming one of my favorite. Stray is has an exciting storyline. As with all the books in the series, it is filled with messages about gender role and the plight individuals face trying to find a place in their society.
The unique warecat race have defined societal rules that were developed because of their environment. They are a group that tries to live secretly in the human world while they struggle to keep their race alive because the male to female birth rate is only 4:1. The main character, Faith, is only one of a handful of women of her race in the US. Therefore, she lives in a society where the women of her race are cherished and protected for their ability to bear the next generation. But since Faith has to pretend to live in a world where the sexual revolution has made greater advances, she longs to actually have such freedom. After, in Stray, Faith is kidnapped to be sold as a sexual slave she appreciates and understands the societal norms in which she was raised, even if she personally continues to resist them.
There is no doubt that Faith is whiney and selfish in Stray. But this is developmentally appropriate. As a young adult, she trying to develop her sense of individuality and find her place in the world. As the series progresses, you hear her grow through her internal dialogue.
I found the character???s interpretation of the afterlife interesting. I???ve been enjoying this series, but I had to learn to tolerate poor production choices like narrators that don???t match the characters and bad editing. The producers finally got their act together for this book. On the other hand, the author could have made the main character as cunning she has been lead up to be.
I love the mix of mythologies in Riordan???s fun adventures and this new series is no exception.
The best audio book experiences come from a combination of a good story and a good narration. The Red Pyramid nails this formula.
I find Neil Gaiman books either really good or really... not. This book was one of my favorites. The characters were colorful without being over the top. The humor was dark but not bleak. His supernatural world was believable. And the plot had twists but never veered completely off course.
I rarely give up on a book I'm listening to. In this case, I can't remember if I gave up on it or just let it droll on as background noise.
A good bed time story. It is dull enough to put you to sleep.
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