Nope, because the main themes and even major parts of the story seemed to be repeats of "Poison Study": heroine about to be put to death, love-hate relationship between the two main characters, there was even another hide-and-seek game in the forest... all of which I enjoyed the first time I listened to Poison Study.
I love Gabra Zackman and she's pretty much the only reason I was able to finish listening to this book. If it was anyone else I would have given up about halfway through.
I got this book because I loved, loved, LOVED "Poison Study" and thought this book would be as entertaining as that series. It's not as good - the story isn't as fleshed out, and frankly Avry was a little dense and her love interest wasn't that much better. All in all it’s a pretty meh read.
Less over explanation of every single scene. More info on who Fisher/his group was, it felt like they popped up out of nowhere.
No, I still love Sci-Fi I just don't think this book is the greatest example of the genre.
She definitely sounded like a young girl.
Disgust? I got really annoyed when Fisher's grand solution to the Treecat's being sentient was to basically put them on reservations instead of actually trying to work out how to give/co-exist on a planet with a dominant, native, intelligent species. Sci-fi is supposed to show humanity how to better ourselves, and that storyline didn't.
This book works so much better as an audio book than a normal book.
There is no way that text could make you feel the growing unease, questioning the little boys intentions towards the narrator, making you think about every little detail and sound (yes - it's one of those audio books)...it was perfect.
Add to the fact that Neil Gaiman has one of the best voices for storytelling and everything ever written should be read by him, this was a great way to start off my Halloween season a few days early.
Did you love Ender's Game?
Are you interested in seeing what the YA/fantasy genre has to offer?
Do you love stories about tricksters?
Are you interested in seeing people and creatures from myth living and interacting in the modern age?
Do you want to read a book that makes you think or keeps you on the edge of your seat?
If so...DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
Seriously you guys, I'm finally done with the thing, but the whole my face has looked like I was sucking lemons and smelling sour eggs. It was just a weird weird book. I really wanted to like it, and I did until Danny ran away. Once he left the compound he turned into a raging asshole with sex issues.
This book has a lot of gross underage sexual stuff, and not like "Oh he kissed a girl and that was nice" or "She was in a bikini and it made him feel strange" but Danny legitimately gets molested by an older lady when he's around 12(?) and NOBODY CARES. They tease him about ‘liking’ the fact that she started trying to have sex with him and in the same passage they talk about how inappropriate it was that she MOLESTED HIM. Combine that with Danny’s constant worrying about pedophiles, taking off his pants whenever he gets in trouble (wtf?!?) and Wad’s whole mess of a sexual/baby-making storyline and this book just has more issues than even Kinsey could figure out.
I've been listening to this book at home in the evenings and my husband will start bitching about how awful this book is, so you know, it's not just 'cause I'm a ~lady~ and have delicate sensibilities or anything. It has serious problems with the way sex and puberty is discussed.
*From a classroom point of view, what grade level is this? I wouldn't even read this with high schoolers due to fear of parent outrage.
This book was a fun read, even if it was fairly predictable. I knew what trope-tastic things were going to happen, but it was an enjoyable journey thanks to Shinn's descriptive and engaging writing. I really liked this first book, but as the rest of the series seems like stand alone novels set in the same world, I may have to pass on finishing the rest of the books.
Definitely one of the best books I've listened to all year, the narrator was great and the story was fresh and new.
I liked the uncle the best, he was very dry and witty which I guess is common for a Dragon in Seraphina's world.
If I had the time, sure! I listened to it over about 3 days while doing a bunch of filing at work, and it's pretty much the only thing that kept me sane during that time.
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