I love the story. There's a creeping sense of unease throughout the whole thing. The more I knew about Jack the more I liked him, and that simply added to the suspense - I didn't want anything to happen to him. I knew something bad was coming but I didn't know what. It made me want to listen non-stop simply to find out what happened.
The moment with the Seal. I don't want to spoil the moment for people who have never read it, but I was deeply affected by it. It added to the atmosphere of creeping horror I felt. It made it seem more substantial.
Even though I truly enjoyed the story, what I loved most about it was the narrator. He has a pleasant, calming voice, and I love the way the narrator reads the story, it is like the main character is a real person relating his experiences to me. I don't feel like I'm listening to an audiobook at all, and the emotions of Jack shine through in his performance. When the character felt afraid, I felt afraid with him. It really felt like I was going on a journey with him. I think the narrator simply enriched what was already a good story and made it superb.
'What is it? What does it want? Why is it angry with me?'
I would recommend this story to anyone who loves ghost stories and suspense. The story, if you'll excuse the pun, is truly chilling. I wouldn't recommend you listen to it at night, like I had done, though.
The main character. She is easy to relate to, and her thoughts are interesting to listen to, you really get the sense that she has a very strong character. She has an iron will, but more than that you feel that she also has a good heart.
I don't know that I would compare it to any other books, as I usually do not listen to/read dystopian novels. However, if I had to compare it to anything it would be the book, "the Giver." The way that both characters sort of stumble into being the driving force for change in their societies is, I think, very similar.
The reaping. I loved the suspense, and the moment when the character thinks,"please don't let it be me," and then it isn't, but it's someone that she would have never suspected. The characters' shock and fear felt intensely real to me then.
I did want to listen to it all in one sitting, but unfortunately I couldn't. It felt like the story sucked in me in, I wanted to know more about this universe because it felt so real. The characters and society in which they live in were deeply fascinating to me.
I would recommend this to anyone, even people who aren't usually fans of dystopian novels. It felt to me like it was about more than just the society they lived in, and why it was flawed. I knew that it was wrong and needed to change, but the characters who lived in it made me care about it. I wanted it to change because I cared about these characters. I empathized with their suffering.
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