I love how everything came together and thoroughly enjoyed the story, action and characters. Like the other books, this isn't terribly deep or philosophical, but sometimes you just want a fun story. I'm sad the series is over (Turcotte isn't in the next two books.)
book #2 for me was decent, but was so "blah", i didn't even write a review. it was entertaining but when it was over, i felt no excitement or ... anything. it was just done. in book #3, there seemed to be more emotion and though put into the story. i feel as though it could have been a few hours longer and parts were rushed, but it was good enough to be happy with the purchase.
i really enjoyed this book and practically listened straight through (was on a plane). it has a similar feel to daemon/freedom TM, but has some parts that are disturbingly creative. i was blown away. there were a few areas i would have liked to see played out differently, but i have no hesitation recommending this book. mr suarez has basically hooked me into buying anything he writes. well played, sir.
if you've not read anything by DS, i recommend daemon/freedom TM (2 part series) over this, but i can't see being disappointed in this book. the character development probably lacks a little bit, but the story & problems presented are gripping enough where it hardly matters.
this book won't blow you away with creative characters or never-thought-of-before plots, but it's easy to follow, fun and gets you interested. you definitely end up curious about what is going to happen next... which is of course why i've already downloaded the 2nd book in the series.
compared to ender series or daemon/freedom tm books, this one is not as epic. alas, it's worth a listen and a fun time. so after you've listened to those and want more somewhat-sci-fi thrillage, this is a good one.
.. the narration is only ok at best.. it eventually got annoying. the story starts off interesting, but then gets a little boring. and instead of identifying with the main character, you want to slap her. so that's not good.
this was an enjoyable book, but it's like nothing actually happens. i was interested in what happens, but it seemed like 80% of the book was irrelevant and the last 2 chapters were the crux. while i liked the last two chapters as well as the rest of the book, the build up was non-existent and there was little surprise. so it's kind of "meh".
if you liked hunger games, this has a very similar feel. i didn't love HG and similarly, didn't love this. it wasn't bad, there just wasn't really anything "wow" or special about it.
it might have been the expectation i had b/c i loved the ender series and the first shadow book, but i was so disappointed in this book. it was well written, but just not believable and i didn't "like" any of the characters. i can believe a child can lead a fleet to kill the formics b/c it's like a video game, but i just don't believe that teenagers can rule the world and lead armies, etc. 25 year old soldiers won't follow a 12 year old and 16 year olds can't order the launch of missiles. so the premise of this whole book wasn't believable for me.
sadly, i won't be continuing the shadow series.
if you enjoyed ender's game, you'll very much enjoy this book as well. the only things are that i found myself wanted to hear more about ender, but Bean (the main char) definitely has the depth to be a main character.
the ending was a little flat though. nonetheless, it's highly recommended!
i just couldn't do it. there are so many other more interesting books (ender series, daemon/freedom TM, the martian, etc) for me that i decided to stop and find a different book. i was really hoping to re-capture the magic of the Area51 books and plowed through book 1 and tried book 2, but there were just no good characters and the mystery wasn't interesting to me. i'm not sure what the book was missing, but something isn't there.
i'm not sure what is missing from the story itself, but even if you ignore the horrible narrator, this book isn't as interesting as the area 51 books. i wasn't a fan of the characters and the mystery of what was going on wasn't something i cared to learn more about.
mayer usually summarizes what happened in previous books, so perhaps start on book 4 where the narrator is decent.
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