With so many reviews, I'll simply add this: I've convinced a few of my friends to read this series and despite the wide span of genre preferences, they all truly enjoyed the series and marveled over Gabaldon's ability to blend a variety of genres, smoothly.
I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to future installments to the series.
That being said, I wonder if this will be one of those books that follows the old saying, "If you like it, you REALLY like it, but if you don't like it, you REALLY don't like it."
In a very creative way, the story explores misogyny, dystopia, rape, slavery, propaganda, and many more topics. It is well written, and the author did a fine job of narrating her own book (not always the case when referring to audiobooks).
So, why do I assume a group of people might not like it? Because those topics are racy and controversial. Right now, I'm imagining discussing this book with my friends, and I can see the faces of those who will really enjoy it. They'd appreciate the creativity, and the interesting characters. They'll like the dark humor, and they'll respect the author's bravery at tackling certain unsavory topics. They'll admire it as one values unique genres of art.
When I think of those who might not like it, I suspect their reasons won't include the presentation of the actual book. On the contrary, I think it would be due to personal preference. I think it will be hard for some people to stomach what is being done to the women in the story. I also think it is difficult for some people to read about insane depravity. Both of these are found in this book.
I liked it, and I hope more people give it a try!
This mystery really held my attention, and the narration was excellent, however, I have one small complaint. There is a revelation that is continuously postponed far beyond appropriate suspenseful entertainment. By the time it was actually voiced, I was pretty annoyed with all of the excuses offered for the secrecy.
This may sound like a negative review, but I really did enjoy everything else, and I'll recommend it, with a caveat about the annoying reveal.
I like this series for many of the same reasons I've seen listed in other reviews, but I especially like the fact that my family is enjoying it as a group. It reminds me a little of Percy Jackson--which is funny, because the stories are nothing alike; the similarity between Percy Jackson and Steelheart is definitely found in the protagonists. They are both normal, well intentioned young men, faced against beings who are abusing their super-human abilities. They are fun books, and I've already recommended them to my friends.
I habitually devour books, which is why I often review books as if they were food. Some books (Gone With the Wind, for example) are fulfilling meals, leaving you satisfied, and perhaps over-stuffed. Some meals are desserts, quick, fun, but not necessarily improving your mind. Some are like over-cooked canned vegetables; halfway through, you just can't bring yourself to stomach any more.
I'd say this book reminds me of a healthy snack. It was relatively short, and I feel that I've come away from it with some thought-provoking ideas.
I'll warn potential readers, if you are looking for a pick-me-up, this probably isn't the book for you. The main character is dealing with her best friend's cancer diagnosis, and his isn't the only funeral in the story. I found myself wiping away tears several times (a testament to the book being well-written).
It ends happily, and the book is sprinkled with comedic and sweet moments. Overall, I enjoyed it.
The beginning of this story just wasn't holding my attention, at first, but the positive reviews encouraged me to continue with it. I'm happy I finished it!
I'm a mom, and I listen while managing the household. Therefore, my Audible experience is constantly interrupted. My advice to prospective listeners is to not multitask during the beginning of this particular book. A lot of things happen, and I suspect that my lack of attention was partly due to stopping at key points and finding myself lost when I finally had time to listen, again.
Many of my other comments have been covered by other reviewers, so I'll just support those who have said that this is a book for those of us who enjoy dystopian society stories, and it's a bit of a new twist on an old idea.
This is the 6th book in a great series. The protagonist is hilarious, the storyline is interesting and the characters are diverse. King's voice depicts Charley, perfectly. If you're looking for a fun contemporary/fantasy genre, I suggest the Charley Davidson series.
John Redlantern is done with simply waiting. He is one of more than 500 people stuck in a cycle that was intended to be temporary. They are all waiting for rescue, because their parents and grandparents have passed down a plan which was constructed by their ancestors, more than 100 years ago.
Generations ago, 5 earthlings crashed on a strange planet with no sun. Three left, they were to come back with help from earth; Tommy and Angela stayed behind, waiting for their rescue. They become the original parents to a colony of their descendants.
Years of inbreeding, combined with limited knowledge, have addled most of their minds and bodies, but not everyone. John and his friends are forward thinkers. This story is about those who dared to ask what if we are stuck here? Shouldn't we start to live as if we will never be rescued?
Written from several points of view, the story seamlessly allows the reader to understand where the characters stand, and how they developed into their current ways of thinking.
The ending could be final, but it gives hope for sequels!
I love Molly Harper's wit; her female characters are a nice blend of humorous feminine strength and her male characters are always a nice balance to that combination. This book offers everything I've come to love in her writing, but it wasn't my favorite. To be fair, I suspect that the flaw isn't because of a lacking storyline; on the contrary, I think it's because the story felt short. In other words, Molly Harper fans will be satisfied, but they may find themselves wanting more!
This book is worth downloading. It's original, appealing to both genders, intriguing and funny. I hope this is the beginning of a series, because I'm looking forward to more Legion stories.
Often when authors are compared to their well-known predecessors, readers/listeners are disappointed because they are expecting a specific product from the new author. For me, Darynda Jones and Janet Evanovich's work provide what I like to call, "dessert fiction." Sometimes I'm in the mood for a bold and cynical female lead who has a hilarious and familiar inner dialogue. Dessert fiction seldom features a mind-blowing, thought-provoking plot, and sometimes that is exactly what I'm seeking; a chance to escape into a world where the protagonist has bigger problems and crazier friends and family than those in my own world.
If you are in the mood for a laugh or a guilty pleasure, you'll enjoy any of Jones or Evanovich's books, and both are performed beautifully by Lorelei King.
If you are in the mood for something deep, you may want to put this on the shelf until you are craving whimsy.
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