This series started off with a bang and has been slowly going downhill. The narration is fine but I'm starting to become annoyed with the plot points. This book expanded the number and complexity of the story lines being followed (and many of the new ones don't add anything). Nothing is resolved in this book and Josh (who was always a little whiny) becomes such an annoying little idiot that I almost don't want to listen to the next book despite how much I want to know how everything ends.
Having loved the Zombie Fall-Out books I was excited to give Callis a try. And I loved the book up until about the last hour or so. At that point the degeneration and violent acts of several characters became too morbid for me. I know teenage girls can be evil and I'm not squeamish, but I had to stop listening. There is a surprise pop-up of one of my favorite Zombie Fallout characters (and this book may explain his later unflappability) but this just wasn't my book.
I was engrossed by the first book. The characters are good men with just enough wickedness to keep things interesting. The plot moved well and climax was unexpected and brilliant. I haven't been able to make it more than 2 chapters into the second book. I'll keep trying because I enjoyed the first one so much but I just can't seem to get into the new characters.
I only bought this book because audible recommended it and it was on sale. I should have bought it much sooner! This is a new take on the fantasy story and the druid hero appeals to my Irish heritage. There is a rich cast of characters (although some remain, for me, underdeveloped) and the story is complex and intriguing. I will be purchasing the second book in the hope that it is as engrossing as the first.
I had reservations coming into this book because it utilized two narrators, one for Tris and one for Four. I don't tend to enjoy books from more than one perspective. However, I've waited eagerly for this book and I could not wait to see how the trilogy ended. I both loved and hated this book. It is just as well written as the first two, with depth of characters and plot. And Roth managed the dual perspectives adeptly, such that (while I did miss the Tris perspective that hooked me in books 1 & 2) when Four is the narrator I was satisfied.
This book really does answer all the questions that remained for me (although I hope for more books set in the same world) but I hate hate hate the ending. Not because it wasn't well written or anything like that but because it was not how I wanted it to end. I was dismayed on an emotional attachment level by the way Roth ended this saga. It works, but I cried. On the whole though, I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoyed the first two books, and I would recommend the entire series to anyone who hasn't heard them yet.
Cat is a smart and engaging heroine who isn't about to let her confused feelings keep her from protecting Bee (who might as well be her sister). With an unusual skill set Cat manages to keep ahead of the game in a world run by powerful mages that is in turmoil. Meanwhile, she doesn't let her romantic feelings distract her from her purpose. I can not WAIT for the sequel (this is a trilogy). I may just buy the physical book so as not to have to wait to hear the rest of the story. Intrigue, magic, and a dash of romance make this book just that compelling.
I would recommend this a million times over. This story takes an entirely unexpected twist less than an hour in and keeps you guessing until the very end. The sudden switch from normal life to an apartment that actually is too good to be true is believable and manages to pick up the pace of the book nicely. If you're a fan of sci-fi this is a book you'll want to read. If you aren't a fan of sci-fi this book is a good introduction to the genre without having to make too big a leap from reality.
I would be willing to try another book from this team however I wasn't a big fan of this listen. The plot had some extreme potential but the writing just failed to grip my attention. I found my attention constantly wandering while listening to this book (not a problem I normally have). This may be because of all the perpetually unresolved questions introduced concerning the main character. If you like waiting a LONG time to get any answers while being teased with more and more detail then this book may work for you.
I didn't feel like the book resolved almost anything within itself. Granted this is a series but every book should wrap up something by the end and I felt that the ending really was just a place holder so the author could start on the second book.
The narrator had a smooth voice and she did different plausibly different voices for every character which I appreciated. She did, however, have a tendency to sound whiny to me when the situation didn't call for it.
It definitely needs a follow up book to make any sense. In theory this is only the first book in the series but I won't be buying the second.
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