I really like the concept and ideas in which the book is based, I think it is really a current subject and not entirely unbelievable, but quite possible that something like this could be considered a good idea in a not so distant future.
I was really happy about the book almost through all of it but the end. It ends up been as cliché as any other romance book, the end is too rush for my personal liking, and all the good in the book gets a little shadowed by that.
Even with it, I do think is a pretty good book, and would recommend it if someone else wants to read or listen to it.
The narration is a little slow for my liking, but again a played it at 1.25X the speed and turn out to be much better.
Wow, that’s what comes first to my mind when I was listening to this book. The way the plot unravels and I as a listener started to tie the strings of the story as is been reveal blew my mind all along.
More than suspense romance (which the book does have), I’ll say it's a Sci-Fi or Dystopian Fiction, but it's certainly a book that keeps you interested and entertain through it; can’t wait for the second book, Prototype, to be released.
Only down for me is the speed of the narrator, but fix it by setting my device speed at 1.25X and then it was perfect; hence the 4 stars in performance.
I have been struggling on what to write in my review for this book, since in the process of listening to it I got so many mix feelings from it: betrayal in the first third part of the book, hopeless in the second and heartbreaking in the last.
But at the end I had to embrace the believe that pretty endings are not always a requirement to get a good book: a good plot although totally different from the previous books is require and Allegiant has it, good characters that you can relate to and get to know and at some level to understand even better is require and Allegiant also has it, and the narrators for this book were amazing, both of them.
I honestly believe this book will be highly appreciated from the perspective of a more adult public than the YA usually is, given some more complex topics and the deepest thoughts and feelings and experiences the characters go throughout the story, so far away from what a younger me would have want for the book to be.
All and all, not what I was expecting, but a very good listen none the less.
I would recommend it, even more if they are parents of teenagers that are reading it (I'm 33, so my friends are more likely to be parents than to be teenagers themselves).
It has an interesting subject matter, different from other young adult books I have read, more close to our everyday society and enhancing some important issues that are a reality in the teens: the first love, facing the loss of your love ones, social pressures and expectancies, depression, suicide… and I'm pretty sure a lot of teenagers are going to feel really identify with some of the situations described in the story.
So yes, for those who like young adult books I would recommend this one.
I liked Joy Osmandi's performance, it was believable in terms of emotions and I think she accomplished all characters pretty well, easily identifiable.
I don't have to guess in this one, the end of the book is so open that is made for a follow up and in fact in the short interview with the writer at the very last chapter she confirms even the name of the sequel, not the date. And to be honest, I would listen the sequel, this is the kind of book that can keep me entertain enough as long as it keeps going with an interesting story.
Pretty entertaining story, Jodi Picoult manages to keep me interested all thru the book. Feel she could take quite well some of the characteristics Asperger kids have and imprint them in Jacobs character.
Liked the narrators and the way everyone takes its character and prints life to them, but I had a few issues with the book, mainly: if Jacob always tells the truth when ask directly as a rule (one of the House Rules), why nobody even consider asking him what happened... one of the big flaws of the book.
And the ending... is like when you are watching a B category movie and you realize they might have run out of money to finish it and rush everything at the end, but here is like the writer run out of ideas in how to present things, really hated those last 30 or 40 minutes of the book and kind of ruin all the good things it has during it.
Divergent series goes quite along in the line of The Hunger Games and Delirium, post apocaliptic society with a strong female character telling the story, pretty much those are all the similarities those 3 series have. But at least for me, a 33 year old that did not have this kind of books in my teens, is all I need to take the leap and try it, I have to say had no regrest from getting it and as I have done with The Hunger Game series, I will listed more than once, because every time there's new things to find in it.
Emma Galving is amazing in transmiting the emotions and feelings the book builds with the story. I have always love reading becauses of how my imagination creates images from the text, and both Veronica with the story and Emma narrating it made me feel those images even more real.
I listened this book and the second one, Insurgent, in about two days each, every moment I had both at home and at work, just wanted to know what came next and now I'm waiting for the 3th, supposedly to be release on October this year.
I highly recommend the book for all of those who like a good and new story, with all the hand-holding and love story in it, makes a great entertainment and enjoyable time.
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