Nexus explores the best and worst in humanity, as the characters and organizations struggle to make sense of emerging technologies. Naam's characterizations feel very real- from the sensual joy and emotional fulfillment of connection to the murderous rage or chilling certainty of a soldier doing her job. There are no one-dimensional characters here, which made me connect with all of them, even while I disagreed with some. The story is fast-paced and thought provoking. I couldn't help but wonder what I would do with the technology presented within. The book left me with excitement and optimism for where humanity can go, tempered with a clear understanding of how things can go wrong. Not bad for a sci-fi thriller! I'm eagerly awaiting the next book.
The narrator did an admirable job with an international set of characters. A few of his voices were a bit annoying but it makes for a very diverse world so I think those were actually great choices.
Overall, it was an excellent story combined with a great narrator. Sci-fi fans will love it, and Naam makes the technical details easy for anyone to understand, so I believe that it can have an even wider audience. A great, thought-provoking read, highly recommended!
The world in this book has some interesting elements- specifically the native critters on the planet, which are telepathic and have some interesting tribal dynamics. However, I couldn't get past the poor writing. Repetitive and poorly edited, it pulled me away from the story too much.
This book is a great example of rich world building, without a lot of exposition. The magic system is fresh and interesting. The world has several different nations, each with unique cultures. However, the author doesn't spend ages telling you the history of all of them, instead allowing the characters' interactions to tell the reader the backstory and hint at deeper details.
The main character is interesting and well-developed. He's a storyteller and bard, and the way he talks about the little flourishes and drama he adds to the story gives us a more intimate understanding of the story. It's a nice touch, and it holds up well throughout the book.
This gives the reader a huge challenge- not only does he have to manage many different characters with distinct accents, but he also has to lend the narrative a storyteller's flair. The reader manages it all, which I found incredibly impressive.
I enjoyed the story, without having read the previous book. The characters were complex, and I enjoyed how my understanding of them evolved over the course of the story. The main character was relatable, and I enjoyed her passion and strength. The Duke was mysterious, and well voiced.
The audiobook did something unusual by adding some sound effects in, with very mixed results. Some of them were useful in setting the scene, like the party sounds, but I HATED the metal clashing sound that they used at the opening of the sword practice sessions. That sound is what pulled my performance rating down to three stars, since it almost made me stop listening.
However, I did keep up with it and I enjoyed it in the end.
The characters and setting were interesting. I found the actual story to be incredibly repetitive. The main character repeats the same few phrases over and over and over again. It might be an accurate model of how a scientist puzzles over a problem, but it just sounded to me like she was trying to pad out the length of the story.
Normally I am a big fan of Christopher Moore but for some reason the gender dynamics in this story really bothered me. The old boys club of the artists, and the fact that the two main female characters are a muse/succubus and a nasty bitch just made the whole thing feel unpleasant.
Anger, annoyance. I know that the art world was (and still is) an old boys club, but the way these men talked about women was just frustrating.
Near the top! Both the story and the performance are top notch.
This setting brilliantly gets around the main problem with young adult novels, which is that kids end up hearing and seeing things they never should be involved in while the adults are clueless. Because these children are studying to be spies, it actually makes sense that they snoop in the adult's business and get involved out of pure curiosity.
They were all very well done, and I loved Dimmity as the flightly counterpart to Sophronia.
The story was engaging and entertaining and exceedingly well read.
The story setting, with every god ever worshiped still hanging around, has a lot of potential. However, the fact that humans don't know about them is pretty unlikely considering how much meddling they do.
The main character has great potential but is too overpowered. He handles every crisis with flair and never seems to be in any real danger. And his one mentioned weakness is not exploited in this book. He's a fun character but the ease with which he fights gods makes it a bit boring. I did really enjoy his druid abilities and ideals.
He mispronounces words, which drives me crazy! Other than that, his performance was good- nice use of accents. His female characters were all a bit breathy, which is not to my taste.
It's a fun setting but I'm not compelled to read more. I know the main character will conquer his obstacles with ease.
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