Not at all what I thought I was getting into, but this book is very good. Although I'm sure it was meant for a younger audience than I, it really is a good story that most people will enjoy. While it is very different from the "Hunger Games," if you liked the "Hunger Games" you'll like this too. I look forward to the next in the series.
Believe it or not I didn't know who Isaac Asimov was until after I had finished about 90% of this book. I did not realize it was published in 1955 until I was about 80% of the way through the book. This is important to note because it is a testament to how far ahead of his time Asimov was. To be completely honest the book started out a little slow and awkward for me but it slowly drew me in as I am sure it has done many others. It starts with a lot of mind boggling temporal jargon of Asimov's on invention but presented in away that makes the reader realize after a while that for all their advance knowledge and technology these future humans are every bit as suspicious and petty as we are today and of course there lies the problem, but, the answer is not so simple and Asimov kept me guessing until the end. Brilliantly done!
It sucks you in slowly while building some very good and memorable characters. It is funny and thoughtful with a mix of steam-punk, fantasy, and modern day Mystery Machine. I could not stop listening. I felt, I was right there with the rest of the gang along for the ride. Cline takes what appears to be mundane and ordinary and surprises us into a journey that begs the question, How did we end up here? Then, when your done, he leaves you wondering, Are things really what they seem?
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