it seemed like it was just a "good straightforward book" that you enjoy, but wasn't unpredictable or surprising at all. i enjoyed listening, but it wouldn't make my list of, "hey, you've got to read this!" there's still something missing from this series and i can't put my finger on it.
having said that, i'll definitely listen to the next book in the series when it comes out.
the actual writing still feels like OSC, but the imagination put into this book doesn't feel remotely close to the first ender series. it's at the point where despite reading the original and a few of the shadow series books, i'm not even sure i'll listen to book #4. :(
this book has lots of fun references to movies, music, games and movies. but it's a fun listen even without knowing all the refs. if you aren't into computer games, this might not be for you.
the story and characters weren't overly interesting, but the premise was interesting enough to keep it interesting.
it was a lot like the other area 51 Voss, minus that one name character we all love. nonetheless, the backstory was fun to hear. So I was hoping to hear more about the origins of the swarm
I found myself a little bored at times with this and nexus. there is definitely the set up for a third book, but I'm not sure I will listen to it. there were great parts to this book, but there was a lot of flat and boring parts too. I thought this was going to be a book that I enjoyed re-listening to, but I won't be.
nonetheless, it is a very interesting concept.
this is a great sci-fi book with some action and fun characters. it kept me interested in finding out what happens next throughout the book.
in addition to the book being fun, it presents a question of what would we do if we (humans) had this technology. i can't wait to read the sequel.
if this book reminds me of influx, daemon and freedom TM. (highly recommended.)
... and then it seems the editor took a break halfway through. i really liked the ideas in this book and it had some very creative ideas, but then it becomes hard to follow because it jumps around a bit too much. this made the book lose some of its steam. still, it's definitely worth a listen despite this.
book #2 for me was decent, but was so "blah", i didn't even write a review. it was entertaining but when it was over, i felt no excitement or ... anything. it was just done. in book #3, there seemed to be more emotion and though put into the story. i feel as though it could have been a few hours longer and parts were rushed, but it was good enough to be happy with the purchase.
i really enjoyed this book and practically listened straight through (was on a plane). it has a similar feel to daemon/freedom TM, but has some parts that are disturbingly creative. i was blown away. there were a few areas i would have liked to see played out differently, but i have no hesitation recommending this book. mr suarez has basically hooked me into buying anything he writes. well played, sir.
if you've not read anything by DS, i recommend daemon/freedom TM (2 part series) over this, but i can't see being disappointed in this book. the character development probably lacks a little bit, but the story & problems presented are gripping enough where it hardly matters.
this book won't blow you away with creative characters or never-thought-of-before plots, but it's easy to follow, fun and gets you interested. you definitely end up curious about what is going to happen next... which is of course why i've already downloaded the 2nd book in the series.
compared to ender series or daemon/freedom tm books, this one is not as epic. alas, it's worth a listen and a fun time. so after you've listened to those and want more somewhat-sci-fi thrillage, this is a good one.
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