Although I have been a member of Audible for three years, this is the first review I've felt compelled to give. Octavian Nothing is a powerful--and powerfully humane--story about the triumph of the individual spirit in the face of soul-withering oppression. Although fiction (and YA at that!), it is grounded in and illuminates a little-known chapter in the now near-mythological period of the colonies, as our nation-to-be tests the boundaries between loyalty and independence and finds itself on the eve of revolution. Give the book time--no small request, of course, in the digital age. Octavian Nothing unfolds slowly but surely, aided in no small part by Peter Francis James's wonderfully sure narration. By the end you will be fully in the grips of a master writer and storyteller. No spoilers here, but there are parts that are purely heartbreaking; I was late to work on more than one occasion just to hear how things concluded.
And while you're at it, go ahead and download the second volume, which fulfills the promises of this one.
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