This book explored so many avenues of philosophy and inner exploration that it may make you uncomfortable at times. For me this is one of my all time favorites. ( Enders Game(full saga), The Giver, Lucifer Hammer, Pandora's Star, and Dune) to name some off the top of my head.
It explored personal identity and sexuality without giving up anything, the book helped me mature and was fascinating and interesting.
this writer knows his craft. he gives characters individual voice and personality as well as storied lines that cross with great pacing. none of the characters is meaningless or redundant even though there are one or two that are introduced as point of view characters only to die in the very same chapter. they provide the reader with an entertaining second perspective form a non-main characters point of view of a main character.
even the characters that are more than human are struggling with gritty realities like depression and having unappreciated or misused talents or irrational expectation. few character actually feel like there in control.
as someone who has read good and bad fantasy, resisting the urge to try and explain the magic of the world is a talent few authors have. this one skirts the lines in this book. i feel like if your going to call something magic you should keep it vague and let the readers imagination fill in the gaps.
the publishing company must have printed the rough draft by mistake. major plot developments drop off and never picked back up, useless character have there stories re told multiple times and never contribute to the over all story, and the book end abruptly as though the author accidentally forgot the last third of the book somewhere.
lackluster and weak. compared to the book itself this verbal recitation (wont call it a performance) is the least of my complaints, but won't be listening to books read out loud by this guy again.
maybe - there were great concepts and moments in the book that gave it the potential to be very thought provoking. plenty of ethical and philosophical discussions on what defines a person and reality. i really lost myself in the world from time to time, but more often i noticed that the pacing was off and great ideas were being presented as major plot development only to be mentioned later in passing like the author forgot he was trying to do something with them. a story line that got repeated more than twice that added nothing to the story and should have been presented as a miner diversion at best was beat to death for some reason. overall i wanted this book to be great and maybe the final draft was, but that's not what i got to listen to.
Unfortunately no, I was in no way impressed by this book. The setting was dull and one dimensional, as was everything else. i felt like i was reading spark notes for what could have been a mild success among teens.
Not at all, I love fanatic, sci-fi, thrillers, etc. I have read tons of amazing books (audiobooks from audible) and would recommend almost all of them.
If you were set on listening to this book or a book following a similar story line please take my advice and try Pathfinder By: Orson Scott Card
Absolutely. I was listening to the second book of the drizzt saga (Exile: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 2 BY: R. A. Salvatore) and was content with its rather simple writing style when i looked at the reviews for the third book. One of the rating was very low, i read the review and person had nothing nice to say about the series and recommended this book. On a whim i bought it and was entertained beyond expectation. Seriously, anyone looking for a sure win has found one, nothing about this book was less then amazing.
Two books. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. neither of these books are similar to one another, but I name them because by the end of the book you are so eager to listen to them again that you do (more then once in my case). they weave such an interesting world full for character, places and cultures so different from anything remotely normal or boring that you almost have to listen to them again to even take in the full essence of the stories being told.
A Johnny Depp instant cult classic trilogy.
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