All Blythe Sol ever wanted was to be a normal girl. Yet, her dreams of following in her father's footsteps by joining the military after graduation are crushed when nuclear war comes to the United States in the year 4006. Tens of thousands are killed in a series of attacks on many major cities, while thousands more are left injured from the devastation of the blasts, or terminally ill from the effects of radiation.
When the government offers the sick and injured a second chance as part of the Restoration Project, how could they refuse? Hoping to put her life back together after the blasts take both her arm and her eye, Blythe enrolls in the program filled with hope. She never expects that the bionic additions will change her life so drastically. When it is discovered that those outfitted with the robotic parts have become enhanced beyond the limits of ordinary human ability, normal can never exist for her again.
The Bionics become targets of the government, as fear of them spreads across the nation, further enflamed by media propaganda and political conspiracy. Forced to go into hiding or face execution, society's outcasts band together to form the Restoration Resistance - an underground rebellion which Blythe becomes a part of in order to survive. She could never imagine that joining them would thrust her at the forefront of an imminent revolution, or that it would put her in a confusing tug-of-war between two of her fellow soldiers; Gage Bronson, the mysterious new addition to the Resistance, and Dax Janner, her best friend. Even though Gage is rapidly capturing her heart, she is forced to face the possibility that her feelings for Dax might just go beyond friendship. However, with impending war and the threat of death hanging over her head, Blythe hardly has time to worry about anything as trivial as a love life.
©2014 Crimson Tree Publishing (P)2016 Alicia Michaels
Thrilling. Emotional. Action-packed.
It's complex and active while incorporating elements so deep to bring out all your emotions.
Their back stories.
I loved it.
I listen to 6.5-8 hours week days so if you would like me to read and review/rate send me a copy :)
A book about the outcasts aka the ones with bionic implants a great book overall.
I received this book free in return for a unbiased review.
draws you in
it's not an entirely new concept, yet it is original and has enough suspense to keep you guessing and adventure to keep you in suspense - all with a hint of just sexy enough romance sprinkled in. Kept me listening and engaged and I happily listened to it all over a weekend
At first I wasn't so taken with the narration - I liked the beginning of the story though and figured it was worth continuing listening...then before I knew it I was engrossed in the story, enjoying the narrators portrayal of the characters which had become much stronger as the novel progressed. At the end I'd say aside from the very start, it was a really good narration.
The story is good, flows well and keeps you interested as it unfolds and the end...well, it's a series and it does an excellent job of ensuring you'll want to get the next book! I pretty much listened in two sittings over a weekend - kept me interested all the way through
I was gifted a book for an honest review. I'm not a reviewer who will say I like something if I don't - I liked this book - good post apocalyptic sci-fi similar in nature (but not story) to the Divergent series or the Hunger Games. I'll most likely buy the next one
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OMG, this narrator is phenomenal. Accents, male voice, female voice, her intensity; just wow! Alicia Michaels story is amazing and with the narrator it truly came to life. I will definitely be picking up others from both this author and narrator.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The synopsis gives you the basics of the story except for the fact that this is a really good entertaining, engaging, interesting and enjoyable story. Really darn good story with great characters and an interesting story line. Worth your time and credit.
I love all types of dystopian stories. The story pulls you in immediately and never lets go. As soon as I was done with this book I checked to see if the next book in the series was on Audible. Unfortunately not yet.
The story itself is not a new concept, just a different take on a dystopian future. There is of coarse the love triangle. It is also pretty easy to figure out who Gage is. The story is constantly moving forward, there is none of that middle of the book filler here. It's full of action and suspense with a just enough romance rounding out the edges.
Does end on a cliffhanger.
This is the first book by Alicia Michaels that I have read/listened to, it definitely wont be the last. She has gained a new fan here and I have already recommended this book to several people.
Marissa Clay did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Her voice sounded age apposite for the characters. Good character voices. Clearly spoken. Nice pace with the narration. She was able to bring the characters to life through her narration. Hopefully she will be narrating the next installment in the series.
There are repeated lines in chapter 18 about 20 min in. Chapter 19, about 20 min in. Background noise occasionally throughout the book. Audio quality Changes at times throughout the book as well.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher
Here's the thing. I have a peeve. Well, I have tons of peeves about bookish stuff, and I've written about them plenty before. And this one hits upon a peeve of mine.
First, let's chat about what I did like. I liked the characters and the unique personalities. The three main characters each get to share their POV in a part of the book, and I found that to be an interesting way of doing things, and it worked well to share the various perspectives.
The world building was solid and disturbing and realistic. The Bionics are people who were injured in the horrific events and then were given special prosthetics or computerized body parts to replace their broken ones. Then, quickly, they became a "threat" to society, and anyone with enhanced features became a public enemy. The brutal treatment of the people who get captured (and have their prosthetics ripped out) by the government is very disturbing and effective to set the scene and make this dystopian world quite scary.
I also enjoyed the narrator. She did a good job with individual voices and accents. She helped make the characters realistic.
So my peeve? When a book stops. Just, stops. Yes, cliffhangers are annoying, but this isn't what I'm talking about quite here. The book does end on a secret reveal about one of our main characters during his POV section, but the book then just ends with him getting his face slapped by the girl. Done. Book over. Sorry, but that's not a conclusion or a cliffhanger. I love a good series, but I also love each book to stand on its own pages. This one did a great job setting up the story, the world, and the conflict, but it didn't satisfy upon the conclusion.
Another thing I didn't love? How each chapter started like a log entry with the names of characters involved in that chapter, and date of "entry". The rest of the narrative wasn't like a journal but just a continuation of the story from multiple POV, so that felt odd.
Has anyone read this book or this series? It sounds like there are quite a few books in the series, so I'm intrigued but unsure.
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for my honest review.
The narrator did a fantastic job. I enjoy listening to books wherein the narrator is able to encompass the characters to the point I forget I am listening to only one speaker. The narration was full of emotion at appropriate parts. Only critique is the pause between chapters is substantial, at least 10 seconds at times.
I really enjoyed listening to a book that was not about two young white teens as the central characters. Finally an author that incorporates the multiculturalism that is prevalent in society. I especially loved how the main theme parallels current issues facing our nation though in a roundabout way. Oppression and segregation of the minority is easily heard and felt through the pages.
Narrator was very animated in her recitation of the book.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher
A very engrossing novel about class warfare, love, betrayal and all that sort of stuff. Good enough that I have to get the next book in the series.
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