From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world - and the beginning of our future.
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.
Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together - to either save the world or plunge it into a new dark ages.
A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.
©2016 Charlie Jane Anders (P)2016 Recorded Books
"Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan is so good that it's possible just to enjoy her voice and forget everything else. Luckily, this geeky, spiritual love story is strong enough to keep listeners riveted, and Bresnahan's performance is the icing on a very tasty cake." (AudioFile)
Really interesting start. Awkwardness of teenage years. Interesting as the two protagonists come back into each other's lives. Wished the author had stayed in the relationship dynamic and woven in more of how art and science or magic and technology are always linked together. Story goes off the rails with the Milton character and the doom machine. Goes to predictable battle scene. This hijacked the book and I listened more by duty to finish and not excitement to have story unfold.
This author has something special just needs to develop more. I would recommend reading interesting line about surrounding yourself with people who support you becoming the best person you envision yourself becoming. Must be a catchier way to capture this thought that would be more of a light bulb moment.
The story is a great Idea, but never really goes anywhere. With only an hour of listening left, I was concerned about how it would be wrapped up. POORLY. It's rushed to an end in the last 15 minutes. Again, POORLY. Decent book that could have been great. Did enjoy the narrator though.
I love reading and the joy audio books, and audible has brought to the experience.
Safety can say, but only cause I have rankings listed in multiple categories.. it in the #1 slot in about 3of them,#2 in another 2, and male the top ten at least, in all the rest of my stacks
Really really good, I can't "read" in the quiet literal way, I have to get my. Books on tape, or audio, as per what the organization for the blind and dyslexic- all thought school and read all the time even now as leisurely fulfilling, that is, to me 'listening to, and the act of reading anything " is not something I can have the option in distinguishing between the two..
Basically talking into action I'm one of the most "well listened" (ie "well read" of persons that I've met, she high up there in the above average, enjoyable and well performed " narration I've read
Yep! Straight through and wanted more after 22 or what ever so hours long the book is. I listen to whole thing in one sitting
WOAH! ... ok so, I don't know what to put down that conveys properly just how no one can go wrong here, I can even summarize it cause people should all just read/listen to this AWESOMELY insane, and depth, silly, funny, perfectly imperfect with milk and cookies- stir... that's one way to describe it.
Afterwards, it's kind of... well- if our minds took a shower - that's what it feels like.. ha.
JUST READ IT!... praise or a description trying too persuade anyone that need to read it, doesn't do it justice..
Layered, smart, unpredictable, and do right. love the style, timely use if words, flawed and loveable main characters (including tree and petition) just a delight. And speaks to my experience in a surprising way. I'm guessing many others will feel the same. will read at least two more times.
I liked this book because its blazingly original and heartbreakingly honest.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and especially the 'special wizard' genre popularized by POTTER and THE MAGICIANS.
I felt like I was listening to a college students take on writing in the style of Neil Gaiman.
I think that there were some really good plot ideas, but the development of the characters never came to fruition.
In addition to the story being weak, I wasn't a fan of the voice artist.
I read and enjoy all genres, but I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It is engaging with an interesting and unexpected message. I will now read anything else by this author. I read more than 100 books a year and rarely review. I highly recommend this book!
Anders sets a compelling story, set in the past, present and her imaginative future --what was it, "slam-dub"? I can't imagine a worse sounding mess. Yet besides the imagination necessary to create her compelling future, the characters and their connections were compelling. Anders creates a believable world of fantasy --I know, I know, the contradictions of my statement are not lost, but Anders' characters are very enjoyable to follow as they navigate from childhood to middle school and then as young adults.
I really enjoyed the book and can only hope that there will be future sequels. (5 stars is something that I would usually reserve for classics, but I have a feeling that Anders' works will be something to read.)
Excellent character creation and development.
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