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.
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.
The writing was excellent, it had a clarity and simplicity that felt more like reading a Zen Master than a science fiction novel.
All the direct interactions between Patricia and Laurence were intensely compelling.
In addition to the wonderful human story, the book dealt realistically with many topics of current technology and society. Much food for thought here.
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.
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.
The concept was good. I was somewhat uncomfotrable with the whole cult concept. Older man luring young girls with the promise of feeling free, only to be used and manipulated. Good read, just not a book for me.
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.
This book, particularly in the early chapters, reads like a dictionary of stereotypes. It traffics in them with the same studied glee as stripper choosing a costume to give some thematic element to her dancing around a pole. While the author starts to hide these better as the book continues, they remain almost unmistakable. The story is as equally uncomplicated in all the worst possible ways. From the early chapters, at least in broad strokes, the entire book is utterly predictable and no sudden surprise will creep up on you here. Pair this with continuous angst, constant self-doubt, and ending that couldn't be more clichéd and truncated if it tried and you have a book that can only be described as disappointing at best.
I joined a book group to break myself out of my normal book groove. The only thing more riveting than the story was the flawless narrator. loved it!
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