In 2166, Earth was destroyed. It wasn't an alien spacefleet firing from above. It was a bomb planted in the center of the planet before humanity even existed. In an instant, the human population dropped from 11 billion to 1,066.
I'm Loris Roderick, set to take command of the Magellan space station. I didn't know I was to become the de facto leader of our species when its survival hung by a thread.
We should run, hide in some corner of the galaxy to eke out what existence we can. But I'd rather we get our revenge.
©2016 Jason Letts (P)2016 Jason Letts
Overall an entertaining, interesting and enjoyable story. It took me a couple of chapters to really get pulled into the story. It just wasn't holding my attention in the beginning. Once the story got going it got much more interesting and had my full attention.
The story takes several completely unexpected turns, keeping you guessing as to what will happen next. It's also pretty fast paced for the most part. For being a shorter book there is a lot that goes on.
Suspense, intrigue, conspiracies, mutiny, hidden societies, aliens and life altering secrets are all part of this new post Earth world
Humans no longer have a home. Or do they? This was an interesting take on humanity and how humans came to inhabit planet earth. The few survivors left after the destruction of Earth are seeking revenge against those who destroyed the Earth. Once again though they are about to have everything they have ever believed about the human race altered. They never could have been prepared for the truth they were about to discover. Not only do they have to deal with their new reality, they also discover a highly guarded secret that will change their lives. A secret a select few have been hiding from the rest of the population of Earth.
Kirt Graves did a good job overall with the narration. This is the first time I have listened to him narrate a book. He has a nice voice. He also has some really good character voices. His female character voices are really good. The non-character parts are a bit too monotone especially in the beginning. As the story went on he found his rhythm and his non-character narration had a bit more, well….character. Overall an enjoyable listen.
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It isn't one moment. It is the series of moments that occur that begin to fill in the backstory. In the beginning, when the earth is destroyed the narrator basically says "well most likely never know why this happened." then as the story continues it nicely fills in that unmade promise.
I was not a huge fan of the narrator. A bit too... robotic. But by the end of the book I actually didn't mind him.
No idea. The book captures a lot of different subjects. It wouldn't be earthless.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review. And I really enjoyed the story.
Earthless is a book that doesn't quite seem to understand it's identity. While short it is almost three separate subgenres crammed together. The first third sees the destruction of earth and is almost a "space preppers" story, as the crew of a space ship try to work out how to survive with the limited resources. The middle third has them joining with a existing colony and has a mystery feel to it, and then the final third is aliens and space battles. Each part has it's pro's and con's but none feel completely fleshed out or complete. The shifting of genre (obviously within the sci-fi genre as a whole) feels a little strange with the transitions being quick, breaking the flow of the book. Personally the middle section with the colony and the mystery grabbed me the most and I would have like more time spent with that.
The action throughout the book is fairly well written to make it clear as to what is going on, who is battling who etc. Characters are fairly well defined although I didn't feel myself overly gravitating towards any of them. (Although this may be due to the narration more than the writing itself)
The narration is okay, in the end. It starts very rough and improves as the book goes along, as Kirt Graves finds his voice. The initial impressions of the book made me worried I wouldn't be able to get through it, with the first 30 minutes or so feeling very flat, emotionless and monotone. The pacing was also off, with slight pauses mid sentence here and there breaking the flow. These also lessened as the book went on, but did not disappear completely. Graves provides a variety of voices for the characters and generally imparts emotion, but the main character is in the 'narration' voice and thus often has the same bored, monotone feel to him that plagues the narration.
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The was a truly unique story about Earth in the future. The Planet was united in a battle against an alien race and waged war against it. Something destroyed the Earth and with a few ships and huge floating space flight capable space station we take the battle to the new enemy. There is internal conflict in the human fleet, a lost human colony, and the enemy to deal with before it is all over. This is a really good story and really enjoyable throughout the whole all to short adventure.
The narrator does a really great job of creating unique voices of all the characters both male and female and does not make the really awful or fake as some tend to do or extremely falsetto voice for the female characters. This is the first time I have heard a performance from Mr. Lett's but would definitely like to hear more of his work again based on this performance.
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Now with that out of the way. I'll do my best to be vague in terms of plot as I hate spoilers. This book is quite a wild ride. Really enjoyed the start, the idea of our entire planet being destroyed isn't a new one, but it is one I find intriguing so I was instantly interested. Having to figure out how mankind will survive and wanting revenge on those who attacked us is gripping, but then you add in a bit more intrigue with the fact that there seems to be a bit of a conspiracy happening among those survivors and I was hooked. Then about a third of the way in the story takes a completely unexpected twist and suddenly it feels a bit like I've been dropped into an episode of Lost. Note that's not bad thing at all, as I loved the show Lost. Then at about the two-thirds mark the story takes yet another interesting twist bringing us back to confronting the original enemy. As I said it was a wild ride and one I definitely enjoyed. I did however feel the resolution stretched the limits of believability a bit. Given what the aliens were capable of doing it just seemed unlikely (and perhaps too easy) that the survivors would be able to strike back the way they did. That being said I did enjoy the story quite a bit and if audible would allow half stars I would have actually rated it 3.5 rather than only 3. That being said I enjoyed it enough that I will probably pick up the sequel at some point.
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