Emily Baxter feared she was the sole survivor of a deadly alien plague that swept through New York City, the nation, and the world in a downpour of blood red rain. And when the dead began transforming into a terrifying new form of life, she feared her survival might be brutally short-lived. Then, a human voice crackled from a satellite phone, urging her to flee north, where more refugees of the global annihilation hunkered down in a desolate Alaskan outpost. Now, with only the supplies she can carry and her faithful dog, Emily races across the country, desperate to outrun the horrors close behind. When she discovers more survivors on the way, they join forces in their determination to cling to life and fight for the future. Standing in their way are Earth’s new masters, equally determined to survive and thrive, and possessed of monstrous capabilities which Emily and her allies can’t begin to imagine…until they’re face-to-face with the hideous reality.
©2013 Paul Antony Jones (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I found the first book of this series to be engaging and original, a dystopia that stood above many other books of the same genre. I anticipated the sequel and now that I've listened to the whole book almost nonstop, it doesn't disappoint. There are many poignant moments, especially the ending. I found it to be both hopeful and devastating, which is a running trend throughout the book - you're happy the character has survived one more close call, but you just know that in the background the world is changing irreparably. By the way, if you haven't read the first book, I suggest you do before listening to the sequel, or otherwise some situations won't make as much sense. I can't see how there could be a third book in this series, though, the ending felt quite definite, which is kind of sad. The narrator does a great job!
That the book version wasn't at my library. If I'd been reading, rather than listening, I would have been able to speed-read through all the dull bits.
Despite my misgivings, I wanted to find out what happened next, and I downloaded book two. I'm nearly done, but have lost all patience with the thing--so deliberately sought out spoilers just to find out how the story ends without having to listen to another damn minute. And now I'm REALLY glad I did because the ending is unforgivably trite.
I'm all for a good end of the world story, but I found myself zoning out during this one. Waiting for Emily (I'm assuming you know her from the first book) to get through another impossible scenario, after making another incredibly naive or thoughtless decision, was a little like reaching for the hot stove over and over again. I hope she gets a little smarter, is she's the new gene pool. Admittedly, I've already downloaded the next book and will finish it, but really....
There are a lot of details the reader could do without. Maybe a little more character development and a little less of how Emily finds her next screwdriver would serve us better. Make us care wether humanity survives!
So, why did I waste my credit on this..? Wait....I didn't !! I got both "Extinction Point" and this one with a $10 coupon . Still, what a waste!
I must be masochistic or like Emily, kind of stupid......
I skipped at least a third of the book (all those painful descriptions of...whatever ).
I must add that the narration was kind of mediocre .
Awesome. Addictive. Could not stop listening. The second installment was even better than the first. The story kept me on the edge of my seat, screaming "what's happening next". Narrator gave an excellent performance, enough emotion and flair to keep the listener riveted. Now I can't wait for the third book in the series.
It was even better than the previous part!!! The way it is written and read I was able to really visualise the location Emily was in and the destruction made to earth. Also the twists of action are amazing, whenever I thought something will happen one way, I was surprised with the following action. Also the way the tension is built up is also different. I had a few moments of amazing tension. I am looking forward to the next part!
Read this passage from Exodus, out loud if possible:
"Her hand found its way to the strap of the Mossberg, and she slipped the shotgun into her hands. It would be easy to blame Thor's uneasiness on the almost constant crash of the storm, but after her encounter at the store, she couldn't be sure it wasn't because he sensed something in the house. Emily didn't think it was anything to worry about, just the storm that was frightening him rather than any sense of a threat within the house. But her hand found its way to the strap of the Mossberg slung across her shoulder anyway."
This is bad writing (and possibly bad editing). The author manages to repeat and yet contradict himself here. And how can any writer fail to catch the awkwardness of using both "easy" and "uneasiness" in the same sentence?
Now imagine a whole book full of this clunky prose.
"A great idea executed very poorly by the narrator"
The narrator reads this as though she's talking to a class of preschoolers. Her inflection is poor, and her accents make my teeth itch, they are so bad. Her Scottish one would be funny if it didn't ruin such a good story.
The story? Well I won't ruin things too much, but the ending is a little contrived. The dire nature of the narration soon knocks that into a cocked hat though.
God No, not unless I endure a botched frontal lobotomy beforehand.
The idea is a good one, a play on the alien invader genre which hasn't been used a million times before and is therefore hackneyed. But all this pales into insignificance when you consider the appallingly bad narration.
Emily Beresford - Don't narrate adults books anymore.
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