A new dystopian/post-apocalyptic series from a New York Times best-selling author
My name is Theo, and I'm a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It's meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.
I was once content, too, but now I'm different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.
Or is she?
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I found the reading by the narrator was well done and helped to bring the story to life for me. His various voices have become those I associate with the characters. The recording is clear, without any background distractions.
Theo is one of the many youths on Oasis. The stories based in the future, where machines have taken over the world and caused a global meltdown. Goo covers everything except for the small inside section that is protected by the force field - oasis.
In this society there are no family units and no one ages past 40. You are considered to be a youth until your 40th birthday, then you become an adult. There are also the elderly but on one sees them around.
Theo has been talking with his imaginary friend a lot lately but she seems to know things he does not know, like about movies he's never seen before. And Phoe always seems to know where his friends are, or if they are looking for him. Could his imaginary friend really be real?
His friend takes him on a crazy series of events and everything he used to know changes.
This is a super addictive story. I found it to be very fast paced I listened to this book through audible, and its length is 7 hours and 28 minutes. I was pretty much listening to this as often as I could thought the day. I've listened to it about 2-3 times now before writing the review. The novel is left happily resolved but I am quite certain that there will be a sequel!
There is swearing thought the novel, in addition to some violent descriptions/concepts. I would recommend this book for adults and potentially mature older teenagers. Additionally there is some advanced vocabulary that younger readers may not understand - such are morose.
I received this novel via audible for testing in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have provided based on listening to the novel multiple times
This book reminds me of the giver and the 100 with originality thrown in as well. I hope that this comparison does not give anything away. The story starts with three words. That's the only thing in the story they could make anyone turn away. This is the main characters way to rebel.
He is 23 years old but in his society that age is more like a 16-year-old.
While I believe the story could be enjoyed by all ages I think the target audience is 16 to 25. Being a gamer couldn't hurt either.
I do plan to continue reading the rest of the series.
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This story was awesome! From the first chapter I was hooked and got so into the story that I had to know what was going on. The first half of the book seems so surreal and I thought I knew what was happening and then it turns out that I had no idea what was going on. Things made sense but then you start to wonder if everything else that happens is real or not. Loved the connection between Theo and Phoe. I kept thinking "omg! that's who she is!" and every time it turned out I was wrong (and so was Theo) but when her identity is finally revealed I had no words I was truly not expecting her to be who she was. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one.
Roberto Scarlato is the narrator for this book. I'm so used to hearing him narrate in other books that this one kind of surprised me. I find he's much better narrating older men than a young teen. I've heard better narrators and worse narrators but I don't blame him because the first book in a series always takes some time to figure out who the characters are.
The hook in the first chapter totally grabbed me. I was hooked for the first few chapters, but then found myself getting bored. Character relationships seem oversimplified and 2D, and the writing was almost too witty for its own good. Honestly, I think the narration is what killed it - felt very academic, like they were reading a textbook.
But the end totally took me by surprise and finally made sense of all the things that seemed ridiculous and illogical throughout. The 2 main characters were fully developed by the end as well.
All in all, at first the story seemed like a writing prompt gone wrong, but by the end had great characters and deep themes to consider. I'd listen to the next one in the series for sure, just to find out what happens.
I have read several of Dima Zales books and they just get better and better. This book is wonderfully exciting. The story is so well woven, it is damn near impossible to stop listening. The narrator is spot on and portraits character emotions flawlessly. Thank you for making my
life richer one book at a time Dima Zales.
This book was amazing! It started off kind of weird and I wasn't sure what was going on. But then the story really got going and I couldn't wait to see what happened next! A few times, I had to stop what I was doing (I was listening to the audio version) because it was so intense that I felt like I was there! The concept of the book is really cool and is executed very well. It was scary, insightful, and terrifying all at once! I downloaded the next book before the last chapter was don- which I rarely do, unless it's free (it wasn't free). I recommend this book! If you're just starting it, hang in there. It's a little slow at first but gets SO much better!
Each time I listed to the story I was swept away to Oasis. The narrator was wonderful, very distinctive voices for each character. I cannot wait to start the second in the series.
I just could not take it anymore. The reader's cadence either put me to sleep or drove me crazy. He got stuck in a rhythm that was supremely annoying. Add to that, the author's obsessive love and use of the word cognizant, just couldn't finish it.
Dima Zales tells a wonderful and enthralling tale. Pretty easy to jump right into, very hard to put down. Likeable characters and plenty to keep you curious. Only scored down for the author'ssenseless choice to punctuate his story with needless profanity. But, at least you're forwarned in the book's description. Although ... I almost didn't buy it because of that! However i am glad I chose to.
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