H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers, hidden from humans and sedated. H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.
Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement gives way to shore. She bides her time until graduation when she'll escape the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.
Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her "don't get involved" rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill?
The two may need to forget their rules and training if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.
©2015 Natalie Wright (P)2015 Natalie Wright
This ginger likes to read.
Yes. The book is perfect escapism. I was engaged from the start, and at no point was I jarred by an inconsistency.
I think the first alien hybrid was named nine and the one after was named ten. I enjoyed ten the most. Nine was a bit soft, and the "people people" were okay. Secretly, I want ten to turn into a Deadpool like character. Be all badass, working for number one, and unapologetic about it all.
His reading voice is deep, and without accent. I like this because I was listening to the book at 2X and above. At those speeds he came out clearly, and I followed along nicely.
No - who has time for that?
Well I have to be honest and say: This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com. But, that said, I enjoyed every minute. To escape the more painful realities of life I have consumed a fair number of books. Mostly fiction. In particular, Science Fiction. So I am a bit of a junky connoisseur. While I listened to this audio book I was not putting milk and yogurt away for minimum wage, but rather running around a desert with this predictable but fun lot of characters.
If it wasn't for the subject of looming rape at the beginning of the story, I would say this is a great story for middle school grade as they get to enjoy 9's firsts in the human world as H.A.L.F. 9's innocence in the human world brings a young feel to the story.
However the book is set for a Young Adult group that's older than the middle school grade.
I've listened to Andrew Tell narrate a few books now. I like that he does tone changes for different characters. It helps keep the characters straight when listening to the story. There are a few characters that seem to pop more than others with a different tone and personality present to them. Andrew's narration is always as clear and clean as expected in his work.
It does end on a note that feels as there needs to be a next book. Which, this is a series and it will be coming our way.
It's been a while since I saw the movie I Am Number 4, but this book reminds me of that story line though with alien DNA. It feels like the same old sort of story with an alien hybrid and humans. There are those that want to experiment, those who don't like, and the few that try to help the locked up alien hybrid.
Young adult fiction is not normally on my to read and review list however, this sounded good, But this book was only just okay to me. Wright has crafted an intriguing tale with characters that were interesting. It's just the story itself that fell flat to me.
I found the narrator to be good at reading the book as well as giving the characters life and voice.
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Narration - Andrew Tell - Really Good
I honestly can't say much about his narration. He was such a good story teller, that I didn't notice his narration (which is the mark of a great narrator). Great voice, good pace, no annoying character voices, it all was just a smoothly told story. Very nice!
The book was really interesting. I don't read/listen to much Psy-Fi, but I really enjoyed this book.
HALF.9 is a hybrid human/alien who escapes from the underground environment where he's been kept for the past 17 years. He runs into three teenagers out in the desert and rescues them from some pretty bad guys then rescues them again from one of his creators and their adventure begins.
The book has POV chapters all told in third person AND it ends on a cliffy!
Really Great Listen!
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H.A.L.F. 9 has finally escaped his lifelong cell and has breathed in the desert air for the first time. He was created as a weapon, but he exceeded his creator's wildest imaginings of his power and has spent his entire 17 years of life sedated and hidden away from humans.
But now that H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab and the sedation has worn off, he realizes just what he has been missing and just how powerful he really is.
Erika Holt can't wait to graduate high school and get the heck out of her small hometown. Ever since her beloved father died when Erika was only twelve years old, it had been up to Erika to take care of her alcoholic mother. She is sick of it and upon graduation she plans to hop on her motorcycle and drive as far East as it is possible to go.
Erika does not drink alcohol. She knows that most of the high school seniors do, but living with an alcoholic has put her off alcohol for good. She was supposed to attend a party with her best friends: Ian and Jack, but Erika convinces them to head out into the desert instead.
Erika had no idea that deciding to head into the desert on that particular night would end up changing her life forever.
Erika and H.A.L.F. 9 have a fateful run-in in the desert and somehow their fates and their very lives end up inextricably linked together.
This audiobook is a terrific Young Adult tale. It is the first book in a series.
H.A.L.F. 9 is a terrific character. The author could have taken him in any direction she wanted. She writes his confusion with what the real world is really like brilliantly. He may be super-smart from a purely intellectual point of view, but learning from books and only approved websites has left him severely socially handicapped.
The narration of this audiobook was EXCELLENT. It was clear right from the beginning that this narrator is a professional. I'm not sure what else to say about it because, quite frankly, it could not have been any better. The narrator was able to draw me into the story right away and allowed me to follow along without ever having to wonder if I had missed anything.
My favorite character in this book has to Dr. Randall. Despite the fact that he is the co-founder of the HALF program, he is a good man with a good heart who wants to do the right thing.
Dr. Lily Sturgess is the perfect villain. She is condescending to her subordinates. She is devious. She believes that her intellect is superior to everyone else. Basically, she is a bully who has power and that power is more important to her than anything else.
Dr. Dolan is the grandfatherly figure that listeners cannot help but be drawn to.
I rate this young adult audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Professional Actress and Audiobook Narrator. Lifetime Story Teller.
We all want to know what happened at Roswell and Natalie Wright gives us her fantastical spin on what may have very well happened and what we have done since then. In her story we encounter a human-alien hybrid who just wants to be free but that freedom comes at a cost. Making new friends, meeting family he didn't know existed, and meeting his alien "cousins" leads to an epic, bloody battle of wills and perseverance.
It was quite enjoyable and easy to follow along. I only question what Wright's intention were on the scale of believability-- Teens fighting highly trained soldiers, and following around aliens is just a bit hard for me to grasp as being plausible; but it is a science-fiction novel, so maybe that won't bother anyone who reads this genre.
Andrew Tell's narration is pretty good. I enjoyed his pacing, and overall timing. I thought his read was a little lack-luster in the sense that it was monotone at times and it was hard for me to distinguish a few characters from one another. His voices for the H.A.L.F's were perfect and overall he does a fine job bringing this story to life.
I would recommend this book to all.
This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Being set in the great state of Arizona.
I lost interest in the book toward the end and it almost felt like a chore, it seemed as if their was a lot of repetition in the book; ie: smells, fight, reminding us that half 9 will die from water... I also noticed being from Phoenix AZ a few inconsistencies, a few that stood out: at one point they were driving on the I10 north of Phoenix which is impossible because it runs east and west not North to South, It should be the I17 that runs north of phoenix, also cholla cactus is pronounced like choyya cactus. Other than that the ending got stale and repetitive and the love triangle got to annoying. I don't see my self investing into another book of the half series.
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