In the year 2052, it's not love but hate that unites the world. Humanity is unified against the Inborns, an extraterrestrial species with godlike intelligence and abilities, whose arrival on Earth caused an environmental and biological crisis.
Enslaved and despised even by her own Inbornkind, 18-year-old Snofrid Yagami reawakens to the world after having her memories stolen and is certain of only one thing: She will do anything to ensure her freedom. But her resolution is soon tested when the son of a high-ranking human official is murdered, and her home city becomes the center of an interspecies war - one that might see the Inborns purged.
Desperate to find a way out of the city for herself and her family, Snofrid risks making a deal with the manipulative Inborn commander, Hadrian, and his brutal cadre of soldiers. Her task is simple: take part in a historic hunt that will bring wealth and fame to all who survive. Unfortunately, Snofrid's role is one in which survival is rarely seen: the bait.
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Canadian | Lover of gruesome horror/depravity/anything medically related/urban fantasy/non-fiction/and YA.
This book is incredibly interesting, but before I can praise the story line, I need to talk about the narration.
Joe Calarco has a very pleasant voice to listen to, the reading for the female voices are great, and I really liked the musical interludes between chapters along with the sprinkling of sound effects here and there, BUT, I feel like this book is being read by an overly dramatic William Shatner impersonator. He. Talks. Like. This. And. Then. He. Emphasizes. CERTAIN. Words. For. Some. Kind. Of. DESIRED. Effect. When. It. Is. Not. NECESSARY. AT. ALL.
Seriously, the narration does not start off with the over the top William Shatner style of speaking, but it progressively gets slow and slower, and more and more staccato and dramatized. At first it was mildly distracting, then it was frustrating, and at 4 hours in it pretty much infuriated me, because it really dampers the weird but wonderful story line! At 5 hours in, I had to listen at 1.30x speed. Having it at that speed makes the narration sound like it is being read at a NORMAL pace. At 1.30x speed it does not sound like you are holding down the fast forward button; That. Is. How. PAINFULLY. SLOW. This. Narrator. Reads.
I had to skip some of the more emotional chapters, because the narration style was utterly unbearable. I eventually had to turn it up to a 1.35x speed later in the book, because I was so desperate to hear the rest of the story, but having to listen to an audiobook at that speed (out of pure necessity, even) really hinders what the book has to over. You simply do not get to hear much in the preview for this book, so I could not/did not expect to my negative reaction to the narration style. Thank goodness audible has a changeable speed function!
Perhaps it would be better to read a physical copy of this book. The narration style inflicted by this narrator is really a shame, because this book is fantastic!!!
The protagonist is a young girl named Snofrid, however, all the other characters in this book are more interesting than her. That is by no means a bad thing! I can greatly appreciate well developed characters even when they are not the dominant characters! Basically, Snofrid has lost her memories and she is on a mission to re-learn her role in the world. You learn more about the different species and hierarchies of this dystopian world as Snofrid goes exploring and handling various encounters and situations. Therefore, you get to understand the thrillingly dark work Hatred Day has to offer at the same time as Snofrid, not only though her own experiences, but through the other intriguing side plots of the other characters. This book is very multidimensional, and there are a lot of things going on, and (from what I can gather from the audiobook) it is very well written. The world created in Hatred Day is like a dystopian/cyberpunk crossover, and it is presented marvelously.
The story is very complex, and it does an outstanding job at character development without being heavy handed with descriptions. I would highly recommend it to lovers of sci fi and dystopian fiction, and while it is considered YA, I’m sure many adults can appreciate the multifaceted plot, characters, and settings.
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Overall really good story. Great concept. Creative, complex, interesting and an extremely enjoyable listen.
Finally a series that doesn't end in a huge cliffhanger. Yes, there is going to be at least one more book. Yes, there are many questions that are left unanswered, but there is no "huge" cliffhanger. Can't say any more that that and not spoil the story for those who haven't read it.
It would have been nice to have a prologue to set the stage and explain the history of the alien and human world and some of the events that have brought them to where the story starts. This would have cleared up some of the confusion in the beginning of the story as well as answered some of the many still unanswered questions. A short prequel book would be a great addition.
There's a little bit of everything in this story. Aliens, humans, alien human hybrids, an altered/damaged earth, special abilities, unusual beast creatures and more all wrapped up into a complex and entertaining story. Even though the story takes place in Oregon, it felt more like a global society.
Joe Calarco does a fantastic job with the narration. I really enjoyed it. Combined with the sound effects it really made the story and characters come to life. He has a nice voice that is easy to listen to. Great character voices male and female. Nice even pace that flowed smoothly. Fantastic job, well done. Hopefully he will be narrating the next installment.
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Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps owner/blogger, lover of the written and narrated word, if you write it they will review.
I'm completely torn writing this review. On the one hand, I loved it. This was a wildly original concept and the world building was phenomenal. On the other hand... there was much confusion. There are places where the plot became lost and some very tedious dialogue detracts from the otherwise compelling narrative. There were instances where I had to put the book down and regroup it got so confusing.
On the bright side, this is the first in a series, and I feel quite certain that the authors will take us in a very interesting direction. There are some characters that could certainly be further explored, and some history that I would love to get (like the time that someone is missing.) No matter what happens next, I'm anxious for the sequel!
If you enjoy dystopian, alien fiction, adventure fantasy, or fairy tale retellings (it isn't one as far as I'm aware, but it has the mythology and unique sense of story telling to be one) then you'll want to grab Hatred Day.
Don't mind me as I'm off to hunt down a signed copy for my shelves- love this cover art!
This book was not easy to follow. I am good with time and place bouncing around, but there was often no warning of it, such as a pause or preface. The premise is a little odd, but an interesting idea, however there are a lot of different stories mixed in.
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The dramatic reading is great. The story different and compelling. The extra sound effects during parts of the book were wonderful.
Snofrid was an interesting character to wrap my head around.
Brilliant. I hope he continues the series.
In a distant future, the world is not what it seems.
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I have been an avid reader all my life. Everything from True Crime to Time Travel. Now that I am retired, I read even more.
Starting with the title I had a little trouble at the start figuring out Who was Who and WHY. But once I did I enjoyed the story and fast moving pace. A little twist in the plot and we are hooked for Book 2. The characters were well developed. The narration was very good and easy to listen to. This book was gifted me via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an unbiased review.
I'm a sci-fi and fantasy nerd, a fan of all things theology and an adjunct professor of political science.
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First, let me discuss the narration. I actually thought the narrator did a very good job with character voices, but he had some odd pauses and breathiness that made the flow choppy at points. I also found the music at the beginning of each chapter more distracting than helpful.
As for the book itself, Hatred Day has a very cool concept: another, somewhat humanlike species arrives on earth via magic, causing ecological devastation and the outbreak of an inter-species war between the two races, which also pits science against magic. I thought the hook of having a half-human half-inborn as the lead character worked well, and has very interesting future narrative possibilities. The nuts and bolts of the plot were also solid, and characters generally acted in reasonable ways. If I had a complaint it was with the feel of the story. It's clear that the races hate one another--hence the title--but we're never really given much of a look into the minds of many inborns, or any humans, so it's a bit difficult to understand the conflict on a visceral level. It's very rare that I think a story needed more exposition, but this story could probably have used a prologue giving us a sense for the human perspective. That said, it's clear the authors have built this world very well to incredible detail, and I look forward to seeing where they take world and characters in future installments.
I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.
I enjoyed the authors writing style, especially his character development. It quickly drew me in, very good at making you invested in what happens to the characters. This book was pretty unique, love the story.
The narrator is very good. Does different voices wonderfully. My only criticism is he so overly dramatic pretty much constantly. Reading everything as if it's super intense. It gets old.
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"An interesting and complex new world"
Yes. I found the story really interesting. On one hand the story slowly builds. On the other we jump straight into it. There's plenty going on and you have to concentrate to keep track but its good.
I'm not giving away spoilers as that is not fair. However we have a large variety of characters and associated cultures that creates a great and often tense atmosphere. Sno is a great character, Rhode and Lucian as well. I like the world that the author has built. An earth that is not earth, changed by for want of a better word immigration. A war going on, magic in the world that adds a different dynamic and also a different feel to our earth.
I thought that the narrator warmed up to the work about half way through the book. There was a little bit of an uncertain start where I did feel that I was being read too but as I got into the book I felt that this changed.
Can a girl survive the cash between human and aliens
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