A generation ago, continent-sized storms called hypercanes caused the Earth to flood. The survivors were forced to retreat deep underground and build a new society.
This is the story that sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist has heard all of her life.
Jansin grew up in a civilization far below the Earth's surface. She's spent the last eight years in military intelligence training. So when her parents surprise her with a coveted yet treacherous trip above ground, she's prepared for anything. She's especially thrilled to feel the fresh air, see the sun, and view the wide-open skies and the ocean for herself.
But when raiders attack Jansin's camp and take her prisoner, she is forced to question everything she's been taught. What do her captors want? How will she get back underground? And if she ever does, will she want to stay after learning the truth?
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Almost 30 and still watching bad reality shows and reading YA fantasy fiction
Although the world and dystopian future were unique ideas the story followed the same old formula. Big bad government, kick ass trained teenage girl, wildly unbelievably 17 year old love interest, yada yada yada. The romance was shallow as were the friendships.
Good enough to read if you don't have anything great in your library waiting for you but not good enough that it will go on my recommended reading list.
Great story with believable characters and good narration. I do wish there were more character development. I didn't love or hate or really worry too much about the lead character but it was still believable and entertaining on many levels.
My apologies to the author, but this is going to be honest. This book is formulaic at best and a walking cliche at worst. It takes an interesting premise (very interesting, I would have loved to have heard more of it!) and drowns it in a hypercaine of teenage angst and self-deprication with a manufactured and cliched attempt at a romance. In the style of every YA book out there, the female teenage protagonist is amazingly adept at fighting but doesn't know it and is too self conscious about her diminuitive size to acknowledge that she might be (and always is) something a bit more special than usual, blah, blah, blah. She's the perfect female heroine with no interesting quirks that would make her character readable. Her main love interest is perfect (teenaged and way skilled, a self-made man with a mysterious past who keeps himself to himself, blah, blah, blah). All of the secondary characters are perfect - surface imperfections but utterly, sickeningly beautiful and kind and wonderful people underneath, and not all that far underneath, either. Jansen is the author's idealized version of herself - the perfect little Mary Sue - and that makes her amazingly flaw-free and incredibly, achingly boring. Pick up the characters and the plot and you could insert it flawlessly into any situation or setting without disturbing a thing about the story, it has THAT little to do with the fascinating premise that attracted me to the book in the first place. Seriously, if you're going to spend the entire first half of the book on an island paradise with perfect weather and poorly-researched setting details, don't make a big deal about the hypercaines in the summary. I was expecting a battle against the raging elements, not angst and mooning. The summary is a cheat.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did not finish the book. I couldn't. I got four hours into the eleven hour story and had to abandon it, which is something I don't do often. Maybe it picks up further on. I wish I had the fortitude to stick it out and see.
This was a excellent adventure that did not mirror the current trend of a dystopian future with a heroine choosing between two romantic leads. Janson was super skilled in the armed forces and had a lot of luck.
The narrator did a great job adding inflections and tone changes to different characters without making them cheesy or going overboard.
I really enjoyed this book! Great amount of action but not in a "nothing ever works out" way. Sometimes authors just keep piling on the trouble as a way to keep the book going. This book kept positive without being completely unrealistic. I loved the description of both under ground life and above ground life. Can't wait for the next one.
As for the lady reading the book. That was annoying. I might recommend reading instead of listening. She over enunciated way to often, possibly had a speech impediment and didn't nail older male voices at all.
I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.
In case you are looking at reviews before you buy, this is a YA novel. It's exciting. It's heartbreaking and yet hopeful. Some YA novels are very juvenile, others are amazing books that features teenagers. The latter are books for all age readers. This is one of those.
Simple, Easy, Entertainment
Her interpretation of the mood, tone, and intent of the characters occasionally felt very off from how I would have interpreted the story narrative. I feel like she over-acted many of the characters, especially the main character; many characters, including the main character, sounded unnatural or theatrical.
This story met all of my expectations of being a simple and enjoyable sci-fi flick. The premise and world development is fun and interesting, the plot was streamlined and linear, and the characters followed archetypal patterns.
Once again I was fooled by Audible's poor/false book description. Although this book was correctly labeled as scifi, the story is completely sophomoric and clearly written for YOUNG ADULTS. There was no mention of that in the very detailed description that enticed me to waste money on this book.
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