When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now 16, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her - East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
©2012 Alexandra Bracken (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Interesting, exciting, original
This book was a nonstop action packed, nicely paced, fun book! It was funny, heartbreaking, and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn't stop listening to it! I found myself wishing for some traffic on my way home, so that I could listen to this book longer. I actually took the long way home one day so I could keep listening to it. The narrator did an excellent job of reading this book. I'm really looking forward to getting the second one.
This book was compelling, masterfully written and beautifully narrated. Amy McFadden did an artful job of making the characters believable. I was inwardly cheering for the main characters as they tried desperately to find home.
If you are looking for a feel-good book, this is not the one for you. While it has moments, this book is a series of struggles and would not be the book I would choose for a lite read. With that said, it is well worth the credit.
Rarely do I find a book that evokes such a power emotion from me as the end of this book. While I did not agree with all the decisions that were made, I did find them all believable based on the characters development. And most importantly (to me), the author never dumbed down or over explained anything. As a reader, it is a pet peeve of mind to read something and assume, "this author thinks I am a moron." It was refreshing not to have one instance of that in this book.
Hopefully, there will be a sequel. I grew attached to the characters and would love to know what would happen next.
Avid reader who hates it when editors or writers butcher the English language. Honest reviewer.
Other than the language, I found this book fantastic. Ruby is still in her cocoon so to speak. I can't wait to see her break free in the next two books
The author did a really job job of taking a concept that has been heard a hundred times (children with superpowers) and making something new with it. It kind of reminds me of X-men but without the safe haven of equally superpowered adults. The narrator was so grating however. While she does an okay job of helping you tell the difference between characters her fall back voice and the voice she uses for the main character is childish and annoying. To the point at times that I almost wished they would kill off the main character just so she would stop talking like that. When you should be rooting for the character in a damn the man situation your pulled back and actually feel contempt for her. She takes a innocent self conscious girl and makes her seem simple minded. I actually think the narrator is a HUGE discredit to the author. While I want to move on in the series I think I may just go to the library and check out the book as I don't think I can sit through another book with this narrator.
Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.
This is a fantastic book. What really sets it apart from other series is the believable characters, their development and their interaction. The general scenario for mass mutations doesn't come out as much a stretch; the gradual breakdown of society from economic collapse is quite well done. The coming of age, with all the back story just clicks into place. The characters all seem real. They are the product of their development with their own responses and personalities, rather than the cardboard cutouts arriving as a blank page, found in best of other popular series. The narrator does a great job bringing the story and characters to life. She is very talented. I can listen to the story and not be distracted by the narrator. Unlike some narrators, she doesn't let her own ego get in the way of the story. This book is the gateway for a series, but it stands on it's own with a strong conclusion. I highly recommend the book.
"Absolutely captivating and brilliant"
I would recommend this as there wasn't a moment in this book where I wanted to stop listening.
The main character is flawed and you really are taken on her journey.
Brilliant performance by Amy, she really brings the book alive.
The story is quite compelling, I found myself disappointed when I had to stop listening because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Most characters were well rounded and grew as the story progressed
She told the story really well, the voices for all the characters were excellent and you could really hear the emotion in her voice if the characters were upset.
"Great concept, could have gone deeper"
I would recommend it to a friend as it was very enjoyable. It would have to be a good Scifi friend though.
I loved the descriptions of the effects on America of the treatment of the children. The fragile balance tipping and the fall from power.
Great descriptive voice and the ability to ride my bike while still experiencing the book, which I have found very tricky in the past
Great book but its abrupt end has left me thinking the book was a great set up to a follow up book
Dystopia Adventure & Friendship
Well written YA adventure novel with interesting characters I'd like to know.
Do you trust someone enough to hold their hand?
If you enjoyed The Hunger Games & Divergent you'll love this. Similar but not the same!
"I highly recommend this great read!"
I bought this as an audio book and finished it in three days. I enjoyed every minute. It's an interesting tale of children developing powers that threaten society. They are locked up, experimented on, used and abused. The parallels to other stories both of fiction and reality are many, but rather than detracting from the story, they add to it.
The main character, Ruby, is a gentle and fearful girl. Her love interest, Liam is a good fit for her and this element of the story feels natural and in no way forced into the plot.
The social commentary inn this novel it's far from subtle and yet it doesn't preach. This is a fine line Alexandra Bracken balances on it perfectly. I highly recommend this story of a dystopian world where children are the perceived enemy. I don't think you have to be a fan of three gene to enjoy this book. Strong characters and stronger commentary make it a gripping and thought provoking read.
The narrator is excellent and brings the story to life.
Maybe this book would become more interesting with a better narrator.
Personally I find Amy McFadden too fast and very monotone.
I barely got to 3 minutes, when I had to give up.
Monotone and initially too fast.
I regretted downloading it. It was an exhausting drawn out listen.
No I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they like sci fi ....
To be fair, the narration was very good
I didn't even complete it.... really tried hard to go back to it from time to time but gave up in the end
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