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The Finisher | [David Baldacci]

The Finisher

Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.
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Publisher's Summary

Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears.

Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordandinary on the other side. As Vega begins to investigate, she realizes that Wormwood is a village built on dangerous lies. And that powerful people are willing to kill in order to keep it that way. Soon Vega is careening down a path that will either lead straight to the truth...or straight into an early grave.

©2014 David Baldacci (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.

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    John Hopkins Jupiter, FL, US 04-13-14
    John Hopkins Jupiter, FL, US 04-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An original great from Baldacci!"

    The reviews I have read so far are simply unfair. I suppose if you like the same ol' from every author without their giving any extra creativity or imagination, The Finisher may disappoint you. I thought it was a great departure for Baldacci and my only complaint is it ended without and ending. I hope that is because Baldacci intends for it to be a trilogy. This was a great write and the person who read it did a terrific job particularly with the main characters. This was a well crafted story from beginning to end and the character development was perfect. Although the character development may have taken longer than some may have wanted, I would argue it was necessary. I hope Baldacci writes more of this really creative stuff!!!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 03-29-14
    Barbara 03-29-14
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    "Another side of Baldacci"

    I was totally surprised by this book. It is GREAT and so very un-Baldacci of the past. He shows how good he is as a writer in this fantasy formated book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stevie D. Hollidaysburg, PA USA 04-05-14
    Stevie D. Hollidaysburg, PA USA 04-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "not your regular David Baldacci"
    Would you listen to The Finisher again? Why?

    the only reason I would listen to it again is to refresh my mind if I decide to read the second book of the series when it comes out


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Finisher?

    the ending


    Any additional comments?

    this is not 4 regular Baldacci fans. I personally am not a fan of his, but I do like young adult fantasy fiction and this book hit it right on the head.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley collierville, TN, United States 03-28-14
    Shirley collierville, TN, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Different but good"
    What did you love best about The Finisher?

    Nicola's voice


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vega Jane


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I bought without reading description because I like the author. At first it took a bit of adjusting to the type of book but after I began listening, I did not want to stop.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mabel Yorktown Heights, NY, United States 03-12-14
    Mabel Yorktown Heights, NY, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected"
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    Not what I expected. A lot of unanswer questions that make it fraustrated to following the story. No explanations on the "new world" the author creates which make it very hard to understand. Use a lot of different "words" e.g. session = years, care = hospital that were not explained ahead of time. The main character, Vega is very reactive and flat. She does not seem to have a clear understanding of what she wants to do. This makes the story very unappealing.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John Dona Ana, NM, United States 03-23-14
    John Dona Ana, NM, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Surprisingly Bad for Baldacci"

    I have say that I am a Baldacci fanatic. I like his story telling. However, this one just never quite rose to the occasion. The performance was good. The writing ~ by a man telling a story totally from a female perspective was outstanding. Unfortunately, that was about the only fascinating part of this writing. The story took nearly 1/2 the book to get going; i.e., for the story to begin to be interesting - and then it was pretty good for about 3 hours and the last two hours (maybe 90 minutes) just petered out. I got the sense that the author never really knew where he was going or what he intended to do with this story.

    I expected more from Baldacci. I think he went out on a limb here to try and cash in on the 'fantasy story' that is sucking up the interest of the youngsters presently. And, maybe a youngster will like this story but it just didn't carry the day for me. I cannot recommend that anyone spend the time or energy trying to get through this story.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    amk 07-31-15
    amk 07-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I listen to a lot of books and that was one of the best audio performances I've heard yet, Nicola barber did a super job"

    Quite a different direction for David Baldacci and no cops, killers or evil CIA agents trying to kill you. The story was a little campy but done very well. It was a great ride I really enjoyed it. Once again I thank you David.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 07-12-15
    Monica 07-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The ending"

    I enjoyed the story and this is something I would have never picked up. I purchased by accident, enjoy Baldacci's other stories. The ending SUCKED.

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    Ron 06-25-15
    Ron 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!!!"

    Great story! Great narration. Can hardly wait for the next! Hope September gets here soon!

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    Amazon Customer 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "slow start but can't wait for a sequel!"

    struggled at the beginning but worth the wait. anticipating a good sequel! Good story for those higher elementary school readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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