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The entire Socket Greeny trilogy (Discovery, Training, and Legend) follows a white-haired teenager that discovers he's part of an evolved human race, how he trains to understand his true self, and the legendary conclusion of his true nature.
Work has always come first for Socket Greeny's mother, ever since his father died. But when she shows him the inner workings of the Paladin Nation, he discovers why.
Paladins traverse the planet through wormholes to keep the world safe, but from what, they won't say. Although his parents were not actually one of them, Socket is different. He soon finds himself in the center of controversy and betrayal when he's anointed the Paladin Nation's prodigy. He didn't ask for the "blessing" of psychic powers and the ability to timeslice, and he doesn't want to be responsible for the world. He just wants to go home and back to school and be normal again.
But, sometimes, life doesn't give us that privilege, his mother tells him.
And when the world is soon threatened and the Paladins are forced into the public eye, Socket discovers what his mother means. If he doesn't embrace his true nature, life as we know it will change forever.
A year has passed since the Paladin Nation was exposed to the public. Their mission is still to protect humanity from whatever may threaten them. Previously, it was the human duplications, but now that they've been extinguished their biggest challenge is dealing with the complications of public image. Socket Greeny, now 17 years old, has been a Paladin cadet for the past year and is nearing the final test. But that's the least of his problems. He's trying to live two lives: one as a superhero while hanging onto his normal life.
While fearlessly dealing with his masochistic trainer, he's trying to salvage his deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend back home.
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There are parts of this book where you just want the pain to end. I stuck with it just because I wanted to find out where it was going. But it was painful. I was literally yelling at the narrator telling him "Oh, just get on with it already!" The story is depressing and the narrator is monotonic. These three books should have been edited down to one, it would have been much better.
This is one of the more unique stories I've listened to. It took a bit to get into as you were strung along some, but the characters were likable enough that it was worth it.
I'm not sure I could put a comparison up. This is one of the few books I've read where I didn't feel like it was like others. I do think if you enjoy science fiction, it's worth a read.
If it wasn't for the last book, I'd have said Socket, but I think Shoot was my favorite. She was an anchor throughout the trilogy and had depth and flexibility that made her seem as if she was based off of someone real.
I love Socket's moments at the tree and with Rudder (sp?) were quite magical.
I highly recommend this to teens and adults alike, though if you have a teen boy who's looking for something to read, this is a good bet. Both the characters and story are compelling.
This is a great trilogy at a great price. I really enjoyed the story. I very much recommend this trilogy. The only complaint I have is with the narration. Tony Bertauski has a good voice for narration, but there were a few little annoyances there. The sound level faded every now and then. Also, and this is very minor, but it did bug me that he pronounced the word "escape" as "Ex-scape". I guess that comes from having school teachers who scolded me for those types of things. The best narrators use different voices, accents, etc. and the listener forgets that it is just a single person narrating the story. While he does this on occasion with certain characters, he is not consistent. Still, as I said, he's got a good voice for narration so it wasn't a bad experience. The story was interesting enough to overcome these minor shortfalls in narration.
All in all, I thought the story was very good. I'll definitely be looking for other works by Tony Bertauski.
Excellent adventure, and narration. You can follow our main character through his youth into growth and mind bending realization of his identity and power. Then neatly pulled together into a great ending, not leaving you hanging.
What a wonderful saga! It is a really different look at a possible future. An exploration into what humanity is. It was fascinating from start to finish!
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