OH SHIT I almost gave up on this several times. It is not awful, it is barely good. The story concept was great. A group of misfits who have thing..Show More »s wrong with them, that could be fixed at great expense in a future where the state pays for everything. The state decides that certain people are not worth fixing, but they make great explorers, because they are so ugly, no one cares if they die or not. So they can be sent on the more dangerous missions. It makes you think about our society today, where beautiful people have an advantage, and those not so well blessed have to work so much harder to succeed.
I'M SUFFERING FROM DON'T GIVE A SHIT ITES. The first part of the book, is basically a set up of the universe JG has created and reads like the main characters diary. Matter of fact there is very little interaction with others. I thought I had to give it two hours before giving up on it. Then a mystery would happen and I was just interested enough to keep listening, to find out the answer. This happened a couple of times. The glass people were kind of silly and I did not understand why they were glass and not diamonds. The mechanical sharks were just stupid. There was plenty here that just seemed dumb. I also didn't understand why a group of people not accepted by society, who where put on a planet of nothing put misfits, didn't just make a new world the way they wanted instead of trying to get back to the old one where no one cared about them. Yet, at the end of the book, I found I really admired the main character. I thought I might be interested in the sequel, but it turns out it was the other book by JG that I read years ago. It has nothing to do with this book at all or the characters in this book.
This book is worse then a bad book, because a bad book would be easy to stop listening to. This gives you just enough that you have to listen. I suggest you just don't start.
It's been 2 years since the events of the previous book.
The book has a very slow beginning about 1/4 of it is just informational story line..Show More » about new acting scene, it was so boring that I almost dropped it, but gradually it picked up the pace, and yet it was completely different from the first book.
The story is kinda science fiction conspiracy detective with completely new set of characters, and even those that are familiar to us have a completely different feel to them.
I shied away from this Audible book because there were no reviews posted and I regret waiting so long to listen. I was in need of a book for a weekend..Show More » of travel and figured I’d try the next book in the League of People series. I can honestly say that I enjoyed Hunted, so much so that spent several hours Monday morning finishing the book.
I must say up front, I did not initially like the narrator. He reminded me too much of a radio announcer reading news he found uninteresting. After a couple of other characters were introduced I understood Edward was telling his story as a simplified report of the incidents of his life on Troyen from his ‘faulty brain’ and a lifetime of low self-esteem. My opinion of the narrator changed 180 degrees as I focused on the exquisite, imaginative, plausible worlds created by James Allen Gardner and his description of the Mandasar (natives of Troyen) race. While the story is sometimes predictable but there are still plenty of twists and turns including the Explorers and their Admiral Festina Ramos in all their outcast glory keeping humans in-line with the League of Peoples.
If you enjoyed the previous books of the Leagues of Peoples series I’m sure you will enjoy Hunted (just give the story ((and the narrator)) long enough to grow on you - like moss). You may note that I gave the performance four stars because I believe the initial dislike of the narrator's performance was a producer decision and not a reflection of the otherwise stellar job.)
This is book 5 in The League of Peoples. For the most part, all the books in this series are of the less than totally serious type. Oh, the protagonis..Show More »ts get into trouble, there is mayhem and characters die, but still generally fun light reading.
This book is in the voice of Oar (as she always introduces herself, an Oar is an implement used to propel boats). Oar is a charming childlike, self-centered, beautiful, transparent (literally) woman who we met in book 1. She was not in books 2, 3, or 4.
Don't look for hard science in this series. It isn't like that. Read or listen to these when you want something light and entertaining.
There are quite a few humor gems. For example, top military council is made up of corrupt and incompetent people. One of the characters seriously complains that just a few hundred years ago, such people would never be put in charge of anything. :)
Trapped, apparently the penultimate League of Peoples novel, is a solid and enjoyable novel. Set on the original Earth, in a second rate boarding scho..Show More »ol near Niagara Falls. A mobster's daughter has been murdered and her teachers undertake a quest to find the nanotech created shapeshifter responsible for the murder and who also kidnapped the victim's enchanted boyfriend. Gardner creates a vivid world with just enough details to make believable worlds and consistent with the Peoples series. (I'm only slightly disappointed by Admiral Ramos's absence from Trapped.)