I had to give this book the full "listen for 2 hours, then decide" treatment. I'm very glad I did. What started out as a really predictable and, if ..Show More »I'm being honest, boring intro filled with forced scenes turned into an extremely engaging listen. As the story progressed, it didn't become less predictable, but the writing and storyline significantly improved. Fast paced and entertaining.
As most good sic-fi/alternate reality books go, this is easily read as an allegory. I am quite sure that is intentional.
I have a rule with books: give it at least 3 hours before making up your mind. I gave this one 6 hours, since I really did enjoy the first in the ser..Show More »ies. It just didn't grab me, not in the slightest. Terribly disappointing.
It's not completely surprising though. It was a great one book concept. Clearly 'Brilliance' was enough of a success that Sakey and his publishers felt a 'saga' was warranted. Unfortunately, in this listener's opinion, that is not the case.
Much of the book felt extremely forced. Emotions were being shoved down my throat rather than enticed out organically. While it's sic-fi/alt. reality/semi-apocalyptic in nature, the plot line didn't seem natural or 'realistic', even within the confines of Sakey's created world. It feels very much like Sakey had to force out a continuation of Book 1, rather than letting the story end at its natural place.
Daniels did a fine job of narration as always. In fact he's the only thing that saved this from a one star review. That and limited aspects of the Ohio couple's storyline.
Like I said at the beginning, I only made it through about 60% of this book before giving up, so your own milage may vary and there may be an eventual payoff I am missing. I'm willing to take that chance as there are many other books in my queue.