An inventive post-apocalyptic world where humans are confined to living underground because the air on the Earths surface contains a toxic element cal..Show More »led Variant. Variant either kills you or metamorphoses you into a violent bloodthirsty monster. Society has arranged it's self into 3 political elements, the Mothers (females who's job it is to procreate), the Scientists and the Military. In order for humanity to continue to survive they have to find a means to be able to live on the Earths surface once again. The three factions spend years experimenting to try to produce offspring that would be able to breath Variant and survive unscathed. They manage to produce a group of children they hope will be their future, but it is here that the three factions aims start to diverge and the story truly begins. The duel storylines in this book are expertly interwoven. One telling a thrilling story of survival, friendship, betrayal and loss, while the other shows us the political and social maneuverings occurring between the different factions. It is a well written and complex story with appealing characters and an original plot. The narrator manages to do a great job with the multiple characters in this audiobook. He makes it easy to follow the flipping back and forth in time and place, leaving you in no doubt what is info from the past and what is the up to date happenings. It is an enjoyable book that captures your imagination and leaves you wondering what will happen in the next in the series. I received this audiobook at no cost from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This second audiobook in the Variant Saga continues the story of John, Mei and Terry. It picks up a few years after the second jolt and tells us the p..Show More »arallel stories of two different worlds. Terry is alone and fighting to survive in the harsh, strange world the explosion transported him to; new discoveries shock him and lead him on a poignant journey of discovery. Back at home, Mei is haunted by thoughts of Terry and, with John's help, she secretly works to find out what happened to him, leading to some unexpected finds and a glimmer of hope. I did find this narrator's whispery voice a little distracting at first but it grew on me in the end. This is a well written story that is just as entertaining and captivating as the first book. The parallel storylines compliment each other well and draw nearer together as the book progresses, leaving you dying for the two of them to converge. It is exciting, has plenty of action and his characters continue to grow in depth and appeal. In the end you are once again left dying for the next book to be out. I received this audiobook from the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.