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All City

By: Alex DiFrancesco
Narrated by: Eboni Flowers,Eileen Stevens,Jayme Mattler,Timothy Andrés Pabon
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Publisher's summary

All City is more than a novel, it's a foreshadowing of a world to come.

In a near-future New York City ravaged by climate change and economic inequality, a superstorm hits, leaving behind only those who had nowhere else to go and no way to get out. Among those who remain are 24-year-old Makayla, who works in the city's most ubiquitous convenience store chain, and Jesse, an 18-year-old, genderqueer anarchist living in an abandoned IRT station in the Bronx. In the aftermath of the storm, Jesse joins Makayla's group of remainders in an abandoned luxury condo building, carving out a small sanctuary in the midst of a destroyed city. 

Meanwhile, mysterious, colorful murals begin to appear throughout NYC, bringing hope to the forsaken and left-behind. But the storm's castaways aren't the only ones who find beauty in the art: the media, having long abandoned the supposedly hopeless metropolis, "discovers" the emergence of the murals. When one appears on Makayla and Jesse's repurposed luxury condo, it is only a matter of time before the landlord class comes back to claim the city for themselves.

©2019 Alex DiFrancesco (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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The audio performance was so excellent...

...that it elevated the book to "ok." The book started off so well but got progressively worse. The main character goes from being a likable, well-rounded and interesting character to...well, let's just say I wasn't a fan of Makayla at about the 60 percent mark. The rich girl (can't even remember her name) was so over the top it was ridiculous (but fantastic audio narrator!), and I wasn't that interested in Jesse. Those are the 3 main narrators. I would have liked the boyfriend's POV--he was a great character.

I liked the setting and the world building, but it really fell flat on the murals. The synopsis leads you to believe this will be a major part of the story (and it's one of the reasons I bought the audiobook), but it isn't.

I'm a pretty harsh critic and I'm sure others will rate this more highly. Despite my low rating, I'll listen to the author's next book because this was something different and creative.

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Story was typical

Slow, immature and not believable. No imagination.Would never purchase this book. Could have done better.

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Wow - Captivating

It was enthralling to walk in the shoes of these characters during this disaster. As a cis gender white male i feel like I have briefly seen through new eyes. the complexity of the issues, the rage, the hope, the despair. very greatful for experiencing this nobel.

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Terribly Real

I love a story that makes you feel and this does that. It's very honest to the reality if the world Especially if the Trump era doesn't end soon. That being said, you won't find happy endings here. It's kind of like black mirror, but less sci-fi. its not your world, but your constantly aware of how easily it could be and that makes it kind of scary. Sometimes we need to get scared to act though.

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Performance pulled it off

Book makes you reflect on today’s day and age. I loved seeing the contrast between haves and have nots during a natural disaster; however, book started so good and made me hope for a crazy ride but unfortunately the story started dying so slowly that I couldn’t wait for it to end.

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The performance was excellent. The story started off so strong and had my attention. I was really enjoying it. And then towards the end I begin to no longer enjoy the story. I did not like how the author ended the story. I thought of so many ways this story could have went to make it so much better. Because of the performance I would still recommend this book to someone.

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Interesting

Entertaining story that is very thought provoking. Worth the time needed to get into it

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Fantastic

This book is magnificent. It feels so real. I love the plot, I love the characters, I love the writing, I love the narration.

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Realistic prospectives!

I enjoyed listening to this story. Each narrator brought life, to their character, making each prospective realistic.

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Interesting Read!

overall not a bad story... I made it to the end while being entertained the whole way! an interesting take on global warming and social collapse and the characters seemed very well filled out. I did find sometimes exasperating trying to picture the scenes when referring to they, I would be halfway through the chapter before I figured out that it was "they" multiple people as apposed the "they" as singular, for a personal pro-noun. and I found it disappointing when the author was expressing anger by the character for being miss-genderd while at the same time gender categorizing all other characters ( a group of men) and (a "woman" and "her" children a "boy" and a "girl") but overall a great story of class struggle in a moderate climatic catastrophe...and don't for get about the almost prophetic graffiti artist, very classy! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!

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