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Apex

Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Hunter, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (958 ratings)

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Being a member of the Elite Hunter Command imperils Joy in more ways than one. In their latest clash with Othersiders, the army of monsters nearly wiped them out. Apex City is safe for now. But within the city barriers, Joy must wage a different kind of war.

The corrupt and powerful PsiCorps is determined to usurp the Hunters as chief defenders of Apex City, and Joy is now squarely in their crosshairs. Unused to playing political games, she has very few people she can truly trust - not even Josh, her first friend in Apex City, who broke up with her when it became too dangerous for a Psimon to be dating a Hunter.

Then Josh comes to Joy for help. He fears that Abigail Drift, the head of PsiCorps, will soon use him in her twisted experiments designed to empower PsiCorps and render Hunters superfluous - a scheme that's already killed off dozens of Psimons. Joy manages to smuggle Josh to safety, but he cannot evade Drift forever.

As Joy faces ever more powerful Othersiders, she is helped by the most surprising ally imaginable - the same Folk Mage she once met in battle on the train to Apex City. But can Joy trust the most cunning and treacherous of all Othersiders?

In the thrilling finale to Mercedes Lackey's New York Times best-selling trilogy, Joy must risk everything to end a brutal war before she loses all she's ever loved.

©2017 Mercedes Lackey (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not as good as the first two

For some reason, the audio performer who seemed ok before annoyed me so much (weird cadence and pauses) that I had a hard time concentrating on the actual story.

The story itself was okay but not nearly as interesting as the first two books—primarily because the relationships between the characters felt so much less developed. Most of the focus was on the various battles and skirmishes. I can only stand so many “fighting monsters” scenes.

I’m assuming there’ll be a fourth book because it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. If there is, I’m still interested enough in the Joy’s story and the world in which the story is set to read on.

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"Meh" at best

I thought the concept was really cool, so I listened to all three. I have to say, I'm really disappointed in how it played out. I am not one to know what is going to happen or "who done it", if you will, but I found the writing to be so blatantly obvious in its setup for "big reveals" that I was frustrated in the main character for being so dim-witted. I knew who was going to die chapters before they did, I knew who the Big Bad was before I was halfway through this book, and was generally underwhelmed with the "look at me, I'm so sneaky and throwing a curveball and here is where it will go and you'll never see it coming in 3, 2, 1, now!" style of writing (and narration, to be frank) that I found myself listening out of passive habit more than interest. Not to mention the blatant use of deus ex machina to finish the final battle. It was a really big let-down, to be honest. It felt like the writer was just trying to finish the book by the deadline after leaving it to the last minute.
Additionally, the reader's choices in emphasis came off as really forced and was off-putting. She also had effectively the same voice for everyone who wasn't a female human, which got quite confusing at times.
In short, there were a LOT of great concepts that fell incredibly flat; it was disappointing.

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Great story

Great story and great series. I just wish their was more to the series. Fun listen though a bit to short as my only real issue. I like the basic physics to help her. I wish their was a prequel series to show a lot of the beginning stories.

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The Hunter Universe

Creatures of Myth and Legend are fighting humans for control of earth. A group of the best Hunters are run ragged putting down battles. An unexpected ally appears to help secure the world from the dark forces trying to annihilate the whole human race. Treacherous people are trying to sabotage the Hunters. Exciting and interesting. Keeps you riveted.

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Fun

A great end to the trilogy! leaves a lot to sto be imagined which I love.

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amazing

I loved this story!! I got goose bumps when it came to the great hunt!

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being one of Honor brings great help

loved it. second time I listened and will do so again.would recommend this to all fantasy readers

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narration was unfortunate

as one of my favorite authors, I always look foreword to what she writes next. I enjoyed the series. I actually wondered if this was narrated with ai. Interesting how fracking was worked into the story. what I didn't appreciate was the addition of cursing. I feel like books should broaden our vocabulary with new and interesting words. This trend toward foul language , I feel is a modern way of dumbing down and a real creativity killer.

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a bit predictable, but good!

looking forward to the next
seriies in the world these books are based in, thank yoi

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Just Blah

I have read every book in the series hoping that I would end up liking them in the end, but I didn’t like it at all. I just had to force myself to finish it. I couldn’t relate to the characters. I couldn’t stand the main character, which I already explained in my review of the second book. I didn’t even care about some of the characters that ended up dying which is not typical of me when I get into a story.

I hate to give her a bad review to these books but I just did not see the hype and why it was so exciting for many people.