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There will come a day when love will mark you as a traitor. In a society where emotions are nothing and function is everything, Avlyn Lark is just trying to blend in. She's lucky to be alive, unlike her twin brother Ben who died when they were four. And she's lucky to have been taken from her biological parents and assigned to a Level Two family. But mastering her emotions? That's a problem, especially when a rebel bomb blows up a building right in front of her. Then on Configuration Day, Avlyn's official transition to adulthood, she starts seeing strange visions. And instead of being placed with a low-level tech company where she could hide away, she's hired by Genesis Technologies, the government firm that monitors every citizen. Now, instead of blending in, Avlyn fears she'll be exposed for what she really is. If Gen Tech finds out how deeply she feels, it will ruin her life. And if they find out about her secret meetings with a mysterious but handsome member of the rebel forces, her life will be more than ruined. It will be over. 

©2016. 2017 Jenetta Penner (P)2017 Jenetta Penner

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Wish there was more, ended abruptly in the middle

The story really pulls you in, it was a fast read and I was SO enjoying it, until it abruptly ended in the oddest spot. I initially thought maybe I'd skipped ahead or that there was an engineering error. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I typically won't purchase a trilogy without all parts being published first for this reason, but even so, not all trilogy's leave you hanging right in the middle of a scene though. I hope that the other books come out quickly. It's definitely a series that needs all parts before spending credits. Once all books are out, I expect to be able to recommend the series whole heartedly.

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Not bad

Not a bad story but slowed after the first half or third... I wouldn’t pay audible prices for it.

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Similar to Divergent

This is a lot like divergent and a little predictable in some ways but overall very entertaining. Great narrator!

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Great new trilogy and new author to watch!

This book drew me in right away and it has everything u like in a dystopian novel like action and little romance and a lot of tension! Character development was very good and I couldn’t wait to reach for the next novel! The only draw back is that I wished it was longer! The narrator was very good with all voices and allowed me to get lost in the novel! This is a new author to watch!

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Good book

I liked this book. I was interested the whole time, although it is similar to the divergent books. I wish the rest of the trilogy was on audible!

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Great book!

The only bad thing about this book was Audible only has book one. This book left you yearning for more. What happens next?

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What a World

Obviously this world is so different from the one we live in, and that's what makes it so interesting. To be living on your own by the age of 17, with a job picked for you, you're not allowed to feel or you get "re-educated, and spouses picked by your possible offspring percentage..... wow. Avalyn wasn't even raised by her own mother and father, her twin brother died after their 4th birthday she was told, and it's a world where her level of living requires no comfort, just the basics. But the more she questions what she sees and how she wants to feel. She starts to notice a difference in herself as well after a "vaccination" and realizes she has, well, certain computer like abilities. As well as visions that she doesn't tell anyone out of fear. Should she stay in line and keep living under the radar or expand on her new "abilities" and everything she's learning about what her government really is about. Only to discover her twin brother is alive.......

This narrator is new to me and the story is told in the first person point of view. Not sure if I've listened to a book like this but I rather enjoyed it. The narrator did an exceptional job with the characters, on keeping them distinct from one another. I'm looking forward to book 2.

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Different approach to post apocalyptic world

Was a new refreshing take on the dystopian post apocalyptic world. The story and characters seemed real and not forced . The storyline progresses in a reasonable manor and only a few minor bumps of slowness or extra fluff not related to the story. Avlyn journey seems reasonable and her actions and reactions also seem realistic. The ending of the book wasn't your normal cliffhanger which is somewhat refreshing and different. More of a chapter ending than a book ending. But I think I like it for this book. Overall was a good book.

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amazing story!

if you like dystopian society stories, thanks definitely one for you! I get a reminder of the books Matched and Divergent but still unique. The voice that narrated was very soothing and engaging

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One of the best stories I've read in a long time.

Dystopian, teen, sci-fi. All the keys to a great book. I'm very sad it is over. Take a chance to read the trilogy if you haven't. You won't regret any of the ~25 hours.

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  • NAT.orious reads
  • 01-21-20

3.5 reconfigurating STARS ★★★✬✩

This book is for you if… it has been a while since you were hunger gaming or diverging. It's obviously not quite as good, but still pleasant. Much is to be expected from the sequel

⤐ Overall.
I realised I had the entire trilogy at my disposal when I drew this for the Devour your TBR challenge and guess what I'll be doing. Darn right, I'll binge this series.

By the end of the book, I realised that there's a lot less romance in there than one would expect according to the synopsis. I really liked that because it gives air to the plot which was very gripping.

Average characters are not always a bad thing. I wouldn't say any of the MCs or SCs are remarkable. They were touchable and distinguishable from one another.

World(-building). I have to admit I'm not sure I had trouble falling into this world because I didn't always pay proper attention (shame on me) or because - right, this is bullshit. I admit it. I didn't pay proper attention in the beginning and I have no excuses, okay? Shame on me! The world of Configured is amazing and realistic, I enjoyed it very much.

⤐ What’s happening.
‘No one should die for the right to love. That kind of freedom is worth fighting for.’

When your only worth to society is your intelligence, how much does it take for you to leave it behind and join the ranks of the rebels, where love and affection are as natural as breathing? Not much once it's obvious there's more going wrong than right, Avalyn has to realise.
Con:
⇢ minimum social backup
⇢ each step is monitored
⇢ who can be trusted?
Pro:
⇢ new allies = emotional support
⇢ fighting for what you believe in feels darn good
⇢ one special new ally = very yummy

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writing quality + easy of reading = 3*

pace = 4*

plot/story in general = 4*

plot development = 4*

characters = 3*

enjoyability = 4*

insightfulness = 2*

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  • Cindy
  • 11-24-19

Engaging!

Configured had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning all the way to the end of the book. It is highly engaging with lots of action and adventure. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. Lillie Ricciardi did a great job bringing this story to life. I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Karisma
  • 10-19-19

Loved it!

OMG this book will take you on a roller coaster ride you aren’t ready for, its full of twists and turns and leaves you wanting more.

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  • Brianna Belbin
  • 10-03-19

Is Intelligence Greater than Emotions?

This was an intriguing start to the Configured series! 120 years into the future, the world is run by Direction, people are sorted into three levels based on their intelligence and wanting freedom or love can get you killed. Avlyn was separated from her brother at birth, raised by adoptive parents, given level two status, and given a privileged life. After her brother’s death, she begins to see his memories. She’s recruited by Affinity, the rebellion, and her world turns upside down as emotions and revelations start to flood her. Her character felt a little flat, weak, and uncertain of herself outside of her ability to code, but during her journey, her personality and self esteem grew. I loved that we were learning the truth about her world as she was and it kept me on my toes. Avlyn and Meyer’s relationship felt realistic and it wasn’t instalove- I enjoyed watching it develop throughout the book. Jenetta did a wonderful job creating this dystopian world, the technology, the class system, and how it ran.
Lillie did a really good job with this narration. She spoke a a steady pace and used distinct voices for each character. I liked that she brought the newness of emotions for Avlyn and the emotionless dystopian world to life!
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Vix
  • 10-01-19

Great audio

Interesting story really Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Audio voices are well done.

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  • AngelaHillier
  • 10-01-19

Excellent

Really enjoyed listening to Configured.
Great story line. I love the future world that Penner has created.
Some stuff was a little predictable but overall entertaining.I’m glad I have the next book lined up and I’m going to dive straight in.
I was given a copy of this for an honest review

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  • locky8
  • 09-27-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Set in a future where people are put into 3 different levels depending on how clever and useful there are deemed.
Averlyn is a level 2.Her birth mother is a level 1.As she is a level 2 she was given to a level 2 couple to raise. People don't fall in love and get married they have spouse pairings where they are matched to suitable people who they think will produce the clever level 2 or 3 offspring.
Brilliant series and I don't say this often as I usually don't like the narrator doing mens voices. But this narrator was really good. Very believable and a good range of emotion and voices. A very good start to this series. Now on to the next one.
I received a author copy of this book for an honest review. This opinion is all my own. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-26-19

Exciting Thriller

Wow, this was an exciting book. I was on the edge of my seat by the second half and switched to daytime listening because I was too alert for it at night!

I adored the writing style. So suitable for the theme.

Jenetta, I cant wait for book 2, but need to schedule my listening time to avoid being disturbed.

I loved the Narrator voice... So well matched!