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From the creators of the number one podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over 300 people have disappeared - including her uncle - with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

On a seemingly ordinary day, 17-year-old Lia Haddock hears news that will change her life forever: 300 men, women, and children living at a research facility in Limetown, Tennessee, have disappeared without a trace. Among the missing is Emile Haddock, Lia’s uncle. 

What happened to the people of Limetown? It’s all anyone can talk about. Except Lia’s parents, who refuse to discuss what might have happened there. They refuse, even, to discuss anything to do with Emile.

As a student journalist, Lia begins an investigation that will take her far from her home, discovering clues about Emile’s past that lead to a shocking secret - one with unimaginable implications not only for the people of Limetown, but for Lia and her family. The only problem is...she’s not the only one looking for answers. 

Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie are first-rate storytellers in every medium. Critics called their podcast Limetown “creepy and otherworldly” (The New York Times) and “endlessly fun” (Vox), and their novel goes back to where it all began. Working with Cote Smith, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize finalist, they’ve crafted an exhilarating mystery that asks big questions about what we owe to our families and what we owe to ourselves, about loss, discovery, and growth. Threaded throughout is Emile’s story - told here for the first time ever. 

©2018 Cote Smith, Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Fantastic prequel to the Limetown podcast!

I highly recommend you listen to Limetown podcast season one first. Then listen to this audiobook.

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I guess I just Expected More...

there was a lot of anticipation for this. and it wasn't bad. but it wasn't great either. they could have done a lot more. I enjoyed the mix of past and present perspectives. maybe I was disappointed because it is just such a base... ordinary story, more something I would expect from a young adult writer. I expected almost every revelation. And I didn't really understand the end. every part of the story seemed unnecessarily convoluted.
I guess the end take-away: underwhelming.

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The Hit Podcast Turns Into Trite YA

The story isn't just unnecessary to the enjoyment of the Limetown podcast, I wish I hadn't learned the backstories to the two most important characters in the series. Not only was the story painfully slow to start off, but having the veil of mystery to how Limetown rose and fell allowed me to piece together the details with my mind, instead of through what felt like contrived, adolescent, angsty prose.
I would prefer to treat the book as non-canonical, as I expected more from the stellar story told by the podcast.

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Not for everyone

This book broadens the world of the podcast. It gives you the backstory of Leah and Emile. Considering that the creators are film students, I think they did pretty well as this is not their primary medium. However, it does take some time for the story to get going and neither character is very likeable. I'm actually surprised how cold they ended up making Leah. Overall, if you got hooked by the podcast and you want to know more about this world, go for it. If you haven't listened to it and you have no interest in podcasts/TV show when it comes out, I'd say skip it.

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Nope

Not very well written, a combination of two readers, one of which is pretty good, the other - not really. but the main problem with this book is that it contradicts the podcast, or at least causes it to make no sense. If you like Limetown, you should probably skip this one.

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pointless

I love the pocast, but book was just needless. Even the narrators sounded bored. the writers use an odd narrative device often where they kind of foreshadow (but not really) what happens next instead of telling you. there's really no reason to read the book if you enjoy the podcast.

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  • Taylor
  • SANTA MONICA, CA, US
  • 01-02-19

I loved this book

I have been a fan of the Limetown podcast since it first aired a few years ago, and I was so excited to see that it's back this year with the wonderful addition of a novel. The backstory provided by this novel is excellent -- I was completely gripped by it and found myself finding excuses to keep listening. I think it might be a bit odd as a stand alone, but as a companion to the podcast it is terrific.

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Walk away - no - RUN AWAY!!!

The story began with two compelling protagonists. Their separate storylines more and more obviously converging as the chapters unfolded. Unfortunately, by the end of the “story”, both protagonists evolved into such unlikeable, self-centered, angsty caricatures that I was praying for this torture to, mercifully, terminate. The story of a mysterious human research facility never came together. Lives destroyed all around by ridiculously young smart-asses for no apparent or ever truly revealed purpose. A cheery holiday read, eh? Do yourself a favor. Read ANYTHING else. This was among the worst dreck I’ve ever endured on audible. A lot of people thought this was good. I am truly baffled as to why. If you choose to ignore this and go with the prevailing 4.5 star rating, remember I warned you...

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More questions than answers

For any fan of the podcast, this is a must. For anyone who hasn't listened to the podcast you should. Probably before that, you should get and listen to this. It answers a few questions for those of us who listened to the pod cast first but raises even more questions... as it should to be honest. I am still loving the story and cannot wait to dig into whats to come.

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Worthwhile if you’re a fan of the podcast, not at all worthwhile if you aren’t.

Emil’s Story was great. He was relatable and engaging. His motivations made sense. Lia and Claire? Not so much. Frankly I think this is one of those times where male writers seem unable to write female characters and could use a female writer on the team. Lia and Claire’s motivations were all over the place. They weren’t relatable at all. Lia was basically a sociopath and was totally unlikable. If this was intentional, it wasn’t made clear enough. Lia’s chapters were a total drag. Still, it completely recontextualizes the first season of the podcast, and I hope the writers address the many discrepancies.