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Publisher's Summary

Written by NY Times Best-selling Author Kristen Middleton.

Planet Z

After the human race has depleted most of the Earth's natural resources, Alexandra (Alex) Logan and her little brother, Jimmy, join their parents, both planetary astronomers, in a mission to try and save what is left of mankind. The mission? Bring back conclusive evidence that Planet "Z" is the miracle they've been searching for - a planet that can sustain human life. Unfortunately, they soon learn that the wonders of this new place are overshadowed by the terrifying secrets revealed on their way to the planet.

©2017 Kristen Middleton (P)2017 Kristen Middleton

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Twisty YA SciFi

Be prepared as this really is a YA read with the requisite bad decision-making by young protagonists. It's good SciFi with plenty of plot twists which to keep our young heroes jumping. We have the evil bad guy who seems to hold all the cards, but will our intrepid explorers prevail?!? No spoilers here...

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YA sci-fi

Really enjoyed this audio. The story line was not your average Z book for sure. More alien, but great. Not sure if Kristen is planning a second, but I’d definitely get it.

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Good YA story, so-so narration...

Planet Z by Kristen Middleton and narrated by Maren McGuire is a good YA story with so-so narration. Would recommend if you enjoy YA sci-fi. 4 stars for story, 3 for narration.

What’s it about? Alex and her family are sent on a mission to Planet Z which is said to be the last hope for humanity. However, the mission is not what they were led to believe and when the real reason becomes evident, the story unfolds quickly. You get aliens vs. humans, twists and turns (who can you trust is a theme throughout), friendships, and more. When I first start this, I honestly didn’t think I’d make it far into the book but glad I stuck with it because once the story unfolded it was a wild ride through space. The story itself is good and might have been great if there had been a different narrator. I struggled with the narration- character voices were not distinct and sometimes too monotone, but then there were times were it was OK. Perhaps this narrator just isn’t for me? With that being said, if the second book was out, I’d listen to it as I am interested to know how the story unfolds. Yes, the book is left open and is a semi-cliffhanger. Overall I recommend if you are looking for a YA sci-fi tale.

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Aliens take over the humans bodies, drugging (a drug removes the aliens from the human bodies), child abuse (mother who is an alien attempts to strangle the child), erasing/implanting memories, kiss or a few between the two teen MC, use of a stun gun type weapon, physical fighting (self-defense), parents killed by aliens (mentioned several times). I do not recall any swearing.

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Strangely Good

This book was really quite good although certainly a bit odd.
Probably best fit in the YA genre but also Science Fiction. Loved the ending. Did not even have a clue as to what was coming.

I received this free review audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Great for a young-> mid teen.

Not really impressed with the narrator.
The story was interesting but I almost feel like the writer took the easy way out with the ending. it's a good book for a 13-year-old.

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An excellent read!

They soon learn that the wonders of this new place are overshadowed by the terrifying secrets revealed on their way to the planet...

Hooking. Addicting. And so wonderfully perfect! Loved every minute of it!

Brilliantly written with a cast of some fantastic characters.

Excellent narration!

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great story

A student of mine recommended this book. As I have a long commute I decided to purchase this and kisten on my drive. i was sucked into the story. the only complaint i had was the ending was a bit weak. im not sure if there is a sequel. it would make sense to me if there is a sequel.

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  • 08-03-20

Not brilliant

I was expecting this book to be better than it was. The writing seemed to me somewhat under-developed and the story rather silly.

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  • Bev carmody
  • 07-27-20

I enjoyed!

I would call this a teenager book, but as a 50 year old, It was a pleasure to listen to.
Well thought out, nicely narrated. Didn’t want to turn it off.
Nice twists and turns, off to hunt out more books from the author.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 07-05-20

A twisting tale that grabs your attention

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it had a very complex plot for a YA novel full of twists and turns that kept me guessing to the end, and the suspense had me on the edge of my seat. The characters were very believable, and easy to become invested in, and the narration was wonderful. I'll definitely be looking for more by this author.