Synta was your average teenager - computer drone, annoyed big sister, Child of the Resistance - set to inherit the family's data integrity business. Then the Glitch tore all that away from her and she became something...else.
When Synta watched her father glitch out and die right before her eyes, she had no idea the entire world died with him. And she didn’t care. All she wanted was for things to go back to normal. When another wave of glitches threatened the remaining population, all she could do was run. Howie is her best friend and a freak of nature. While Synta and the entire human population looked alike, brown skin, hair...everything, Howie’s caramel curls and emerald eyes made him a target. But he was still her only chance.
After the Uprising, the masses were microchipped by decree from the Sister Nations. Then one day, those chips become a liability. Rampant chip hacking and telepathic links were the catalysts to a worldwide ban on their use. Only the Resistance would recycle chips. Only Rebels would dare defy removal orders.
As one of those Rebels, Synta must keep her chip a secret from the Council, endure abuses no human should face, and get her little brother, Brooks, on the last ship off an angry Earth.
The Fifth Wave meets Life After People - the Great Glitch series will keep you guessing at every turn!
I liked this story. It has some dark views of the future, with some cool views on what would be hope. I like that they use a different way to mark time instead of just counting 100 years from now which could make it any time in the future. The thought of data chipping humans like we do to find our dogs is not my favorite, but we probably already have all the technology they use just using it in a different way.
Narration was good and I like how the emotions are real and relatable. Shock, anger, hope, hopelessness, it kept me engaged.
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What if in the future instead of using computers and phones we each had a microchip to get us all the information directly into our minds? What if we could talk to each other though this chip across distances? What if someone decided that these chips were an evil in the world and corrupted them causing a large amount of the population to die?
This is the story of a girl who lived through this horror and how she and a few others made it though. This is a novel of the flaws and amazements of technology with a heavy hand of what would happen to society and the environment if a large part of the world suddenly die.
Toward the end there are some questions that I hope the author will wrap up in the sequel but as a stand alone novel it is entertaining.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review
The entire premise for this book was extremely interesting and after listening I am definitely interested in hearing more! It started a bit slow for me but once it got going I was hooked. As the headline states, it starts somewhat dark and things just keep getting darker. The author did a great job in getting me attached to the main characters and this made it much more emotional when things go wrong. If you are hoping for a light read/listen where everything (or even most things) goes right for the main characters then this might not be the book for you.
I found the back and forth "retelling" of the past events an interesting storytelling method. It did cause some slight confusion at first as I didn't catch this with the chapter dates at first (probably ambient noise and/or distraction while I was getting warmed up to the book and narrator).
HUGE warning -- this book does not wrap up the story at the end of this book so if you're hoping for a self-contained story I'd wait at least for book 2 to be released.
The narrator took a bit of getting used to. At first the narration seemed a bit flat and could have had a bit more variation for characters but I did eventually grow accustomed to Evelyn Marcail's narration style. My gripes here were not enough to prevent me from listening to the book and in the end I'd say the performance was acceptable.
In the end, I definitely need to read/hear book 2 and I would be very interested in a prequel story in this world. I wasn't wow'd but I feel like this book is worth the time to listen to or read. I will be keeping an eye out for future works by Toasha Jiordano and Evelyn Marcail.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
The pacing was slow and vivid, but the writing is so good that it made it feel much faster than it was. The story was cool and I liked all the characters.
I especially enjoyed how the chapters switched between the past and present. It really kept me interested in the story.
Now the bad... I am sad to say I couldn’t finish it. Things got pretty dark (which I was okay with) but I just couldn’t get passed the gang raping of a minor scene. To others this might not be a deal breaker, but unfortunately for me it was.