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None of them wanted to leave Earth. It might have been nightmarish, but it was all they knew.

Gary wanted to concentrate on his exams in hopes of leaving the CityBlock and its bullies far behind. Kailee wanted to become an actress. Darrin merely wanted to live. But when the three teenagers win a competition, they find themselves taking the trip of a lifetime, a voyage to a colony world where they can see how the colonists live.

Meridian is very different from the dark and dismal CityBlock, a place where they can make a new beginning. But it also houses dangers, dangers that their education on Earth didn't even begin to prepare them to face, dangers governed by the cold equations of survival. And when disaster strikes, they find themselves forced to fight for their lives - or die, alone and unloved, thousands of light years from home.

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Reality check for Mr. Nuttal... This story sucked

What did you like best about Reality Check? What did you like least?

The narration was up to its usual quality.
The story line didn't impress me. I am use to the characters making a huge difference on a cosmic level, but not this time.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Empire's Corps, Book 8. Hopefully that one will be a better read than this one.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was good, and there was not much not to like.

Do you think Reality Check needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes it needs a followup book to hopefully wash away the sour taste that it left in my mouth,

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Nothing like the other books

Do yourself a favor and skip this one it's nothing like the other books in the series. It goes on and on about the now defunct education system on earth that was destroyed. Made it through 6 chapters before giving up. Quite boring and unlike the other books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Ok least favorite of the series so far

And continues to next book, not me favorite by a long shot. Will still finish the series but glad this was not the first book, would not have continued.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Different

Definitely a different pace then other books in the series. What's really concerning though is the education system of the empire is similar to the direction the American education system is going....with the larger concern being over rights and not responsibility. Balance of both rights and responsibility is key.

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What happened!!??

Would you try another book from Christopher G. Nuttall and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

Yes

What could Christopher G. Nuttall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not made the first several chapters so boring

Any additional comments?

I do not understand what happened to this series. I could not continue listening to the soap opera style story line of this book. Maybe the book would have gotten better but the first several chapters put me to sleep.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not a nice story, not really

I have been enjoying the series, and really like the previous volume, The Outcast (The Trader Queen), and had high hopes for this one too. But, even though it is well written, I did not like how events unfolded. I was doubtful at first when 4 students from the same school are chosen by "contest" for this vacation on a colony world. I get that it's a find-your-true-self, coming-of-age story, but it is not a nice story. It is not one I would ever want to read again because of the several awful people, the total fraudulent set up, the many deaths, the deaths of random innocents just to force certain characters together, and the events that transpired. I didn't even like the wholesome good guys. The "justice" wasn't even satisfying, and a bit too late. Just sort of skipped over the lasting effects of those events, didn't you, Mr. Nuttall.

This is a morality play on today's youth, the American education system, the Welfare system, entitlement, wacko survivalists, total ignorance of how things work, politicians who keep the country careening into destruction. We already got that from the other books.

If you like the series, you can give this one a skip, and wait for another one about Stocker's Stalkers.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Deep

This has been one of the harder books for me to listen to in this series. Mostly because I cannot imagine being these teens. I had to keep reminding myself that if I had had the same upbringing this would be how I would think.

Looking at the overall theme for this it is rather sad to realize that Christopher Nuttall has taken the darker aspects Of our society today and expanded on where these are going to take us if left to fester. I was waiting to see how this book would tie in to the rest of the series. I look forward to continuing.

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Overall good book but .........

I like the character developement. Great story line but seemed out of place for this series. Just not in keeping to the same vantage point.

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Back to Earth and out to the rim of the Of the Galaxy!

Back to Earth and out to the rim of the Galaxy! Lots of surprises and new understanding of why the Empire fell!

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  • Scott
  • Southfield, MI, United States
  • 11-09-15

I love the series, but I didn't care for this book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Unlike the previous book in this series, this is not a nice detour.

Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher G. Nuttall again?

Yes, I usually like his books.

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

Jeffry Kafer is easy to listen to. I had no trouble following the story.

What character would you cut from Reality Check?

I found the wimpy character very hard to listen to. I had sympathy for him up until the point where he could have prevented two very bad things from happening, and he did nothing. I found myself hoping that he gets killed for his cowardice.

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  • Matt
  • 01-21-16

One Of The Best So Far

Didn't expect to enjoy this one going by one or two of the reviews but it turned out to be one of the best in the series. Its also very thought provoking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Poppey
  • 03-11-17

Good Storyline

Another change of pace. This was an interesting break from the main theme and could well be listened to as a stand alone book. Again, well done.

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  • Alex
  • 08-09-15

An objectivist morality tale

If you could sum up Reality Check in three words, what would they be?

Heroic, didactic, entertaining

What other book might you compare Reality Check to, and why?

Fountainhead for teenagers

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favourite?

They were all slightly one dimensional, I assume that was intentional though and the value was in it's moral lesson about the flawed nature of humanity

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time, yes

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  • sir_helsing
  • 05-21-15

Thank you audible for credits

This is not a bad book, but it certainly isn't on par with the other books in this series. To me at least this book seems to drag at parts. That is at least until towards the end where a lot seems to happen in a relatively short amount of the book.
This book is ridiculously overpriced especially for the amount of time of audio that you get for your money. But as always the narrator is pretty good, but he does better at subtlety than distinct accents.

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  • Allan
  • 07-24-15

Really slow story

I was looking forward to reading this book as a gone through the rest of the series but I was very disappointed in how slow the story one for long normally I would go through a book like this into there is this one has taken me nearly two weeks to get through because I kept on getting bored I'm going doing something else.
Not a book I would recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful