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They came four years ago. Invaded our planet, rounded us up, and decimated the human race. We fought back, and some even say we won, but they're wrong. The invaders took everything from us. Our family. Our hope. Our humanity. We won the war, but there are no humans left. Only monsters who will do anything to survive. Some look human and some don't, but they are all the same.

Eighteen-year-old Eva has spent the last year punishing herself for her sister's death and hiding from everyone she comes into contact with, human or otherwise. With the population destroyed and Earth left in ruins, she sees little hope left for the future.

But when she crosses paths with Walker and Tara, something inside her awakens. Something she thought had died along with her entire family. In these new friends Eva sees a promise of what the future could be, as well as evidence that humanity might not be extinct after all.

When a ghost from Eva's past makes an unexpected appearance, the group sets out on a cross-country trek that will teach Eva how to love and hope again, and will remind her what it truly means to be human.

©2015 Kate L. Mary (P)2016 Kate L. Mary

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Alien Apocalypse

An alien race invaded Earth four years ago. Though Earth won, there were few survivors and a mostly decimated landscape remained. Small groups of survivors have banded together in search of a new existence - and humanity. When Eva meets Walker and Tara, she discovers hope for a new beginning.

I enjoyed Eva's story of torment and survival. She had become as ruthless as the aliens that had tried to take over the planet. It was difficult for her to trust others after seeing the worst of mankind when they had been liberated, only to be in another kind of prison. There were some terrifying moments as well as a little romance to keep my interest. The story seemed open-ended at the conclusion and I suspect there might be a sequel. It was mentioned that the aliens that remained appeared to be regrouping for a possible future attack, so I can easily envision another book. BettySoo's voice was age appropriate for the characters and I could easily distinguish between them. She did an excellent job of drawing in the listener and conveying their emotions. When We Were Human was an enjoyable listening experience and I would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story

This is the first but certainly not the last book I’ll be reading or listening o by Kate. L. Mary.
I really enjoyed this and love Eva. I want to know how Hope progresses. I want to know wants going on with the Creepers. I hope here is another book and I will have to go searching for it as soon as I finish posting this review.
This is a great book for preteens, teens & adults. I will definitely recommend it to all of my friends with kids.

BettySoo did a great job narrating the story.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator

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Great story

Although i enjoyed this book, there was some predictibilty with it. But that even worked to the book's advantage, when the predictible became unpredicted. This is the story of an individual that finds the belonging that she needs to survive.

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Really enjoyed it

Held my attention and had nice flow throughout. Narration was great and enjoyed the characters. Well done. My one issue was it seemed like she was always caught with her pants down. Lol every pee break and cue creepers.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review


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Very entertaining and enjoyable

Very enjoyable story. I was really looking forward to this book and was not disappointed at all. The story pulled me in immediately and held my complete attention from start to finish. Even though this is a YA story don't let that stop you. It's a very entertaining and engaging story with a great balance of action, mystery, suspense and friendship as well as a budding romance and a HEA. The action is good without being to bloody or gory, the suspense and mystery are enough to keep the story moving, the budding romance is believable and doesn't turn into love triangle and the HEA is they find what they are searching for and then some.

I really like that it's a complete story and gives you an ending with no cliffhangers. At the same time I'm hoping it will be turned into a series. If it were to be turned into a series I would definitely continue with it.

When your whole world has been devastated and you've everything how far would you go and what would you do to be reunited with those you love.

Good cast of characters. Eva, Walker and Tara were all immediately interesting and likable. Eva is an interesting character. While she's a strong female character she also has her weaknesses. Her inner rage causes her to become as brutal in many ways as the aliens that invaded Earth. At the same time she is battling her own personal demons created by a situation she had no control over and those urges are a weakness she can't control. The hard exterior and her inner mental turmoil/despair make her a great character. Her feelings are realistic and relatable.

The main character Eva does "cut" herself in the story. There is a reason behind her actions but some may find this disturbing or a trigger.

Betty Soo did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Her voice sounded age appropriate for the characters and fit the story perfectly. The little hesitations and pauses in her narration fit Eva's character. Her depression, despair and loneliness and her situation as a whole. Good character voices. Clearly spoken with a nice pace. She was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life through her narration. Very enjoyable.

Chapter 2 There is a slight hissing sound in the background when she is speaking. Not sure how else to describe it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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Great!

Unique post apocalyptic story, nice to see one go in a direction other than zombies for a change. Great characters and intriguing story. Fantastic narrator. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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good narration

I struggled a bit with this story. It seemed a bit slow and I had a hard time paying attention. The narration was good and nice voice but I didn't enjoy the story much.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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YA Alien Apocalypse

This is more about change in yourself for the better. There is nothing really new but it is not a bad read/listen.

I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 11-05-17

Some good and some bad with this listen

First the good:
The narration was outstanding! Most of this book takes place inside Eva's head and Betty Soo, the narrator, was really good at keeping the Eva's thoughts flowing and credible.
The post-apocalyptic world was intriguing and the thought of life after 'winning'an alien invasion was a new concept for me.
I couldn't tell whether this was a worldwide invasion or just in the US but the idea of a world devoid of processed foods was a mind blower.

Now the bad:
Nothing significant happened. Yes, there was a quest to find loved ones but on a planet still inhabited by the losing alien race, not to mention bad humans, I thought there would be more conflicts.
The ending wasn't really an ending. Is there a book two?
I wasn't too crazy about Eva and Walker getting together. I knew they were headed that way but I actually thought what Walker and Tara had was more significant.

All in all, I liked more than I did not like about this listen. It was an intriguing concept and well narrated. I think i just wanted more. Book two?

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  • Charmy
  • Chateauguay, QC, Canada
  • 11-04-17

A realistic approach to a post apocalyptic world.

One thing I dislike in some young adult post-apocalypse book; clean and perfectly coifed teenagers falling in love. This book is not one of those. We actually get to see the messy part and the not so romantic side of surviving in a word that has been taken away from humankind. Eva is really realistic as a character and we get to see her life through the distress of having lost everything she ever knew and dealing with the built up rage and sadness within her.

At first, I was a little unsure about where the love story was going. I was dreading the typical love triangle or the possible demise of Tara by the invaders, which would propulse Walker into Eva's loving arm. Kate L. Mary surprised me into that sense where she made a believable friendship between Walker and Tara. None of this so-called "friend zone".

I was a little disappointed in the ending, which is why I docked a star. I feel like the book cut out without any ending or anticipation for a sequel. It just ended. I would have loved to hear a little more about Walker and Eva and what happened with the invaders. I thought they were really nicely designed in the story yet I have no satisfaction of knowing the reason they came. Hopefully, a sequel will be written.

I find Kate L. Mary's writing to be easy to listen to yet well written. I am not a native English speaker and loved to hear unusual words. I would definitely love to hear more story from her.

BettySoo, the narrator, does a fantastic job! I feel her performance greatly enhanced this book.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.