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Seeds of Chaos Omnibus: A GameLit Dark Adventure Series

Seeds of Chaos, Books 1-2
Narrated by: Natalie Duke
Series: Seeds of Chaos, Book 1-2
Length: 31 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Leveling up would be amazing...

...if it weren't so deadly.

They injected me with a VR chip, a GPS tracker, and my first Seed. They gave me unbelievable powers.

Then, they sent me to fight.

The monsters here are alien and vicious. There is a second moon in the sky. I watched a tree start moving and kill someone. And the other players...?

They're even worse.

I’m alone. I’m weak. And I’m scared. But I will cling to life by the tips of my bloody fingernails.

Who is behind this twisted game? Where are they sending us? Is there anyone I can trust?

If I want to survive, I have to get stronger. But can I do it before the game kills me?

This omnibus contains the first two books in a dark and deliciously violent adventure series that combines science fiction, fantasy, and game elements. You'll love Seeds of Chaos because of the electrifying action, flawed characters, and kick-ass heroine.

Get it now and start the series that will keep you up all night listening.

©2018 Seladore Publishing (P)2019 Seladore Publishing

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  • TU
  • 12-12-19

A dark, brutal world, but one full of depth

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

This is a fantastic series, in my opinion. It is intense, has heart, and the characters are not one dimensional. This is an omnibus of the first two books of the series and, at 31.5 hours, is a great value for a credit. I want to warn you, though, this book can be very graphic and gruesome at times. The main set of characters are young, too. As a father, there were a couple of scenes that were hard to get through. After one scene, I even paused the book for a while to work through the emotions it evoked.... Thankfully, the author does a tremendous job of balancing these moments of stark brutality with lighter moments so you aren't completely overwhelmed by it. I was very glad I stuck with it and am very excited to see where the story goes from here. I also want to point out that Natalie Duke does a great job on the narration. She has an engaging voice that easily held my interest throughout the entire book. Onward to book 3!

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Interesting new kind of LitRPG

I'll be up front and say that this is not my kind of story. Why the five stars then? The book was excellently written and well performed and I can recognize this quality even if it is not my cup of tea.

This story is like a mix between a horror movie and the Hunger Games. Lots of action and adventure just like the title says but it is quite dark. Like torment children dark. This makes a good canvas to paint perseverance and makes us care about the characters. There are also parts that could scare the pants off of you. I would categorize this book as a horror variant of Young Adult.

The game like elements are unique and inventive. Because of the structure of these elements we don't have much of the stat read offs that most GameLit book have.

The narrator did a really good job with the voices and her pacing during the actions scenes helped build the mood.

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

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Interested to see where this is going

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would like to listen to the next book. This book comes to a conclusion concerning the main story thread (which kinda took an unexpected tangent of its own), but the end opens up a new thread for the next book(s).

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Natalie Duke ) and I would happily listen to another. She does a fantastic job bringing the story to life. Her performance is great. The characters are individualized- giving each their own voice and personality. She puts the correct amount of emphasis into action scenes.

There are no explicit sex scenes, there is violence and some describe gore but it’s not excessive. There is some swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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Brutal litrpg

I’m this LitRPG story, seemingly random young adults are pulled out of their life and injected with something special. This takes their life and twists it around. If they survive the process, they can start to transform themselves. Put a point into strength and you aea automatically stronger. Now communication boxes are popping into Eve’s head. The moderator is having her do exercise quests to earn another point.

Then the first trial starts. Eve is taken to another world, where she meets many more players in this game. Then they started to die.

There is not much language in this book, but the death scenes are very graphic. Many of them are just downright disturbing. This made it hard to binge this book.

I did receive a review copy of this book on my own request.

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Any fan of GameLit and LitRPG is gunna love this one. I’ve enjoyed this genre lately and I’ve seen some really bad attempts. But this one definitely hit the mark. Dark, lots of gritty action. Interesting world and characters. Definitely gunna continue with this series.

Wonderful narrator. Really brought the book to life.

-I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.-

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Hidden Gem!

Great story and narration!

Abducted and injected with a mysterious liquid, Eve's life has turned into a nightmare! Shortly thereafter a game interface shows up in here vision and she is told that she must get stronger to survive "the trials." Can she survive unannounced trips to another world while trying to maintain her "normal" life without everyone deciding that she is crazy or a delinquent?

Fun series! I can't wait for more!

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Amazing!

This story is epic! I loved the characters, the nonstop action, the plot and the entire series thus far. I actually expected this series to suck based on some of the reviews but it was awesome! The story in my options is like a crazy mix of Hunger Games, Divergent and a bit of Star Wars like elements used to create an insane video game. More please!

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A good start with an okay finish

If you want a description of the story see below. I like Azalea writing style she keeps things moving at a fast enough past to keep you engaged but slow enough where you can process implications as you go. The way she introduces the game elements flow rather nicely and doesn't feel forced. Some of the reasoning given for the extraordinary abilities definitely needs a suspension of believe but that is normal for this genre. Her character building works well and the interaction between characters holds up at least until the second book. The second book starts to feel forced as if there was a mold Azalea need to fit and she just kept shoving until the story fit in that mold. It was not bad but it was nowhere as good as the first book. Overall I will probably not continue the series but the Omnibus is more than worth a credit.

The book starts off with the abduction of Eve Redding she has now idea what is going on except she should not have stopped to help that poor looking boy on the way to her house. Eve wakes up grimey and sore in the same alley only to find out they, whoever they are has implanted a VR chip and GPS tracker into her neck. Things really start to get weird after these screens pop up in front of her and she starts hearing a voice calling itself "Bunny". From there it get stranger she is now playing a game and cannot tell anyone about it, but unlike other games this one can alter her body and has life and death consequences. She must compete and suffer to earn herself enough seeds, making herself strong enough to get out of the mess she has found herself in.

A loaner at heart Eve decides that needs to change after her first trial and near death experience. She forms a ragtag group of other players with different skills to do well in the trials, and help her plan for a bigger mission outside of the trials as well.

As the title says this is an omnibus of the first two books. If the book left off and the end of the first book I would have given it a higher rating. Onto the second book

**SPOILERS**
After joining up with NIX Eve is still in charge of her crew. While she may appear to be cooperating her main objective has stayed the same to make herself and her team stronger. Eve and her team now with Zed plan on freeing the trapped alien and escaping the clutches of NIX. Afterwards they end up on an alien world, where Eve finds herself battling gods and in the middle of some ancient prophecy.
**SPOILERS**
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An excellent story, with some caveats...

First off, the quality of the writing, as well as the reading are excellent here. The story is both typical and unique, brought to life by the harsh edge of the circumstances the characters are in, as well as the excellent use of words and the reader's exquisite talent for bringing the passion and edge from the pages to the ears. Where the presentation starts to fray are all the logic holes used to get from point A to B to C. My first and strongest rejection of the story was the initial premise. The use of a stat based interface accomplishes nothing for the story, nor does it really even feel relevant for the intended purpose. All it really does is provide a basic ranking reference for the reader. Why the characters are trapped in what is basically a "death game" is also rather illogical. At the risk of giving a minor spoiler, the mysterious group wants the kids involved to power up, but instead of nurturing growth, they instead just dump the kids into a meat grinder, basically cutting off their nose to spite their face. The end result for me is that the first half of the first book is pure nonsense. After that, however, the real story starts, and that's when I really started to get hooked. After announcing itself as another edgy teens Hunger Games (with more brutality and gore), the story casually leaps to what amounts to an entirely different genre. From contemporary science fantasy (LitRPG flavored) to more of a... pure fantasy with contemporary elements. The story's depth and lore grows and the characters start to feel... more real.

Why four stars? Because the first book is a bit of a muddle, for one. It could have transitioned from point to point more fluidly. Also, while well written, some scenes/scenarios start to drag a bit, as well as the whole story relying on some more Japanese "shounen" elements. In real life, the injuries these kids get would be permanently crippling. Heck, they would be lethal. It's to the point that it feels like the writer is more interested in coming up with ways to mutilate people purely for the sake of grit than for any meaningful contribution to the story. Cut out the gratuitous gore and suddenly the story is much much shorter. Thankfully, just as much attention is given to building a stark yet rich world, so even as I lose interest, I'm still compelled along. I haven't yet decided if I'll get the third book, but I have to admit that I'm intensely curious to see where things go "from here".

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 12-23-19

Interesting mechanics and world building

With this collection consisting of the first two books in this series, the long runtime could either be a positive due to the good value or a negative if the pacing of the story dragged, luckily for this book it tends towards the former with a story that opens strongly with good pacing and escalation throughout.

In a lot of these type of books, the real world is very quickly disregarded with the game world taking centre stage, but that is not the case with this book where the "game world" is also a real (but alien) world and the levelling also alters the players in reality. The intrigue and issues build rapidly for both locations with some surprising developments adding additional links between the two as well.

The narrator does a good job overall, providing a strong and diverse range of voices for the varied cast in a manner that nicely enhances the listener's enjoyment of the book.

Overall, a strong collection that ends with a dramatic change that should lead to an interesting follow up.

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

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  • Jonathan
  • 11-26-19

Couldn't put it down

Impressive for a 31 hour book, I struggled to put it down. I recieved a review copy of this book, but it is a struggle to review it without spoiling it. The world building is incredible, encompassing not only a distopian earth but also a functioning "game world". The story starts with an underlying mystery that you unravel with the main character as the story progresses. For every discovery, the mystery only gets deeper. The entire book is filled with action and discovery with each event building on the last.