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Publisher's Summary

Evolved Publishing presents a young adult apocalyptic adventure from the multiple award-winning author of The Zombie West series and The Desert series.

The end of the world? That's the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when 16-year-old Tess's doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he's gone crazy.... Until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal craters and setting much of the world ablaze.

Tess' dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice - he must find her missing brother.

Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it for anyone but him, and to stay put until he returns. But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?

©2014 Evolved Publishing LLC (P)2015 Evolved Publishing LLC

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Very good but makes no sense

There are no zombies. No guns. No action. No problems surviving, everything they could just pick off shelves. Mostly just two characters. No explanation for the bizzare end of the world events; meteors, inexplicably powerful storms and everyones just vanished. The story is very good and intrigueing until you realize you've come to the end and nothing makes sense. Reminds me of the TV series "Lost".

Yet Tess is an incredibly endearing character well portrayed by the narrator. At first I thought her reading as amateurish but some parts she executed brilliantly and smoothly. I realized she was just portraying an insecure, hesistent, lonely and frieghtened girl.

Tess meets a guy and there is some friction and romance going on; thats basically what the story is about. Except he is one of these mysterious things that dont make sense either.

So three stars for a very satisfying book which I totally do not regret buying, but would appreciate more if there was a sequel or any of it made sense.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining and original

Once upon a time, people were ok with stand-alone novels. Ever since Harry Potter and other books of its generation, it's now taken for granted that a story isn't fully developed if it isn't made into a series, even if by the third book the author seems to have exhausted his/her ideas and starts to pull cliches out of a bag of tricks to try to keep the story going. I've read many reviews in which the main complaint about "Anyone?" was that this is it, this book is all we get, the writer isn't planning a sequel. I can see why that might be frustrating, because we want to know more of certain characters and we want to know why it all happened. On the other hand, I like that, the same as the characters, we're left wondering, because sometimes life is like that, we don't get all the answers. I did feel the novel has many plot holes, such as the fact that the characters who're still alive barely find remains of those who died from whatever happened in the first part of the novel and whatever is going on in the rest of it. This is especially questionable when they go into cities and there's barely any signs of human casualties. Too convenient, in my opinion, although I wondered if we don't see these signs because the main character is also blind to them due to denial. The same thing with the number of survivor(s?) the main character comes across. If you turn a blind eye to these two aspects of the story, the rest is entertaining and a good twist on the apocalyptic scenario.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Written over a 3 day weekend, I suppose...

What would have made Anyone? better?

What would have made it better? Um... I guess a real plot, character development, and a decent ending.

What was most disappointing about Angela Scott’s story?

Lacks all the stuff I just mentioned.<br/><br/>It reads like a plot setting idea... a setting to write a plot in. This story doesn't have enough for me to call it an actual plot. It has as much as you might get over coffee... "I think I'll write a story about a girl who..." That sort of thing. The story isn't developed and the ending is a disappointment.

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Anyone??

Oh, boy... what a question! Not worth my time to answer fully.

Any additional comments?

Narrator is good, but some inflections are wrong and she mispronounced some words. I did not care for her lowering her pitch to try to sound like the males. Her own voice is very nice and she is reading a book... no one expects her to SOUND like other people. She needs to just read in her own natural voice. Overall, the narrator's work is a lot better than that of the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Don't Do It!

What disappointed you about Anyone??

This book had absolutely no point. I have lost hours of my life listening to a story that had unlikable characters, minimal plot, and forced literary strategies. The main character must only know the adjective "weird" to describe any and all circumstances, even if those circumstances were not strange in any way. I could have gotten past the horrible character development, but the actual plot made no sense and did not come to any sort of conclusion. The author spent the whole time building a plot sequence that focused on the great mystery of where the male characters came from and who they were, only to end the story with no conclusion.

Would you ever listen to anything by Angela Scott again?

Not at all.

How could the performance have been better?

This question made me laugh out loud. Not at all.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The narrator was acceptable; however, the male voices sounded identical and the pronunciation of syllables was forced to the point of occasional annoyance.

Any additional comments?

Horrible book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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good.

good book needs a sequel. narration is solid. anyone know when the next one comes out

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  • Lani
  • New Jersey
  • 12-28-16

It's a good teen novel

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The young lady reading the book has lots of talent so I don't mean to criticize but her mispronunciation of the words that end in "nt" is really driving me crazy. Din'nt, wouln'nt. Its just one of those things. The story is definitely for a young audience or for people who just want to sit back and be entertained but don't think about it too hard or you'll turn it off.

What three words best describe Elizabeth Phillips’s voice?

Young, could use some more work but well on her way. PLEASE someone correct her pronunciation.

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Good Book

Thanks Audible for bring this book. Narrator has done a great job in narration. Great Book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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FANTASTIC!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book ends w/ you wanting MORE!! Thank goodness there will be a follow-up book, "Anyone Else?" in 2016...can't wait. <br/><br/>This is a book that could very well be a movie, it's THAT great. <br/><br/>"Anyone?" really leaves the reader/listener trying to figure out "What is going ok...this is really wild."<br/><br/><br/>

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Question any Question Marks in ones Title

Would you consider the audio edition of Anyone? to be better than the print version?

Yes. The narrator gave the book depth with her performance. Phillips personality suggested there was some hidden mystery to this well written novel.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the absence of zombies yet the implication of their existence and plausible arrival.

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

It really took a couple of hours for the book to develop. Once I became interested in the outcome I could not put it down.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • Pikeville, NC, United States
  • 11-02-15

Interesting and intriguing story!

Would you listen to Anyone? again? Why?

I would listen to it again. It was interesting and kept my attention. I hope to read/listen to the sequel soon.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Cole because he was funny and kept the story light at times.

What aspect of Elizabeth Phillips’s performance would you have changed?

She enunciated the letter "t" way too much. It got annoying after awhile.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful