Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can't remember life before the Default - the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.
Beyond the security of Sulan's high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation's reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities - and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics.
Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her self-defense. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Sulan acquires Touch - an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight.
When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?
If you could sum up Sulan, Episode 1: The League in three words, what would they be?
Possibly beats Divergent!
Who was your favorite character and why?
I really liked Gunner and Taro, but I guess Sulan is my favorite. Her character was very appealing to me. She's a petite genius who didn't want to be defined by that fact and desperately wanted to be tough and able to defend herself. She was relatable, humble, spunky and independant.
Which scene was your favorite?
I really loved the rooftop battle scene, surprisingly. I'm not a battle scene kind of person. I usually get lost in fight descriptions, but so many meaningful things were woven into this one. I could actually see the whole thing in my mind and was completely enthralled by it. Excellent.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
YES!! Who needs sleep? Fantastic story and I may even listen to it again. I had to stop at one point and go look at the narrator's name just so I could remember her in the future. She's really good and deserves credit for her excellent performance!
Any additional comments?
I LOVED the world that Camille Picott created. It was very interesting. Futuristic, but realistic. Kind of exactly what you would logically expect it to be, but never imagine up on your own. It all made sense and seemed so possible. The author has her thumb on the pulse of world events and trends. That was obvious.
Sulan, Episode 1: The League is a different sort of book. I went in expecting a science fiction book but this one was just so much more. It just really caught me up in the story and I found myself completely in love with each step of the story.
The author did an incredible job with world building and character creation, along to go with a plot that was action packed and intense for the full last quarter. The entire novel was easy to soak in and never boring, constantly progressing with character growth as we learned about the world.
Sulan was an excellent character and while a bit too headstrong for her mothers liking, she makes sense. They live in a dangerous world and being able to protect yourself is a handy ability. Especially if you're a hot commodity for the anti-American league and have special skills like Sulan does. When Sulan goes into Vex (cyber world) to learn to fight it's really no surprise. She gets lucky and finds someone to train with her. Through the book we are introduced to a variety of great characters and each one was easy for me to 'get' and picture.
The whole idea of this world is almost over my head, like it's so well created and so different, so technically different. At the same time it's almost easy to imagine us in that place one day. Maybe not quite to the extreme we get here, but you never know! I'm not at all tech savy and this was not difficult for me to picture. It's crazy, but it's really cool and creative.
There's a lot of action in the last quarter or so. Maybe more like the full second half of the book. Since I was listening on audio I'm not sure, but it was at least two hours, maybe 3, of constant action. I even drove around extra long one day when listening because I was desperate for a good stopping point.
This leads to the narration- while I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever listened to, I did end up enjoying it. The studio quality was good and after a short while I fell into her voice. She doesn't sound like a teen girl but she did a good job and I found that after the initial 15 minutes or so that I liked her voice and it fit the style of the story. She got the inflections correct and used the words in a way that just 'went'. If you listen to audiobooks I think you'll understand what I'm saying.
The end of the book was kind of perfect. There's major stuff ahead but the first 'battle' is over. I think calling them 'episodes' fits perfect here. I highly recommend this one!
This was a great book, and the audio made it much better. The narrator did a great job with the character voices, and her voice kept me engaged throughout. I highly recommend.