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The Fever King

Feverwake, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks - refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son - cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful - and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

©2019 Victoria Lee (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Kendra Elliott is a great suspense writer. Her characters are always solid. Her plots are always well thought out. Her pace is always just right…A super beginning to this series.” (Harlequin Junkie)

“This fast-paced, issue-driven thriller will collect readers, who will eagerly anticipate the sequel. With references to the Holocaust as well as present-day issues of immigration, deportation, martial law, and racism, Lee has worked philosophical and current-day realities into a promising series opener.” (Booklist)

“[A] standout. Diverse characters, frank discussions about sexual and mental abuse, and reasonably plausible science-based magic elevate this above many dystopian peers.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Teenage homoerotic angst, little magic

I was hoping for dystopia and magic but there is far more adolescent homoerotic angst than magic or action. Boring... Gave up 2/3 through.

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I couldn't finish it.

I don't know whether it was the book, the author or both, but I found the book very annoying.

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Insightful, Frustrating, and Enthralling

The one thing that is crystal clear I from reading this book is that revolution is messy. Combine that with magic, telekinesis, and old-fashioned political manipulation, this is a fascinating story. My one issue is that the main character is slow and almost stupid in his blind devotion. Characters this year and that grow up in a difficult environment help more StreetSmarts to warn them about who to trust and who not to trust that is depicted here. Well there are people like the main character who retain a naïveté after suffering, they are generally not a good as a protagonist. Nevertheless, I was constantly fascinated by where the author would take the story and while I disagree with many of her choices, this is a solidly built novel with a lot of insight into politics and revolution.

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The Fever King Book Review

I selected this title as a part of my Kindle First book. I would like to offer a disclaimer to those who are looking for books for their teenagers. This book has profanity and some sexual reference that I didn't find appropriate for the audience. I have not read many books for this age group that maintained profanity or sexual references, so I would not know if they should have been censored some more or if those who read this type of book find it appropriate. I generally do not enjoy books with much profanity, so that was a no for me in this book. There are not as many sexual references, but the one I took note of was enough to question whether it is appropriate for the audience: "Probably went home with someone. Probably suffocating himself on dick as we speak." For parents who are wondering if their children should read this book, I recommend having a read through themselves first to properly judge whether or not they want their teens reading this book. It is not one that I, myself, will be recommending at all to anyone.

The narrator in the story did not draw me in. The voice just did not captivate me. I found myself wondering what is the main struggle going on here, what the author's intent was in creating such complex conflicts. I understood the character's struggle with his technopathic ability. I had no problem with that and actually was very interested in that part of the story. That is was drew me in. However, the author seems to create more conflicts with the character's attraction to the minister's son. That love interesting was believable enough. The love interest was created to cause tension, and I got that.

What I did not understand was the whole undocumented and deportation part of the novel. I did not understand what the purpose of that part of the novel was about. It appeared as if the author wanted to tackle many different issues in one novel, and it just came out very confusing to me. That whole part of the story confused the hell out of me when I read it. The story takes place in Durham, North Carolina, so I was confused as to what was really going on. I just don't think I ever got a good grasp on this world Lee created. I just never really understood this whole dystopian United States. I found myself asking, "where are they being deported to?" If all of this information was provided, then I completely missed it. Again, I was not drawn into this story, so it is possible I missed that explanation when it was explained.

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but there were more cons that pros for me. I am a voice-driven reader. If the voice does not draw my attention, I give the plot a chance. If both the plot and the voice fail to draw me in, then I will not enjoy a book. If this is a book that I did not have the audiobook for, I would have stopped reading and added it to my DNF shelf on Goodreads. The only reason I got through this book was because of the audiobook, and even then, I only listened while working on other things.

Audible Review:

Crouch's narration was well done. The narration was not overenthusiastic, and I am not quit sure it really captured the character's personality that well, but it was not bad in a way where I couldn't listen. I did not enjoy listening at 1.0 speed; the narration is not enthusiastic, and listening at a 1.0 speed was frustrating. The narration at 1.25 speed is a bit more tolerable but still not quite good enough for me. I had to speed the narration up to 1.50 speed; that was the slowest speed I would listen to. For those of us who like to multitask and listen on the go, I recommend listening at a 1.75 or 2.0 speed, so one does not miss anything. For those who are listening while reading the book, I found  2.5 speed to be the best. 3.0 and 3.5 speeds were too fast for me, and I was missing a lot of what the narrator was saying and had to eventually slow down the narrator's reading speed.  

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  • katarina lithgow
  • 04-13-19

I really enjoyed this book!

This book is delightfully gay without it being the main focus of the book. I really enjoyed the performance and I fall in love with the character of Noam. It also says something that I was already looking for when the next book would be out before the book was even finished. I will be recommending this book to anyone in the near future.