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Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears.

Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordandinary on the other side. As Vega begins to investigate, she realizes that Wormwood is a village built on dangerous lies. And that powerful people are willing to kill in order to keep it that way. Soon Vega is careening down a path that will either lead straight to the truth...or straight into an early grave.

©2014 David Baldacci (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.

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An original great from Baldacci!

The reviews I have read so far are simply unfair. I suppose if you like the same ol' from every author without their giving any extra creativity or imagination, The Finisher may disappoint you. I thought it was a great departure for Baldacci and my only complaint is it ended without and ending. I hope that is because Baldacci intends for it to be a trilogy. This was a great write and the person who read it did a terrific job particularly with the main characters. This was a well crafted story from beginning to end and the character development was perfect. Although the character development may have taken longer than some may have wanted, I would argue it was necessary. I hope Baldacci writes more of this really creative stuff!!!

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Mr Baldacci must have become a grandfather

While his other books are coherent mysteries or thrillers, this adventure reads like a story told to a female grandchild. The 15 year old heroine has many admirable qualities -- courage, compassion and persistence. But this reader became frustrated by detailed descriptions of situations and characters whose purpose never is explained. I would not purchase future books to find out what comes next.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Another side of Baldacci

I was totally surprised by this book. It is GREAT and so very un-Baldacci of the past. He shows how good he is as a writer in this fantasy formated book.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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not your regular David Baldacci

Would you listen to The Finisher again? Why?

the only reason I would listen to it again is to refresh my mind if I decide to read the second book of the series when it comes out

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Finisher?

the ending

Any additional comments?

this is not 4 regular Baldacci fans. I personally am not a fan of his, but I do like young adult fantasy fiction and this book hit it right on the head.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Shirley
  • collierville, TN, United States
  • 03-28-14

Different but good

What did you love best about The Finisher?

Nicola's voice

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vega Jane

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

yes

Any additional comments?

I bought without reading description because I like the author. At first it took a bit of adjusting to the type of book but after I began listening, I did not want to stop.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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EXCELLENT!

What did you love best about The Finisher?

GREAT story line. Wonderful characters. . . loved them all! The narrator is wonderful. I loved this book. I am a huge fan of Baldacci and have been from the beginning. Only recently I have also gotten into Teen Fiction because it is about the only clean thing out there. I was pleased that as usual-- he hit it out of the park. If you don't like teen fiction or find it beneath you--this is not the book for you. Baldacci is an excellent author and of course it is not like his other books. But it is outstanding for its genre. Every bit as good as anything I've read by Orson Scott Card. I hope he continues and doesn't get discouraged by the comments of his loyal fans of his mystery genre.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Finisher?

The dueling scenes where Vega wins by sheer determination and being smarter than her opponent .

What does Nicola Barber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Love her voice. I enjoy her series of Molly Brown. However, at first I was afraid she was going to make every man sound like an idiot like she does in that series. But she did a better job as she went on.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nah. It was just fun and kept me going and wanting more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Could not stop listening!!! Very interesting read!

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

New spin on new world vs old history. I enjoyed the book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vega Jane. So interesting how she picked up the pieces of her life and moved forward.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The Finisher was a lot of fun!

David Baldacci delivers a very fun, exciting, frightening, and supremely creative story for all ages. I’ve only enjoyed John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice as much. However, the shear creativity of the story’s setting and characters were tops in my book. Lots of enjoyment here!

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Great Story ! Thank you DB! I loved it!

Have listened to many of David 's books and didn't know what to expect . I absolutely loved the story the characters and the narration was superb! This reminds me of James Patterson and Daniel X such a change from the usual chillers to something very cool!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Surely wish we could give partial star ratings

Any additional comments?

For me personally, this is more a 3.5 star book simply because I like deeper characters, conversation, and meaning in 4-5 star books. That being said, the fantasy is enjoyable and the mystery intriguing.
The story presents a very different world with imaginative creatures and customs of its own seeped in mystery. Entwined are current familiar figures of speech with occasionally inserted less used vocabulary words attributed to the main character of very simplistic thinking. I like the words. They just seem out of place. I only smile at such anomalies in a story and don't let it ruin the enjoyment. And it is an enjoyable story that exercises the imagination. Some of the "fight or flight" encounters went on a bit long for me and listening at 1.25 to 1.5 speed did wonders. I liked it better than just O.K. but not quite to the 4 star range.. Ah for those partial stars. I wasn't thinking of going to the next episode…..until the end..and now I just may want to know what happened next. There is an ongoing mystery here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful