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The Phone

Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Series: The Dry Earth Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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The invaders came down to Earth in their ships and multi-legged battle armor, and we had no way to stop them from taking the water. Made sense. They looked like massive crabs, after all. The war was over in days. Now, those left behind eke out a parched existence in the scorched rubble, avoiding the hunter-killer teams of crabs as they scour Earth for whatever they deem valuable. 

Sixteen-year-old Yasmine Whitten is an expert at navigating the wastes; born into this world, she not only survives; she thrives. But she's got a secret: her mother's old cell phone. 

Kept intact for 13 years of alien invasion and kept charged by a tiny solar panel, these two relics of a dead world give her sanity and a host of tools that allow her to stay ahead of the scavengers, both human and crab alike. It's a flashlight and a camera, and when she can't sleep, she can comfort herself in the cold desert by looking at pictures of her mother and father and by reading their old text messages to one another. She's doing well enough, for a teenager on her own in a ravaged world. Until the phone rings.   

The Phone is author W.J. Orion's first young-adult science-fiction novel. First in a planned trilogy of Dry Earth titles, it's suitable for teenagers and adults alike.

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 04-20-19

Great story

I really enjoyed book 1
This was tamer then dystopian Novels I usually read but the story and characters are so good I was hooked instantly
Lots of action and twists kept it entertaining Throughout
Baileys narration Was great
Looking forward to book 2
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YAZ AND TREY!! BRILLIANT!!! LOVED IT!!!

This was fabulous!! I am so excited for what comes next!! Such a creative story! Great characters, amazing narration...all of this one was awesome...I laughed, cried..cheered..I need more asap...and I highly recommend this one!!!

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Definitely worth a listen!

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, but I wasn’t disappointed. It’s an interesting perspective on how “the end” may come about and the struggles that come along with it. My only... concern(?) initially was the narrator. But that disappeared not long after. Her voice as the various characters grew on me as the story progressed. Looking forward to a possible sequel as well!

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  • Tabitha
  • NASHVILLE, TN, United States
  • 05-15-19

Don't Let the Synopsis Throw You Off- It's Good

Someone asked me what I was reading, and I said "The Phone"..."What's it about?", they asked...I froze because I was honestly too embarrassed as a grown-ass woman to say "Well, alien crabs and alien shrimp...". But I got over myself, had an internal laugh, and said "Okay, hear me out, I know this sounds stupid but its actually a really good book..."

So, this review is to say...if you are considering this book but aren't sure about the synopsis...I assure you, it's worth it.

It has solid character development- this authors strong suit. I often find myself rooting for the strangest characters due to the world he paints. It's predictable in that YA way but somehow still builds tension and makes you excited. I dug it. Additionally, the male author does a nice job of capturing a female perspective - a rarity in the sci-fi & YA genres. If you follow this author, his growth in writing female characters is really exciting to experience.

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Teen & Young Adult Dystopian and scifi

After seeing the cover I looked the description up and it had me intrigued. I have never heard or read a blurb like this one. So I wanted to see if the book is as good as the description.
I was not disappointed. I have to give credit to the author who really thought about the characters and the society formed after the disaster.
I have read a few dystopia books and not one of them that I can remember thought the way the characters thought and this made it realistic. They don't just scavenge for food but other things like tooth paste, slippers, shoes, sewing machines, etc. Things we humans need in the long run.
I also love the female character. Yes there are times I felt like strangling her but this has more to do with her personality than anything else. What I really liked about her is that she took risks but she got herself in a habit where she would check for sounds before she enters a place even if she knows that no one is there and if she is in danger she runs. I love the fact that she becomes a hero because she is a caring person not because she wanted to and she uses her brain.
There is sporadic profanity with a little violence.
I would recommend the book to everyone. It is one of the best YA dystopia I have read in a long while.

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Interestingly Different

The basis of the story is not what I typically listen to but overall it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. While it's geared to the YA genre, any age can enjoy it. My only complaint is purely my personal preference so take it for what it's worth. I have never listened to a book read by Bailey Carr and really liked her voice and cadence, however. I felt her style of reading for this book, especially the main character, seemed kind of forced and not very natural. With that being said...I can't wait for the next book...I have so many questions!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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the book was good

okay this book is a little bit unusual kind of I don't really know how to describe it because I don't want you to make spoilers it was enjoyable and very very good the narrator was good as well and overall it was a very good listen I liked it

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  • West
  • Augusta, GA
  • 04-26-19

A Young Adult Dystopian - Must listen!

Amazing story and great characters brought to life by Bailey Carr I couldn't stop listening! This will leave you wanting more as soon as it's done! Cannot wait for the next installment. Please do yourself a favor and check this book out.

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Loved this book!!

The story written by W.J. Orion is great and can be enjoyed by adults.....I loved it. The performance of Bailey Carr was wonderful, and it was truly enjoyable to listen to. The main characters were well developed and easy to connect with. I cannot wait for the next book!!

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Fantastic book!

This isn't my usual genre of book, I am not usually into alien invasions but I have to say this book was awesome! It kind of reminded me of something you would read in the Divergent series but way better. I really liked how the author developed the characters and by the end you felt like you really knew them. I can't wait for the second book, I really want to know what happens next. The narrator was fantastic as well, highly recommend!

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  • Annette Wright
  • 08-18-19

Brilliantly written, engaging characters

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It felt very fresh and new. The characters are deep and easy to fall for. The story is gripping and I couldn't stop listening. Good narration helps bring it alive.