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By Diane on 12-19-13
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I'm so happy to have one of my favorite authors make it into audible. His stories really transform the world and scenery to what he has portrayed and with few hiccups on how it makes sense. This book is no exception where it almost depicts and transforms how Earth would change if we became prey to alien scientists or humans, and how they would figure out what makes us tick. Different layers of rules for society, the country, universal and common sense made me feel like it's a high priced chess match with incredible weapons.
I would recommend this book but preferably after you read some of the other books in the series. You can hop around the book list but you get a better introduction of the societies and rules involved if you read the first ones before this one. He explains everything well, but you will have a smaller chance of getting lost in the dialogue if this book is not your first read from this author.
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By Autumn on 03-18-15
Interesting premise, difficult execution
I really liked the idea that in this village that the people could swap gender once a year until they hit 20 and are forced to choose. The exact mechanism and mechanics for this are revealed in the last 1 hour of the audio title.
The story attempts to explore the differences in the way gender affects our reality. The main character's point of view shifts between genders affecting his perspective and the way he views the world around him. This is not always a perspective I found enjoyable. At times I found the main character to be unlikeable, sexist and somewhat bloodthirsty. At times the way he feels about his girlfriend/boyfriend comes off as somewhat despicable and contemptible.
The ending was very interesting, but sort of an info-dump. I can't discuss more without spoilers... I guess I can say I liked the title but didn't love it. I felt the story could've been more interesting with a character I really could root for, and with a less violent/despicable actions of the culture involved.