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I teach middle school, and I use summers to catch up on what's hot in adolescent fiction. I spent a lot of time this summer with books in the "Hunger Games" vein, but this one was a welcome change of pace. This is my favorite kind of book--driven by fascinating characters with complex motives. It also has a well-crafted plot and intriguing politics that left me hungry for the sequel. It reminds me in all the best ways of Megan Whalen Turner's "Thief" series, but is not derivative of that. It involves a "Prince and Pauper" scheme to usurp the throne of a completely believable fictional kingdom, but layers of secrets and plot twists keep the story consistently engaging. The main character has a compelling mixture of strengths and weaknesses, and the more the reader knows, the more he/she can identify with him.
The reading was fabulous--perfect for the characters. I listened on a long drive and was completely lost in the book.
The False Prince will be among my top recommendations to my students, but it was certainly no chore to read it. I hope there's another Nielsen/McWade treasure out by next summer!
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THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUR SHARP TONGUE
It is YA book, so I was not bother by the predictable plot, it was expected. I usually like a sharp tongue, witty character, such as Sandman Slim, but this kid, I just could not like. Every word out of his mouth was a put down to someone else, except the girl who WASN'T NECESSARILY BEAUTIFUL, BUT SOMETHING ABOUT HER WAS INTERESTING. It sounded like he was starting to soften up when I quit listening, but by than it was too little, too late. I understand that life had made the kid hard, but that mouth would have surely gotten him killed on the streets.
Narrator is good.
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Sage was brilliant, the right amount af angsty and genuine to make him a memorable and original narrator (and also making me love him). The plot was fast-paced, clever and brilliant. Even though I did guess the plot twist, it still was an extremely enjoyable listen (Charlie McWade has the perfect voice for Sage) and a book that I'd recommend for everyone.