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Really enjoyed this book. Great prequel, a perfect start to the series and very entertaining. It pulled me in from the start and held my complete attention until the end.
If you haven't started the series yet, definitely start with this book. It adds so much to the storyline. Seabound starts 16 years after the apocalypse and I would have enjoyed that book so much more the first time if I had listened to this book first. One of my biggest complaints about Seabound was not having more backstory on the apocalypse and characters. This book answered all those questions and gives you a better understanding to each of the characters. As soon as I finished this book, I re-listened to Seabound and am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series..
I love all kinds of disaster/apocalypse stories and this one has a bit of a unique and creative twist in that the survivors are trapped on a cruise ship and can't find anywhere that will let them come ashore. The problems they face are similar and much different at the same time. Personally, I think I'd rather be stuck on land no matter what the disaster.
Good cast of interesting, diverse and well rounded characters. Both likable and unlikable.
Ray Greenly did a really good job with the narration. Nice voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. He gives each character a distinct voice and personality. He was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life. Very enjoyable.
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I hadn't read the main three books of this trilogy and this prequel was my first book. So, I thought, good, I will get to read the story from the very beginning, in chronological order. But after finishing this book, I'm not sure whether I would want to continue with this series. Let me explain.
I like disaster / survival stories when they are plausible / close to reality. It makes the reader think "damn, that could happen with me" or "how will I act in this situation". But this book fails in that regard. The initial setting of Yellowstone explosion and public's reaction to it is kinda unbelievable. And from that point onward, it keeps getting more n more ridiculous. The survivors keep getting lucky at every corner and keep finding resources to keep them alive and going. Why listening to their "struggle" and "lucky breaks", I kept saying to myself "well, isn't that just convenient". It took away all the grit from the story.
Once I figured out the "always getting lucky" formula of the book, it was pretty easy to predict what's going to happen next. The story pretty much followed the formula and rarely deviated.
All in all, pretty disappointing.
When the sky over San Diego boils with a cloud of dust and ash which smothers everything and everyone it encompasses, Simon, who'd been walking with his six years old daughter by the ocean front, grabbed her hand and ran to the only hope of safety he could see - the just departing cruise ship, the Catalina. Just behind him, Judith, an ambitious college student, follows. Leaving the land and death behind them, the ship and it's 1,000 or so passengers heads for the relative safety of the ocean. Expecting only to be aboard for a short a time, Burnt Sea follows the lives of those on the Catalina as they search for a safe landing place, not knowing that disaster has struck worldwide.
Well written with good characterisations drawn of the main protagonists, the story is both gripping and surprisingly realistic as Simon tries to keep morale high despite the obviously increasing degeneration of their circumstances. The book is the prequel to a trilogy set some years after this initial escape to the sea from a world increasingly, and dramatically, unable to sustain life on the land, and it avoids the obvious dangers of over sentimentality.
Read by Ray Greenley, who's narration is clear, well paced and perfectly tailored to the story text, the individual characters are further enhanced by his voicings for them. Always personality distinct, Mr.Greenley helps injects emotion into their responses, never too extreme, but fitting the situation. An excellent performance.
It is not necessary to have read this book before proceeding with the first volume of the trilogy but it is a very interesting addition to know how it all began.