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There are so many different aspects that contribute to how good this series is. The prose. The theme. The characters. The narration. Literally everything made the experience of listening to all of the books equally enjoyable. And I say enjoyable only to emphasize how much I liked all the books up to this point, because enjoyable seems far too positive a feeling for the actual events depicted throughout.
Most reviewers point out how political this last book gets. Yes, though the first four were as well, this last one goes to some extreme in pointing out the failings of the current Presidency. At the same time it is also being stated that the author’s claims are not factual, that she is over the top in her references as to how widely rape is accepted and to change her formula when writing the next novel. However, maybe in Sokoloff’s fictional world (the one in which we are reading as a work of fiction), things are just as she portrays them. The beauty in fiction is that you are able to build a world any way you see fit, whether it’s accurate or purely imagined. And I personally feel that, reading it as a solely fictional novel in a world where current events weren’t as they were at this very moment, it was done in a way which inherently expresses the actions of its characters. Read it again in 20 years and tell me everyone’s response would be the same.
I see it for what it is. An illusory way to breathe life into a silent predator that has affected far too many women in this world. It is at its core a heartbreaking journey of a child becoming a woman she almost had no choice in becoming and her choice to rid the world of what evils she can so that others don’t have to suffer the same fate.
I haven’t even touched on R.C. Bray, whose performance is nothing less than spectacular. His voice has those gritty undertones that so effortlessly fit the subject matter, while at the same time his flawless timing and inflection soothes your ears as you listen. Could not have found a better fit for the material.
The matter is dark and bleak, but the entire journey is very much worth it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
It's really too bad the author brought politics into the story. It was very subtle as first but by half way through the book, that's all it was. Until now, I've really liked these books.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
I have bought and read all four of the previous books in this series. I am male and from the UK. Why should this matter? Because this book does not come across as a natural continuation of the series - it comes across as an attack on the current US administration.
Don't get me wrong, I am not an advocate of Trump so this review is not a backlash at the authors VERY CLEAR opinion of Trump. But this book is DEFINITELY aimed at publicizing the authors views.
There is no 'reading between the lines' in this book. This book is just an excuse for the Author to continue the women's rally.
For the record. I am not a Trump supporter. I just don't buy fiction just to hear somebodies political rants.
Major letdown. The author even offers some kind of apology at the end of the audio book which really is bizarre.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Good for Alexandra Sokoloff, writing about a subject so often ignored or smoothed over and putting the blame where it truly rests. I love her characters and her writing and applaud her for attacking the rape culture and attitude of those in power who should be tackling this appalling problem. It made me again think how lucky I was to meet my exceptional husband when I was 14 and he 15 so I was always protected from the worst of male behaviour. I look forward to her next book.
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