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Holly Danger's current assignment, gleaned from a set of foggy instructions and a handful of coin stuffed into a slot, is to pick up a street kid who's about to terminate himself off a cliff. And, as a rule, she doesn't turn down currency. Her job as a salvager keeps her fed and clothed above the norm, which isn't saying much.
The norm in this city is a scrape-by existence in a post-apocalyptic world, where the rain never stops, food is always scarce, and the elite have deserted the ranks in search of something better. Picking up this urchin won't take much time, even if he's located outside city limits. Her craft is fast, her weapons deadly, and her tech has been optimized as well as it can be for a climate clogged with iron dust.
But things take a big turn when she decides to become the boy's guardian instead of hand him over. Outskirts have descended on the city, and their plans don't include playing nice. When her crew is backed against a graphene wall, it's a good thing her Gem is primed and ready to go. It's almost as deadly as she is....
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-04-17
Takes a while to get into.
Years after the world was nearly destroyed, humanity is still trying to rebuild. A lot of technology was forgot or can't be fixed or replaced, though there are those who try!! Holly is a salvager of sorts, but her current job is to find street kid who’s about to jump off a cliff. She usually doesn't do jobs like this, but money is money. When she finds the boy, for some reason, she finds herself agreeing to look after him for a year. Seems easy, but things aren't as they seem and life for Holly is about to get a lot harder.
I'm a fan of this authors other work, and eagerly dived into this. It's definitely different than her other series and took a little while to actually get into. I know the first books in a series you always have quite a bit of world building to do, but with this one, I just found it a little bogged down with unnecessary descriptions. Plus we never really got a full understanding of what happened to the world. I think I needed to understand what exactly happened, in order for me to truly enjoy the world now.
I really liked Holly. She was kick ass and well able to handle herself. She is smart, sassy and kind. I loved seeing what she was capable of but she was also willing to ask for help when she needed. The other characters were well written and I liked them all.
This was a good start to the series and I'm interested and intrigued enough to continue with the rest of the books. Once I got into it, it was decently paced and held my attention till the end.
Emma Wilder was only ok. I actually don't think she's a good fit for Holly. She didn't have the inflections to really make this work. I felt like she read the story but didn't perform. For a character like Holly, you need someone who will capture her perfectly and Emma Wilder just didn't do it. I wanted a little more.... ooomph from her, a little more excitement etc.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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