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I have not read or listen to the first book but look forward to doing so.
Despite starting the series with the second book, I did not have difficulty understanding the circumstances of the involved characters. I enjoyed the premise of this book. The idea of a group of peoples last effort for survival- being to transport themselves onto an unknown ship and then attempt to learn what they need to know to survive on it- was engaging for me. The characters and dialogue were plausible. There was not any profanity or detailed violence.
The narrator did a good job bringing life to the characters. I have not listen to this narrator before but would enjoy doing so.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review
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This was a good book but probably should have read the first one before the second. I would recommend reading in order to get the best out of the book. So it is hard to give a proper recommendation. The plot was very good as were the characters. Very well developed.
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Settling in to a new life on the colony ship Eschaton is proving difficult for some of the Dome 17 survivors, especially as the data sticks containing all of their knowledge and history won't work. And they are thought stupid and not always trusted by the established inhabitants. So plans to explore are initiated by Jamie and Michael, who alone of the incomers are hailed as heroes, and help to unlock the data sticks sends Regina in search of the main computer.
Although standalone, it is definitely recommended that book one is read before After Recovery to understand the full culture clash felt by the new arrivals. There are nice observations, too, of life that we fail to see as the marvels that they are because of their, to us, familiarity. A fair amount of action, too, with old encounters and new experiences. Overall, it is a good follow on from Book One although this reader has found the Eschaton stories the weakest of the Colony Ship books by John Thornton and more suited to younger readers.
This 'not really for adults' feel to the two Eschaton books is increased by the narrator, Andrew Doddy. Throughout, his reading is bright and perky, in a style designed to keep the story upbeat for younger listeners. Unfortunately, this also has the effect of dampening down much of the intrinsic tension, putting it more on the level of Winnie the Pooh despite the sometimes violent happenings. A very different feel to that of the other Colony Ship books. However, Mr.Doddy's English accented voice is clear, with distinctive vocalisation for the various protagonists even if his strangely jaunty style does also suffer from oddly inexplicable pauses.
This is by far the weakest of the five Colony Ship books I have read so far and, unlike the others, I would be hesitant to recommend it.