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Publisher's Summary

Kiddo survives - it's what she does best. And since the world ended, staying alive is a useful skill to have.
She and her found-sister, Princess, have created a home for themselves in the forest, and a refuge for the other children who survived the end. Hunting animals, harvesting herbs, treating wounds - this is what Kiddo remembers of her life before, and little else.
But the young man they call the Saver claims to remember everything, even when the rest of the children who survived cannot. He speaks of what came before when he leads the survivors to his island city, making promises of abundance and hope. But even the Saver's memories can't explain the wrongness of their world. They can't explain why ghosts stream through the woods every night under the same full moon, or why there is a fire in the Burning End of the city that has blazed, unchanged, for nearly a decade.
Regardless of what the others believe, Kiddo knows one thing for certain: the city is going to sink someday. She can't explain it - not without remembering. And since the world came to an end, taking memories and lives in equal measure, remembering is the one hardship Kiddo has not been forced to endure.
But the city wants Kiddo to remember: at the heart of the fire in the Burning End is a story that only Kiddo can tell - and only Kiddo can finish.
©2014 Madeline Claire Franklin (P)2015 Madeline Claire Franklin
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By anne on 10-18-15

GREAT STORY AND CONCEPT FOR AN APOCALYPSE!

If you could sum up Ghost City in three words, what would they be?

BRILLIANT STORY TELLING!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how Kiddo and Noah took care of people....even though they did not have to, they did....they were like the mom and dad of the apocalypse...lol

Which scene was your favorite?

When Noah finds Kiddo in the apartment listening to the tape her daddy left her...so heart wrenching...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh a little bit, and I did cry a little at the end!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **<br/><br/>This was a bit of a slow starter for me, but about a 3rd of the way in, I was HOOKED!<br/><br/>Kiddo and Princess live in a cabin in the woods and survive off the land. Every few weeks or so, a group of refugees of the apocalypse mostly children and young adults come through and Kiddo and Princess take care of them, feed them and signal for The Saver aka Noah to come and get them to take them to the city...The city is an island, and there is something strange going on there....a never ending contained fire, stores that repopulate with supplies automatically....and night ghosts...its a true mystery...and Kiddo is convinced the city is going to sink, she doesn't know why she knows, she just does, that is why she lives off the land....Well the ghosts are getting more and more desperate and things are escalating...and only Kiddo can save them....she doesn't know how or why, she just knows she has to!!!<br/><br/>GREAT STORY AND WONDERFUL NARRATION, I RECOMMEND!!!<br/><br/>Thank you Audiobookblast(dot)com

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By littlebear514 on 08-20-15

Best Book I've Listened to This Year

What made the experience of listening to Ghost City the most enjoyable?

The strength and depth of the primary characters and their interactions. It is also realistic enough that you certainly don't need to love fantasy or science fiction to love this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a tough one- but I've got to go with Kiddo. She is a very curious and interesting character. You never get the full sense of who she is. There is almost always something held back, not in a devious way. She remains controlled, enigmatic. She's mysterious without at all trying to be.

Have you listened to any of Maria Marquis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I'd be glad to in the future.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. This book caused a whirlwind of emotions for me.

Any additional comments?

Yes- I had two concerns going into this book. Is it religious? Is it a young adult or kids book?<br/><br/>From the description, it sounds as if it may be a overly religious book. It's not. Certainly spiritual (It is called 'Ghost' City after all), but perfect for both the religious and non-religious alike.<br/><br/>It is NOT another Young Adult Dystopia. (Hooray!!!) Are there young adults? Yes. Is it post apocolaptic? Yes. It is also completely different from anything I have ever read and is certainly written with a more adult audience in mind. This is literature.<br/><br/>I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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