How much does your world affect who you are? In Kat Garcia's world, only the Rocky Mountains are above sea level and the sun is hot enough to kill. She goes through a mysterious portal seeking weapons to keep her friends safe from the remnants of the decayed government. In Kaitlin Garcia's world, the Unified States is constantly bombarded by severe storms. She goes through a mysterious portal to implement her climate mitigation strategy before her world becomes uninhabitable. In Katherine Garcia's world only draconian government control over the citizens has kept the droughts, floods, and diseases from killing everyone. She goes through a mysterious portal seeking nuclear fusion to throw off the oppressive governmental yoke. When the actions of the three Kats start to destroy the universes, can they join forces and save them?
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The story itself is entertaining and interesting. It's a creative, complex and enjoyable story that can be confusing at times. It's a perfect story for YA/Teen audiences.
It was little hard to follow at times especially in the beginning. It changes back and forth from one universe to the next and it took a while to get familiar with what was going on in each universe and separating each characters place within that universe. While the story is constantly moving forward, it is at a slower pace. Chapter 15( about 2 1/2 hours in) is when things really started to get interesting with plenty of action and suspense, that's when the story really pulled me in. I have listened to other stories by Lesley Smith where the writing was great and the story flowed smoothly so I believe the "choppy" feel at times in this story has more to do with the narration not the writing.
The story is told through the POV's of Kat, Katherine and Kaitlin. All basically the same girl with slight differences from 3 different (realities) universes Each universe has their own issues they are dealing with on a vastly changed earth in each reality. Along with the 3 Kat's there are the some of the same people in each universe… parents, friends, etc. some in the same role, others not. Even though you are told at the beginning of each chapter which universe you are in I have to admit at times I was still confused. Not only with the characters but keeping them straight not only in their respective worlds but also when they go from one universe to another. I don't know if all the science talk makes sense but it sounded realistic/good and added a plausible explanation to the events taking place. It does have a good epilogue for each of the universes.
Kathryn Supina did a okay/good job with the narration. Some things were good, other areas need work. This was a tricky book to narrate if this is really her first narrated book. She has a nice voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Her voice fit the age of the main characters. She does a good job with the emotions of the characters. It states in the story that all 3 of the different Kats are suppose to sound the same and she does them all very well. The problem for me is, she is just reading it for the most part. As the story goes on there is a little more "oomph" an life to the narration but there is no real difference in character voices, they all sounded basically the same, which just makes all the characters blend together. There needs to be a little more difference in her other character voices though. She just may have not been the right choice of narrator for this book. She is by far not the worst narrator I have listened too. With a bit more practice she could be a really good narrator.
In the sample it is only characters from universe 1, so you can't tell what the other characters in the other universes are going to sound like until you are farther into the book. It would have helped the story if there had been more difference between the 3 Kats voices at least.
Chapter 22 there was a kind of static/clicking noise a couple of times. Chapter 24 the quality of the volume changes and gets a lower forcing you to turn up the volume the narration also gets softer, it almost has a" putting you to sleep cadence" Occasionally there is a slight clicking/static sound in the background noticed it in chapter 22,27,36, and 41. There are other area's as well but I could not always write them down. You can hear the narrator swallow several times throughout the book as the story goes on it becomes more frequent and noticeable.
If I had purchased the book I would have returned it based on the editing errors.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.
- Shanna Tidwell