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This audiobook was quite a ride, thinking about it this story reminded me a lot of the movie Treasure Planet (not the plot though or aliens – more of the feel). Treasure Planet that is for mature audiences (there are no explicit sex scenes) which include an interesting take on AI and Genetic engineering, also has a neat implementation on interstellar travel, and the protagonist is just a bit overpowered (I think some would say Mary Sue-like qualities). (No aliens in the book as far as I could tell). This book is fun – action packed, and most of all an interesting perspective on humanities future.
The performance was good, but I think the narrator got a bit excitable in places. I noticed this at the beginning, but there were a few instances in which the narrator speeds up when something exciting is happening – the speed is up all right, but it felt like some of the words were not being enunciated correctly or wholly. I usually listen to books at 2x speed but had to lower the speed to 1.7x to cope with the bursts of excitability. The voice of the narrator fits rather well with the story, and production was good. Note – I am not saying that emotion is bad – I am saying that enunciating each word at the same pace and speed of the last is important – having half the sentence end at double the speed of the first half is not good.
The story is told from one perspective, Alex. This is quite an adventure story, from escaping a mind control regime, visiting strange new places, criminal organisation(s), treasure ships, chase scenes, blowing stuff up – sometimes with small nukes, and a few learning montages. People in this society are in some ways designed; there is a fascinating exploration of AI development and also Nanotechnology + some genetic engineering. The story explores these technologies – but I would not classify this as hard science fiction. Alex is different – but does that mean she is not human or is it just a next step? While this book has a lot of cool concepts going on and is very imaginative, the author gives a well-paced story, that is the story came first the cool ideas second.
Having read both the Kindle version and listened to the audiobook – I feel like both are mostly on par with each other.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
It is so rare to find a SF writer with an understanding of economics and political systems. I was floored when the author explains the scarcity that still exist in his advanced world that is the basis of its economy. Totally loved that!!! This adds a lot of realism to the story that I don't find in other books. The world built in this book is amazing and I look forward to more.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I ended up loving this book. I think the narrator did a great job. She managed to convey the innocence of a young teenager, yet that moved onto a more mature footing as the main character learnt more of her own history, I guessed where some of that history information was heading, but it still didn't spoil the book.
There was also some superb work by the narrator in making so many different characters come to life.
Don't be put off thinking this is a novel just for youthful people. There's a smattering of some bad language (odd words only) that drags it into the adult sphere. And it's skillfully added language, which is right within context.
I truly hope this combination of author and narrator do future books, hopefully even expanding on this realm.
In summary; a really nice story that was over all too soon. Plus a narrator who has firmly placed herself into my top 5 narrators. I'm only disappointed the UK Audible site doesn't have more of her works in their library for us to buy.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Great story, very intricate world, narrator totally sold it can't wait for the next one.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful