Perilous Waif

  • by E. William Brown
  • Narrated by Mare Trevathan
  • 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different.
When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.
There were other kids with mods at the orphanage, but nothing like that. I learned fast to downplay my abilities, keep my mouth shut, and try to blend in. Even as a kid I knew not to trust the Matrons. What would they do if they realized the Adjustments that were supposed to make me a meek little herd animal didn't do anything?
Then I messed up and gave myself away.
Now I'm on the run, hoping against hope that the Matrons won't try too hard to find me. Hoping to survive all the awful things that can happen to a girl on her own in space. Kidnappers, slavers, pirates, and yakuza - no matter where I go, trouble always seems to find me.
Good thing I'm not as helpless as I look.


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Customer Reviews

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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.

Overall (4.5/5)

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.

Performance (3.5/5)

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.

Story (4.5/5)

Having read both the Kindle version and listened to the audiobook – I feel like both are mostly on par with each other.
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- Michael

A book for Young adults, with a little more depth

A book for Young adults, with a little more depth than usual.

The main layout is very basic: Young main person, that don’t fit in. Has a mysterious past. Runs away. Becomes awesome over night and everyone loves her.
The sub story and long term plot, has a little more depth than the normal young adults book. I hope the story will develop and maybe make the hero a little less “perfect and awesome”.

The bad side of the story is that the main character gets a lot of quick fixes and become perfect and gets an easy solution in every situation. The skill system for the hero is based on growing internal “modifications”. This skill system gets over used in this book, and saves to many situations, without any big struggles for the hero.

The story has potential, but I hope for a better and less awesome hero in book two.
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- Asbjørn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2017
  • Publisher: E. William Brown