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Seaswept is the second novel in the trilogy called The Seabound Chronicles by Jordan Rivet. In a world where extreme weather events have pushed civilization to the sea, people have survived by living in a variety of ships or barges. After saving her home, the cruise ship Catalina, Ester, the ship’s mechanic, is focused on solving a critical problem: fuel. If she can develop the technology to generate biofuel, the Catalina would be free to move about the ocean rather than drifting and only sparing their fuel reserves for specific voyages. However, once the technology is developed and works correctly, the turbulent question of whether, if, and how to share it emerges. Caught in a variety of political factors, Ester is determined to risk it all to save the man that she might love, David Hawthorne, when the politics surrounding this fuel source get out of hand.
Seaswept continues the sweeping adventure from the first novel. This is a fast-paced story that is filled with a lot of action and gray-areas as different characters fight to do what they believe is right. The powerful question of whether to horde a life-changing technology or to share it with everyone, and the consequences of decisions made regarding this question drive this story. However, as with before, it is really a story about people trying to survive and maintain both healthy relationships and their humanity. It’s easy to become invested in the characters' lives and want to scream at or cheer with them. As this is the second installment, the world is already well fleshed out and the main characters are well known, which makes it easy to jump into the story. Also, the complexity of the world makes it possible to layer motivations of main characters, especially Esther, which is nice. Even some of the supporting characters make a brief, but lasting impression. However, there are so many new minor characters that it was hard to keep track of them.
The narration by Ray Greenly was also well done. He does a great job with voice characterization. I’m not sure if this is the voicing or the writing of the characters themselves, but all the young characters sound exceedingly young and naïve, which makes this story feel like a young adult novel, which it is not necessarily. The production quality was good. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes unique post-apocalyptic and action &amp; adventure stories featuring a female protagonist.
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Esther's apocalypse at sea continues! Book two has quite a bit more action than the first. Esther creates a game changing new technology that improves sea travel without having to rely on oil. Definitely a game changer!
The romance between Esther and David gets a bit complicated and the tension between is obvious to everyone but them.
If you haven't read the first book yet I highly recommend listening to it first. This book is fine on its own but you'd be missing a good piece of the story. I loved book one and book two is great as well.
A friend asked if this is something she could listen to with her son. Absolutely! No sex and no swearing. Instead of swearing, they use words like salt or rust. This series is great for all ages!
Another great performance by Ray Greenley. He does an excellent job keeping each of the characters sounding different, including a few accents.
Great series so far and I'm looking forward to book 3! I did hear the narrator mention at the end of book two that there was a prequel to listen to called Burnt Sea. I don't see it on Audible yet but I definitely want to find it!
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Almost 16 years after the volcanic eruption that devastated life on Earth, the skies are finally starting to clear and some communications are slowly being restored. Most survivors had been those few fortunate enough to be aboard ships and Esther and her father had managed to board a cruise liner just in time. Life hadn't been easy in the subsequent years but Esther's love of engineering served her, and her ship, well and she had just completed a working machine that could revolutionise all their lives - one which converted algae to biofuel, releasing them all from the desperate need for oil which was in very short, and diminishing, supply. Esther wanted to make her invention freely available to any who wanted it, but her friend David had other ideas.
This immediate continuation from book one in the Seabound Chronicles is a fast paced action thriller situation touch of romance. The narrator, Ray Greenlet, is excellent, his pleasant, well paced voice with excellent expression and intonation, also conveys the conversation of the numerous characters with individuality and clarity.
Although part two in a series, this is a standalone story but greater enjoyment would be derived from the knowledge of the characters involved and their past histories, as found in book one.. Also recommended, the shorter prequel which tells of how Esther and her father come to be on the cruise ship Catalina.
An enjoyable book slightly different from the usual post apocalyptic stories.
Man, I really did get behind on my reviews.
This was great to be back with Esther and her crew, following from the first book this one could almost stand alone. I believe there was enough in here to remind us the things that went on that we didn't need to re-read or in fact have read the first one at all (it was a while that I got to this after the first) So the writer here did a great job in moving this book forward without too much backstory in it.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the new characters, and situations that came about, I think it put the MC and her friends in the sometimes worst possible place they could be, but then again it was also something worth getting out of.
Esther was and still is I guess a young woman at heart, there was no torrid love affair, but the relationships were handled with great tact for this novel and their situation. Having had to grow up fairly fast and within the confines they have I think they behave in exactly the way they should, with a little naivety and lack of confidence. It was handled very well by the writer, and of course by Ray with his narrating.
What I did enjoy of course is the performance, there are some narrators who you know aren't going to let you down. Their voices, attention to tone and story telling are great, you can put the book on and know you're getting the right everything for your money.
I do wonder about a few things at the end of this book, there were some hints to questions I have, I do hope there's a third on the cards, and that it wraps up this adventure in good ways. The emotion involved and the highs and lows in this book are extremely real, it makes you feel at the right times, and keeps you there, waiting and hoping things turn out okay.
I'm interested in some more from both these guys. Hopefully there will be some to buy today.
:) Thanks for the entertainment.