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This book is, for the most part, exactly what I expected. The site description is pretty spot-on for this book.
Nate, the main character, is part of a group of students that have the top rankings in simulated flight combat. Flight simulations have become essentially the football of the future. Different worlds and races compete in simulated military flight missions as games. When the group of students competing on another world, the local citizens overthrow their government and attempt to kill or capture all of the humans in the system. The students flee on a damaged, outdated assault carrier with limited supplies and very few crew members. With all but one pilot lost in the initial escape, it is up to Nate and his friends to pilot the remaining drones and fighters (the ship's only significant defense).
The story itself wasn't bad. I found the backstory and description of the rebellion in the beginning a little confusing. All of the student pilot characters are also pretty stereotypical. Main character, girl he's interested in, best friend, boy he competes and argues with, etc. I found the plot a little unbelievable at some points as well, but nothing too bad.
Narrator was good. Definitely a good fit for this book.
Overall it was a decent listen. Lots of action, dogfights, suspense, etc. It was good enough that I'm probably going to listen to the next one in the series.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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The story is good, though not great. In the beginning I thought perhaps this was the book form of the movie The Last Starfighter, as there is a video game that is used as a recruiting tool. That is just a similarity, and they are indeed different stories.
The pace of this book is reasonable. There is some action, separated by long stretches of very little happening. This is understandable, as the lulls are dedicated to the training of the young pilots. I would have liked character development beyond the protagonist during all that training, but the others underwent minimal growth beyond improving their skills.
Andrew Wehrlen is one of the better narrators out there. He delivers another solid performance in his signature style. For those not familiar with his work, he has something of a unique cadence when he reads. There are parts that either speed up or slow down unexpectedly, but in ways that make the listening experience unique. It may take a little getting used to, but it’s a little flair that sets him apart from other narrators.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.