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By Stephen on 06-19-18
What on Earth!?!?
Well lookie there! I am first to review this YA sci-fi audio novel!
I asked a writers group for some suggestions for audio books as I was traveling. The author slid hers across the digital table and I thought I would give it a whirl. Bottom line? It’s pretty good! If I were 16-18 and a female, I think it would be darn good! It is, after all, a YA novel.
It’s got lots of action, well written and the narrator did a fine job on the female inflections, an “OK” (acceptable) job on the males. But for tweens and teens? Well, the issue lies in the foul language. Oh- I’m all about cussing! I’m a former sailor! But to keep this story totally YA (where it firmly belongs) a simple edit would seal the deal. If she changed the Fu*#’s to fracks... you’re in!! But that’s kind of too late now due to the investment in having the audiobook made. So the story is hovering somewhere in between YA and adult.
The female protagonist is a college drop out and is kind of an emotional train wreck- and again- college types would feel the writing is geared more toward younger teens. Sally carries on more like a high school junior more than a college sophomore. There are a couple instances of maturity but not enough to bring it to the “adult” level.
The action is good- story is kinda cool- and I would have given this a 3.8- it’s really just shy of a 4 for me. The Balloon (mentioned in the blurb) seemed kinda random to me- it wasn’t fully explained but kept popping up. There were a few developmental things that could have been polished up before investing in the reading as well.
But overall- pretty darn good. I don’t think hard core sci-fi fans would like it- but up and coming readers in their late teens should get a kick.
PS- listen to it (or read it) and you’ll understand my opening title line!