A thrilling sci-fi dystopic series from an award-winning author of dystopian fiction
In book two, Ava's journey continues as she searches inside the mainframe to find Chief Morray. She locates his archive files, sending her way back to the early days. Society was collapsing, but young, idealistic William Morray had hoped his father's acclaimed Repatterning Program - a precursor to the brilliant New Agenda - could manage the upheaval and get things back on track. They said the Repatterning Program was for the greater good, but like most advertising, it was a lie. The horrifying plan entailed eradicating all cities, homes, and people outside of the Elite citizenship. William Morray joins an underground rebel alliance to end the Repatterning Program and save what's left of civilization.
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The story didn't work for me despite good narrator
The New Agenda is treated more like a prequel than a continuation of the story from The City Center. Ava links into the mainframe to try to find Morray, and finds his memory archive - from there we follow William Morray's coming of age story. While this was an interesting way to present a prequel, it really didn't further the story very much as far as what is happening in the "present day" world.
The prequel introduces us to Morray, before he gets to be the evil leader from The City Center. We see him as a compassionate young man, someone who wants to do right in the world and stop his father's terrible plan, saving everyone from the Elites. Unfortunately, this book suffers from a syndrome I call "throw all the awful things together in one book". [Spoilers ahead] This book covers the following trigger topics: rape on minors, suicide attempt, mothers sleeping with boys their son's age, in addition to everything else going on with the battling sides.
The pacing of this book was similar to the first one, where everything happens really quickly and we really don't get an in-depth feel for the characters or their motivation before something else happens. This might work for a movie, but books are different. So I can't say that I cared for anyone in this book very much, and that is too bad.
I did find all the "tech" and the plans to "Dollhouse" people's consciousness interesting. But for the most part, this book didn't really work for me.
The audio narration was good, though. I enjoyed the narrator's voices for all the characters.
I received a copy of this book from Audiobook Blast in exchange for my honest review.
- Julie S.
This book is a prequel to the first book The City Center which I really enjoyed.The story revolves around the events that led to the creation of the city centers dystopian society.The author creates an intriguing insight into the events that led to the world of Morray and his cohorts.The twists and turns of Morrays story show the human side of evil.I loved this book and would absolutely recommend it to any fan of the YA Dystopian genre The narrator did a good job portraying the characters.I purchased the e-book but received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
- Karen Reese