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The first book was written for a 14 to 16 year old. The second book seems to be written for a 6 to 8 year old. Characters magically are saved from death or annihilation. And then there is the excessive rehash of the first book storyline. Pure filler. The story is interesting enough to review book 3 and I hope it is better.
The performance of this book is very good. There are several characters and the story continuously jumps between them. The reader's voices make it easy to follow each scene change. The book itself is mediocre story telling and the kind of science fiction which is very easy to digest because it doesn't go well beyond current capability. The author appears to have read (from the terminology borrowed), very good Sci Fi writers such as Dan Simmons. If you are into deep sci-fi, I would skip it, but if you are up for something at the quality level of a good TV miniseries, this can be an enjoyable listen.
Once again Excellent...loved every minute of it. The characters are well defined and bought to life, the twists and turns of the plot is like a 3D maze and the narration is excellent. I can barely wait for the next instalment!
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I picked this having read the first part (Seeds of Earth) following a recommendation by Audible (in fact for the 3rd book of this trilogy - The Ascendent Stars). I have to say that David Thorpe is an even better narrator than Michael Page who so excellently read Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies.
This book really builds on the first part and the multi-layered Politics / participants lead to an increasingly complex but still coherent and understandable story. I've been racking my brains to try to come up with an equivalent - if you like the recent Battlestar Galactica TV series then this is like that, but more so. Also Iain M Banks fans will surely love this too.
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