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Britain in 2075 is a dangerous place. A man known only as the Governor rules the country with an iron hand, but within the towering perimeter walls of London Greater Urban Area anarchy spreads unchecked through the streets.
In the abandoned London Underground station of St. Cannerwells, a group of misfits calling themselves the Tube Riders seek to forget the chaos by playing a dangerous game with trains. Marta is their leader, a girl haunted by her brother's disappearance. Of the others, Paul lives only to protect his little brother, Owen, while Simon is trying to hold on to his relationship with Jess, daughter of a government official. Guarding them all is Switch, a man with a flickering eye and a faster knife, who cares only about preserving the legacy of the Tube Riders. Together, they are family.
Everything changes the day they are attacked by a rival gang. While escaping, they witness an event that could bring war down on Mega Britain. Suddenly they are fleeing for their lives, pursued not only by their rivals, but by the brutal Department of Civil Affairs, government killing machines known as Huntsmen, and finally by the inhuman Governor himself.
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By Amazon Customer on 06-20-17
Good story, bad narrator
Once this story got going, I was riveted. The plot was really cool and inventive. The author created a truly scary dystopian England set in the not-so-distant future. The characters were well-drawn enough that I came to really care about them.
Hated the narrator, though. He didn't seem to be paying attention to what he was reading, using incorrect inflections that changed the meaning of words and phrases and mispronouncing words repeatedly. The voices he used didn't match the characters or the descriptors used in sentences. For example, he might use a whiny tone when the sentence said the character bellowed. So annoying!
Nevertheless, I think I'll have to get the next book in the series to find out what happens next. If, however, they didn't hire a different narrator I believe I'll read the book myself.
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By Nick on 06-15-18
A surprisingly good listen/read. In a world of so many dystopian novels this felt quite original.
On the positive side, the story was a rattling good yarn (and would probably make a good film). The characters were pretty well developed, and I cared about what happened to them. The book was a complete story in spite of it being part of a trilogy. The action was pretty relentless, but it did come to a satisfying end.
On the negative side parts of the book felt a little laboured, while there were no orphaned stories I suspect there was room for a little pruning. I think part of this was the narrator; I found his voice slightly off-putting, and his intonation was very odd at times. Certainly when reading the book on my kindle the whole thing felt better paced.
There was also a back story to the rise of Mega Britain and how Governor came to power which was never really explained, and I think more could have been made of the legend surrounding the Tube riders.
Overall a good listen