Transient Echoes : The Variant Saga

  • by JN Chaney
  • Narrated by Steve Barnes
  • Series: The Variant Saga
  • 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It has been three years since the day of the Second Jolt. Thanks to the efforts of a select few, the world is finally moving on. As the Variant air begins to thin, humanity finds itself on the cusp of a new age of exploration, but at what cost?
After closing the rift - the source of all Variant - the hybrid child known as Terry has been transported to a distant world, far away from the only home he's ever known. Completely isolated, and haunted by voices from his past, he wanders through the ruins of an ancient civilization long forgotten.
Back on Earth, a young woman named Mei works tirelessly to uncover the secrets of the rift. Against orders, she searches for the truth, making an unprecedented gamble. Will her obsession bring the answers she so desperately seeks or will it cause even more destruction?

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the story was cleverly constructed

In the Amber Project we left Terry in a new world after he closed the rift, which will be called the Second Jolt. This story starts three years later, in the year 2350. There are two parallel stories in this book. On one hand, Terry is scouting around the new place were he got trapped and where the variant came from, and on the other hand, his friends John and Mei are investigating what could have happened to Terry, and whether he may still be alive. Mei leads an investigation team on the place where the Jolts took place, to check why there is an increasing radiation in this area and to investigate a new power source. The increasing radiation will be the main issue that will prevent them to get to the exact place where the Jolts originated, and where Terry got lost.

The style of this book is completely different to the first one, keeping the story fresh. It is more slowly paced and we are presented with two parallel stories. Chaney knows how to keep us interested though, since in both stories there are mysteries to be revealed, and we accompany the characters in their way to finding the truth. I think this is one of the aspects that I enjoyed most of this book: investigating and discovering things along with the characters, making hypothesis now and then. When an author gets this from their readers, I think it is a complete success. Chaney really knows how slowly unfold the truth and keep us interested until the very end.

Another strong point is how the characters are built. We are not given a zillion details about them but they are alive, they feel human, and one can easily connect with them.

I was surprised about this book being narrated by someone else than the first book, and it took me a while to get used to Steve Barnes' husky voice (in a way I felt that somebody was whispering in my ear), but his speech is clear and he successfully transmitted the characters' emotions.

This is a transition book, and there is still a lot to know about the world where Terry now lives. Transition books are hard to build, since you need to keep your readers interested while going from A to B. The two parallel stories helped to create this bridge, and the story was cleverly constructed.

Something that made me doubt a bit is that days seem to have the same duration on Earth and on the planet where Terry lives. As I have said, there is still a lot to be revealed about this new world, and I do hope we will get the answers to our questions. Building a transition book is difficult, but a good ending is even more difficult. Let's see what Chaney comes up with. I am impatient.

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Exciting sequel

This second audiobook in the Variant Saga continues the story of John, Mei and Terry. It picks up a few years after the second jolt and tells us the parallel stories of two different worlds. Terry is alone and fighting to survive in the harsh, strange world the explosion transported him to; new discoveries shock him and lead him on a poignant journey of discovery. Back at home, Mei is haunted by thoughts of Terry and, with John's help, she secretly works to find out what happened to him, leading to some unexpected finds and a glimmer of hope. I did find this narrator's whispery voice a little distracting at first but it grew on me in the end. This is a well written story that is just as entertaining and captivating as the first book. The parallel storylines compliment each other well and draw nearer together as the book progresses, leaving you dying for the two of them to converge. It is exciting, has plenty of action and his characters continue to grow in depth and appeal. In the end you are once again left dying for the next book to be out. I received this audiobook from the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-17-2016
  • Publisher: JN Chaney