XODUS

  • by K. J. McPike
  • Narrated by Natalie Hoyt
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first time it happened, Lali Yavari told herself it was just a dream. But when she starts flashing between realities during the day and seeing people disappear before her very eyes, she can't deny that something is happening to her - something she's sure is linked to her mother's disappearance.
Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali discovers she has inherited her mother's ability to astral project - with a surprising twist. Not only that, but Kai needs her help to get to a world she never knew existed. In exchange, Kai promises to help Lali find her mom using his own unique ability.
Now Lali must learn to control her budding power if she ever hopes to see her mother again. She's not sure she can trust Kai, but with her mother's life hanging in the balance, will she have a choice?

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What the Critics Say

"Debut author McPike crosses large family dynamics with tightly conceived superpowers to maximum effect. McPike succeeds in telling an emotionally jagged tale while setting up the rest of the series.... An intriguing story driven equally by plot, characters, and angst." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Customer Reviews

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Overall good, but some parts seem overdeveloped

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd get to the point faster. The beginning just drags on. There's to much information with some glimpses of the overall story, but it wasn't interesting enough to stick with it.


Would you recommend XODUS to your friends? Why or why not?

To some of them, yes, to others that are less patient, no.


Which character – as performed by Natalie Hoyt – was your favorite?

I can't remember his name, but the best friend that owns a truck was great.


Was XODUS worth the listening time?

Yes more or less. McPike is a good storyteller, but it was just slow for me.


Any additional comments?

Maybe in a couple years I'll revisit it and change my mind, but for now, I just stopped about 1/3 in. It's good. The performance and words are good, just right now for me this doesn't appear to get to the point.

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- Walt Snider

XODUS- Audiobook Version

XODUS is not the type of book I would normally be interested in, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. From the start of the story, I could tell the main characters were well thought out and developed. The book lives more in the fantasy realm than hard sci/fi, being set in current times and having a unique take on astral projection and astral energy.

The plotting is tight, the dialog is snappy, and the story moves along at a brisk pace. The world that McPike has imagined has been carefully crafted, with unexpected twists and turns throughout. While young adult in nature, teenage angst is kept to a tolerable level, thankfully.

The writing and flow of the story is one of the better examples in the sci/fi-fantasy category.

Natalie Hoyt does an expert reading of the novel, giving the characters depth and uniqueness.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
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- Dodsfall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Terracotta Rose Publishing in association with Fuzzy Hedgehog Press