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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
This is the first Steampunk book I have listened to. It was an enjoyable little story, and it kept my interest, but it isn't one of my favorites. I would recommend it for a younger crowd, pre-teen and teen.
Would you recommend Ashes of Twilight to your friends? Why or why not?
I would recommend it for the teens because it was a fun adventure, had a little romance, some action, and the lead characters continued to make the right choices despite the fact that they were not always the easiest choices
What does Nicola Barber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I enjoyed listening to the narrator's voice and the different character voices
Was Ashes of Twilight worth the listening time?
I think teens would enjoy it more than I did, however I did like it enough to listen to the rest of the series.
Wren lives with her grandfather, in a community of coal miners. Her job is to lead the pony carts that transport the coal from the mine, coal that is used to keep the exhaust and intake fans running so that the dome has air that isn't full of choking smog. But the coal is running out, and a message from a friend - The sky is blue - has sparked a revolution. People want out. But the ruling class doesn't want them to leave.
The characters in Ashes of Twilight are beautifully drawn, their world rich and atmospheric, and their interactions with the animals that share their fate, is sweet. I've really enjoyed this book, and have started the next one, Shadows of Glass. Nicola Barber's beautiful narration really adds to the cinematic experience. (My only caveat is the cockney accent she uses for Wren sometimes sounds overdone. It didn't detract at all from my enjoyment of the book, however.)
I generally avoid YA, but every now and then I find one like this, that transcends the usual drill. Yes the characters are 17 and 18 years old, but the story is so well done, the world so vivid, that it should appeal to anyone who enjoys a good story. I was instantly drawn into the atmosphere of the world under the Dome and loved every minute of it.
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