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By Rabid Reader on 02-25-16
Awesome start to the series!
A very enjoyable audiobook with great characters and an exciting storyline. Em Fuller lives in Austin Valley, which on the surface appears to be an ideal society for Dream Traveler's. All Dream Traveler's develop additional gifts once they reach puberty, except for the Defects, of which Em is one. She and her fellow defects must endure painful injections to encourage the development of their special gifts, but Em discovers the dark truth behind these injections. Her world crashes down around her and with the help of her sister and friends she escapes and the fight to survive begins!
This book is a great start to The Reverians series. It's well written and draws you in from the very beginning with likeable characters that one can empathize with, and a plot that captures your imagination. I especially enjoyed the humour of Em's obliviousness, her tenacious nature and strength of character. This story has romance, intrigue, originality and some great twists and turns. If you loved the Divergent or Hunger Games type of books then you will love this story too. The narrator did an excellent job of breathing life into the characters, the humour, sadness, pain, frustration and want comes across loud and clear. Her voice depicts both male and females very well and she manages to portray individual personalities and attitudes excellently. I look forward to listening to the next in the series. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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By The Wife on 02-28-16
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I really, really liked this book. It was another foray into a dystopian earth in which there is a sort of feudalism that is similar to most other books in the genre so if you liked Hunger Games, Divergent, and other books of that ilk, you will enjoy this one. It is a different take on the genre as there is a bit of superhero in this as well. The world is broken down into two groups, those with powers and those without. The ones with the powers are Dream Travelers, and these people also have psychic powers that manifest as they get older. A group of these travelers do not develop their psychic power, and they are called defects. Our protagonist, Em, is one of these defects. This is the story of her discovery of the truth of her world and what is truly going on.
The world is well thought out and the plot is exciting enough to keep you going. The only problem I find is the common tropes in these dystopian novels. In particular, the love triangle. Authors...please stop doing this. Just because it is YA, the readers do not need another love triangle in their world. And specifically, this book does not need it. The world and story are good enough without it and would have been just as compelling.
That said, I still feel the book was great and I gave it five stars. Mostly, because I found it to be interesting enough to overlook the love triangle hoo-ha. Sarah Noffke is a really good writer and has built a great world in which to continue this series. I will be for sure getting the next in the series, as I do want to know how this whole story will play out.
The narrator, Elizabeth Klett, was a really good narrator. She didn't over-act the lines to the point of sounding cartoony like some narrators do. She also maintained a fairly even tone, so that I wasn't hovering over my volume button. I would listen to other books read by her for sure.
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