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I liked the narrator in this book. She sounded young which suited this story. I have listened to audio books in the past with a young cast but with what sounded like older narrators and this does not work well. She is not the best that I have heard that is why I gave her a three star.
The story it self was OK to begin with. I liked how the author portrayed the main heroin (Lizzy) to want to be a super hero with a super power, so when she found out that she has powers it wasn't a complete shock/surprise and she believed the people who told her quite quickly. However, the one thing I did not like in this book is how the heroin/Lizzy acted. I could understand why she did things in the beginning after we were told why she followed without asking questions. I was going to give up there but I am glad I didn't because as I mentioned one of the characters actually says what is happening and why she was following without asking questions. What got me is after she knew she still followed them and I felt she did not care about her parents a lot even though she has a good relationship with them. I can understand that she is young but to do the things she did. I must admit it went down hill for me after this. This is not to say it was a bad book, just that maybe a younger audience might enjoy it more.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Natural disasters can create chaos amidst destruction. They can bring out the best in good people and the worst in bad people. On the day a sleeping fault line awakens near Livvy's hometown, her life changes, and the earthquake's aftershocks aren't the only things she feels. She sets out to help others. Discovering she is an empath who has powers generated by emotions may just be a dream come true. Energy, healing, strength... all seem like the key ingredients of her dreams of being a hero. A series of bad judgment calls leads her on a whirlwind journey where she needs to take a step back to think things through rather than relying on emotions to lead the way; easier said than done when she encounters other, more experienced, empaths and a blocker who can shut down all their powers.
The story is a fast paced one and a lot happens in a matter of days and somehow fits in less than three hours of audio! Like a good movie, it seems longer than three hours because of all that happens, yet I was ready for more. Personally, I would have loved a longer, more detailed story, but if this is leading into a more detailed series it was just right.
The story is told in first person and the reader encounters things as Livvy does and shares her thoughts, perspectives, and emotions as she goes on her journey. This is both a boon and a burden, because there are a number of moments where the reader wants to jump into the story and tell her not to do something.
Em Eldridge is the narrator, and one of my favorites. In this book she portrays American Accents for the characters. I loved her readings of the entire "Memory's Wake Trilogy" and hope she will continue for any and all books added to this series. She does distinct voices for each character, emphasizes feelings in conversations, and brings the story to life; all while clearly narrating each word.
As a special note, Selina must like the word "Amazeballs" because it makes an appearance in this book. For readers of her "Memory's Wake Trilogy" this will bring a smile to your face. I wonder if this was a nod to Memory. ;0)
I am curious to see what is going to happen in the series. This could, essentially, be a standalone book or the first in a series. I do have many questions and ideas about what could happen next, and quite a few about things that did happen and more explanations. I hope the next books are more detailed.
*** Spoilers below ***
I liked Livvy, the main character, but I so wanted to yell at her and remind her to pay attention to her conscience..."you know that thing telling you 'this is a bad idea!'"... because she repeatedly kept ignoring it. But apparently the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. Livvy's parents let her walk, by herself, to her school which is being used as a shelter and check on her mom's store on the way... even though they are made aware of looters by a police friend. I found it ridiculous that the mom would allow her teenage daughter to check on her store for her, with looters a known issue, because she had just too much to do at home. However, people make stupid decisions like this all the time in real life, even without a disaster nor empath powers in the mix. I am curious though, if it will be revealed in following books if Livvy was inadvertently using her empath powers to influence her parents into allowing her to go. She was unaware of her powers at the time. Her other decisions, later on, were kind of more forgivable because she was, unknown to her, being influenced by the other empaths and then she was scared. She really had to learn, the hard way too, to pay more attention to what is going on and think of others. She still has a lot to learn, but she is getting there.
I like Dean; he is trying to work through a tragic history. To me he seems like the hero here. He saved Livvy, in more ways than one. He has a truly rough life, but he was also trying his best to work and muddle through. He needed Livvy to give him some hope, and here is where I really wanted more to the story. Their friendship was given time and scenes, but I would have liked a bit more details here to support the foundations of that.
There was one issue I had. As someone who has a different perspective, Livvy stating that Dean's mother was a hero for taking her own life, in hospital no less, after becoming terminally ill and the father losing their home and everything trying to save her, was the problem. I can sympathize with Dean, when he immediately grows cold after her saying that. People who do this terrible thing are not in their right minds, are not strong, and do not truly think of what is best for others. As someone who has lost someone this way... a small thing like that is not a good example. I understand why Dean is so troubled by it. Though it is no excuse, because he should try to be a good example for his son, it completely messed up his father. It would have been better, for the characters and readers, if Livvy would have changed her thinking a bit and her statement to saying that Dean was the example of a hero... by keeping going, trying to take care of his father even when his father wouldn't let him, working, and so on as well as saving her. This may seem like a small part to some, but since this is such a large part of shaping Dean's character and Livvy's...I would have made a few tweaks. Little things can influence people; in good and bad ways.
I am curious to learn what happens next. How is Livvy ever going to explain what happened to the police and her parents? Will she use her powers to do so? I am sure Emma is eventually going to be a problem. I wonder, since Dean brings up this question, does an empath affect others by using their emotions to generate powers? Will the other three empaths recover in any way?