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By Joshua on 09-28-17
Way too predictable and simple
This is clearly written in the "Teenager in the post-apocalypse" genre, which I tend to enjoy. However, the author didn't seem to have any genuinely new ideas worth exploring, and instead pulled way to heavily from standard tropes for this kind of book. I'm normally pretty accepting of books (this may be only my 2nd or 3rd negative review in over a decade) for what they are, but this one is just not good.
The whole first chapter was an on-going stream of world-building vomit. Instead of peppering the book with a slow reveal of how things came to be, Jess simply dumps it all on us in the 3rd person omniscient like you would if describing the setting to a potential editor you are hoping will buy your book.
The characters had no real depth. The teenagers were way to accepting of injustice to be believable. The villains are straight out of a bad cartoon.
It's possible the book would turn things around later on, I don't know. I stopped listening with just under 3 hours remaining. But I didn't come across anything in the first 4 hours to make me give good odds. If you've never read this kind of book, or watched this kind of movie, then maybe this book will feel fresh to you, but if you've ever read anything similar (Hunger Games, The Reckoners , The Red Queen Series, The Lotus War, etc.) this will feel trite, rushed, and ill done.