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I'll start by saying I'm a HUGE Lackey fan and have been for almost 15 years. I will say that some of her more recent stuff had started to feel a little stale. This however is a very big departure (in my opinion) from her usual stuff. I really like that she decided to take a stab at distopian/post-apocalyptic type stuff because he take on it is just similar enough and just different enough to be exciting. I will agree with other reviewers in that Joy is very Katniss-esque but the introduction of magic and fairytale into this genre really makes what could have been a boring repeat of Divergent and The Hunger Games into something new and exciting.
That being said there was the similar Lackey pitfall of most of her characters in that the main character's internal monologue got extremely tedious at times. Lackey does action very well but when the action gets paused for a seemingly endless string of "what ifs" it can be a bit maddening. That was truly my only complaint with the story though and I'm really looking forward to the next installment in this exciting new series.
My only other complaint would be that the narrator did one very dull, deep, slow voice for every male character and it got very old very fast, not to mention confusing. Overall though I'd say this book was well worth the credit and got me excited for a Lackey series in a way I haven't been since I first found Talia.
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This is the personal story of a girl, newly released from an isolated society, with a mission to protect people and slay monsters. Though the descriptions in the book are a little dull, the world built is interesting and full of history.
There are two major problems with this audiobook:
1. There are 1.5 interesting characters, the villain and half of the main character. After 3 hrs, one would expect there to be a cast of some kind, but there isn't.
2. This is a first person story narrated by an emotionless robot. Combat, social tension, introspection, and scenic description are all read exactly the same way. It can be difficult to identify if the main character is speaking or narrating. This makes the story incredibly dull; so much so, I struggle to find the desire to finish it. I will be avoiding Amy Landon in the future.
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