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Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it's taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.
To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.
Joy soon realizes that the city's powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they're in - to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.
When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy uncovers a terrifying conspiracy. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them.
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By Jenna M Patterson on 02-18-16
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.
30 of 31 people found this review helpful
By James on 06-08-17
The Story Vs The Narrator
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.
64 of 68 people found this review helpful