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Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and liked the characters a lot more in this one (the first book had too much self deprecation and loathing). The story was interesting and makes you want to continue.
But, it does not feel like a complete book and more like a small stepping stone.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Blaise Corvin and/or Jeff Hays?
Narrator is fine. Author needs to reign in the emo. Not much happens in this book except one pretty bad ass battle. And lots and lots of emotional anguish/introspection from the characters... Get over it already.
Would you ever listen to anything by Blaise Corvin again?
ehhh.... might give the next one a try. The world and overall premise is super creative. Cut/edit out the emotional introspection that made up about a third of this book and it would have been a great short story. Seriously a huge part of the book is the characters struggling with their feelings. Weak.
What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?
Solid. Rock on dude.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Not sure how so much emotion and self introspection would be captured in a film. Close up of a tear rolling down a cheek? Then a close up of the next character with a tear rolling down their cheek? And so on... Needs way more world building and plot development. Way, way more.
Any additional comments?
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I have to admit this one took me a little longer to pick back up than some other second books have. And I really wasn't sure why. I think the characters in the beginning of this and the situation they find themselves in just didn't grab me as much as the MC's being stranded on Ludus in the first book.
However it did pick up, and I was glad that I stuck around.
The POV switches were handled a lot better in this book, considering there were only a couple of changes in the first, this had a lot more balance in it, and because I'd gotten to know the others, it was good to get inside their heads a little more.
I've seen some of the other reviews and comments about Thirsty as a character, and I have to admit, I loved him/her. I think this is exactly the kind of situation and personal event that would happen. It wasn't his fault he ended up on Ludus anymore than it was for Henry and Jason, and Jeff's characterisation of him/her both were fab. I really enjoyed the performance and the person underneath it. Thirsty plays a great and integral part in this book and I hope that we do see more of her :)
Overall, this book did seem to take on a life of it's own, there was the onset of their journey and then it was taken over by having to defend against a horrific attack. I thought it all came together really well. And Jason, was just fab. No spoilers, but the ending, brilliant.
It may have seemed a little on the short side, but only because we know that although this was a novel and story on it's own that there's a lot of set up and more adventures to have.
I kinda think this would be the series for me that I'd binge listen to, one after the other because that would make this much more fun. Waiting on the next one is hard...
Come on Blaise and Jeff. More!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
An absolute cracker, Jason and Henry have found themselves embroiled in a wide reaching international conflict. Brilliant pacing, further develop characters and the introduction of one Fiercely Fabulous addition.
it was very well done book, good audio and story line, but it just was not long enough
Great book and series so far love it .. recommend this book if you love a good story