Sovereign

  • by E.R. Arroyo
  • Narrated by Corinne Bupp
  • 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chemical warfare has obliterated most of the world, including America, and the survivors have turned into feral beasts, save one colony, Antius, the last remnant of civilization. Seventeen-year-old Cori (aka Citizen 1206) only longs for wide open spaces and freedom. But Antius has no use for such things, just mindless drones to serve in a place with walls, fences, and laws - a lot of laws, which Cori constantly breaks. So she's spent years plotting her escape, which is the only thing that will save her from the colony's deranged leader, Nathan. She isn't looking to be a hero, and she certainly isn't looking to fall in love, but she just might do both.

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My first thought post-listen was "Woah."

Cori will always be an outsider.  She thinks and acts differently.  She is not originally from Antius.  Brought in after her father was killed by "savages" and raised by a benevolent leader.  This leader suddenly passes and Cori's world is turned upside down.  She is forced into the military a year before she was supposed to be and pushed almost beyond her limits.  She has to escape, she must escape, she will escape.  Follow Cori and her closest friends attempt to leave the only place they've ever known for the unknown outside.

Narration was done by the Corinne Bupp (which I thought was awesome because the main character and the narrator had the same first name).  Cori (the narrator) absolutely kills it.  She was able to use the perfect voice for Cori and gives a wonderful performance.  She gives each new person we meet in the book a new voice so that the reader is not totally confused throughout.  The production and voice quality were perfect.  No issues at all.

My first thought post-listen was "Woah."  Which was quickly followed by "Oh, please tell me the series is written and that there are more audiobooks on the way.  Well Ms. Arroyo, if you are reading this, please know that I (and I'm sure others) would love to hear the second book in this series voiced by Corinne.

The story had the perfect arc.  Sometimes with a series the author will leave a lot of things on the table, leaving the reader to feel gipped or like they didn't get the whole story.  This is not one of those stories.  Upon finishing this, I could theorhetically walk away and be okay.  I know enough of what is going on that I am comfortable with where it was left off.  With that being said, I do not want to walk way from this series.  I found it absolutely fascinating and interesting.

I love a good dystopian.  One of my favorite all-time books is 1984.  Sovereign was written perfectly.  I rarely say that about books.  I can usually find one flaw, but with this, I really feel like I was given a wonderful story, told perfectly, by a character that I feel for.

Cori is strong, misunderstood, and severely damaged, but that just made me love her more.  I really felt for Cori throughout this book.  When she felt mad, I felt mad.  When she was confused, I felt confused.  Just a sign of an incredibly hashed out character and story.

If you like character-driven storylines, you will love this.  If you were a fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent, I think you just found your next series.  Take some time, read or listen to this story and fall for Cori like I did.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Action Packed, Fast Paced And Amazing

I will start off by stating I received a free audible download of this book as a read for review.

I was a little skeptical about this book when I started. It's of the YA genre and, for the most part, is not my thing anymore. However, it didn't take me long to get hooked.

I found Sovereign to lack the whiny main character that usually turns me off from the genre. In fact, I loved Cori! She was distant and cold, but daring, rebellious and sassy. She's a fighter in a world that demands conformity and rallies those around her to fight for something better. Earlier on, Cori's touch phobia is introduced. She physically recoils and draws away from all forms of touch. Why? I had to know why!

Cori was a mystery in beginning. A mysterious back story. An intriguing touch phobia. A drastically different way about her than those around her and I had to know why. Seriously, it was a burning desire. What could I do but read on?

Corey lives in Antius, a vast network of bunkers and buildings that people to weather the devastation of nuclear fallout. Antius is initially governed by Cornelius, the creator of the bunkers who took people in. Cornelius has also personally taken Cori under his wing, personally bringing her in after her father was killed and teaching her to defend herself from bullies when she was younger and new to the colony. He is the kindly father that Cori lacks and so desperately yearns for. However, in a suddenly and twisted turn of events his son Nathan rises to power.

Nathan. He is a slim ball. Even without saying it, every word he speaks in sinister. You can always tell he is plotting some sort of evil. Props to Cori for not hauling off and punching him right in the face any time he's around. It wouldn't have helped but he sure as hell deserved it.

Nathan rules Antius with an iron fist. Upon rising to power, he immediately sets some changes in motion. All seventeen-year-olds must immediately report to their assigned trade. Up until this point, this was done at eighteen. This sudden shift means Cori is out of time to escape Antius. Her plans must change. She must bide her time and blend in until an opportunity presents itself.

There were so many good characters. Dylan. The quiet giant with a dark secret whom I couldn't help but love. Tidus. He wasn't a major character, but he reminded me of a character from my favorite Final fantasy so he instantly sealed a place in my favorites list. Tyce. The leader of the savages. The same type of people who killed her father. He's dark and dangerous. He's like a wolf waiting to come in for the kill. I want to see more of him!!!

The plot was fast and amazing. Even in the slow moments, there was so much going on, so much intrigue as Cori tried to find a way to escape, that I was always on my toes.

But this was only the beginning. I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens to Corey and Dylan and the rest of Antius. And I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll get my wish to see more of Tyce.
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- Rochelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2015
  • Publisher: E.R. Arroyo