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By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-30-16
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.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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By Brian on 03-20-16
Escape is her only option…
Cori has lived inside the walls of Antius for the majority of her formidable years. Her father was killed by “savages” when she was only 10 and the survivors inside Antius picked her up and saved her. She wants back out because she wants to know if there is more. The system within and it’s new brutal leader want to keep her imprisoned here forever, but she has other plans.
The narration for this was done by Corinne Bupp. What a perfect narration. Seriously, Corrine absolutely killed it. Her and Cori (ironically with the same name) were one in the same. She had a perfect performance as Cori. Throughout the entire book, I thought she did a wonderful job voicing the other characters too — so that you could understand who was who.
So, I want to start my review portion of this by saying E.R. Arroyo — if you are reading this PLEASE make the 2nd book into an audiobook and PLEASE sign Corinne Bupp again. I know that I can read the second book, but I would love to hear it performed by such a wonderful voice actor.
Also, this is the first book I’ve read in quite some time that I think should be a movie. After I was about 25% through the story I almost considered looking up to see if the film right has been sold somewhere. It was written that well, and combined a lot of my favorite parts of my favorite books and movies. It was part Hunger Games and part Divergent. It also felt part The Island (movie by Michael Bay) and part another book/movie I can’t remember when writing this. It really had my senses tingling throughout and I can’t say that about a lot of other books.
The main character Cori was wonderful. Arroyo does such a wonderful job penning Cori that I really feel like I know her. When she would feel hopeless, I felt hopeless. When she felt rage, I too felt rage. Arroyo captured the essence of her so masterfully.
The story had the perfect arc. I’m always worried when I see that there is a series of books planned because sometimes authors can leave a lot of questions unanswered under the rouse of “to be continued” logic. When I was listening to this I knew it was part of a series, but I did not know if the series was still planned, finished or anything. But, Arroyo didn’t leave many questions unanswered. I could walk away from the story now and feel happy with where it was left off. I don’t want to, I want to finish it as soon as possible — but now I’m going to eagerly await the second book being released on audiobook and pray that it is!
Overall, if you enjoy dystopian stories like The Hunger Games and Divergent — you will definitely enjoy this. It’s part post-apocalyptic and part dystopian. Something bad happened, and now they are trying to survive and thrive. The even cooler part is that it’s not about zombies, which is a nice change of pace for me also.
Arroyo is a masterful storyteller, and I am currently adding more of her stories to my queue.
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