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The New Savants is a story about young people with special abilities brought together to be trained to use them for good. I thought this was a well written story- and I really appreciated that it was an exceptionally "clean" story. I read a lot of teen lit and I enjoy books about gifted or magical teenagers but I get annoyed when authors include too much bad language, unnecessary violence, or teenage angsty romances. This book had none of those things- just a good introduction to this new series. I gave this 4 stars because I thought the build up to the story took a little longer than necessary- but I'm hopeful that with the backstory out of the way the next book will be more fast paced and a 5 star read :)
This is a great start to a series, and I hope sequels will soon available, because I'd love to know how the story goes on! True, this is completed, but there is potential for at least one sequel.
It's a wonderful YA story, with magic, and children and youths who are different from what is generally accepted as 'normal'.
The idea is great, and I was hooked from the first to the last sentence -- and I'm way past the YA age!
I imagine this could be a great hit with boys and girls: there's young people who don't belong, who have to hide their special gifts, and suddenly, they realize that they are not alone, that there are others just like them, and that their various skills are useful -- even needed--to protect the society that doesn't want them.
Martin Hillier did a fantastic job narrating the story, he's certainly a narrator to look out for.
The story is fast paced (and much too short, I could have gone on listening), yet there's some character development, at the end of the book you have a clear idea of who is who and what the protagonists' strengths and weaknesses are.
I really hope there'll be sequels.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.
For lovers of authors such as Rick Riodern this is a must listen.
The moral dilemmas and the feelings of isolation and desire to be accepted are told in a powerful yet entertaining fashion.
This is a must listen for all of those who want to be sure of an entertaining and fun listen.