The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Book Review


The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)Book Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Paranormal

Book Series: The Queen of the Tearling #3

Released: 11/29/16 by Harper

Pages:  496 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library



Book Synopsis:

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader.

And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.

To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will be revealed…

My Review:

Wow, that was quite the ending!  It was well worth the wait for my turn to find out what happened.  If you’ve been frustrated with so many of the looming questions left unanswered in the first two books I am pleased to report that most if not all of them were answered in the final book in this trilogy. Like others have mentioned the ending was a bit abrupt but it didn’t really disappoint or frustrate me I guess.  Oh sure, I want to know more about Kelsea’s life afterward but I’m fine filling in my own details of what I imagine life has in store for her.

This book worked so well for me that it almost lifts up my opinion of earlier books.  Now that I KNOW what all happened it all makes so much more sense.  This story has so much to offer that I almost want to listen to it all over again to truly grasp the morality lessons it delivered.  Like the story, itself states works of fiction teach us empathy and hold up a mirror to our society and allow us to take a good hard look at ourselves.

The themes that I particularly enjoyed in this trilogy are the examples of extremism and fanaticism.  Also of what happens when the church takes over a society.  I almost wish that the author hadn’t solved these problems with magic but it is what it is.  Then there is the whole plot of a utopian society gone wrong that was a pure delight to explore.  The story shows us why you simply can’t run away from problems for they will simply follow you.  Change is a long and hard road with no easy answers to complex issues and can not be had without great sacrifice.

There were a few surprises near the end and a couple of things I would have done differently but overall I was so satisfied when I finished this story that I can’t even fault the story over them.  The last book ended up being my favorite which doesn’t often happen in trilogies.  Sorry that the trilogy is finished but happy that I took the time for it.

My Rating: 5 stars


If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress

Book Review


If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday's Kin, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Series: Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy

Released: 3/6/2018 by Tor Book

Pages: 336 Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  



Book Synopsis:

Ten years after the Aliens left Earth, humanity has succeeded in building a ship, Friendship, in which to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the Friendship arrives, they find nothing they expected. No interplanetary culture, no industrial base–and no cure for the spore disease.

A timeslip in the apparently instantaneous travel between worlds has occurred and far more than ten years have passed.

Once again scientists find themselves in a race against time to save humanity and their kind from a deadly virus while a clock of a different sort runs down on a military solution no less deadly to all. Amid devastation and plague come stories of heroism and sacrifice and of genetic destiny and free choice, with its implicit promise of conscious change.

My Review:

When I was given the opportunity to read and review the upcoming release from the Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy I jumped all over it.  I loved the first book! I appreciate the complex characters, moral dilemmas, and real science (as far as my liberal arts educated mind can tell) that Ms. Kress uses to weave her story.  So I cleared my reading calendar and sat down to see what happen next in If Tomorrow Comes.

If you are or have picked up this book without reading the first in the trilogy I think that you will be alright.  I still encourage you to go back and read that first book but I think you will still appreciate this story.  It could almost work as a stand-alone title if it wasn’t for the freaking cliffhanger at the end.

I have to confess that while I enjoyed this book I loved it a bit less than the first.  Still dealing with great topics but the book got a little bogged down in the middle.  I managed to zip through the first hundred pages but after a short break to finish another book (due back at my library) I struggled with the second half a bit.  Of course, that could be attributed to interrupted reading time.  Every time the story started getting good again I had to set it down.

What I loved about this book; the chance to explore a human society that developed vastly different from humans on earth.  Almost an opportunity to see how we could have been without many of the societal hangups we have here on Earth.  Of course, being the humans we are we still manage to muck up this other world with our influence.  I did appreciate how Kress didn’t make this other human race a utopian society.  It had its own share of issues but compared to the current state of our society it sure fell like a vast improvement.

I think what hurt this story the most for me was a character for me to truly connect with.  There were several I definitely didn’t care for but there wasn’t really anyone I really rooting for.  Perhaps humanity as a whole, but it wasn’t quite enough.  The end of the book managed to wrap things up nicely and if I had ended the story a chapter or two early I could have walked away satisfied and ready to move on.  But I didn’t and that last chapter reached out an grabbed me and now I anxiously away the next book to see how this trilogy ends.  I need to know what happens next and I think you will too!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Ready Player One by Ernst Cline (reread)

Book Review


Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Series: Ready Player One #1

Released:1/16/2018 by Crown Publishers

Pages: 374 Price: $16.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books



Book Synopsis:

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My Review:

Confession time.  I had already read this book when I requested it or rather I had listened to it.  I borrowed the audiobook from my library a while back but had wanted to read it again before seeing the movie.  I loved listening to it the first time as it is narrated by Wil Wheaton who quite frankly made the book truly come alive for me.  I had been toying with adding the title to my home library and when I saw the movie tie-in version come up for review I went for it and put in a request.

I’m happy to report that reading the book was just as delightful as listening to it.  It really does surprise me that this book works for me when I struggle so much with his second title Armada.   This book, however, is such a fun trip down nostalgia lane for anyone that grew up in the 80’s.  I can’t wait to see it on the big screen!

Much of what I said in my first review carries over to this one as my opinion and observations haven’t changed in this rereading.  If you would like to know what I said in that review you can do so at this link.  If you are excited about seeing the movie please do pick up the book first.  After all the book is always better!

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Book Review


The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)Book Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Audiobook

Book Series: The Queen of the Tearling #2

Released: 6/9/2015

Pages: 515  Price: $79.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library



Book Synopsis: 

Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling. Despite her youth, she has quickly asserted herself as a fair, just and powerful ruler.

However, power is a double-edged sword, and small actions can have grave consequences. In trying to do what is right – stopping a vile trade in humankind – Kelsea has crossed the Red Queen, a ruthless monarch whose rule is bound with dark magic and the spilling of blood. The Red Queen’s armies are poised to invade the Tearling, and it seems nothing can stop them.

Yet there was a time before the Crossing, and there Kelsea finds a strange and possibly dangerous ally, someone who might hold the key to the fate of the Tearling, and indeed to Kelsea’s own soul. But time is running out…

Erika Johansen’s fierce and unforgettable young heroine returns in this dazzling new novel of magic and adventure, set in the beguiling world of the Tearling.

My Review: *I finished this book on vacation and could not write this review for three days, I probably forgot stuff*

I listened to the first book in this trilogy in November and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.  It was exactly what I was in the mood for at the moment so I put the next book on hold and mid-December I was able to download this title.  I listen to the first half at home over several short sessions and the last half in a marathon listen on my way to Chicago (on a train that was delayed three hours…).

Let’s start with the criticism first, like in my last review.  Kelsea’s appearance resurfaces as a significant plot point and I still find it annoying.  I began to see why and won’t go into details so I don’t spoil anything for you.  However, just because I get the why does not mean I accept the focus on her looks is acceptable.  The other problem I had was not necessarily the book’s problem but perhaps the format.  This book is divided between flashbacks to before the Tearling and current day Tearling.  I think in print the division between the two sections would have been easier to distinguish.  I wish they would have given the listeners a clue as to when the flashbacks start.

Moving on to what I enjoyed about book two… I was thrilled to have the flashback sections despite how dark, gritty, and violent they could be.  We learn a lot about the state of the world before the Tearling began and all I have to say is WOW.  I could totally see our society becoming this world. Easily.  At times it feels like we might be a quarter of the way there already.  The other plot line that I also found interesting revolved around the relationship between Kelsea and the Church.  This was super juicy and loved how Kelsea handled them.  I can’t remember his name but the priest that was “assigned” to the castle but his role continues to hold my interest and the way book two leaves his character has me worried about him.

The book definitely took a darker turn in book two and has some pretty graphic moments that might be triggers for some people.  The biggest being domestic violence and rape, if those are a difficult subject matter for you then you might not want to read this book. If you can handle it then this was a good read and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  I am eagerly awaiting the last book in the trilogy to find out how this all ends.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Book Review


The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)Book Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian

Book Series: The Queen of the Tearling #1

Released: 7/8/14 by Harper

Pages: 448  Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library



Book Synopsis:

Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.

But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.

Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

Combining thrilling adventure and action, dark magic, mystery and romance, The Queen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination.

My Review:

I don’t remember why I put this book on my hold list at the library, the wait was so long I had forgotten.  After listening to the book, though, I’m really glad I did!  It was so good and kind of exactly what I was searching for recently reading-wise.  The book isn’t perfect but the plot did pull me in right away and kept me wanting to know more.  This title is tagged as YA on Goodreads and I’m not sure why as this is definitely an adult fiction book.  Dealing with subject matter that might be a bit sensitive for younger teens to read.

So let’s start with the negative and get that business out-of-the-way.  I found it truly annoying that the author felt the need to pound it into our heads every chance she got that the Kelsea was not a conventional beauty.  So what.  Mention her appearance one and be done with it.  She also had every man Kelsea came across in the beginning of the story be described as handsome and out of her league looks wise.  Enough of that shit.  The only saving grace in this gripe is that this plot point diminishes near the end of the book and the author has given up her obsession with the character’s appearances.

Okay, moving onto what I enjoyed about the book.  All the political and social and class commentary of society!!!  This is what made this book work for me.  It was a bit confusing in the beginning and it took me a bit to figure out that this is set in our world in the future in a newly discovered piece of land.  I think… The author could have done a better job of setting up the world in this regards. Then again maybe I would have understood it better had I been reading it rather than listening to it.   Anyway, there are bits of our world and culture that showed up at times and kept me wondering just where the Tearling was supposed to be located.  Might need to get my hands on a physical copy of the book to see if there are any maps inside.

This is also, at its heart, a story of good vs evil and I always love stories like this.  They give me hope that someday we can overcome the corruption in society.  Inspires me to fight for the greater good and with the current direction, our country is taking this is exactly what I need to read about to keep myself from becoming too depressed.

Bottom line this story isn’t perfect but it is good.  I liked the fire inside Kelsea with her strict moral code and sense of justice Kelsea is a strong female lead and a true hero.  I absolutely can not wait to hear the next two books in this trilogy!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Kress

Book Review


Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Series: Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy #1

Released: 7/11/17 by Tor Books

Pages: 288 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Tomorrow’s Kin: Book 1 of the Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

Tomorrow’s Kin is the first volume in and all new hard SF trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday’s Kin.

The aliens have arrived… they’ve landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cannot leave their ship. The population of Earth has erupted in fear and speculation.

One day Dr. Marianne Jenner, an obscure scientist working with the human genome, receives an invitation that she cannot refuse. The Secret Service arrives at her college to escort her to New York, for she has been invited, along with the Secretary General of the UN and a few other ambassadors, to visit the alien Embassy.

The truth is about to be revealed. Earth s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent a disaster and not everyone is willing to wait.

My Review:

I’ve read a couple of books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, in fact, the first book that I read was Yesterday’s Kin.  The book that this series is based upon or is a continuation of.  I thought the cover looked familiar when requesting it so I dug a little deeper and discovered the connection and became concerned for a moment that I was about to read the same book twice.  The page count was different so I decided to continue and see what was different.

I have to confess I did skip the first third of the book which felt like it was either the same as Yesterday’s Kin or close enough that I would probably be fine if I jumped to the new material.  The book was divided into three parts and starting in part two the story picks up where the first novella left off.  If you want to read what I thought of that first third of the story you can do so here, Yesterday’s Kin Review.

So what did I think of this revamped or continued story?  I think it was bloody brilliant!  In my review of the previous story, I held back one star, mentioning closure for two of the characters but perhaps it was more of I needed closure.  I wanted to know more, what happened next.  In this book, the author delivers, big time.  The second part of the book picks up a few years after the first part ends and we get to see the aftermath of what happened on Earth when the aliens left and the disaster struck. It wasn’t pretty, but I think it was pretty accurate in what the author envisioned.  Like The Martian, Ms. Kress uses real science to weave a captivating and thoughtful story about human nature and human’s place in the world.  There was so much I hadn’t thought of if a disaster like this struck.  What the ramifications would be not only to our environment but our way of life and even our evolution.  It was truly fascinating.

The book does feel fairly science accurate but it was never stuffy or boring.  The author never lectures but simply illuminates and uses science to give her story teeth.  Ms. Kress is truly a gifted story-teller and I loved this book.  I am excited that there are two more tales to come as I can not wait to see where she takes these characters next.

If you want a smart yet thrilling science fiction story that echoes current environmental, political, and cultural struggles we face today while throwing an interesting twist then this is a book you are going to want to pick up for yourself.  This story has it all!


My Rating: 5 Stars

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Book Review


Ready Player OneBook Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Audiobook

Book Series: N/A

Released: 8/16/11 by Crown Publishers

Pages: 374 Price: $26.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Ready Player One: A Novel

Source: I borrowed a copy of this audiobook from my library



Book Synopsis:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My Review:

Wow, I really enjoyed this book!  Totally surprised me because I ended up DNFing this author’s second book Armada.  That one I found just annoying and a bit boring with all the insider info geared towards gamers.  This book, on the other hand, was a delight and a fun nostalgic trip to all things pop culture from the 80’s, the decade I spent most of my pre-teen and teens in.

I totally agree with another reviewer in that Wil Wheaton made this book for me!  Listening to him narrate this story was such a trip, especially when the story referenced him and anything Trek.  Being that this story is about a group of players searching for the ultimate Easter Egg inside a game to have so much of the story is essentially one giant Easter Egg was amazing. At almost every turn there was some pop reference that made me smile.

But that isn’t all that Ready Player One is about, oh no, there is much more to be had in this tale.  There is also a great social commentary on where our society might be headed if we don’t change our ways.  We get a glimpse at what might await us if we don’t start taking climate change seriously or stop rampant corporate greed.  I also enjoyed the ideas about where technology might be headed that the author proposed.

The last leg of this story focused on a small band of misfits struggling to fit in, in this world.  Outcasts that live their lives mainly online and struggle with social interactions.  Not to mention a budding romance that was beyond sweet.  The characters, like in any epic tale, are true heroes out to fight for the greater good.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.  I’m not sure I would have felt the same way if I had read it myself though.  Wil Wheaton’s inflection and talent as an actor added that something extra that bumped this story up an entire star for me.  So if you have the option I would definitely listen to this one.

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Space between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Book Review


The Space Between the StarsBook Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic 

Book Series: N/A

Released: 6/13/2017

Pages: 368 Price:$26.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon The Space Between the Stars

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit…

Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.

Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be…

My Review:

Not quite sure what I was expecting when I requested this book for review but it wasn’t this.  I’ve been on a science fiction kick for a few months now and thought this title sounded interesting. If you are looking for a hard-hitting science fiction thriller this is not the book for you.  If you want a book about the exploration of the human character than this one might be up your alley. This book is more about the human race than it about the solar system, oh sure, there is science involved but the heart of the story is more about internal and societal struggle than anything else.

While reading this book I often wondered just where the author was taking us. There was little set up as to how the human race ended up among the start.  We do get an explanation but not much of one.  Most of the flashbacks were introspective glimpses into the main character’s past.  Her personal struggle and how she ended up so far from home.  The plot quickly forms a small pack of refugees that are trying to make their way back to hopefully more populated parts of space and we eventually do find ourselves back on Earth.

I have to say I didn’t quite expect the book to end the way it did but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It was an interesting journey for these characters and I quite enjoyed tagging along.  I loved how the author shined a light on all aspects of humanity in this book.  The good and the bad.  She made me think about how, much of the time, we are our own worst enemy.  I also tend to agree with her insinuation that even if most of the human race disappeared instantly there would still be those that thought they could tell everyone else what to do.

The author touches on many sensitive topics in this book from government, religion, class warfare, disabilities, and manages to blend them all together in an interesting and thought-provoking story that I thoroughly enjoyed.  This was simply a good book and I can’t wait to introduce it to others.

My Rating:5 Stars

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress

Book Review


After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the FallBook Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Novella, Time Travel

Book Series: N/A

Released: 4/1/2012 by Tachyon Publications

Pages: 189  Price:$14.95 paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon  After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.



Book Synopsis:

The year is 2035. After ecological disasters nearly destroyed the Earth, 26 survivors—the last of humanity—are trapped by an alien race in a sterile enclosure known as the Shell.

Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the Six—children who were born deformed or sterile and raised in the Shell. As, one by one, the survivors grow sick and die, Pete and the Six struggle to put aside their anger at the alien Tesslies in order to find the means to rebuild the earth together. Their only hope lies within brief time-portals into the recent past, where they bring back children to replenish their disappearing gene pool.

Meanwhile, in 2013, brilliant mathematician Julie Kahn works with the FBI to solve a series of inexplicable kidnappings. Suddenly her predictive algorithms begin to reveal more than just criminal activity. As she begins to realize her role in the impending catastrophe, simultaneously affecting the Earth and the Shell, Julie closes in on the truth. She and Pete are converging in time upon the future of humanity—a future which might never unfold.

Weaving three consecutive time lines to unravel both the mystery of the Earth’s destruction and the key to its salvation, this taut post-apocalyptic thriller offers a topical plot with a satisfying twist.

My Review:

Such an interesting little book.  I recommended this to my library when I noticed we needed a fresh influx of science fiction and am so glad I did.  Upon closer inspection of my Goodreads account, I see that this is the second book I’ve read by this author.  Much of what I thought about her writing of the other story holds true for this one.  This is a smart thought-provoking science fiction story that captures your attention and keeps you turning the page.

The story unfolds in a way I don’t think I’ve encountered before.  We jump back and forth in time around a critical event in human history.  Obviously, something awful has happened to the human race and all that survive are locked inside this shell as someone or something is caring for them in an effort to save the human race from extinction.  As the story progresses we see that the survivors can jump back in time to get supplies and what is essentially new breeding stock.

Of course, it isn’t until the end where we learn what really happen to earth and humanity but the story did leave me with some questions unanswered.  The story was a race to figure out what happen and what will happen to the last timeline and the future of all of the human race.  The characters, while interesting, if not annoying from time to time, were not what kept me in this story.  The mystery and need to know why and how held me to the end.  Having finished it I’m glad I read it.  Not a terribly big surprise as to how it played out but I can see why it is an award-winning story.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Golden City by John Twelve Hawks

Book Review


The Golden City (Fourth Realm, #3)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Thriller, Fantasy

Book Series: Fourth Realm #3

Released: 9/8/09 by Doubleday Canada

Pages: 358 Price: $14.95 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon The Golden City: Book Three of the Fourth Realm Trilogy

Source: I borrowed a copy of this audiobook from my library.



Book Synopsis:

A riveting blend of high-tech thriller and fast-paced adventure. Packed with knife-edge tension, intriguing characters, and startling plot twists that will keep you turning the pages.

In the Fourth Realm trilogy, John Twelve Hawks introduces readers to a dangerous fantasy world inspired by modern technology that monitors our lives. The suspense series concludes in this powerful third novel,
following the entire cast of this mesmerizing world that exists in the shadows of our own. Maya, the Harlequin who has pledged to protect Gabriel with her life, will face a situation from which there is no escape. Nathan Boone, the cold and calculating executive of the Brethren, will face Michael, a man who has gone over the edge for power. Hollis, living in grief and becoming a Harlequin himself, will have to choose whether to stay with Gabriel as he embarks on a journey that may lead to his own death. Publishers Weekly hailed the series as “a saga that’s part A Wrinkle in Time, part The Matrix and part Kurosawa epic.”

My Review:

The first book in this series was amazing.  The second book less so but still good.  I’m afraid the third book ranks about the same as the second for my taste.  It isn’t that I didn’t like the last book it is simply that neither of the later books measured up to the first.  Do I regret committing so much time listening to them? Probably not.  Would I do it again? No.  That doesn’t mean I won’t check out other titles by this author, I have the feeling that I will find his non-fiction work fascinating.

This book picks up where the last one left off and I managed to listen to the second half of it in a marathon session this morning as I found myself with 7 hours left in my loan time to listen to 7 hours of book…. Nothing like procrastinating.  Anyway, I discovered a brilliant feature in the Overdrive app, changing the speed in which a book is played.  I ended up listening to those last 7 hours at 1.6 speed and finished three hours before the book was due.  Have to say I might be listening to more audiobooks this way as it gave my mind less time to wander while the story was read.  Because of said mind wandering I feel like I might have missed a lot of the first half of this book as I do not remember much of what happen…

The message that the author is trying to portray about our society is one that many of us need to hear.  I fear there is probably a fine line in this story as to what is real and what is fiction.  There was plenty of action as this book took place over a longer timeline than its two predecessors.  The end felt like the story was left hanging with a few unresolved plot threads.  There were some parts near the end that felt a bit forced in this book.  In the end, though, I was simply glad it was over and am not interested in pursuing this world further.  I’m glad I listened to it but I’m ready to move on.

Like another reviewer suggested definitely go and read the first book as it was brilliant, but as to the last two book…. If you have nothing better to do or listen to then sure why not.

My Rating: 3 Stars