The only thing deadlier than the air are the people breathing it.
Sadie can perceive what others cannot. A rare and hazardous gift, it is one she would rather not possess, as its price is great suffering. There is a word used to describe her kind: Martyr.
Wandering the wastelands of a ruined Earth plagued by gangs and Cling - an affliction which shortens the human lifespan to a mere few decades - Sadie's hope to find a slice of utopia fades.
When an act of desperation in a reckless moment sets her on the run from a vicious warlord, her flight leads to a mysterious boy who seems to hold the answers to Sadie's salvation. If she will use her gift to help his community, he vows to share the location of a tunnel deep beneath the ground - a tunnel revealed to Sadie in a fever dream as the key to defeating her pursuers.
But when Sadie enters the tunnel, what she discovers plunges the boy's community into unimaginable peril. Fortunately, Sadie has a few tricks up her sleeve - and an old acquaintance with a notorious set of skills who just may agree to join the fray.
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Interesting and self-contained post-apoc story
I had never heard of this author before, but usually enjoy reading science fiction with a dystopian setting and would happily recommend it to any friends with a similar reading preference.
The overall quality of the world-building done by the authors was the strongest part of this book for me, the way they gave out information came across as happening quite organically, allowing the listener to draw a clear picture in their mind of the world and its issues.
The cast of this book were a little more mixed, some of them were easily interesting enough that you would be happy to read more about them in a subsequent novel, but others such as the main antagonist were rather more generic.
This was the first time I had heard anything narrated by Gary Tiedemann and I found his performance to be a positive one that enhanced the story.
I was slightly surprised when I finished this book how neatly everything was tied up in the end, these days you very often get things being set up for a sequel, but this was a good self-contained novel, albeit in a well-realised world that I wouldn't be surprised to see the authors return to at a later date.
[Note - This audiobook was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.]
- C. Rowlands
"Where I come from ..honour just gets you killed."
Cling is a strange mix of violence and tenderness. The surface dwelling population live in a desert Wasteland, facing a mix of juggling existence and staying safe from the gangs and their ruling war lords. But there are others, contemptuously known as moles, who live mostly in tunnels under the ground, existing on ingeneously conceived food items made of insects, farmed by these more gentle people. But illness is beginning to take hold. The moles need Clear. So they need a Martyr.
Sadie is a Martyr. But a silly slip up now makes her also on the Blue Warlord's hit list. She wants him dead. She's not the only one.
The listener is gently thrown into this new world by first meeting Sophie at a bar, but soon this complex habitat unfolds and new protagonists are introduced. It is well done, the alieness of the place slowly revealed as we experience it through the characters' eyes. It is a rich and interesting story, too. The narration by Gary Tiederman was excellent, helping bring to life the disperse peoples with individual voicings for each. Some nice character building is also reinforced with very plausible dialogue and there are surprises along the way, as much for the protagonists themselves as for the listener/reader.
A refreshing and unusual book which will stretch imaginations. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me my copy of Cling, via Audiobook Boom. It is a world I will remember, along with the new slant on the word 'martyr.'
- Norma Miles