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I almost gave up on this several times. It is not awful, it is barely good. The story concept was great. A group of misfits who have things wrong with them, that could be fixed at great expense in a future where the state pays for everything. The state decides that certain people are not worth fixing, but they make great explorers, because they are so ugly, no one cares if they die or not. So they can be sent on the more dangerous missions. It makes you think about our society today, where beautiful people have an advantage, and those not so well blessed have to work so much harder to succeed.
I'M SUFFERING FROM DON'T GIVE A SHIT ITES.
The first part of the book, is basically a set up of the universe JG has created and reads like the main characters diary. Matter of fact there is very little interaction with others. I thought I had to give it two hours before giving up on it. Then a mystery would happen and I was just interested enough to keep listening, to find out the answer. This happened a couple of times. The glass people were kind of silly and I did not understand why they were glass and not diamonds. The mechanical sharks were just stupid. There was plenty here that just seemed dumb. I also didn't understand why a group of people not accepted by society, who where put on a planet of nothing put misfits, didn't just make a new world the way they wanted instead of trying to get back to the old one where no one cared about them. Yet, at the end of the book, I found I really admired the main character. I thought I might be interested in the sequel, but it turns out it was the other book by JG that I read years ago. It has nothing to do with this book at all or the characters in this book.
This book is worse then a bad book, because a bad book would be easy to stop listening to. This gives you just enough that you have to listen. I suggest you just don't start.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Occasionally improbable but interestingly speculative, I found the story fun and the narrator excellent. Festina's delightful internal voice and development as a character is absolutely is the strongest thing about this book, but I will be interested to hear more about this universe, the League of Peoples, the Explorer Corps and the Admiralty in the other books.
What's with Audible's numbering of the series, though? Is there not a Book 2?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful