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Editors Select, January 2015 - I now know without a doubt that my cat has it out for me – since I’ve caught her three times hanging out on my copy of Mort(e), as if surreptitiously taking notes. Robert Repino’s highly anticipated debut has shades of my favorite book from 2014, The Bees, but it’s much darker. A colony of super intelligent ants is planning the vengeful destruction of humanity, turning cats and dogs into soldiers, and at the center of our story is the great warrior Mort(e) (formerly a neutered, declawed housecat named Sebastian). Ok, so this might all sound ridiculous, but it’s actually blindingly smart and well-executed. Though less of a direct parable than Animal Farm, the big issues of mortality, love, honor, and loyalty are all at play here in a bleak, well-imagined apocalyptic world. —Emily, Audible Editor
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Summary

A genre-busting postapocalyptic first novel - a pause-resisting adventure channeling Animal Farm as imagined by Cormac McCarthy
The "war with no name" has begun; its goal, human extinction. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that will forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation, and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony's war effort is the transformation of surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who will rise up and kill their masters.
Former house cat turned war hero Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind Mort(e)'s recklessness is his ongoing search for a pretransformation friend - a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and learn the ultimate fate of all earth's creatures.
©2015 Robert Repino (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 08-05-16

Strange, interesting, a bit experimental

This reads like a creative writing project where Orwells animal farm is updated with cats instead of pigs. Sounds great doesn't it, but the cat to human transition is so blunt as to be either painfully obvious metaphor or just plain ridiculous depending on your stand point. Strange to say the thing that disappointed me most was the lack of cat appreciation, as in, there's nothing cat like about the characters, nothing, they are human instantly. Interesting as an experiment but frustrating as a pleasure read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By morristhemog on 13-02-15

Vivid and Imaginative

My 1st audio book via Audible and it is a stark yet engaging and emotionally rich imagining of the rise of the animals. Capable and subtle voice work really adds to the atmosphere. The imagery felt quite adult-Manga to me. Highly recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars
By JDickey on 31-03-15

Just don't think about plausibility

Would you listen to Mort(e) again? Why?

No. It was fun but I wouldn't spend the time re-listening.

What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've listened to other books he has read and he's a great narrator. This book's premise is crazy implausible, but he pulled me into the story and characters so strongly that it didn't matter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably not. The long passages about the queen were somewhat tedious (that's why 4 rather than 5 stars).

Any additional comments?

I put this book in my wish list after reading a review on Slate.com titled "The best post-apocalyptic cat detective story you'll ever read." So far, it is.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 21-02-15

Apocalypse/Military-Thriller With...Fur

So basically, this book has pretty much everything in it. Which makes it okay; it does keep you fairly interested; makes you pick it up again after you've set it aside for a while. But it doesn't make it great. There's a lot going on, and I wonder if Repino didn't bite off more than he could chew because the characters, whether human, ant, animal, all are one-note. There's no joy here, no excitement, no passion. There's just a lot of action.
Okay, so I get it. This is going to be an action-driven novel. But whyyyyyyy (Yeah, I'm whining here)?!? Mr. Repino you've got this GREAT set-up for some memorable characters here! This could be a real treat of a novel! Instead, it's just a bunch of "animals" who behave/walk/talk/believe/have the intellect of people. I could've been reading a cheesy generic military thriller for all this was worth. Cardboard cutout characters
Instead? The only real life that's breathed into the story comes from Bronson Pinchot's reading (he's starting to impress me...!)
This book might be your style if you're not into character-driven novels, if you're more into action. But still. You might wanna hold off until it's on sale or something.

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