Excellent performance; okay story.
The performance by the voice actors is what kept me listening; they were excellent. I love the time period and the subject material, but the story just didn't do it for me. There were places where it grabbed my attention, but mostly I couldn't really get into it. This may be one of those stories that requires a re-listen at a later date.
Oops, I did it again. Started a trilogy without realizing I was starting a trilogy. This book was sitting so innocently in my library's e-collection as an available audiobook. Since I've enjoyed Marie Lu's writing, and found the blurb intriguing, I decided to give it a go. There was no hint that this was book one of a series. I did consider it a possibility, and of course, as I got to the late segments of the audio with so much left to resolve, I suspected it was likely.
I enjoyed that the main character, Emika, is a badass hacker girl with some mad skills. The world Lu builds interested me, with its neural link and the primacy of the video game Warcross. I was somewhat reminded of Ready Player One, but without the whole "going to school in the game world" angle.
I will say that there is a major twist near the end--and without giving it away, I will only note that I thought of as possible. I'd semi-dismissed it as improbable, but when it "came true," I felt unsurprised. I don't mean this in a dismissive way. Many of the developments I filed in my brain as "interesting, though not surprising."
I have already begun listening to book two, Wildcard. Hm, I wrote above that Warcross is the first book in a trilogy, but Wikipedia reports that it's a duology. I hope that's true. It would be nice to have the story's mysteries wrapped up in the second book.
I grabbed this copy from my library after listening and loving Cat Sebastian’s “The Ruin of a Rake” (which is part of this Turner series). That book was five stars for me. This one here is related to the series and features a story about two ladies finding friendship, love and a little light mischief. I love it when the title fits the story as this one does. It’s short but it doesn’t cut corners when it comes to developing the relationship which is impressive.
The plot isn’t a complicated one, which is something I’m not going to complain about, haha. Alice was disowned and tossed out of the family home and is now a companion to a wealthy lady. She misses her nieces terribly but has accepted her lot in life. She spends her days embroidering fripperies and trying to look away from the bosom and backside of Molly, the too alluring housemaid. But Molly feels the eyes on her bod and doesn’t mind at all. They develop a friendship which eventually turns into more. Molly “I have three knives and a reputation for bloodshed” is street savvy and together the two cook up a plan to exact a little revenge on a dastardly man who totally deserved it.
This story was great fun. There’s a little lust, a little love and overall it’s just a feel good romance with lovely writing and engaging dialogue. The audio narration was also beautifully done. It’s a definite recommend even if you haven’t read Ruin of A Rake BUT WHY HAVEN’T YOU?!