We are a married couple who love listening to audio books, luckily we like mostly the same things. Rosie is severely ill & bedbound.
So we are at the last book of the series, I can't believe this is it...the end. Well technically not as the author wrote three further books called The Elle Chronicles but it ends as we know it.
As with all the other books in this series, the author has yet again done a brilliant job. The book keeps you gripped all the way through and just wanting more. He ended it in a good way and at a place you feel happy as a reader. Its nice to have an ending your happy with as it can be so frustrating when left guessing.
This book shows how the war has affected them all, they are dealing with combat fatigue, self destruction, grief and recovery. The stress is getting worse and worse and Hell is no longer a safe haven for them. They have to fight to keep hell safe, themselves and the kids. In the end they have to blackmail New Zealand to take the kids and then they have to go into battle yet again. Of course it doesn't all go to plan, one of the kids doesn't make it out of Australia and the teens have to take the remaining kid with them to fight another battle.
None of them are coping like they were as its just to much, they don't plan as well as they used too and put themselves at risk. Its just them left, they do their best to follow their instructions from New Zealand. They complete their mission but its not the end of it. Ellie is left by herself, she can't find her friends. She gets caught, has to lie about who she is. She thinks her friends are dead, she goes through an awful lot but in the end she finally escapes and eventually gets to see her mum. So its not all doom and gloom, we wont mention any more but read to find out more....are her friends dead? will they get through the war alive and will it end. What will happen if it does end?
Brilliantly written, keeps you gripped all the way through and the author pulls you in. You can't help but feel everything they are going through. Its the sign of a good author, which he has done all along. Highly Recommended Series!
We watched the film and really enjoyed it, so much so we had to get the audiobook next. It was great listening to the audiobook and having images in our head from the film, it really added to the enjoyment. Its a great story and written so well, the narrator is also really good and certainly adds to the enjoyment of listening to the book. Its better than the film because you get to hear the story in more detail, so you find out things you didn't know before. Excellent story and very addictive, you just want to get the next book in the series and so on. The only thing we'd like to add is to say this book is suitable for more than just teenagers, we are both adults and we love the story. We do feel audible/book publisher is letting these brilliant books down by advertising them for young adults between 11-13 because its suitable for ages far above that. Highly Recommended and thanks to the author for writing such a brilliant series. Its been by far one of the best series we have come across!
We choose this because we have enjoyed Philip Pullman's Northern Light Series and also one of us had read this book previously and enjoyed it.
Its a great audio book with great narration, its really nice having a book which is read by several different people for the characters in the book and is really enjoyable to listen too.
We would happily recommend this book to all and if you liked his Northern Light books then you'll like this as well, as they have several of the same characters in this book.