What if you could see the future with a single touch? What if that touch revealed someone's death, and that person was someone you loved? Would you do everything you could to change it?
In a post-apocalyptic world, where danger roams in many forms, 17-year-old Waverly seeks protection in the town of Crestwood after her boyfriend is ruthlessly killed by lawless raiders. But what she finds is a place wrought with mystery, shady dealings, and more instability than she anticipates.
The Starborn Ascension takes place 57 years before The Starborn Uprising, and can be heard independently.
©2014 Jason D. Morrow (P)2015 Jason D. Morrow
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"Awesome post apocalyptic book!"
This is a series so it does end on a cliffhanger unfortunately. Great book though! The story was very well written but I was a bit confused about certain people having special abilities. I'm hoping that will be explained further into the series!
Flesh eating Greyskins walk the earth and all Waverly and Remi want is safety. But before they get there, they have to not only deal with Greyskins, but also humans, which is worse though??
At first, I struggled to get into this, because the story felt disjointed. It wasn't till I was a ways in that I realised it was being told from 2 different peoples POV! Then it fell into place. The audio never specified who was talking and both characters were similar which is why I had a hard time realising who was talking! That's why it's a 4 star instead of a 5 star review, because other than this, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The plot was relatively fast paced and entertaining. It held my attention throughout and I loved that the author added in an extra something to the Zombie apocalypse. I loved the powers the people had!!
In all, this was a great read that could have been brilliant if the characters were expanded more. Despite that niggle, this is a unique and captivating read and I'm really looking forward to the next one.
Sophie Amoss did a good job with this, though the main problem I had with her was that she didn't give Waverly and Remi distinct enough voices to not be confused. If they were more distinct, then I think I would of enjoyed it more.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
"Good read if you don't mind tried and tested!"
A review copy of this book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
This was not a bad book. In fact, I enjoyed it far more than I was expecting given the genre. My Kindle clocked it at about 454 pages, but the story moved quickly and didn’t dawdle about much. Even the back stories that we’re given for context are presented during points where the story is moving rather than giving readers a wall of exposition. It’s concise, to the point, and moves on with the story. The plot is familiar. Zombie stories often explore things such as morality because people and their machinations are scarier than mindless zombies. It’s typically bleak with the constant threat of raiders and starvation. There are some amenities still around such as fuel used for vehicles, electricity, and weapons, but everything is measured and used with care as you’d expect in the situation. There’s a little bit of romantic fluff in the book, but nothing that’s overwhelming. I did feel like maybe one character too easily started crushing on another character, but love in the time of zombies may warrant being hastier in these things.
Morrow does try to give some explanation for what caused the outbreak instead of just dumping readers into the story where no one knows what happened which I appreciated. (Not that I necessarily have anything against stories using the “origins unknown” angle.) He did add a twist by adding characters who have developed “powers” during this outbreak. These people are called Starborn. Calling anything Starborn during a zombie apocalypse feels a bit frilly, but thankfully, that name isn’t overused in the story. How–or why–they developed these powers isn’t explored in this book, but since this is a series, I’m expecting we’ll get an explanation in later books.
Remi and Waverly were interesting as characters. There was a little more time invested in Waverly's story. For this reason, I connected with her more than I did Remi. This book was more focused on the “in the now,” so there isn’t a ton of character development. The action makes up for it, though. There’s always something going on in this book. One thing of note, I would’ve liked if Remi and Waverly’s stories converged a bit sooner than they did. It’s fairly easy to spot the significance the characters have to one another early in the story, but I felt like I was just listening to two separate stories about two people who happened to be inhabiting the same world for most of the book. I’m sure that was intentional, but it didn’t really work for me. It also made some of Remi’s parts feel like filler.
The narration by Sophie Amoss was top-notch. She voiced Waverly’s kindness and Remi’s tenacity well. Her characterization of other characters worked, too. You could hear the roughness in her voice with the raiders and more curmudgeonly characters. There were a couple of production quality issues in this, but nothing that was so glaring that I stopped listening.
If you regularly read zombie fiction, this may be a bit too formulaic for you, especially if you’re always looking for something innovative in the genre, but if you don’t mind tried and tested plot points coupled with fast action and a little bit of a twist, this book is worth checking out.
"Back and Forth"
At the beginning of this book I was excited to see this take on a zombie story. Who doesn't love a good zombie story. After starting the book I found myself having trouble following the POV and the jumps from seeing the future and reality. It took me a little while to figure out what was going on but after I did I found myself enjoying the read. The author does a good job of mixing things up, for starters the big wow factor happens in the first chapter. We find out about the ability of a character and a major sequence of events happens. This was interesting to me as I thought what else could possibly happenin this story now. To my surprise there was a lot to learn and quite a journey to get there. I will leave it there as to not spoil anything for anyone. One thing I liked was that this was not merely a flee and hide from zombies, although it did have some tell-a-tale signs of a zombie tale things were done a little different. The narration was done well as her pacing was good from scene to scene. At times I though she could have been a little more excited about things but that is personal preference. Overall this was a decent opening to a series and was enough to keep me interested throughout the story. I was gifted this audiobook by the publisher, author or narrator in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Blast.
"Awesome introduction book"
The story follows Waverly and Remi. I had a feeling the two would be sisters, and glad to see it turn out like that.
Both Remi and Waverly's characters were engaging as were their individual storylines. I connected a little more to Remi personally but I found myself invested in the fates of both characters. I'm also intrigued by their special abilities - especially Waverly's visions
The narration by Sophie Amoss was top-notch. She voiced Waverly’s kindness and Remi’s tenacity well.
I was provided with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review
"Fresh start, something new"
Definitely worth the listen
Loved her voice
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
"Searching for safety from the infection"
Yes, it is a fantastic book. It was exciting not knowing what would happen next to each of the characters.
Weaverly knowing she cannot change the future that she sees but somehow does at one point and now she knows her sister is still alive and out there.
The part where Remi is captured at the hospital and is being a little bit of a smartass with the people who captured her. Only due to her enhanced hearing abilities.
Yes, in fact I did it all in a day.
A was given this book for a honest review.
"Not just another zombie story! :)"
A zombie story, that is not just another zombie story! I'm very impressed with this book. I did not expect to love this book so much! The story starts off with an exciting scene, and I was hooked right away. There wasn't a second during this book where I thought it was slow. The whole "Starborn" aspect is very mysterious, and interesting. I think we will find out more about it with the next book. The ending of the book was perfect. The story was wrapped up enough to not feel unsatisfied, but we were given enough to make me want the next book now! I am very curious to see how the series progresses. Sophie Amoss was the narrator of the audiobook, and was fabulous. I really liked her, and how you could actually feel the emotions the characters were feeling in her voice. I really enjoyed this audiobook, and I want the next one as soon as possible!
**I was provided with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review
"Well-rounded and Engaging Zombie Story"
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After listening to the first couple of chapters of this book and realizing that it is a zombie book, I considered putting it away because I very rarely find a zombie plot that holds my interest (my exception up until now was The Girl with all the Gifts). I'm glad I gave Anywhere But Here a chance though.
I'll start with the one thing that I had difficulty with (and many other people had difficulty with according to other reviews) - the POV. I had trouble at first distinguishing between Remi's POV and Waverly's. I actually thought, at one point, that maybe the characters were the same person but maybe during a different time frame (hence going by a different name). I also had trouble with the past vs present although not as much. I started getting the hang of it after a while but it did take some effort.
Both Remi and Waverly's characters were engaging as were their individual storylines. I connected a little more to Remi personally but I found myself invested in the fates of both characters. I'm also intrigued by their special abilities - especially Waverly's visions. It will be interesting to see where their stories go.
I can say that the ending was not what I had expected, HOWEVER, I really feel like I should have seen it coming. Can't wait to read/listen to the next installment of their stories.
"Good Teen Distopian Novel"
Overall, this is a good teen Zombie apocalypse type of a novel. In my opinion much more tilted to the teenage girl perspective but still viable enough for a teen boy to be entertaining.The narration is fair but far from the best for this genre. I had to listen to this book twice in order to get past the narration and focus on the story. The story over all is well structured and entertaining. It is difficult to get attached to any of the characters except the 2 main females. I would recommend this for any tween / teen that is into this genre. It is not excessively violent or vulgar. The premise and principles are sound and have relative value. The writing is solid if not a bit on the light side. It is worth the investment if used by the right reader.
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