Kiddo survives - it's what she does best. And since the world ended, staying alive is a useful skill to have.
She and her found-sister, Princess, have created a home for themselves in the forest, and a refuge for the other children who survived the end. Hunting animals, harvesting herbs, treating wounds - this is what Kiddo remembers of her life before, and little else.
But the young man they call the Saver claims to remember everything, even when the rest of the children who survived cannot. He speaks of what came before when he leads the survivors to his island city, making promises of abundance and hope. But even the Saver's memories can't explain the wrongness of their world. They can't explain why ghosts stream through the woods every night under the same full moon, or why there is a fire in the Burning End of the city that has blazed, unchanged, for nearly a decade.
Regardless of what the others believe, Kiddo knows one thing for certain: the city is going to sink someday. She can't explain it - not without remembering. And since the world came to an end, taking memories and lives in equal measure, remembering is the one hardship Kiddo has not been forced to endure.
But the city wants Kiddo to remember: at the heart of the fire in the Burning End is a story that only Kiddo can tell - and only Kiddo can finish.
©2014 Madeline Claire Franklin (P)2015 Madeline Claire Franklin
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"GREAT STORY AND CONCEPT FOR AN APOCALYPSE!"
BRILLIANT STORY TELLING!
I liked how Kiddo and Noah took care of people....even though they did not have to, they did....they were like the mom and dad of the apocalypse...lol
When Noah finds Kiddo in the apartment listening to the tape her daddy left her...so heart wrenching...
I did laugh a little bit, and I did cry a little at the end!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This was a bit of a slow starter for me, but about a 3rd of the way in, I was HOOKED!
Kiddo and Princess live in a cabin in the woods and survive off the land. Every few weeks or so, a group of refugees of the apocalypse mostly children and young adults come through and Kiddo and Princess take care of them, feed them and signal for The Saver aka Noah to come and get them to take them to the city...The city is an island, and there is something strange going on there....a never ending contained fire, stores that repopulate with supplies automatically....and night ghosts...its a true mystery...and Kiddo is convinced the city is going to sink, she doesn't know why she knows, she just does, that is why she lives off the land....Well the ghosts are getting more and more desperate and things are escalating...and only Kiddo can save them....she doesn't know how or why, she just knows she has to!!!
GREAT STORY AND WONDERFUL NARRATION, I RECOMMEND!!!
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"Best Book I've Listened to This Year"
The strength and depth of the primary characters and their interactions. It is also realistic enough that you certainly don't need to love fantasy or science fiction to love this book.
This is a tough one- but I've got to go with Kiddo. She is a very curious and interesting character. You never get the full sense of who she is. There is almost always something held back, not in a devious way. She remains controlled, enigmatic. She's mysterious without at all trying to be.
I haven't, but I'd be glad to in the future.
Yes. This book caused a whirlwind of emotions for me.
Yes- I had two concerns going into this book. Is it religious? Is it a young adult or kids book?
From the description, it sounds as if it may be a overly religious book. It's not. Certainly spiritual (It is called 'Ghost' City after all), but perfect for both the religious and non-religious alike.
It is NOT another Young Adult Dystopia. (Hooray!!!) Are there young adults? Yes. Is it post apocolaptic? Yes. It is also completely different from anything I have ever read and is certainly written with a more adult audience in mind. This is literature.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
I truly loved this book!It was well written,aside from a bit of repetition.Maria Marquis brings our characters to life.It is 10 years after the end of the world.The earth is populated with children.There is a city that draws kids in.Noah is the Saver,who keeps the city going.Kiddo is our main character.She has a cabin and believes in teaching people to survive without the city.No one really remembers what happened,but when they do all is relived before it's all over
"a lyrical, lovely ghostly post-apocalyptic tale"
This book was a lovely surprise. It seemed like another YAY dystopian thriller, but the book is more elegant than that. The book seemed effortless, flowing from a place of complete unknowing to a place of deeper emotional understanding that never felt uneven or awkward. The characters have names they gave themselves, mostly - as they no longer have the names they had before: Kiddo, Princess, The Saver. Kiddo and Princess see the scores of refugees come toward The City, stopping at their camp for a meal and for The Saver to arrive to lead them into The City. As the reader, we wonder if the Saver and the City are too good to be true. Is Kiddo making a mistake by staying outside it, living off the land? Is the Saver evil? As the story grows and more paranormal/unusual elements are revealed, it became more of a delicious mystery. At times dreamlike, at other times relentlessly practical, Kiddo's journey is fascinating and kept me riveted to the story.
Noah and Kiddo are teenagers, and most of the characters are children or teenagers, but this is not a "teen" book. It's more metaphorical and seems written for an adult audience. This is not about about insecurity or liking a boy or normal teenage concerns. It's about trust, faith, and facing emotional truth. There is enough of the concrete plot to keep the tension high and the characters concerned with survival, but it's not gritty or overly violent. It is lyrical and sometimes sad. It is post-apocalyptic fiction more in the Station Eleven vein than One Second After or other prepper novels.
The book is written in present tense, which is normally awkward but added to the spell of the book. This effect may have been heightened by listening to the audio. The writing is skillful, in both the use of language and the plot and pacing of the book.
The audio narration by Maria Marquis is excellent. Pretty much all aspects of this book exceeded my expectations. It will stick in my head for some time.
NOTE: This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
The dark beauty of this book has so many levels and layers. I know that I will be feeling the effects of this story within my heart for a long, long time, in ways I cannot predict now. There are many lessons here - but the best thing is, I just have this feeling that everyone who reads this is going to come out of it with something different
"Really, REALLY Terrific Book!"
Narration - Maria Marquis - Kick A$$!
Maria's narration was flawless. Such an enjoyable listen from a great storyteller. This is the first time I've heard her, and I was impressed, primarily because I didn't really notice her. I was completely drawn into the story that she was telling. Her character voices were all completely believable, her males were terrific. Just exceptional!
The story was exceptional as well. This is a futuristic, end of the world kind of story, but it's not your typical end of the world, bang, bang, shoot em up, zombie apocalyptic, every man for himself kind of story. Life as we know it is no more. It seems all that have survived are kids and teenagers and they are all wandering across the country to the stone city where legend has it the Savor (Noah) is welcoming all with the promise of hope and the stone city is providing shelter, food and clothing.
Outside of the stone city is the encampment of Kiddo. Along with her found-sister Princess and new friend Carolina, they are attempting to live off the land. No one seems to have any memories before the explosions, but Kiddo somehow remembers how to survive, to hunt, to work the land. She greets the groups of kids that come in, doctors them up, gives them a meal and a place to rest before the Saver comes to lead them to the Island.
Kiddo doesn't know why, but she just knows that the Island is sinking so she offers everyone that comes through the opportunity to stay with her and Princess but only one every chooses to stay (Carolina).
The moon is full nearly every night, ghosts wander through the woods, a fire has been burning in the city for almost a decade, the rivers flow north one day and south the next, which (when I say it) sounds a little out there, but the way the story is told, it's all part of an "end of the world" future that one would think was completely believable.
That's all I'm going to tell you about it. It's just a really terrific story and I completely enjoyed it from start to finish! Highly recommend!
I was given a copy of this audiobook free of charge courtesy of audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Best narration in a long time"
There were times when it was hard to believe that there was only one narrator. Ms. Marquis flowed so smoothly from one character to the other I forgot I was listening to an audio book.
Ghost City is a strange tale, but one I enjoyed from start to finish. Even though it can be said that post-apocalyptic teenage heroines are a dime a dozen these days, Kiddo stands on her own, and the supernatural elements to this story are unlike anything I've read in recent memory. Do yourself a favour and listen to this audiobook.
"Fantastic City! Fantastic Book!"
Ghost City is my second book from Madeline Claire Franklin. The Poppet and the Lune: An Original Fairytale was my first, and i gave that 5 stars, when i heard Madeline Claire Franklin name again i will be honest and say i did not recognize her name. I hear like 3 to 10 books a week, so i accuse myself! Ghost City is different from The Poppet and the Lune, and i love that a person like Madeline Claire Franklin could make so 2 different books, and both of them be so good! I don't want to give away the plot, because so much happens, but i can say this: Ghost City is a fantastic book, and Madeline Claire Franklin is a fantastic storyteller!
My first Maria Marquis book makes me think i heard her before, but i have not! I love her smooth voice, her timing, and her voice work! I think maybe i was shocked about how good she was, because i forgot time and place. 8 hrs and 7 mins? Really? It felt like it was shorter, and that is in a good way! I can say that Maria Marquis made me feel lost in the story. I am so happy to recommend this book, and i love you to find out for your self!
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"Wow what a great book"
yes I would it was an interesting book to listen to
I don't read a lot of books like this one so I cant honestly say this one just drew my eye
This is a very interesting book I thank Madeline Claire Franklin for writing it. I will get more books by her
"Completely different to anything else I've read."
It’s been 10 years The End, when the world as we knew it ended and the world changed. An nothing is like it was before. Not in a ‘zombies walk the earth’ or ‘food is scarce and nothing electrical works’ or ‘we have to deal with nuclear winter’ sort of way. Since The End, physics is screwed. It’s almost always full moon, always summer, rivers change direction, fires burn but do not grow or go out. Plus there are ghosts. Adding to the mystery of what has happened with the world, no adults appears to have survived The End, only kids who are now growing to adulthood themselves, and those who have survived have limited – if any – memory of the world before. Memories are nearly all wiped, even the kid’s own names are gone.
This is not your typical post-apocalypse world.
In amongst all this we have our main characters, Kiddo and The Saver. People are drawn to an ‘eternal city’ (where the fires do not grow and food does not perish) by stories of safety and hope. Kiddo lives on the edge of the city, greeting those who arrive and encouraging them not to enter the city as she beliefs it is doomed. The Saver then comes to bring the survivors into the3 city to join a community he helps run. Ghosts are also drawn to the city. What happened and why is the world like it is? Is the city really as safe as The Saver says?
This story is very well written. It is told in 3rd person present tense, a rare and interesting choice. Another thing that separates it from the typical. I generally find I do not like present tense stories but Franklin works it really well here. It suits the story and adds to it. The use of present tense adds to the mystery and uncertainty of the situation. With past tense the narrator is telling a story that has already happened and thus knows where it is going (even if the character and reader do not). Here it feels like no one knows. It works wonderfully for a world where so much is unknown and doesn’t make sense.
The characters are well drawn, each with distinct personalities and characteristics. They feel real. The occasional discussion of their limited memories – what type of things they remember, how they remember – all differentiate and build the characters.
Marquis does a great job of narration. She helps bring characters and situations to life, emoting with them. Providing energy when the story requires it. Her pacing is great. Each character and event is distinct and the story is easy and enjoyable to follow. Very happy with her work on it.
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