For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival.
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief - she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust but no people and no answers.
She knows only one thing about herself - her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin. She finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they're to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.
Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there's a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.
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I have truly loved the work of this author for years. I've followed him since he was a podcast novelist and watched his rise to bestseller with delight. I have to say I had qualms when I heard he was writing what I consider to be yet one more too many in the endless series of Hunger Games variants. Sorry, harsh words I know, but I've seen so many from the un-put-downable to the awful and this just doesn't work for me.
I didn't find anything to like in the main character, which for Sigler is very unusual. I mean, when someone like Quentin Barnes is being at his most bratty and unbearable you still can't help liking him. This kid is just bratty, and she gets more bratty as time goes on. In fact you can say the same about most of them up to the time, over half way through, when I turned off in disgust. Chances are if I haven't learned to care about the characters by then, I never will. It's such a shame. Scott's characters are what I really love usually. These were just like cartoons almost, so unlike him. I was also unhappy with the narration, but that's a matter of taste. Emma Galvin does a good job but I find her voice nasal, sharp and unpleasant to listen to.
Oh I would certainly listen to Scott's books again! That's why I'm so vehement probably. I know he can do miles, miles better than this!
No. I really don't like her voice.
I'm sorry, but I'm afraid not. I do try to find something positive to say, and Scott Sigler is an author, and a person, I truly admire, but I really didn't like this at all.
As a fan of sigler I was nervous as a female lead is a hard thing to get my head around as a fan but OMG Emma galvin knocked it out of the park.
This will appeal to any fan of sci fi or dystopian fiction
Nice one Scot
I really enjoy reading but don't have the time so audible is a perfect solution, listen while doing boring tasks.
*Disclaimer* I love Scott Siglers work so am potentially very biased! I loved it, I like how the main character develops and whilst others have complained about her 'moaning', I really liked that the main character was a young woman facing challenges for leadership whilst facing an older female enemy. I felt a lot of the self doubt was very realistic for a young woman and I wish I had read this a few years ago when I was younger. Considering it is written by a man I think this is an excellent role model for young women. I also enjoyed the story line and although at times it risked being a little slow it didn't quite drop to that point. I will definately be getting the next instalment!
I did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I have. Without realising it I was drawn into M's world and the story just flowed from there. I had guessed some of the plot before it happened but that did not take away from the pleasure of the book. A great performance from the narrator also helped hold my interest and slowly immerse me in the plight of the birthday children.
Another great Sigler book. Can't wait for the next instalment. Narrated and acted well and despite the lack of Scott's voice acting was thoroughly immersive. Well done all involved.
Admittedly, I guessed part of the plot within the first couple of chapters but that didn't so me enjoying the whole audio book!
I was particularly impressed with the author's first person monologue, seeing a strange world through the eyes of a young girl.
The presentation was excellent with the narrator conveying the fears and insecurities of the 12 year old girl with apparent ease. it was a joy to listen to!
"Not up to Sigler standards"
I have been a long time listener of Scott's. This book at times left me bored. While the premise of the story was good it only moved along slowly. I kept waiting for the classic twist and when it finally got here it was....ok. He has done better. If I had the printed version of this book and not the audiobook I would have skipped entire chapters.
"A claustrophobic roller coaster ride."
The similarities to 'Lord of the Flies" by William Golding while giving things urgency as the novel progresses.
The protagonist because of her many layers; most of which she discovers throughout the book.
All the characters were well done.
After I finished the book, I was excited for the next one and contemplative; it is a good, mixed feeling.
If you are looking for a complex story that has mysteries within mysteries to be solved and a well-rounded cast of characters including a strong (yet vulnerable) female protagonist, this book is definitely for you. While the slow burn approach and the first person, present tense narrative may irk some listeners, the payoffs and the overall journey getting to those rewards make it all worthwhile. This being the first book in a trilogy, there is a true sense of discovery as the scope of things expands and the stakes are raised. Loose ends are tied up to a degree by the novel's conclusion but the dust is far from settled. It is a claustrophobic roller coaster ride with many jolts, bumps, and twists along the way.
"Great book, awful choice of reader"
For those of you considering the Audible version -- DON'T. The choice of the reader for M. Savage is quite awful. The entire time she read, she sounded exactly and distractingly like the Audrey character in National Lampoon's European Vacation: an overeager and tomboyish girl grunting out words.
As for the story, it was intriguing and unique, yet too much was given away too early for my tastes. (I like to be guessing until the very end) I enjoyed it and will continue the series, but will stick to the written editions from this point forward, because they will certainly reflect Scott Sigler's usual clear style and enjoyable insight, just without the odd voice.
"Another great Sigler book!"
Great read! Not exactly what I was expecting from Sigler, but very entertaining nonetheless. As a trilogy, this is a very nice setup of what's to come in the next books...very excited! I would highly recommend this read.
"worth two credits!!!"
great story and I love the narrator, she really brought the story to life. Scott Sigler dose it again!!!
"ANOTHER GREAT BOOK"
Another great book by Scott Sigler! And Emma Galvin is very easy to listen to!
"Great book hope its not too long for the sequel"
Scott really puts together a riveting story, I listened to the book straight through. Should make a great movie
"An excellent listen!!"
Have you ever been watching a composer and he is holding a crescendo with one hand and using the other hand in a "more more come hither underhand wave"?? That's how this book was for me. Nonstop thirst for more as it built up and I am truly excited for the next book! The story is excellent and the narration is award worthy. Something about her voice fits this story perfectly. If you enjoy edge of your seat Sci fi this is a great choice.
"So Many Hormones..."
Overall I liked the book, as I do all of Scott's stuff. The main issue I had was the painfully numerous times Savage stopped and stared or commented on the male characters. It became a humorous game as we listened on our roadtrip. If we would have taken a shot every time she got all googley eyed we both would have been plastered.
"A boring miss for Sigler"
I'm a big fan of Scott Siglers other novels, this one however disappointed on almost every level. It has glacially paced plot, the first 5 hours are devoted to the characters walking down a hallway. It has an obnoxiously whiny main character, who won't stop going on and on about how attractive she finds all of her companions. Every "mystery" going on in the novel is easily solved by anyone with half a brain about an eon before the characters get it.
The only saving grace is that the narrator gives a good performance, even with a rubbish text. This book has almost no redeeming qualities, it is paint by numbers YA lit. It is boring and uninspired. There are about a dozen better post-apocalyptic teenager novels that have been written in recent years. Why bother with this one.
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