In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, 16-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society, Elite, Member, Inter or Trog, but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide? Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .
©2014 Kerry Wilkinson (P)2014 Kerry Wilkinson
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I went into this audiobook already knowing what to expect about the story itself. What I love about audiobooks though is having a new take on things, listening to someone else tell the story, and discovering things you missed or forgot about. The Reckoning is a test that all 16 year olds on the 1st July have to take, which determines which section they belong to, Trogs, Intermediates, Elites, or Members. From this group of teenagers, a few are selected to be an Offering, someone who is sent to Windsor castle to stay. What happens to these offerings no-one knows except that they never to see family of friends again. Reckoning follows Silver as she travels to Windsor castle as an Offering herself.
I love the narrator, Kat Rose-Martin. Her accent to me fits perfectly with the story and the area that Silver comes from. She really brings the characters to life, and just like the book, I could not put this down. My usual sleep routine is listening to a book for about an hour, Reckoning was one I had on for just "half an hour more". Thankfully I was off work over Christmas so my very late nights listening to Reckoning meant I didn't get too tied for work.
Reckoning audiobook is the perfect blend of story and narration mixed into one, and I really hope that Kat Rose-Martin gets to narrate the next book.
Loved every second of this book and I know it will be one I listen to time and time again.
Took abit of getting used to
After Kerry's other detective books, but is really good,you want to keep listening/reading as you need to know what happens next.
Now looking forward to the next one
I enjoyed listening to this book and found that I had to keep listening. Story was quite fast paced. The regional accent of Kat Rose-Martin fitted the lead character well. Now looking forward to the second book.
Kat is a natural for the role of Silver Blackthorn with her Emmerdale erm I mean Martindale accent and youthful tones. The fact that the novel is written entirely in first person from Silver's point of view is carried throughout very convincingly.
I was reminded of The opening of John Christopher's novels about the The Tripods as intelligent young people are selected and the remaining population are kept at a primitive level in a dystopian future. Then the train journey to Windsor was very J K Rowling's Hogwarts Express, but Hogwarts turns out to be more like Colditz.
The conclusion because.. well it's the most exciting bit.
People die, cruelly and unnecessarily so you feel for them and the ones left behind, there aren't a great many laughs in this book.
Very much the first in a series it ends abruptly leaving the characters still in some peril and the reader thinking now I'll have to read the next one! so be prepared This is only the beginning!
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because I was totally drawn into the story. Although it is not my usual choice of genre, I was surprised with how it held my attention and I lost myself in the story.
It reminded me of Margaret Atwell's The Handmaids Tale, which I studied at collage many years ago. The subjugation of women in a dystopian situation.
I loved the character Silver Blackthorn but did not find the king convincing, he came across as too comic book like.
I was left wanting to know how the story would unfold as the group moved on.
good story great writing and this adds an unique book to distopia collection. for sure will get the second book
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