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 deligh..Show More »t. 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.
Scott Sigler is a mastermind and his book only demonstrates it even better. the creatures, the social structures, the new worlds and technologies. So ..Show More »fantastic, yet so believable and domeatic. Completely believable. Though I have to say, I would be punching double circles left and right into their little asshat mouths.