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The Fever King

Feverwake, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Series: Feverwake, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Summary

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks - refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son - cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful - and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

©2019 Victoria Lee (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Kendra Elliott is a great suspense writer. Her characters are always solid. Her plots are always well thought out. Her pace is always just right…A super beginning to this series.” (Harlequin Junkie)

“This fast-paced, issue-driven thriller will collect readers, who will eagerly anticipate the sequel. With references to the Holocaust as well as present-day issues of immigration, deportation, martial law, and racism, Lee has worked philosophical and current-day realities into a promising series opener.” (Booklist)

“[A] standout. Diverse characters, frank discussions about sexual and mental abuse, and reasonably plausible science-based magic elevate this above many dystopian peers.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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y'know, communication, fellas

I love Michael Crouch, always, but this book is sorta awful. it poses, what I personally think, is a cool concept, with its so called heroes, villains, political intricacies, lgbtq+ characters and whatnot. but the heroes that I was so desperately trying to cheer for, were your typical bad-at-throwing-constructive mouth--sounds-at-each-other characters, which tends to make intricate politics and interpersonal drama fall bulldozing-ly flat. 10/10 I was so angry it wasn't even a fun-bad read, support michael crouch cuz his accent is crunchy, and maybe support this book if the 2nd one somehow turns out to be holy writing, bc somehow I managed to grow hope for it even tho this one was frustrating and I will probably maybe most likely somehow read the 2nd cuz now I cannot turn back and (SPOILER!! IF YOU CARE ABT THAT...) I have to see if dara survives and gets to punch a certain nazi (ppl pls do not actually punch nazis that's violent) thank🐍 for 👂👂 ✌ my ted-talk merry chryslers 😝🙃🎅🎄⭐

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I really enjoyed this book!

This book is delightfully gay without it being the main focus of the book. I really enjoyed the performance and I fall in love with the character of Noam. It also says something that I was already looking for when the next book would be out before the book was even finished. I will be recommending this book to anyone in the near future.

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  • Tes Medovich
  • 04-06-19

incredibly diverse, complex fantasy sci-fi triller

I finished The Fever King yesterday and I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s a bit of a mix of X-Men, Mr. Robot, & Schwab’s Vicious. This #ownvoices sci-fi/fantasy YA thriller features a queer, Jewish main character navigating a world where magic is a deadly virus. Those who survive infection outbreaks find themselves to be Witchings — wielding new powers, torn from their former lives, and thrust into training among the magical elite. ↠ This story is full of diverse, morally gray characters who’ll make you doubtful of where to place your trust. There are complex dynamics between privileged citizens of Carolinia and refugees fleeing magic-savaged areas that are not only compelling, but incredibly relevant to current events. The political and moral theories explored by characters will leave readers questioning long after finishing the book. Plus there’s an angst-y, slow burn romance you’ll swoon over. ♡ ↠ Victoria Lee created a seriously gripping, multi-layered story that had me racing to the finish! Her prose is absolutely lovely and her descriptions left me feeling a bit homesick ♡ If you’re looking for an awesome lgbtq book to add to your Pride Month TBR, I suggest picking this one up!

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  • VHB
  • 07-11-19

Great audible.

Great audible. Great narration. I can’t stand Noam...my goodness what an idiot. I will try #2 see if he redeems himself. Very good story great world build up.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-19

Real fucking good

This is probably one of *if not the best young adult sci-fi novels I've read. The blend of sci-fi and fantasy in this story is compelling and remarkably executed. a Wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-20

let it be known that i am not often emotional

i found this book from reading the (ongoing) comic by the same name, and, well... the full story gutted me. i grew attached to the characters quicker than i could have anticipated, and suffice to say that i did not expect to be crying over them multiple times before the finale. this is the representation i've been longing for and, especially now, the camaraderie i've been needing. i can't wait to get my hands on the second book.

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  • Dennis
  • 09-04-19

Insightful, Frustrating, and Enthralling

The one thing that is crystal clear I from reading this book is that revolution is messy. Combine that with magic, telekinesis, and old-fashioned political manipulation, this is a fascinating story. My one issue is that the main character is slow and almost stupid in his blind devotion. Characters this year and that grow up in a difficult environment help more StreetSmarts to warn them about who to trust and who not to trust that is depicted here. Well there are people like the main character who retain a naïveté after suffering, they are generally not a good as a protagonist. Nevertheless, I was constantly fascinated by where the author would take the story and while I disagree with many of her choices, this is a solidly built novel with a lot of insight into politics and revolution.

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  • Coleen Coffey
  • 27-04-20

LOVE THIS BOOK

an amazing sci fi/fantasy book that is closely tied to a reality we are all a bit more familiar with recently. love it & cheers to more queer authors

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-20

Good story, bad performance

I found the performance to not make sense at many points. Everytime a chapter curses, the narrator sounds like he’s never heard anyone say the word before in is life. I like the book itself, but I found the performance to be very difficult to get through.

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  • Maxie
  • 10-03-20

slow very slow, wont bother with the other books

slow very dry, hard to listen to, and hard to follow, wont read sequels. unfortunate!

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  • Irvington
  • 01-01-20

Disappointing

I was hoping for something better, but this missed the mark. The characters and plot are confusing and just didn’t make sense. Noam, the principle character was not believable.

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  • HTL
  • 29-04-19

Don’t waste your time

If you overlook the way leftist views the story is still terrible. There is absolutely no depth to the characters and there way of thinking is very short sided and narrow. To add to it the gay/lesbian plot is so unrealistic and it’s like the author is trying to shove it down your throat.

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