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Summary

The earth wants to swallow us whole....

Koli never planned to set foot outside his small village. He knew that beyond its walls lay a fearsome landscape filled with choker trees, vicious beasts and Shunned men. But when he was exiled, he had no choice but to journey out into this strange world where every moment is a fight for survival.

And it's not just Koli's life that is threatened. Whole villages just like his are dying out.

But Koli heard a story, once. A story about lost London and the mysterious tech of the Old Times that may still be there. If he can find it, there may still be a way for him to change his own fate - by saving the lives of those who are left.

The Trials of Koli follow The Book of Koli in the breathtakingly original Rampart trilogy set in a strange and deadly world. Look out for the final novel, The Fall of Koli.

©2020 M. R. Carey (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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"Carey writes with compassion and fire - strange and surprising and humane." (Lauren Beukes)

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Bring on No. 3

Tbh not a huge amount happens but the world building, characterisation and performances are so strong that it barely matters. I completed the 15 hours in two days so pace is obviously not an issue... Looking forward to the last in the trilogy.

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Recommended

Have read most of the authors other novels and rate them very highly, so got the first Koli in series, now finished second.
It feels more of a young adult book.. But still kept listening as very engrossing and thought provoking.

The readers do a good job, which is important as it can make or break an audio book.

Really enjoyed the addition of Spinner as a narrator. It adds a welcome different perspective and angle. I was left wondering about these characters after the first in series. Spinners narration takes us back to the start of her tale and opens up links with Koli's journey and experiences.

I did have an issue with the clumsy and obvious shoehorning of the authors contemporary politics around the use of puberty blockers and children. This felt a bit disengenous to the story. While it completely fit that a 'shunned' character could be gender non conforming and unjustly cast out of a community, it felt that the character's experiences were molded around this point to be scored, and hardly likely in the context of an apocalyptic world.
Puberty blocker use on a child is not harmless and fully reversible (see NHS guidance). Needs to be said.

Much of the story was setting up the third installment, which I am looking forward to. Koli's cliffhanger was hard to bear. I must know what happens next.

I will definitely be introducing my teen son to the trilogy.



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brilliant second book

really looking forward to a further installment. Well written, entertaining, exciting. recommended to all ages.

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Gripping story

I really like this series and find it hard to stop listening. A fascinating world. The narrators, especially Theo Solomon are very good. Looking forward to the last part.

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Going to have to buy the 3rd book!

I enjoyed this more than the first book, and just like the first one, it ends on a cliffhanger. M. R. Carey has invented a post-apocalyptic world that grapples with ethics just like ours. He has imagined how society would transform from something that we are familiar with, if a disaster hit (like the unfinished war of the book). I am enjoying these moral dilemmas, expressed in a grammar and speaking style also imagined for the book.

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Wonderfull

So engrossing, an imaginative story well told, I would like it to go further than the trilogy.

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Great follow on from book 1

Loved it, wish there were more books in this series, latest has just come out and think thats last one. I love the world that Mike Carey has built and the small set of characters are really believable and make you care about them. I love the narration, he embodies each character really well and the surprise of their being a second narrator was a shock at first, but makes sense and adds depth to the story, no spoilers though. Quickest listen I have had of an Audible book, I liked it that much!

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Totally hooked!!

What a great book. I am ac fan of M R Carey & this latest did not disappoint. A brilliant follow up to the first in the trilogy. Good fun, lots of action, some very unique ideas interlaced with nods to the world now and what our near future may look like. I think this is a very clever idea and not at all like anything I’ve read before. Fantastic narration and all round would thoroughly recommend.

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Good story, disappointing narration

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Really disappointing

This felt like a short story placed around trans issues. Or as a previous reviewer stated - 'I did have an issue with the clumsy and obvious shoehorning of the authors contemporary politics around the use of puberty blockers and children. This felt a bit disengenous to the story. While it completely fit that a 'shunned' character could be gender non conforming and unjustly cast out of a community, it felt that the character's experiences were molded around this point to be scored, and hardly likely in the context of an apocalyptic world.
Puberty blocker use on a child is not harmless and fully reversible (see NHS guidance). Needs to be said.'

It was endless and very much felt forced. If you want literature on this subject there is better out there. I will be returning this. Very disappointed with author who's previous works I have enjoyed.

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  • 14-08-21

By and by...

Still quite absorbed by this world. Excellent narrators. Interesting worldbuilding / breaking. Still like Koli (but why doesn't he try to learn things..) I have already bought the next one and will dive right into it :)

(Kept thinking that it might work having a drinking game listening to these books, drink when you hear 'by and by. :D')

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  • Daniel L.
  • 03-11-20

Even better than the first book!

The story just gets better and better! I just wish the third book was already out.