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The Vexed Generation

Magic 2.0, Book 6
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Magic 2.0, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (357 ratings)

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Summary

In the latest rollicking adventure in the Magic 2.0 series, it’s time for the teenagers to show the adults how wizardry really works.

Mattie and Brewster are normal, typical 16-year-old twins who live with their normal, boring parents: Martin and Gwen Banks. Normal and boring, that is, until the day their father's best friend shows up at their house - dressed in what appears to be a bathrobe. 

The next thing Mattie and Brewster know, their parents are frozen like human statues in their living room, the guy in the bathrobe has vanished, and they need to find answers - fast.   

The twins set off on a quest to discover the truth of their parents' lives. Along the way they find secrets, lies, magic, time travel, strange new friends, stranger new enemies, and a really weird dirigible (which, they're told repeatedly, is not a blimp). It is a twisted and bizarre trail that, they hope, will lead them to the man they blame for their parents' peril: 

Phillip.

©2019 Scott Meyer (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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A return to standard

Going into this book I was very skeptical. Being a fan of the series from the release of book three I used to look forward to any new addition to Magic 2.0, this all changed after the last book (Out of spite, out of mind) let me feeling dejected and down which my review details.

This book however is as the title suggests a true return to format and standard of the original books. the humour is amazing with some of the series highlights seen through a new lense of the two new main characters. The main story is mainly the start to get things moving and despite not being very impactful overall, does an excellent job of showcasing the new characters as well as the upgraded characters from past books.

This book has renewed my faith in Scott Meyer and I hope he keeps up to this sort of standard going forward as he previous attempt to shoehorn political and social issues felt missplaced and ruined the experience for me and others I had introduced to the series.

This book is a definite listen/read!

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a return to form

I have to be honest I love this series but it's definitely been going downhill over the last few books. However this is a perfect redemption and in my opinion it's the best one yet.

Fun story and a return to a character driven plot rather than the "wibbly wobbly timey wimey" storyline of the last book make this a good enjoyable easy listen.

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A return to form

I loved this new installment of magic 2.0. great story arc, with a more in depth look at some of the side characters. This has become one of my new favourite books in the series Thankyou keep up the good work.

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A rabbit from the top hat

One of the most fascinating thing I've found about this series is how many people seem to like the 3rd book over the 4th. When I've listened to the Unexpected Quest I hated it immensely, mostly because the character I loved from the first two books became caricatures of themselves. When I've read Fight and Flight I was delighted at how masterfully Scott Meyer gave all of his characters the edge they had. Now, after listening to the Vexed Generation I'm glad to say that I liked it a lot, because the characters were the same ones I fell in love with. Luke Daniels' performance was excellent as always. However, the story was very generic. I could tell almost every 'plot twist' from a mile away, the set up and payoff will be obvious to any reader. And even though I love the characters some of them still were portrayed diametrically opposite from the other books in this series. The last thing I want to mention is the overabundance of needless references. It doesn't ruin the story, but becomes a little bit annoying as the book goes on.

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loved it

Loving the direction this series is taking. New characters, learning new things, and the old characters that are so well established are just great. Can't wait to see what's next.

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Loved it! But too short!!!

I absolutely loved this book. Scott, thank you so much for keeping me entertained in the most hilarious of ways! My one gripe though is that these books just go by so fast for me. I can't turn them off! I can't wait for my little boy to be old enough for me to read it to him! AND!! I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Gareth
  • Little bit outside Belfast Northern Ireland :)
  • 08-07-19

Magic book back on form

Seems to be the last of the magic books and looking back it’s been some journey
I would like to thank them for the ride and world in which they created

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My favourite in the series so far

I’ve really enjoyed the Magic 2.0, but struggled a bit with the previous couple of books. The Vexed Generation brought new life to the series, literally and figuratively.

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if you like magic 2.0 you'll like this

loved it and it was a brilliant addition to the series. can't wait for the next.

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  • Mark
  • Gainsborough, United Kingdom
  • 24-06-19

Very good

Another great book in the series. If the book is a cake, then Luke Daniel's voice charactisations and narration is the icing on that cake

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  • Virgil
  • 08-06-19

Meyer brings the series back from the edge

Man am I glad I enjoyed this book. I love the series and this book was make or break for me. This is not the best in the series, but I laughed and was entertained the entire time. Meyer quickly addresses the time travel issue that was getting cumbersome and drops the deep morale dilemmas that weighed down the last 2 books, The funniest part was when Meyer toyed with some near 4th wall breaks with nods to the critiques of the 4th book in the series and addressing politics in today's charged climate. While a fun read, fans of the series should be ready for a slightly different feel. The characters we know take a back seat to the twins for the majority of story, but is familiar enough (especially the last few chapters) for fans of the series to feel comfortable.
My only critique of the book is it borrows heavily from the plot of the book 1, just swapping out the protagonist and villain. This book feels like a palette cleanser for author and audience. Meyer seems to purposely not take any chances in this book and fall back to something he knows is going to work, so I had to give the story a 4 out of 5, but if Meyer needed a bit of a crutch to get this series back on track, I'll gladly take it.

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  • chendria
  • 19-06-19

This series is just not the same

Seems like the author has lost his way after book 3. This latest installment is really simple and not very funny. The women characters continue to be annoying and the men simpletons. I think I’m done with the series over all.

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  • Sammy5x
  • 15-07-19

Boring and insulting

This series keeps getting worse. Insults to the reader, boring writing, etc. Glad Audible has a return policy as this will be the 3rd return from this author.

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  • Robzorino
  • 09-07-19

Very simple story

Narration was great as always. But, the story was simple and boring at times. The villains were shallow, non believable, and extremely annoying. The old villain trope that wants to rule the entire world is lazy and overused. The Brits banter got old 3 books ago... This world allows for so much options for plots and the author failed in coming up with something fresh. Also, the author is over-descriptive at times and can't compare to Martin or Tolkien... The only ones I know can write 2 pages about a room and be engaging.
It feels like the author ran out of ideas.

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  • Michael in Lyons
  • 15-06-19

I was skeptical but ended up loving it

I preordered the book as a big Magic 2.0 fan but started to get skeptical about the premise of the book focusing on Gwen and Marin’s children. I’ve fallen in love with the original characters and was prepared to be a bit disappointed. I was really happy to have it end up being a great addition of two new characters to the overall cast. Scott Meyer has masterfully grown the Magic 2.0 universe and allowed a new view into the world.

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  • DarrinWilliams
  • 08-06-19

A good start but a disappointing climax.

What started as an interesting mystery had a disappointingly poorly thought through villain which forced the heroes to make obvious mistakes to engineer a final battle.

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  • Kim & Tim
  • 10-06-19

not bad

definitely not the best book in the series, which is an amazing series, but not bad. My only complaint is that all of the men are so universally stupid and all of the women are so smug and superior, it's a real trope. I wish that the characters could just act like real people sometimes. And I wish everyone would stop being so mean to Martin. The women in this book act completely insane and irrational too much of the time, and all of the men are written like giant buffoons to make up for it, to justify their behavior. no group of people really actually behaves this way. Just write real people, men and women.

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  • amy lee
  • 08-06-19

For Big Magic 2.0 fans only

Overall I enjoyed it enough, mainly because I really enjoyed some of the other books, but I felt this story is getting a little stale. The villains don’t really make sense, too many repeats of plot, and I really missed out on watching more growth in the relationship of Martin and Philip. If you like Scott Meyer humor, it’s worth a read. but if you thought any of the prior books weren’t for you, maybe skip this one.

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  • Chris Hoopes
  • 14-06-19

Better than Out of Spite Out of Mind.

Definitely better than the last book. It was fun and stayed focused. Scott Meyer has hit it out of the park.

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  • Sean Murray
  • 13-07-19

least favorite of the series

this book killed the series for me. the last book wasnt great and took and odd character turn...but this one took a turn at the end too.

the story/plot was slow to develop but became a good story out. then toward the end the author suddenly inserted his left wing, anti trump, anti conservative commentary...along with some ridiculous digs at Christianity/religion.

I can handle differing political/religious opinion, criticism and humor (you have to he if you read any fantasy/sci fi) but when it is unnecessary, disrespectful, condescending, tedious, and disrespectful I draw the line.

I am done with this series.

Luke Daniels is awesome as always.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful