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When We Were Human

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They came four years ago. Invaded our planet, rounded us up, and decimated the human race. We fought back, and some even say we won, but they're wrong. The invaders took everything from us. Our family. Our hope. Our humanity. We won the war, but there are no humans left. Only monsters who will do anything to survive. Some look human and some don't, but they are all the same.

Eighteen-year-old Eva has spent the last year punishing herself for her sister's death and hiding from everyone she comes into contact with, human or otherwise. With the population destroyed and Earth left in ruins, she sees little hope left for the future.

But when she crosses paths with Walker and Tara, something inside her awakens. Something she thought had died along with her entire family. In these new friends Eva sees a promise of what the future could be, as well as evidence that humanity might not be extinct after all.

When a ghost from Eva's past makes an unexpected appearance, the group sets out on a cross-country trek that will teach Eva how to love and hope again, and will remind her what it truly means to be human.

©2015 Kate L. Mary (P)2016 Kate L. Mary

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  • Sharon
  • Bournemouth/Poole
  • 19-09-19

Something Different

Finished this in one sitting! Not my usual listen but I love the author so I gave it a go. Excellent easy listen.... Great story, Great Characters and Great Narration. Definitely a worthy 5☆'s.

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  • Helen
  • Paignton Devon
  • 13-07-19

great science-fi

They came four years ago. Invaded our planet, rounded us up, and decimated the human race.
great story well written by Kate l Mary and brought to life by Bettysoo
story make you think could this happen ??

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alien romance??

i enjoyed bettysoo,much better than some readers so now takes 2nd place in my kate reader list,was a little too much teen romance for my liking would have liked to see more aliens and action but the apocalyptic sense was good,so will satisfy readers on that part
This book was given to me for free at my request

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  • Karen M.
  • 13-11-17

Alien Apocalypse

An alien race invaded Earth four years ago. Though Earth won, there were few survivors and a mostly decimated landscape remained. Small groups of survivors have banded together in search of a new existence - and humanity. When Eva meets Walker and Tara, she discovers hope for a new beginning.

I enjoyed Eva's story of torment and survival. She had become as ruthless as the aliens that had tried to take over the planet. It was difficult for her to trust others after seeing the worst of mankind when they had been liberated, only to be in another kind of prison. There were some terrifying moments as well as a little romance to keep my interest. The story seemed open-ended at the conclusion and I suspect there might be a sequel. It was mentioned that the aliens that remained appeared to be regrouping for a possible future attack, so I can easily envision another book. BettySoo's voice was age appropriate for the characters and I could easily distinguish between them. She did an excellent job of drawing in the listener and conveying their emotions. When We Were Human was an enjoyable listening experience and I would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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  • Brian
  • 12-03-19

But hiding isn’t surviving

If you are looking for an action-packed post-apocalyptic adventure, this isn’t the book for you. However, if you want a book that explores the after-effects of “winning” (or losing, depends on who you talk to in the book) a war with an alien race and one girl’s quest to find her lost sister, then you will fall in love with this book.

Usually, in post-apocalyptic books, I’m expecting action and adventure but Kate L. Mary took a different approach to this novel, and it was very successful. The book starts with Eva being hiding alone and still reeling from losing her sister. She stumbles across Walker and Tara who take her in and start to show her how to feel again. I thought this was a clever plot as it shows more of the emotional side of a world in chaos. Reading so much fantasy, I’m used to people taking action and going to war that it this was a nice reprieve.

Since this was not focused on the action there were some points that did tend to drag on. While they never lasted long, it felt more like a repeat. Certain instances I felt like I read only a little bit ago for them to be mentioned again but with different wording. This didn’t take the focus away from the story but it the few times it happened, I was anxious to move on. Overall, this had a really good pace and feel to it. There were a couple of intense scenes that had me on the edge of my seat because even though this was more of an emotional story, there are still aliens on Earth.

I absolutely loved the character development in this novel, especially Eva. When she is first introduced, she is hurting and alone. Trust doesn’t come easy in a world like this and neither does happiness. But after teaming with Walker and Tara, she finds that it’s good to have other people around and not be on her own – that there is still goodness left in the world. Even Tara and Walker’s personalities change after finding Eva. Their adventure together definitely teaches them new perspectives in life.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it really hit close to the heart and I love it when books surprise me like that. With a great plot and descriptive story, Kate L. Mary really makes this post-apocalyptic world believable. Even though there were some moments that seemed to repeat themselves, the book had great pacing and fantastic writing kept me invested the entire time. Eva was a fantastic main character to follow in this journey and really watch her grow into a fierce character. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great post-apocalyptic read with flawed characters who still put up a fight.

Betty Soo did a really fantastic job narrating this story. Her voice really portrayed Eva’s story and guided us through her world. I really enjoy it when narrators act out what the person is actually doing (yawning, talking with food in mouth, etc.) and BettySoo took the time to add those little details in. It truly adds to the experience of listening to the audio. The scenes that were supposed to be intense were and if it was a quieter scene, it was quiet. I would definitely recommend this audio.

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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 25-05-19

THIS WAS A GREAT STORY!!!

Eva has just about given up. she is practically feral...She comes across Walker and Tara and of course, she is very leery of them. She knows in this new world you can not trust most people. They are very calm and kind to her and she starts to warm up...They quickly form a bond and Eva comes slowly back to life, learning there is room for friendship and love in the alien apocalypse!! I really enjoyed this story...the characters are really well written, and the narrator was perfect! I hope Kate decides to write another one...I want to know what's going to happen with those leftover aliens...they definitely have a vendetta with Eva!!!

COMPLETELY RECOMMEND!! GREAT LISTEN FOR ANY AGE!!!

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  • Maly C
  • 21-05-19

Amazing

This book has something for everyone love, dystopian, killing, and action. The author weaves an intricate story that leaves you guessing and rooting for the characters. The narrator does a fantastic job breathing life into the characters. She pulls you into the book and you really do not want it to end. I am hoping there will be sequel so we cam see what damage the main characters can continue to do. Great book to add to your dystopian library!

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  • Shanna Tidwell
  • 23-12-17

Great story

This is the first but certainly not the last book I’ll be reading or listening to by Kate. L. Mary.
I really enjoyed this and love Eva. I want to know how Hope progresses. I want to know whats going on with the Creepers. I hope there is another book and I will have to go searching for it as soon as I finish posting this review.
This is a great book for preteens, teens & adults. I will definitely recommend it to all of my friends with kids.

BettySoo did a great job narrating the story.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator

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  • Elis Law
  • 29-10-17

Interesting take on Alien Apocalypse

When We Were Human tells the story of 18-year-old Eva, who was orphaned in the alien apocalypse four years earlier. She and her younger sister survived for years, only to be separated when her sister was abducted by the aliens (or Creepers, as Eva calls them) a year before the story begins. Eva has been wandering alone, doing what she must to find food and shelter, and punishing herself for her sister's capture, for which she feels responsible. Eva meets two other survivors, Walker and Tara, and they set out together to find a place to settle down.

The story has adventure, mild violence, mystery, and a little romance. It's an entertaining book that ends in a way that is satisfying yet open to a sequel. The main characters are largely likeable, although I had trouble relating to Eva's self-harm. The setting is an interesting take on paranormal/apocalypse/sci-fi, but I would have preferred more detail on exactly what happened and the current state of the world. For example, it's unclear if the invasion was limited to the US or occurred all over the world. It's also unclear just how many people are still around and whether there is any effort to rebuild, now that the war has been won by the humans. If there is a sequel, more world-building would be helpful.

The narrator is very good; however, the pauses between sentences were too long for me, so I listened at 1.25x speed, which was a little too fast for some of the dialogue but preferable to lengthy pauses. I enjoyed her tone, style, and voices, though.

Overall, I liked the story. It kept me engaged, and I finished it, which is saying a lot compared to many books I've listened to lately! I recommend this story for anyone who enjoys YA and paranormal/apocalypse/sci-fi books.

I received this audiobook free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Blackeagle
  • 08-09-19

Remembering what it's like to be human

Eva knows that the human race won the war but now she has to win the battle to remember her humanity. This book has a strong storyline and even stronger characters. It's been years since the alien invasion has demolished the Earth and now the survivors have to get through this apocalyptic world to rebuild.
When We Were Human is well written and I highly recommend that you read it you might just learn something about yourself. I received this audio book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving a totally honest review.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 04-09-19

Different Type of Post-Apocalyptic

Let me start off by saying that I loved the cover! Very cool!

If the humans were the ones to win the battle against the aliens, why did it seem like there weren’t that many humans around? Was the military gone? Or was this a question that will get answered in book 2? Overall, I really liked this story. It was fast-paced and really pulled me in. I can’t wait to get to book 2.

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While I think the narrator did a great job, there were some issues. There was static in the background. This seemed to change throughout the book, whether it was static only when she spoke (it cut out/off when there was a pause), continuous static (middle), or no static (toward the end). Other than the static issue, she provided a good variety of voices per character, and I’d definitely listen to her again.

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I found it hard to believe that Eva had never had an infection from her cuts before she met Walker, given she gave herself a new cut every day and it was being done on dirty skin. The fact that she continued to cut herself after almost dying? I probably would have just left her behind.
Another questionable aspect involved the fire ants. I’ve been bitten by fire ants many, many times. It’s not fun. Besides the initial pitch, the spot remains itchy (like crazy) for several days. So, after Walker and Eva get bitten many, many times, it’s like it wasn’t that big of a deal. There was no reference to any itchiness or soreness, pimple-like bites. I just found that strange. Why have the characters experience something like that if they’re not going to suffer the repercussions? Or blisters! They never got any blisters with all the walking they did, walking through water and mud.

I was also wondering about the fact Lilly had been able to survive all by herself for almost a year at eleven/twelve years old. I’m sure there are probably tons of kids that would be able to survive with no issues, specifically those that go camping a lot prior to the end of the world, but that wasn’t the case with Lilly… I kept waiting for the author to say that Lilly ended up having some power after that last “visit” with the aliens, but that never came.

I’m not sure how I felt about Eva. There were many times when I felt she was self-absorbed and only thinking of herself, at least that was the way the author wrote her for that scene. For example, there was the part when her, Walker, and the Asperger’s kid (forgot his name) came across Donny and his gang. As they were running away (hiding in the weeds), there was a female scream that could be heard. Once they were in a safe location, Eva noticed that Walker was upset and assumed he was worried about her (worrying about Donny getting ahold of her again). Hearing he was upset, I automatically thought back to the screaming female. But nothing more was said about her.

Walker lifted Eva into the tree in her backyard. Eva was able to grab a branch and pull herself up. Yet, when it was time to climb down, I was under the impression (based on the way it was written) that she was much higher in the tree. Hence, she wanted Walker to catch her. Technically, she should have been able to climb back to the original branch she’d first grabbed and just lower herself down, with being a few feet off the ground.

The group goes to Dixie’s house looking for Lilly. I know Eva didn’t want to make them known to anyone around when they first arrived, that was why she didn’t just call out. But still. Why wouldn’t she have done that once she was inside the house? Why wouldn’t she have done that when she was chasing her sister?

Donny ended up grabbing a handful of Eva’s hair when he and his gang made it into the flooded house. Yet, her hair had previously been described as being only an inch long…

The “battle” scene in the flooded house took place in a room that didn’t sound very big at all. Yet, none of the aliens managed to get to Eva who, at one point, seemed to be hanging around the window. Although injuring one alien (her stabbing the one) might have caused the other aliens to feel its pain (or so she ended up believing), were Donny and his gang not fighting back? Didn’t he have a gun? Did he not hit any of them? The only alien pain that could be heard was the screaming from the alien Eva was stabbing.

I received the free audiobook version in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Ian King
  • 31-08-19

How would YOU remain as human, after this?

I found this to be an interesting story and flowed well, most of the time. It's set in a post Apocalypse America / possibly the world. Aliens (invaders, creepers) have invaded earth and decimated our normal way of life, destroying city after city and taking selected humans to be experimented on. At some point the earth had defeated these invaders, causing them to flee and no one knows why, or how.
Eva, warrior princess (not really, just a pet name from another character) is found by two survivors (Walker and Tara), flaying one of these alien invaders that had been left behind. Fearfully, Walker and Tara adopt Eva into their tiny band to help her search for her little sister (Lily).
The journey proves to be a difficult one, no one can trust anybody very liberally, which would be totally understandable, given the set of circumstances... because humans can deteriorate into savage beasts and invaders have been noted as starting to change their behavior, causing them to become unpredictable.
This story unfortunately missed some brilliant twists, which could have easily made their way through the journey. Also, there were times when it seemed unrealistic, like one time when the tiny group (which expanded), just happened to escape from a terrifying situation where invaders came in en-mass and savaged the bad humans, yet our team managed to not be overwhelmed also. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that our team didn't use equipment, which would have been freely available to them and would have helped tremendously, such as bicycles, possible even horses. In fact there was not a lot of foreground explanations weaved throughout.
I listened to the audiobook version of this story, which is such a wonderful medium to 'read', and the narrator was great to listen to, although there were a few inconsistencies, such as a characters voice being read as a narrator (Walker, to be precise), rather than the character and sometimes the volume fluctuated. I'm guessing at post production the files were not compressed sufficiently to keep it even. Other than that, the narrator gave a brilliant interpretation of it all. Well done Betty Soo :).
All up, I recommend the story to young adult from all walks of life. It'll make you wonder how human YOU would remain in this broken down world.
This audiobook was given to me as a gift, in exchange for an honest review :)

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  • Nina DuBois
  • 10-07-19

A good story of what happens after the invasion

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I'm a little conflicted over this book. I did quite enjoy it. The thing I loved was the fact that this book takes place after the invasion has happened and aliens get left behind. I liked seeing how the world was through Eva's eyes and how she has survived. Eva definitely has demons and the struggle that she faces was so well written. She is a very hardened character I liked how much she's changed after meeting Walker and Tara. They are good people and they truly cared about Eva.

The only reason I didn't give this book a higher rating is because I couldn't really track where the story was heading. It is a post-apocalyptic story, but its mostly about Eva trying to find her sister with the help of Walker and Tara. We do get some parts with the actual aliens and how they have changed after the invasion. I don't really know how to describe this book. It was an ok read and I really like this authors writing.

This was the first time I listened to a audiobook narrated by BettySoo. I think she was great for this post-apocalyptic story. She was very fitting and did a great job voicing Eva. She captured all her emotions perfectly and it made the reading experience for this book much more enjoyable. I look forward to listening to more books she narrates in the future.