*** (3.5) – There is a whole lot going on inside this cover, even more if you listen to it.
By: Aria Michaels
Narrated by: Rhiannon Angell
GoodReads Summary: When seventeen year old Liv Larson and her brother are sent to separate foster homes, shegives up on her old life, her old friends, and her faith in God. The only bright spot in Liv’s new life is her energetic and obnoxious foster-sister, Riley. When Riley convinces her to come to the rooftop party to view Icarus, the up-coming solar flare, Liv has no idea she’s being set up to meet the sexy and mysterious, Zander James. Despite her resistance, Liv finds herself drawn to Zander, and for the first time in months her troubles take a back seat…that is until what should have been a small flare, erupts into a full blown solar storm.
Now, Liv and her rag-tag group of not-quite friends must find a way to survive the sweltering heat, lingering radiation, and the mysterious virus that appears to have found an ideal host among their ranks. Alliances will be formed, and battle lines will be drawn.
Together, Liv and her new friends set out on a perilous journey to save their loved ones, find answers, and reach salvation.
But, something sinister awaits them in the dark—and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.
Soon, Liv and the others realize they may be more connected than they thought, and the truth may be too much to handle. Will Liv be able to keep her promise and reunite with her brother? Will her brave determination be enough to save them all from a rogue government, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night?
…Or was Icarus, indeed, the KILLSHOT.
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)
As for the general story of the “end of the world,” this one is fresh (for me) and entertaining all the way through.
So overall I liked the narration. It was smooth and very non-irritating. If I had one complaint, it would be that at least one character seemed to change voices, the pitch varied. If not for the dialogue tags, I would have been confused as to who was speaking. Other than that, it is very smooth and easy listening which (outside of full cast productions – which I love) is something that I look for.
The story itself has love, loss, theology, conspiracy, philosophy (and probably a few others I can’t think of right this second) all rolled into a 13 hour apocalypse story. A few times, I had to remind myself that these were teenagers. I’m assuming they had some very wise influences that they actually listened to in the past (aside from Liv’s father) to have given them such deep thoughts and unfaltering presentation.
I was also entertained by the freedom of curse words in the dialogue. (For those who are sensitive, it’s not as bad as I may be hinting at. For those who are very sensitive, just don’t read this and give it a bad review based on how offended you are.) I’m not sure that many adults remember just how prevalent the “bad” words were when we were back in high school. And I know we don’t like to think our kids cuss. But they do. This made for some realism, especially with teenagers, alone when the world burns. Honestly, I’d probably let more than a few go in their situation.
By cutting out a few unnecessary details, it could probably be just as effective a story rounded out at maybe 10 hours. But I would hesitate to cut a whole lot out, because the characterization comes out in the minutiae of the characters’ actions.
I would love to listen to the next book to see where this little group of kids takes it.