First Song: Anthem of Infinity Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
It has been two years since the Shift - when most technology stopped working, and the laws of physics changed. Humanity has been brought to its knees. Like other survivors, Noah Henson has heard rumors of the Aelves. Among other guesses, predatory aliens seem as good as any other theory for what caused the Shift.
But for Noah, everything else takes second place to survival, sometimes even self-respect... or any sort of decency. Lawless, post-apocalypse America had forced Noah to make many difficult decisions, and he has never seemed to choose correctly. However, despite hating himself, he doesn't have the strength or the courage to change.
He will get a lucky break in a big way, through a mysterious orb with otherworldly power.
In time, perhaps Noah will find another path. And if he does die during the Shift, maybe it won't be the end of his story. Sometimes, another chance can be an opportunity for redemption.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 9 minutes|
|Author||Blaise Corvin, Outspan Foster, Blaise Corvin - foreword|
|Narrator||Ramon De Ocampo|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 30, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #35,888 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#651 in Fantasy & Magic for Children
#875 in Fantasy for Teens
#4,001 in Children's Fantasy & Magic Books
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This means people are back to something akin to Bronze Age tech, and running around with weapons and crossbows rather than guns. This makes for an interesting set up by itself, but it really starts diving into the new normal of the world... just before it gets to the juicy stuff.
That being said, the story really starts moving with gas around the 33% mark. I won’t say much beyond that, but when it came I was pleasantly surprised.
I recommend this book for Delvers LLC fans, Nora Hazard fans, as well as GameLit and post apocalyptic fans as well.
I’m looking forward to book 2.
That’s the thing though. The book gave me strong emotions and it kept me moving forward into a interesting story of prepping for the end of the world and understanding how you relate to others. I had a lot of fun discovering this adventure. It has all the dystopian aspects I love. It is definitely a gamelit book. Very lite on character sheets and ability points. I liked that in this story. He wasn’t op and he has some advantages but he still had to work for them.
I have enjoyed many of this authors books and look forward the next addition.
I really enjoyed the book. GameLit is an excellent genre, IMHO, and when the Blaise & Outspan team publish book 2, I’ll buy it in a heartbeat.
I will say that this is not a heavy or crunchy LitRPG story, but it does a good job of incorporating the few RPG elements it does have. This means that Noah, the hero, is not overpowered from the start, as he is mostly just a normal human. In fact, he starts off about as weak as a person can be without being an NPC. Sure, that all changes as the story progresses but it is through smart application of a key advantage and tons of hard work.
The most impactful element of the story is definitely the growth of the hero. It was a joy seeing him transform and rise against adversity, not just in strength but in character. As part of this journey, the book offers great insights into human behavior and an exploration of our darker side. I’m a fan of the author’s other work, including the Delvers LLC series, but this is his finest work to date and a real gem in the genre of LitRPG.
One of the twist in the book was unique. How many of us would like to go back and change some of choices that they made. No teenage years tho LOL
Here Noah was given that chance . What would his second life be like. Now I wasn't sure about the baby part . But it was done rather creatively.
There is a lot more I could say about First song. Any book has to be given a chance sometimes it takes more then a couple of chapters and a wondering mind to the purpose of the story,
I was pulled into the story line and the emotional heave hoe . Noah's only selfish hope was to get kissed by the girl he cared about before things went to hell.
I am ready for the 2nd book. My imagination is working overtime wondering what if and how much of his dooms day prep will work . Of course the biggest ? is how they will kill the Aleves
Minor things to warn about is that the beginning of the story doesn't have a lot of LitRPG elements, those don't really show until after that 25% mark but after that they show up regularly. Also, in that early section the MC is a bit hard to root for, but it’s all setup for character development later, as is most of that section.
Score: 8 out of 10
Top reviews from other countries
For a book i randomly picked up, im more than pleasantly surprised!
Whens the next part??
An amazing setting, great characters and the world building and story build up is phenomenal.
I cannot wait to dig into the next book which has me salivating at the thought of all the adventure and lore to be found.
More about the aliens, about the Shift, even just all the organisation and administration of the post apocalypse has me absolutely giddy with anticipation, seriously only super villains and me are this excited by an invasion apocalypse by aliens.
You need to get through the first 17-25% which is the not so nice pre story
The Story is still more positive in all than ‚a very good man‘
If you liked that you will like this book.
Lit rpg elements are pretty light.
The best moment came when I realized this isn't one of the same-same apocalypse story, but is based on a "time travelling" concept, where the protagonist actually gets a second chance to make more of himself, potentially saving humanity on the go. Wow!
I love the "Shift" idea as well, as I always wondered what would happen if firearms would no longer work. Blaise even created a character that is inventing and making wooden weapons full time, even using rubber! I would LOVE to spend an evening or two chatting with Venu, his weapons master. Maybe he could explain the dazzler concept some more as I'd love to make one :)
Great read, and now that I am hooked I can't wait for the next song!