Look to the Sun Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The National People's Voice speaks for Sanmarian and all of Kael. For 15 years, they have ruled Kael in relative peace. For 15 years, they have quietly snuffed out dissent wherever they found it. Rose Abernethy and Beo Mataya are two strangers drawn together by one thing alone: Red Sunrise, a book no one else seems to have read. A book only two types of people ever ask about - collectors...and the NPV. A book both Rose and Beo feel was written just for them. As winter falls in Sanmarian's cobbled streets and the 15 years of seeming calm seethe into violent protests in the city square, Red Sunrise's secrets pull Rose and Beo into the twisted mysteries of Sanmarian's past and into the center of a forgotten tragedy that inked itself into the city's very blood.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 1 minute|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 15, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #512,221 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#999 in Gothic Horror Fiction
#10,199 in Gothic Fiction
#30,532 in Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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The mood can be a heavy one, though. As the story unfolds, the oppression in Sanmarian becomes clearer and clearer, almost physical at times. The parallels to the real world are almost too easily drawn, and it's easy to see how certain developments feel like a step down a horrible path.
I'd recommend anyone to read this book - and fall in love with the main characters. Especially Rose!
If you like categorization, I would describe it as a mix of dystopian political thriller and romance with elements of mystery and strong twists.
I found it well-written and immersive.
The author gives us a made up location in a made up time where technology is limited. But, it echoes of our recent past and, in many areas of the world, including the United States, of our present.
Basically the feel of the book is a picture of what it looks like when a sinister and fascist regime slowly seeps into society before it makes its ultimate grab for power. The parallel that comes to mind the most is what it must've been like at the beginning of the Holocaust.
The story is told from the perspective of two leads, Rose and Beo.
Rose is an independent woman that works for her aunts in their tea shop and grew up consuming the book her late father gave her which is a dystopian story of its own.
Beo is a photographer with a gift for capturing candid moments, many times the fascist presence inadvertently making its way into the frame.
When the two meet, they are pulled towards each other as the world falls down around them. When every person met is one to doubt, when every friend could be a traitor, when everything known previously is no longer safe, who can one turn to and what choices should be made?
Emmie Mears did an excellent job crafting this story together. The characters are strong and nuanced, the setting is vivid, and the slow insidious creep of "moral" evil tilts the world on its access bit by bit.
I've previously read Mears' "Ayala Storme" series and, aside from the high quality, the style is very different. Where the Storme books had elements of comedy with a master of sarcasm lead, Ayala, this story is not comedic in the slightest and there wasn't a sarcastic quip to be found. However, it's filled with heart and compelling, brave characters. Love and friendship vs fear and evil is at its core.
I admit that I predominantly read lesfic or stories with leads in an f/f relationship. This book is not that. However, it's a highly inclusive book with many "nontraditional" families and genders. Main supporting characters are f/f/f, m/m/f, m/m, and transgendered. Beo also would be considered pansexual because he dates both men and women regardless of their gender identification. As you can see, polyamory is also a main theme.
As if enough wasn't going on in the story, domestic violence plus love vs. control in a relationship are also explored.
For genre, it's a mix of dystopian political thriller and romance with some mystery and twists thrown in.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story despite the ominous feel throughout. It's very well done and definitely recommend.
Top reviews from other countries
Emmie Mears is very clever at drawing you into their world, as Rose and Beo''s lives unravel around them as they discover their families are more interwoven than they could ever have imagined.
This book has everything love, relationships, heartbreak and the fight against evil. Don't miss it