The Awakening: Broken Worlds, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the USA Today best-selling author of Dark Space.
They went to sleep on earth, but where did they wake up?
Darius Drake is desperate to save his daughter, Cassandra. So desperate he's willing to risk their lives in cryo-sleep to give her a future. But the dark, freezing vault where he wakes up is nothing like the luxurious Florida hospital he remembers. Everything about this place is alien to him, even the language. Little does he know how alien it really is.
Darius and his daughter go exploring their new surroundings with a few others from the cryo pods, and they soon discover frozen, mutilated bodies everywhere. The dead are wearing strange uniforms, and they seem to have used some kind of energy weapons to defend themselves, but it wasn't enough. Adding to the mystery, all the doors of the facility have been ripped open, and there are claw marks around them - but what could shred through reinforced metal like paper?
The answer to that question proves more terrifying than any of them could have guessed. There's a war raging, and they've woken up in the middle of it.
Broken Worlds: The Awakening takes you on a tense thrill ride through a frightening future with new mysteries and twists in every minute. Fans of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica will love this new series: a dark, gritty space opera with unexpected twists, complex characters, and nightmarish antagonists.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 27 minutes|
|Author||Jasper T. Scott|
|Narrator||Jonathan Todd Ross|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 22, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #180,414 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#246 in Steampunk Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#950 in Steampunk Fiction
#2,016 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2018
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If there was one thing I didn't necessarily understand other than the fact that this is more space Opera then science fiction, is always the need for massive ships. A ship that's 3.9 km long, a ship that's got its own gravity, just doesn't make a lot of sense. On top of that the crew size didn't necessarily fit the need of the ship. I also felt that the main antagonist the Banshees in the ghouls we're almost unbelievable and it was hard for me to imagine that they could have created such a civilization considering the violent nature of their character.
However, in the end 1 / looks these exaggerations and accepts it as part of the norm because the characters and the plots do not send her so much around the size of a ship or the almost impossible nature of destroying the bad guys. I love the fact that the story was one of the most simple stories of all, a father trying to protect his daughter in a scary, almost impossible new world. I look forward to the next book in the series.
2. Plot - Very good. The concept of peaceful existence with overwhelming overlords while accepting the exchange of losing 20% of your children at puberty for 1000 year lives and huge scientific advances makes one think a lot. This makes for a very interesting society.
3. Characters - Excellent. All the characters are well thought out and really brought to life. Love them, hate them - you will care when the succeed or fail.
4. Overall - Very good. For the Series, the first book is excellent, the second book is very good, and the third book is a bit disappointing. The main problem is that while the book is scientific, like Star Wars, its version is like The Force on steroids. This gives it an increasing feel of wizard vs. wizard battles as the series progresses and the protagonists get stronger. At the end it is sort of like watching Gandalf and Saruman fight with weapons flying around, people floating all over the place, and troops attacking/retreating/standing still at different times due to super powers. Fortunately, the plot is good enough and the characters are so good, you are willing to wade through these final plots and battles.
Overall, a fun read that will keep you interested.
The premises that this book is built on, a universe run by scary Things Under the Bed while their client species both uplifted and conquered trade a certain amount of horror movie chasing for prosperity and long lives isn't bad. It's not new, but it's well-constructed with moderately-sized and well-spaced expository lumps. The presence of a privileged caste of servants who choose the victims and tell themselves they are committing atrocities to prevent greater ones is logical and handled well so far. A viewpoint character from the past (our present) allows our Fish Out of Water a nice amount of surprise as he adjusts to the new world and stumbles over his assumptions. The Crucible is an interesting idea which I will not elaborate on for fear of giving too much away.
The plot is workmanlike, and the structure is at least as good as most other works in its class.
The characters, oh the characters. The good ones are Good. The bad ones are Bad. Depth and nuance are not part of the equation. The Rulers are Monsters, so whatever they do is Terrible. The 20th century woman is possessive and condescending. The Jerk is venal and abrasive. The Love Interest is beautiful and sweet and a perfect complement to the Hero. The Hero is brave but not terribly bright, and this is where I fear the author falls into the a classic trap. The plot gets moved along by him acting thoughtlessly or at least very impulsively at every critical juncture motivated by equal parts denial and anger. Yes, that's a pet peeve of mine. A plot which moves by shoveling stupid and thoughtless into the firebox is not a train I usually care to ride.
Another bit which bothers me is that almost every important character is a fighter pilot. Why fighter pilots other than the obvious Star Wars imagery (yes, the Hero is also one of the Chosen Ones)? Why all of them? I don't know, and neither, I think, does the author?
There are some interesting ideas, but poor execution leaves me cold on this one. Hence the middle-of-the-road three stars.
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not knowing what's going on nor whom to trust. At the end of the book I'm still wondering... The main characters are reasonably well fleshed out but a little more would be welcome. The action doesn't flag, the pace is breathless and the sense of bewilderment is well portrayed. Better written than many in the genre and pretty efficiently proofread, it was an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.