Valor's Child: Children of Valor, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.
Jiden's parents barely scrape out a living on the dry, dusty world of Century. Jiden wants more for herself, and she is ready to step into a bright future, one which may lead her far from the frontier world of her birth. She has no dreams of following in the footsteps of her military family's heritage, no desire to live a life of hardship.
She's just got one obstacle in the path to her dreams: five months of military school. She'll be away from her friends, subjected to long hours and a crushing work load. She'll learn to shoot, to fight...and how to kill.
Jiden will need every skill she's learned, because her family's enemies have put her in their sights. She's going to have to rise to the challenges in order to survive. She soon learns that her dreams might not be as good as she imagined.
With her life on the line, Jiden will need to fall back on the skills she learned and prove that she's a child of valor.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 32 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 21, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #254,937 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#790 in Science Fiction for Children
#8,903 in Children's Science Fiction Books (Books)
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Now with the story you get action, drama, some mystery not yet resolved and more. No one thinks some may not like about the book is how telegraphed some of the emotions are. I don’t feel is either good nor bad it’s just expected. These are human emotions we go to the mall and it’s kind of hard not to say they aren’t telegraphed even in our own lives. So I can’t knock the author for telegraphing these emotions. Most of the other stuff in the book is not telegraphed you will not expect where it goes and I can’t see where it goes next I can’t even fathom what’s next besides the obvious. I hope you enjoy the book like I did dive in.
Teenager who views her future as a fast ride to the top agitates her parents so she's sent to spend the summer with her grandmother The Admiral and her life goes off the rails. Love, betrayal, boot camp. Book is aimed at young adults but very readable for adults.
Great description of the first few months of military service although the drill instructors in the book are a lot younger, more cerebral, and more organized than the instructors I had during the Viet Nam war.
Best paragraph in this book describes the moment when she realizes that the instructors are adults even though they are only a couple years older than she is. I never realized until i read the book that most of my instructors were just a little older than me. I probably would have related to them better if I had realized they were kids, too.
There's more to the story than that though and the action-packed plot delivers a very satisfactory read. While this is clearly the first book in a series, it ends at a satisfactory point with most (but not all) loose ends tied up and (most but not all) villains receiving their just deserts. Not only that, the world building is solid and original and the characters, both good and bad, are well rounded and true to life. All in all it's a very enjoyable read once you get past the irritating parts of the heroine
A well read SF fan will inevitably make a comparison to (part of) Heinlein's Starship Troopers and perhaps also to (part of) Michael Z Williamson's Freehold (Freehold Series Book 1) but there's plenty of difference - if nothing else there is far less political preaching, and since almost the entire book is taken up with the training, there's a lot more detail on that. Moreover the originality of the word building means that this is anything but a pastiche of military training tales and it compares very well to both books in terms of one's inability to stop reading
A must read for teens who wants to understand what life could be like inside a start of a military career through an academy.