Usually, if the first 30 minutes of an audiobook don’t hold my attention, I don’t go any further. But, if it slows after an hour or 2 – I feel committed to seeing it through to the end for some reason. And that’s what happened this week.
The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins.
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby 16 years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
This book just didn’t grab me – hence it took me an awfully long time to finish it (on audio), and I really just dying for it to be over by the end. I do like the unique setting/ World, with the creatures living under the town, and a baby being replaced every 7 years to keep them prosperous, but what I thought would be a fairly interesting story, got drawn out with lots of teen angst, and “woe is me, I’m different” type drama. When I was finally finished, there were so many things that I just didn’t understand and so many contradictions. The teens acted out of character for teenagers – I mean really, how does a teenaged girl get the best of a dude named The Cutter – who is both a masochist & a sadist?! And how does someone who cramps up at the sight of blood (as the main character, Mackie, does), and who acts weird according to every one, catch the interest of the most popular girl in school?!
Now, the narrator was rather fantastic with the voices of all the characters EXCEPT the main one, Mackie. He is supposed to be 16 years old, and the voice of the narrator was just a little too manly in my opinion. And since this book wasn’t gripping, I kept getting distracted by the fact that he didn’t sound 16 at all.
Currently Listening To
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki. I mentioned this last week, but didn’t get to it, so I’m starting it today.
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders.