This is one of those highly recommended books that didn’t work for me. This audiobook, though crafted well in story, just did not appeal to me. I do think that many dystopian fans might find much to admire.
It features strong female character protagonists. It preaches a love for books and honors the ideas contained in books. The descriptions of nature and the devastation caused by war were keen and effective.
But it also had a ‘preachy’ feel to it and I admit that I might have been swayed by reading reviews on goodreads that shared many others opinions of it being anti-religious. It was actually more anti- “religious FANATIC”. Still, I thought a few of the other characters were one-dimensional.
The narration was not to my liking, either. Her voice was almost too strong. I often couldn’t tell when it switched from first person to third person; I kept assuming the whole thing was the main character’s viewpoint.
But don’t listen to me: For an enthusiastic endorsement from someone more ‘in the know’ for this genre who is also a fabulous promoter of audiobooks, please read the following:
I am glad I read this, it just isn’t a favorite. Rating: Three slices of strawberry pie.