Narrator: Sunil Patel
Series: The Biodome Chronicles #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 11 December 2017
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Genres: Dystopian, Psychological, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Author, Submitted
What if your life was just a game others controlled?
A sensible young nobleman and his fiery sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life.
Their walled garden is predictable and peaceful--until the unthinkable happens.
With his dying breath, their father bequeaths a family secret, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf's head. Grief-stricken and afraid, the siblings defy their upbringing by connecting with Fillion, a hacker who is linked to their lives in shocking ways. Their encounter launches Fillion into a battle with his own turbulent past as he rushes to decode the many secrets that bind them together--a necessity if they are all to survive.
Cultures clash when the high technology of the Anime Tech Movement collides with the Middle Ages in a quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love.
©2014 Forest Tales Publishing (P)2017 Forest Tales Publishing
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Jesikah Sundin has done some phenomenal world building in her novel Legacy. The novel is set in the future where almost everything is dependent on technology. Within that world, there is a medieval village contained within a very large biodome. Inside the biodome, there is no technology and life is lived in a “green” way. People can come out of the biodome if they need medical help (but so far none have). The young adults living in the dome were born there and they know no other life. There are some mysterious events and people being manipulated for unknown reasons. This is not a stand-alone novel and the ending was the beginning of a particular part, I had been looking forward to.
The characters are very different from each other but most are very interesting. As is often the case, the rebel is usually the more interesting character but Sundin has created most of her characters as people you cheer for and they aren’t so good that you become bored. In fact, the mannerisms of the characters are so well written, I could see most of the characters in my mind’s eye. I kept picturing Fillion as a young Judd Nelson from Breakfast Club.
The writing is exceptional. I became really engrossed in the story. And when it was finished, I immediately bought the ebook version of the second book. At the time of this writing, there wasn’t an audiobook for the second or third novel.
And there needs to be. (hint, hint)
Production: In the beginning, there was background static/hiss but that goes away eventually. I listened to the beginning of this audiobook on several audiobook player apps, through the computer and my phone and the beginning static was on all the apps and devices. If that bothers you, I highly recommend you bear with it for a bit because this book is magnificent and Sunil Patel is a fantastic narrator.
Patel, does a straight reading but it is well done. I’m usually a fan of the narrator’s who do “voices” but I quickly became very engrossed in the storyline and Patel’s narration. He is an excellent narrator who is lovely to listen to. The only negatives I found were that at times the dialogue was written in such a way that it was difficult to tell which character was saying what and a couple of times, his narrating sped up but he soon went back to a more relaxed speed. Something I thought was humorous was that the narrator acted out the spitting noises. I’m still not sure what I think about that. It felt like he really got into the story and I don’t blame him as the writing is superb. All in all, though, these are very small things and didn’t distract too much from his narration.
Yes, this is a young adult book but this middle-aged wench was thoroughly enthralled with it. I highly recommend this series.
Note: There are drug references, underage drinking, and profanity if you keep track of that sort of thing.
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