In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities. Em is a Defect - one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father. One of the few bright spots in her life is the return of a friend she had thought dead - but with his return comes the knowledge of a shocking, unforgivable truth. The society Em thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.
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"Awesome start to the series!"
A very enjoyable audiobook with great characters and an exciting storyline. Em Fuller lives in Austin Valley, which on the surface appears to be an ideal society for Dream Traveler's. All Dream Traveler's develop additional gifts once they reach puberty, except for the Defects, of which Em is one. She and her fellow defects must endure painful injections to encourage the development of their special gifts, but Em discovers the dark truth behind these injections. Her world crashes down around her and with the help of her sister and friends she escapes and the fight to survive begins!
This book is a great start to The Reverians series. It's well written and draws you in from the very beginning with likeable characters that one can empathize with, and a plot that captures your imagination. I especially enjoyed the humour of Em's obliviousness, her tenacious nature and strength of character. This story has romance, intrigue, originality and some great twists and turns. If you loved the Divergent or Hunger Games type of books then you will love this story too. The narrator did an excellent job of breathing life into the characters, the humour, sadness, pain, frustration and want comes across loud and clear. Her voice depicts both male and females very well and she manages to portray individual personalities and attitudes excellently. I look forward to listening to the next in the series. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I really, really liked this book. It was another foray into a dystopian earth in which there is a sort of feudalism that is similar to most other books in the genre so if you liked Hunger Games, Divergent, and other books of that ilk, you will enjoy this one. It is a different take on the genre as there is a bit of superhero in this as well. The world is broken down into two groups, those with powers and those without. The ones with the powers are Dream Travelers, and these people also have psychic powers that manifest as they get older. A group of these travelers do not develop their psychic power, and they are called defects. Our protagonist, Em, is one of these defects. This is the story of her discovery of the truth of her world and what is truly going on.
The world is well thought out and the plot is exciting enough to keep you going. The only problem I find is the common tropes in these dystopian novels. In particular, the love triangle. Authors...please stop doing this. Just because it is YA, the readers do not need another love triangle in their world. And specifically, this book does not need it. The world and story are good enough without it and would have been just as compelling.
That said, I still feel the book was great and I gave it five stars. Mostly, because I found it to be interesting enough to overlook the love triangle hoo-ha. Sarah Noffke is a really good writer and has built a great world in which to continue this series. I will be for sure getting the next in the series, as I do want to know how this whole story will play out.
The narrator, Elizabeth Klett, was a really good narrator. She didn't over-act the lines to the point of sounding cartoony like some narrators do. She also maintained a fairly even tone, so that I wasn't hovering over my volume button. I would listen to other books read by her for sure.
"Already a fan of Em and Rogue"
Defects is a great dystopia full of action and betrayal and psychic abilities. I loved that this book doesn't follow the trope of our heroine finding out she's something special and taking a long time to accept her new existence. This story drops us into the Dream Traveler's world, where everyone has special gifts (unless they are a Middling). Well, not everyone, not the Defects.
As we come to find out, the Defects are being given painful injections to try to "stimulate" their gifts - where in reality their gifts are being suppressed because these Defects have shown rebellious tendencies. We find out so many horrors about the Austin Valley society leaders, and what awful things they do to maintain control over everyone.
We come to get to know Em, and how badly she wants her gift, only to later realize why her gift hasn't surfaced at puberty. Then there's Rogue, who is a pretty awesome dude, escaping his father - the President of the society - and living off the grid until having to return to steal some medication for the mind-and-body-numbing headaches caused by withdrawal from the injections. But no injections means their gifts can surface, and we really get a chance to see how amazing Em is.
Together, they learn about all the horrors their fathers have planned and they fight back. Well, they start to at least. This is only the first book so there is more to come, but I'm already impressed and curious to see how these gifted kids will take down their oppressive leaders.
The scene between Em, Rogue and their fathers near the end of the book. Wow.
I have, and it was another Saran Noffke book. I enjoyed it as well.
I received this audiobook in exchange for my review from Audiobook Blast.
"An awesome dystopian-ish fantasy :)"
A dystopian-ish fantasy! I haven't read many books that manage to pull off being a mixture of both genres. This one accomplished that and much more. I have not read the author's previous series yet, but I am dying to get my hands on the audiobook version now! The world is a place where abilities are actually expected. I loved the characters, the world, the writing, and the mysterious plot! I was impressed by how smooth and imaginative the writing was. I got sucked into the story quickly and didn't want to stop listening. The narrator of the audiobook was perfect for the story, and did a fantastic job as well. I really enjoyed this audiobook and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book of this exciting new series.
I was provided this audiobook in exchange for an honest review
"Pulls you in and you don't want out!!"
The story about the main character, Em paints a picture of a society that you do and don't want to be a part of. How the society functions and how it is ruled is one that hasn't be imagined. The ideas and how it all unfurls made me continue listening at every chance. You can feel Em’s emotions with every decision she makes. I can easily relate to her and I know her struggle to get through the challenges thrown in front of her.
One of the most memorable moments was when we discover the sinister and insidious plot that the president and his henchmen have concocted.
I liked how Elizabeth Klett performed Rogue with his playful, carefree and loving tone. She breathed a lot of life into him and he seems just like I would have imagined him to sound.
I definitely would have listened to it all in one day if I could but I broke it down between my daily routine. I was on the edge of my seat and gasping at the twists and turns throughout the book.
I really enjoyed how the author described people and places, I felt right there with Em. I will definitely be purchasing the next two books to find out what happens to Em. Noffke has me completely captivated and invested in the story. I am a part of the adventure and I cannot wait to find out what happens next!! Thank you for the opportunity of listening to your book Sarah Noffke, you have made a die-hard fan out of me!! I especially appreciate the fact that the next installments are out and read for me to listen. I can listen to the story seamlessly and not get frustrated waiting for the next books to be published and narrated.
"What Truths Remain Unearthed?"
Defects is a great YA novel that is enjoyable for adults. The storyline is unique and riveting, and this is easily one of my top YA picks thus far.
While not quite dystopian, many novels surrounding corrupt and powerful goverment can be compared to this. When you read a lot of fiction, some similarities are bound to happen. This said, Defects stands by itself. I quite enjoy new takes on fight for survival style books, and this one had so many twists and turns, I was able to keep pace while still left wondering what was going to happen next.
Noffke creates many scenes throughout Defects that are easily believable. Em is not your traditional protagonist who has all the amazing super abilities and can easily decide what to do next. Her genuine character development leads to some great scenes, and I don't wish to spoil those for future readers.
The suspense created from the story and performance together had me hooked, and while I wished I could listen to the entire book in one sitting, I was not able to. The saying of a "page turner" applies to this, in it's audio equivalent.
I have to find out what happens next!
"Defects - Honest Review"
I rate it quite highly, definitely an excellent listen which covers themes of class, society and identity which empathises with younger readers that enjoy these topics in their books, and I would highly recommend they should definitely pick this up. The universe is unique enough to enchant fans into wanting more! An excellent performance by both author and narrator!
Sarah Noffke is one of her strongest work to date with Defects and her new Reverians series. Em Fuller is the perfect protagonist; completely likeable, relateable, and strong. This book relies on dream travel, and powers (although they definitely both play pivotal roles in the plot) ;
***** I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review*****
This audiobook was FANTASTIC!! It just caught me right away and I was addicted! Today was my birthday and my birthday present to myself is I listened to this book all day rather than getting done all the things I really needed to get done around the house.
The book had non-stop action. While I predicted some of the twists, others were complete surprises. The romance was also just lovely.
The narrator was fantastic also. I could not find fault with her narration, great actress. I bet the book is just as good, also but the narration definitely brought something to my enjoyment of the story. This is definitely worth a buy.
"Reminiscent of the Divergent series"
I absolutely love this type of YA audiobook. A new, small society in which rules are imposed on the community to make the world better, yet ultimately is abused in the name of personal gain. That concept with the addition of powers is a wonderful combination for an exciting story, and this story delivers.
There was a real sense of fear that the community leaders instill. That made the story come alive. The cliffhanger also got me- there is a lot of story left to tell, and I'd love to hear the rest of it.
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