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In the Valta, no matter what month you were born, everyone is assigned the same birthday. November 1st. It's the anniversary of the day when the government declared war on the Eastern Order. The day you turn 17, the Recruiters come to take you away. And no one ever hears from you again.

It’s October 31st. Today, Kress is 16 years old. Tomorrow, she’ll be taken.

The good news? So will her best friend Cardyn, and Brohn, the handsome, enigmatic boy she’s avoided all her life.

The bad news?

Recruitment isn’t what any of them expected.

Weeks of training await. Military and psychological tests, escape rooms, hand-to-hand combat. The Recruits are told they're the key to winning the war. But with each day that passes, things begin to make less sense.

If only Kress had been able to bring her trained raven, Render, with her. If only none of them had ever had to come to this place.

©2018 Anna Redekop (P)2020 Anna Redekop

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  • AR
  • 22-02-2021

Recommend

I really enjoyed this book. Wish the rest of the series was available on audible.

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  • sci teacher
  • 02-05-2021

3.45/5 Interesting Start to a Typical Dystopia

Summary:

Kress and her friends are swooped up … this is more conscription than recruitment if you want to get technical. That takes about 1/3 of the book. The rest is the beginning of their training.


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- 3.5/5 Stars Main Character – Tries a little too hard to hit that average but amazing teen protagonist vibe. Glad I looked up her name because I would have gone with Kris, not Kress. The connection to a raven was new-ish and cool, a great excuse for her to be able to see and hear things she normally wouldn’t be able to.

- 4/5 Stars Side Characters – A nice variety of personalities. I might be more of a fan of Mandy than the others though.

- 4/5 Stars Plot – The what happens is typical dystopian fare. Predictable but still decently satisfying if you’re not completely inundated with this flavor of story. Evil government, check. Naïve populace, double check. (I would like it more if that part wasn’t so sadly realistic.) Training the youth as a last-ditch effort, check. The end twist works but is very predictable.

- 3.5/5 Stars World-building – typical dystopian world with a few neat added tidbits. If you're super familiar with the genre, you might be bored, but if you only occasionally dabble, it'll be fresher.

- 1/5 Stars Pacing and closure – This is essentially a very, very, very long, wordy prologue to the rest of some unseen story. There’s not even much sense of this chapter ending. That sort of thing would be better in book 2 of a trilogy, but I expect better out of book 1. The way this ends just sort of leaves a sour taste in one’s mouth. It’s not even like a “oh, I really need to see what happens” vibe, more like a “wow, that’s annoying. 9 hrs I’m not getting back.” (note, that vibe might be completely diff if the rest of the trilogy was available and this were a combo volume bought with 1 credit.) Lots of questions. Few answers.

- 3.5/5 Stars Performance – The narrator fit the MC very well. Some of the cadence took a bit of getting used to. This is rare for me because I listen at a faster speed and that tends to fix stuff like that, not cause it. Props to the narrator for being able to distinguish 8-ish core characters. The main antagonist sounds a bit like Effie from Hunger Games. Very perky. Overall, a nice performance.

- 4/5 Stars Cover – pretty and decently on point with the genre.

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There are definitely cool parts, but if you like closure, definitely NOT the book for you. If you want to take a gamble, I recommend waiting until there is a combination book and springing for that. The other two books in the trilogy aren’t released, so I’d recommend a different medium until that’s ready.

*I received a free copy of the book. I have chosen to review it. All thoughts are my own.

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  • 08-08-2021

predictable but some clever parts.

have to get past the first 10 minutes of really bad reading....the girls gets very good. story amd puzzles the teens have to solve are very simple making it a little laughable but choosing to ignore that it scratched the right itch for the moment... dystopian teen book... its good. want more pick an older audience book.

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  • sheree morgan
  • 07-06-2021

Riveting

I listened to Recruitment as I walked in the mornings and found myself wanting to extend the distance just to keep the story going. Kress and her friends, whom she has grown up with her entire life, are taken by the Recruiters just like all the previous 16 year olds before them. What Kress doesn't know is that things are not what they have been led to believe. Training with the Recruiters takes on a surprising twist that throws Kress and her friends in a battle for their lives.
I hadn't been paying attention to how much time was left in the story, so when it ended just 5 minutes into my last walk with this book, I was genuinely surprised and disappointed. Now I am left anxiously awaiting the next book to come out on Audible!
Ginger Sue is a talented reader who does a great job differentiating between characters while keeping the listener engaged with the story. It is easy to know who is speaking by her varying accents and tones. I have listened to books read by her in the past and am always happy with her ability.
This the first of K.A. Riley's books I have read and I am looking forward to reading others. The story is engaging--a definite page turner!
This is an engaging story with a skilled voice actor. I am excited for the next book!

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  • Blahblahblah
  • 22-04-2021

An excellent read

An exciting tale of friendship and overcoming impossible odds. I enjoyed following the characters through unique situations and am excited to find out where the story leads. The narration was on point for the main character. You can almost feel the emotions as they are read to you. Well done. Looking forward to the next.

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  • Amberrjoy
  • 25-03-2021

Terrible narration

I have no idea how good the book itself is so this review is not of the nook at all. I listened for maybe 5 minutes & am already too annoyed with the voice on audible. Nothing against this girl, her voice is very pleasant but the production/direction is not good. The inflection & emphasis is just over the top cheesy. Takes me out of the story completely.

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