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Under Different Stars

The Kricket, Book 1
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: Kricket, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Winner of four 2014 UtopYA Awards, including Best Book of the Year and Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year.

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago's foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she'll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth... and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon Ensin knows the powerful depths of Kricket's gifts - gifts he'll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival, or a fight for love.

©2015 Amy A. Bartol (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Beautiful Narration Good Story

Kate Rudd has a beautiful voice, and does a wonderful job with the Narration of this book. She does a wonderful job of easily distinguishing each of the characters (both male and female) making this an easy story to listen to, and adding an extra level to the story as its told.
The first in the Kricket series is a somewhat interesting story. It starts off a little slow, before picking up pace.
Bartol describes her worlds beautifully, giving you real perspective and depth even when on Earth. It's when you get to Ethar though that you truly get to understand how well she writes.
She has done a good job of covering her characters as well, plausible explanations for their size, what has happened on their world and various other things that I won't cover so as to not give too much away.
Whilst it may appeal to some older Sci-Fi/Fantasy readers, this will mainly appeal to YA readers due to the relationships between the main characters, Kricket, Trey, Kyon and even Jax and Wayra. The unfolding love story between Kricket and Trey is more suited to a YA audience for the way it is written.
The only other annoying aspect of this story, is that people (well main characters) seem unable to die. Every time you believe that one of the mains is about to die, someone or something miraculously saves them.
If you are a fan of Twilight, or Hunger Games, (and generally I HATE making comparisons), then you will most likely love this.
I did at times get a little lost in the overly gushy young love between Trey and Kricket, but the background Sci-Fi story of civil war between Alameeda and Rafe clans (and others) as well as Krickets continuing growth as something powerful and unique in this new world, more than keeps you interested.
This story is well worth listening to, and with the exquisite narration of Kate Rudd, it is even more so.

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  • Karen Beresford
  • 11-01-2018

Excellent Start to Intriguing Series.

Would you consider the audio edition of Under Different Stars to be better than the print version?

Yes but I must say that as I suffer with my eyesight, reading gives me splitting headaches and detracts from the enjoyment of a book so I tend to only listen to the audio.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Different Stars?

I cant give details without it becoming a spoiler, so will just say it was the main character holding her own in an unfamiliar place.

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

I liked the fact that she put inflections into conversations.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'Baw-da-Baw'!!!

Any additional comments?

Fantastic world building and original story. The characters are well developed and I'm looking forward to the next book immensely.

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  • Jummai
  • 26-06-2017

Do yourself a favour and read this series!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to everyone I know. Even thought at first I think a lot of them wouldn't think this would be their thing. I didn't at first, the first few chapters make this book seem like your typical YA novel but that is misleading.
Each book gets better and they are already amazing. Well book one is good, although it does have a slow and cliched start, book two is amazing and book three is heart-breaking. There needs to be a book four. It's such a beautiful read, money well spent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Different Stars?

Can't think of a moment. But I loved the characters you really grow to love them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it in one sitting, then I bought the next one and NEEDED to buy the third but hopefully not last in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-2016

Wonderful

Really loved it. So different and original! I love that Kricket has such a strong personality and is so funny to listen to. Truly enjoyed it!

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 11-05-2015

Unique, brilliant book.

Would you consider the audio edition of Under Different Stars to be better than the print version?

Yes, I've read both and listening to it just brought more to the feel of the story.

What other book might you compare Under Different Stars to, and why?

Any dystopian type book like divergent but there is more romance and I enjoyed it more for this factor.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Kricket and Trey are journeying through the woods after returning home from earth.

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  • Sally R
  • 21-02-2015

Good, needs more depth

I did enjoy this, however I felt there were unanswered questions. why doesn't Kricket ask where this new world is and why does she accept it without having much agony over losing her human friends. it wasn't greatly believable however I will listen to the next book as its an easy listen.