Author: Natalie Wright
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Andrew Tell
Length: 8 hours, 46 minutes
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Publisher: Natalie Wright
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review.
H.A.L.F. 9 has finally escaped his lifelong cell and has breathed in the desert air for the first time. He was created as a weapon, but he exceeded his creator’s wildest imaginings of his power and has spent his entire 17 years of life sedated and hidden away from humans.
But now that H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab and the sedation has worn off, he realizes just what he has been missing and just how powerful he really is.
Erika Holt can’t wait to graduate high school and get the heck out of her small hometown. Ever since her beloved father died when Erika was only twelve years old, it had been up to Erika to take care of her alcoholic mother. She is sick of it and upon graduation she plans to hop on her motorcycle and drive as far East as it is possible to go.
Erika does not drink alcohol. She knows that most of the high school seniors do, but living with an alcoholic has put her off alcohol for good. She was supposed to attend a party with her best friends: Ian and Jack, but Erika convinces them to head out into the desert instead.
Erika had no idea that deciding to head into the desert on that particular night would end up changing her life forever.
Erika and H.A.L.F. 9 have a fateful run-in in the desert and somehow their fates and their very lives end up inextricably linked together.
This audiobook is a terrific Young Adult tale. It is the first book in a series.
H.A.L.F. 9 is a terrific character. The author could have taken him in any direction she wanted. She writes his confusion with what the real world is really like brilliantly. He may be super-smart from a purely intellectual point of view, but learning from books and only approved websites has left him severely socially handicapped.
The narration of this audiobook was EXCELLENT. It was clear right from the beginning that this narrator is a professional. I’m not sure what else to say about it because, quite frankly, it could not have been any better. The narrator was able to draw me into the story right away and allowed me to follow along without ever having to wonder if I had missed anything.
My favorite character in this book has to Dr. Randall. Despite the fact that he is the co-founder of the HALF program, he is a good man with a good heart who wants to do the right thing.
Dr. Lily Sturgess is the perfect villain. She is condescending to her subordinates. She is devious. She believes that her intellect is superior to everyone else. Basically, she is a bully who has power and that power is more important to her than anything else.
Dr. Dolan is the grandfatherly figure that listeners cannot help but be drawn to.
I rate this young adult audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
“Natalie is the author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. She lives in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, tween daughter, and two young cats.”
“Natalie spends her time writing, reading, gaming, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, hanging out on social media, and meeting readers and fans at festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. She likes to walk in the desert, snorkel in warm waters, travel, and share excellent food and conversation with awesome people. Natalie supports the rights of both humans and non-humans to live a life free of suffering caused by people. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.”
For more information visit http://www.nataliewrightauthor.com