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Sci-FI Novel Audiobook Review: Fortune's Folly by Sara King

Fortune's Folly by Sara King (Outer Bounds #2)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
Fortune has a secret.

Humanity, in its struggle to escape its own planet's demise, began sending colony ships from Earth almost seven hundred years ago in the desperate hope a handful would find some place habitable to human life and be able to continue our species. Only one ship survived.

It only survived because it found a vast swath of alien planets, all terraformed, all utterly abandoned. Alien megastructures cold and lifeless. Alien vehicles left in panicked lines, sealed from the inside, no corpses within. Empty space stations, with no one to run them but the dust. Resources everywhere, ripe for the taking.

But Fortune is different. Of all the planets colonized by humans after the chaos of Migration, this single, jungle-infested colony on the very edge of the known universe holds the key to the alien collapse…and to humanity’s survival. Everywhere else, advanced alien ruins mar every surface, every planetoid, every debris ring and asteroid, but of the creatures that made them, there is no sign. On Fortune, something survives…

Unfortunately for humanity, while time is running out, a rebellion is brewing, one that could save our species—or consign it to dust like the aliens that came before us. Now, seven hundred years after our first brush with extinction, the fate of the human race once again rests on the shoulders of a few: a seven-year-old sociopath and her combat-gifted big sister, a man who’s dreamed of the future, an infamous smuggler, and a Coalition pilot sworn to destroy the rebel cause.

This time, however, the stakes are higher. For lurking on Fortune is a secret.

An epic, post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure that will make you hold your breath, cry, curse the powers that be, and in the end question what, exactly, it means to be human. This is the SECOND book in the Outer Bounds series. Please start with Book 1: Fortune's Rising.


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8/10

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There is one problem with reviewing audiobooks, peeps, and it's remembering names and trying to spell them correctly. I just spent 30 mins going through other people's reviews to get the names I need, and I still couldn't find them all. *grins*



Anyway, I adore Sara King's books. They are always so far-reaching and mind-blowing, and Fortune's Folly is no exception. The narrator here is also wonderful and brings all the characters to life.

Overall, this is a book of many revelations:
- Anna is finally taken down a notch (yay!). She is such a horrible little psycho, I was fervently wishing for her to die.
- We meet Quad who is far better at all things tech than Anna, but much more naive, which makes Anna a real danger to him.
- Tatiana and Milar are my faves. Tat is an awesome character. She is self-centered and spoiled, but not enough to make her unlikeable. This puppy knows what she is doing, and Milar loves her no matter what. In this book, Tatiana makes a major discovery about Fortune's unique resources and why they are there.
- Josie Brackett and Magali. I wasn't very happy with those two. On one hand Magali is responsible for some freaking epic fights in this book, on the other hand, her mind is going, and she wallowing in self-pity when she is not kicking ass.
- Joel and Jean do a mind-blowing heist of the century, which is really funny. But then Jean goes and spoils it, and the rest of the book the duo picks up the pieces.
- Dobie continues being awesome, especially after Quad turns him into a comic book character with his upgrades. I love how he stays with Anna to keep the little psycho in check.
- Whiteman Joe and Peter. Peter is still a whiner, and I totally don't like him, but I enjoyed Joe's new depth of character and his role in the plot. He was a treat!
- Finally, Alpha Gen. This plot line starts okay, but by the end of the book it's a mess. New characters are introduced left, right and center, and I couldn't keep up with what was going on which is why I had to lower the rating.

Oh, nearly forgot! Yolk babies were really good too. Overall, a really chaotic listen, but an epic one at that. Recommended.

My review of Fortune's Rising.

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Вот есть одна большая проблема у рецензий на аудиокниги: очень часто не знаешь как пишутся имена персонажей и приходится перерывать множество чужих рецензий, чтобы их найти.

В общем, книги Сары Кинг я очень ценю. От неё всегда можно ожидать широчайшего построения мира, поражающего воображение своей замысловатостью. Эта книга - не исключение, да и рассказчица на аудио только добавляет ей глубины, прекрасно передавая характеры группы героев.

Книга эта также полна сюрпризов:

- Маленькая психопатка Анна наконец-то получает по заслугам. Гип-гип ура! Как же я не переношу её характер!
- Мы знакомимся с Кводом, который умеет путешествовать во времени и пространстве. В качестве бонуса, он умнее Анны, однако она опаснее, о чём ему постоянно напоминает Доби.
- Доби - ну просто шикарный персонаж! Особенно когда Квод превращает его в характера из комиксов своими апгрэйдами. Я уважаю его решение остаться с Анной, так как он единственный, кто способен минимизировать её ущерб.
-Детки желтка очень милые.
- Татьяна и Майлар - мои любимчики и играют чуть ли не самую важную роль в этой книге. Я люблю то, что Татьяна - эгоистка до крнчиков ногтей, однако она смешная и прекрасно знает когда перестать нажимать на окружающих, чтобы не переборщить. Тат и Майлар случайно разгадывают тайны погибшей цивилизации Аашаанти и узнают почему Фортуна - такая необычная планета. К тому же, Татьяна ненавидит Анну, что большой плюс в моей книге.
- Магали и Джози Бракетт. Я ими не очень была довольна, так как Магали переживает раскол в сознании после совершённых ею убийств, и постоянно себя жалеет, хоть она и ответственна за совершенно эпичные бои в этой книге.
- Беглец Джоэль и Джин начинают свою часть сюжета шикарнейшей афёрой, забирая весь желток с Фортуны, однако Джин косячит, и остальную часть книги, парочка старается исправить своё положение.
- Питер и Белый Джо. Питер - ещё один противный персонаж, постоянно жалующийся на жизнь, однако я была рада за Джо, который наконец-то получает важную роль в сюжете.
- И последнее, Альфа Джен. Началось всё с ними понятно, но последние процентов десять книги - это сплошной хаос. Новые персонажи впрыгивают из-за углов и появляются какие-то безумные петли в повествовании.

В общем, концовка грязная, из-за чего оценку я свою занизила. А так, конечно, книга поражает воображение своим масштабом. Читайте!
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