In the Future, Even the Broken Can Make a Change...
When a nascent AI hacks her holo device, Molly Bates has to think fast and get out of the military before anyone discovers what has happened. The only problem?
The swiftest way out is also the most embarrassing. Mortifyingly embarrassing.
Ever the underdog, Molly refuses to stay down. What follows is a rough and tumble a...more
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We meet Molly right at the start of the book but learn very little about her before she has her brain hacked by an AI.
I hoped that we would find out more about her as she tried to come ...more
The milieu is basically modern-American. The intervening centuries have left a patina of science-fictional tropes (there are space ships, weapons can be set to stun, there are aliens - though of course they are humanoid and sexually com ...more
(view spoiler)[The big evil plot is ObamaCare just called something else, everyone in the future apparently uses the same lingo used today, different beings from a galaxy far away are basically different colored humans, the only food they eat is PIZZA...the aliens don't have delicious foods of their own, nope only pizza...again unimaginative OMG AND THE THING THAT BOTHERED ME THE MOST: Multiple references to "ancient" scifi shows aired on earth ...more
This new series in the kurtherian world show us a different kind of heroine, one who is totally different from Valerie or Bethany-Anne. Molly felt like a work in progress, a sheltered girl with ethic issues that is released from her cage and will cause mischief. I want to know what she will become, so I guess I'll add this series to my favourite. I like the style of miss Ell, for a new author she made a good job for her first book!
Hope to continue reading about Molly and ...more
- The protagonist is a moderately interesting character.
- This author, unlike Michael Anderle, has fairly good grammar skills, at least self-edits proactively. I'm not entirely sure I found even one error throughout the novel!
- Dialog generally felt forced, to me, and sometimes a bit awkward.
- Pacing wasn't handled well. There were many times when I wondered how the current details were moving a story along. Reminded me of a Rifftraxed movie I watched ...more
I find myself struggling to figure out how to start this review. Maybe I should be giving myself a chance to digest this book first, or wait until I've reread it three or four times like the main TKG books, but I really feel this book deserves feedback at the earliest possible moment.
Initially, I felt like the story got a bit of a slow start. I wasn't bored, by any stretch, but I wasn't feeling that wonderful "hooked" feeling, either. That changed somewhere ...more
First off, I wrote Elle a message midway through this book asking her some inane questions! (Sorry 😶). After reading and listening (immersion style as I like to say), I understand completely and thoroughly, I mean who, besides myself, would write the author halfway through and basically say, BTW what's the book about?!? It's hard to get the Army out of the boy! I thought I heard some Doctor Who type references in there. When I listened to the author notes and you said T ...more
Very different from what we've seen in the KGU so far.
No one is a super soldier. No one is trying to save the galaxy. There are no vampires or weres.
What we do have is a protagonist with depth, and possibly a slight case of Asperger's Syndrome who is learning about herself, her strengths and flaws, and is trying to become a better person. Taking what some consider to be a disability and turning it into her greatest strength.
1) The book takes place on a planet that accepted a few humans 150 years prior, most of the characters are non-human, but ALL the characters have human names, to include surnames. Why are there aliens names William, Henry, Erik, etc. I can kinda accept the half-human being named Paige since the name could have come from her human parent, but still, it's ridiculous.
2) The author spends a lot of time telling us how smart and a ...more
This story, set several hundred years in the future, could be translated to North America 20 years ago with only minor editing. A self-driving car is shocking and unusual. They can't translate common languages on the fly. People are tracked-down by canvassing door to door.
In the first chapter, we are introduced to a ground-breaking A.I. which arrives fully mature, but for some reason, halts its development at the human level. No singularity for you. At one point the story goes on for ...more
Ok, let me just state that I am a huge Michael Anderle fan. I have literally read every book in his rapidly expanding universe, and I am beyond thrilled with Awakened: Age of Expansion. I think it has great potential to be my favorite series in the Kutherian Universe except for the main/ original arc. I really enjoy reading a book where the MC doesn't have all the answers and shows great potential for growth in all aspects of his/her life... Even better, she's a ner ...more
I made it through 15% of the book. I didn't appreciate the character of the main character. She has no moral fiber, no integrity, no compassion and is entirely self-centered. She is a typically over-powered character (in the Kurtherian universe), but lacks the pathos that makes some of the other similar characters bearable. There is a substantial backstory that was disclosed too slowly, making it difficult to follow the plot and character motivations. The dialogue was ...more
Overall, the plot line develops well throughout the series and is a great addition to the Kurtheri ...more
I had issues with the narrator - she sounds quite the wrong age for our heroine and it kept throwing me out of the story. I also disliked how every character she wasn't sure about had a horrendous cockney/mockney or estuary accent.. however she read competently - other points not withstanding.
I also had issues with the lack of constant characterisation ...more
This was a fun romp, with intriguing twists, suspense, and action. The narrator's handle on the various characters was excellent, throughout and the audio book came with a fun surprise. The narrator sharing her behind the scenes perspective on the book (along with a fun hometown beer tip), and the authors, Ell Leigh, and Michael, sharing ...more
Molly is a sympathetic compelling super genius still finding her moral compass. Fortunately she has Joel and her AI. Her AI came into being while she was experimenting with writing computer code while drinking. Unknown to her at the time, the AI came into sentience attached to her mind. I really liked the references to Bethany Ann who is her idol. I like the humor and creative use of swearing. Is Gaitune-67 actually the Meredith Reynolds Base? The book really gripped me and I a ...more
Molly- representing all us clever but socially unblessed ones she took me by surprise! I was expecting mini-BA but she's just like any of us, trying to do what's right in a world that makes no sense. Blending seamlessly into the KGU I felt at home from the beginning of Awakened and I can't wait to find out what BA left behind the door in the basement and getting to know more about the other characters (the fortune teller? Intriguing...). As always, love the author's notes at the e ...more
It just never really captured my interest. The interp ...more
Awakened is an awesome story by new comer Ell Leigh Clarke, and the heroine Flight Sergeant Molly Bates is a young woman who was broken in spirit, and seemingly drifting through life. Molly is a wonderful combination of Bethany Anne and Tabitha, and yet unique in her own way. Loved reading her first adventure and I am awaiting her next one. Highly recommend this book as a wonderful addition to the TKG Universe.
I have eagerly read all of the KG series as each came out. A fast reader, I generally finish each book the day I get it. I have always been an avid reader but now that I am retired I am obsessive!
This new addition to the KG empire is one of the best yet. Fast paced, fun, great action and quality writing style combine to make Awakened a book well worth reading.
Based in the MA universe and with frequent references to BA and the Etheric Empire days you can see hints about how this will fit into the previous MA series.
Molly is a different character as is the supporting cast and so looks to be a worthwhile investment in time as her working through her problems and antagonists means reader involvement and if i say so a bit more geek which is all to the good.
A little off beat, a little off course but totally going to kick your butt. Molly is struggling to find herself and trying hard to be right. Even when she slips she wants to be right. These book is a great beginning to adventure.
I'm not normally a person who takes time to write reviews, but I had to put out there how much I loved this book and looking forward to reading more from this series. ...more
I have liked this series since I read the first snippet. The characters are likeable and flawed. I loved seeing Molly's mature and come to understand that just because you can doesn't mean you should. Looking forward to the next book. Excellent addition to The Kurtherian Universe! ...more
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