It begins with a dire call—right before his father disappears and his skyscraper home’s doors explode inward. It is the kind of thrilling futuristic story only New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks can tell.
“Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks.” his father directs Ashton Collins before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous hear...more
Terry Brooks is best known for his Shannara books. When we see his name on the cover, we expect a good high-fantasy tale from him, and he always delivers a solid, readable story with great magical elements and characters.
So I was a bit jolted, first by the title ...more
I enjoyed this. It was certainly different than any Terry Brooks that I’d read before, and I’ve read a lot of Terry Brooks. Loyal fans will probably like this as his storytelling quality is there, even if we’re looking at a dystopian future instead of epic fantasy. It appeals to all age groups, being friendly in tone to younger readers, but mature enough in content for older ones as well. Because the main hero and majority of the characters are t ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect with Street Freaks but it wasn't the stonking dystopian adventure tale that I have just read! This book is basically a sci-fi based murder mystery after a fashion with a handful of corporate espionage mixed in and I found it to be quite remarkable and full of twists ...more
Despite being the son of a wealthy renowned bioengineer, Ashton Collins is just your ordinary teenager. In fact, due to his strict and protective upbringing, Ash is probably much more sheltered than the average kid. But when he is ambushed in his home by a squadron of armed invaders, he finds himself on his own and without anyone to turn to. His only lifeline is a panicked message from his father right before the attack cu ...more
So, when I started reading this book and the stor ...more
I bailed on this 52% in. The premise was brilliant. It was like Fast and the Furious with espionage and biogenetics. But I just didn't care enough about the characters to continue. For such a seasoned author as Terry Brooks, they were sappy and 2 dimensional. The main character spent 50% of his time fawning over one of the other characters, and the other 50% worrying about everything else. I really wanted to see these characters bond and have fu ...more
I may be slightly biased as Terry Brooks is one of my favourite authors, but this book was really enjoyable! I live his writing style and the world and characters were well built.
Great little standalone Sci fi!
For most of the book Ashton was a fish out of water, not really fitting in and doing what others wanted of him. As time went on Ashton realized all he knew was not correct, that his dad may or may not be a good guy, it depends on who you are. By the end of the book Ashton has found his place and figured out somethings about his dad and himself. Ashton's wor ...more
Okay but serious ...more
Street Freaks is an action-packed SciFi adventure, with lots of twists, secrets and thrill.
Total Rating: 8.6/10
World building: 9/10
For You if you like: Robots, Humanoids, Cars
Time It Took Me To Read: approx. 4.5 hours
“You know what your trouble is?”, she says, po ...more
**ARC provided by Grim Oak Press via NetGalley**
Nws my long-time/nostalgic affection & respect for Terry Brooks (hello, Shannara, Word and the Void & Landover), I never would’ve picked up ARC for STREET FREAKS had I known that it was YA. I didn’t recall *any* mention of such on GR at that time; perhaps I didn’t look hard enough?
Anyhoo, this is a ‘me-not-book’ situation. I have nothing against YA; in fact, my friends & I divvy up subgenres so to screen for our legio ...more
This book was NOT for me. It didn't hold my interest.
I would say it's for a younger audience, probably 12 to 15 years olds.
I felt the characters were under developed.
It was repetitious. Some of the action scene and races that were written in, didn't feel necessary.
The ending was predictable. ...more
The story ...more
Basically this is a book aimed squarely at very young boys, my ten-year-old self may have enjoyed it...well, some of it, maybe. But this whole book is so dumbed down I actually felt insulted for the youngsters this thing is aimed at. And don't get me started on the love story side of things becau ...more
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