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3.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,852 ratings  ·  309 reviews
Micah Cole has been in deep space for four years now. While his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligent life deeper and deeper into the universe, Micah can’t help but dream of the friends he’s left behind and counts the days until the family returns to Earth. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys the Coles’s ship, Micah is separated from his famil ...more
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 7 pages
Published January 31st 2019 by Audible Studios
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Danielle Cintron
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
I feel like Lighting should have won.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I got a little over halfway through this before stopping. It was a free Audible original this month, I love a good space story, and I thought it'd be fun. Of course I'm not the target market for this book, but I've read as an adult many YA and children's chapter books, and this one just isn't good. The narration is quite bad - he reads like he's trying to pass an enunciation test and it was hard to believe this was a young kid as a result. The plot was a pretty unoriginal, boring survival plot. ...more
I snagged this as a free Audible Original because it seemed something that my kids & I would enjoy listening to. The "Hatchet" blurb clinched it because my oldest son is a huge fan.

None of us particularly enjoyed this. The only resemblance it had to "Hatchet" was the accident and the kid having to survive on his own. And let me tell you, this kid was stupid AF as well as immature and selfish. One ridiculous idiotic decision after another that just kept making his life harder. My kids made di
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really slow start. It had a lot of potential but there was so much lead up and not enough pay off.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's an alright little story for what it's worth

I'm not sure what the lesson is here. There's no place like home? Home is where the heart is? Get out and explore? Anyway, a kid has adventures while marooned on an alien planet and discovers he's not alone. His parents must've really cheaped out on the safety equipment for their little expedition. I sure wouldn't travel out across the galaxy with such a rickety ship. Also, I find it interesting that in a future world where they have interstellar t
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed

A rather meandering story that doesn't really establish a setting or plot enough to make the story interesting. It basically ends when it gets a little interesting. I wouldn't call this a YA because it comes across as middle school range.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2019, sci-fi, own
creepy but interesting!
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2019
This was a fun listen with my son. We started it on our way up the mountain to go to his ski lessons (free through the school, thank you very much), but it's taken us months later to actually finish.

I had no clue he was even paying attention until we were on the way down the mountain on our second trip, so hours into the audiobook now, and he asked a question about one of the events that happened. I thought he was just sleeping, hah.

Anyway, it was a fun book and good for his age of 8 years. It'
Mar 01, 2019 marked it as review-of-the-year
Dnf... Not rating.. It wasn't the story. The narrator didn't work for us. Probably minority in opinion, but it sounded weird. He was way over enunciating things. It didn't sound natural.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF @ chapter 10, 2h 40 mins in.

I tried. I swear I tried. But the book kept going on and on and nothing of interest happened. The main character just kept having flashbacks to his life before going into space with his parents and I mean, sure, we get to learn about him more, but when he returns to the present, nothing happens. This was so boring! I mean, yea it was free on audible, but I was at least expecting it to be somehow entertaining.
Marshall Wayne Lee
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
_Sovereign_ by Jeff Hirsch receives 4 stars from me: the story is compelling, interesting, and vivid.

First, I should mention that this was an audible recording, and was read by Jesse Einstein. He voice suggest, he's a teen. The voice is a good match and his reading skills are excellent. I found his reading enjoyable.

Now, the book.

This book is for middle grade readers and it fits the target well. Hirsch creates a earth like world that is only similar. By making it similar, it limited the amount
Feb 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it. It was really weak.
Jim Lay
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entertaining middle grade story and worth a listen.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is far from my normal fair, but it was free from Audible. So I had nothing to loose. Let’s get one thing straight right up front. I HATE space operas. I mean like grow the book at the wall and it;’s a digital book hate. This book starts out feeling like it might be a space opera, but then it quickly changes into a story of survival. It;s an adventure story of sole survival. Enjoyable adventure with a great character. But...

It ends so abruptly and could have been so much more. I felt like ha
Marie Engfors
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Teenager goes caveman in outer space.

Micah Cole is traveling the universe with his explorer parents. They get hit by a meteor shower and Micah is sent in a life pod to the neareast planet, which is suitable to human life. During his exile he meets death several times (but escapes, obviously), thinks back on his life on Earth with his friends and his time on board the space ship with his parents.

My low rating of this book, is because I'm dissatisfied with the way the author builds up the tension
Amanda Hyre
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was free on audible. It was a predictable and cliche story but not bad. I wish there had been more time spent on the exploration story than on the flashbacks to earth. It was a good distraction during spring cleaning.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I got this book as an audible original so it was free to read. Having said that it was obvious why this book was free to read. The entire story was boring and lacked creativity. The author somehow managed to make being stranded on an Alien World completely boring and uninteresting. The new world was basically Earth 2.0. It had the same animals and plants for the most part, and lacked detail that you usually find in good sci-fi books. One of the aspects of Sci-Fi that makes it good is the factual ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Really, I was severely disappointed by this book. Not going to lie, I could only get 1/3 of the way through before I had to put it away, never to return. The protagonist was a middle school child who was not in the least bit likable; a selfish brat put in bad circumstances and who showed no real talent for survival much less empathy or forethought. Unfortunately the book was written as if it was an eighth grade student writing it with vague and bland descriptions that didn't build a visual repre ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
YA is not really my thing, but it was an Audible freebie, so I tried since I love sci-fi. It’s boring.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
How many books do we need about poor angry boys who are so angry yet so sad about the all the things?? I get you're trying to add emotional depth here, but really the kid is a selfish whiny jerk. There's no suspense to what he experiences on the planet. He's just in his feels about everything and ... it doesn't matter. Blech.

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Angry boy goes into space. Because PARENTS, amiright? Selfish MOM who just has to try to do science instead of centring her existence on the vagaries of
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bedtime-stories
I'd say more of a 3.5. My kids liked listening to it in the car, but I personally thought it was drawn out.
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: Micah acted like a 13- to 15-year-old in every scene, even the flashback ones where he was supposed to be 10. How many 10-year-olds actually argue and yell at their parents and act all angsty? He's barely 13 in the main part of the book (although he calls himself 12 at one point, and the blurb says he's been in space for 4 years, but Micah has only had 3 birthdays, which means he has been in space 2 to 3 years...). So, the timing was off, and that annoyed me. He didn't quite act ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 out of 5 - So so story about a 12-year old trying to survive after crash landing on a strange and unexplored planet. Ultimately disappointing to me.

First off, this was a free Audible Original title, so I can't complain too much. Unlike novels that take a little time to establish the characters and locale before getting down to business, this one jumps right in as we find Micah crash landing on a strange planet hoping to be rescued by his parents after they are able to repair the space craft
Christine Grabowski
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got this audiobook for my 12-year-old son and me to listen to during six hours of driving. I probably wouldn't have picked it myself based on the diverse reviews, but there were limited audible originals appropriate for a tween. However I was pleasantly surprised, and it kept us both entertained. (I think my son liked it a little more than me.)

The premise of a boy being left on an unexplored planet alone to wait for rescue (he was the son of space explorers) was fun and unique. The first 2/3 o
Nathan Burgoine
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I enjoyed this Audible Original as a freebie, and it was good company for walking the dog for a few days. It’s a middle-grade adventure about a kid who has been dragged to space by his explorer parents and who wants to go home to his friends and school life. Since he’s thirteen, that totally makes sense, and I was honestly on his side for most of the tale in that regard.

When meteorites damage his family’s small ship, he has to eject in a lifeboat and finds himself on Sovereign, a planet that see
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story if a kid whose family is exploring the galaxy under contract with a mining company when they hit a meteor shower and his parents shove him into an escape pod. The planet he lands on is Earth similar, and this story follows his struggle to survive. It's similar to the Hatchet but on an alien planet.

At times I found myself liking the story, but mostly I found it just cliche and full of holes, inconsistencies, and implausible scenarios with a big deus ex machina ending. Implausible scena
Bee Glosson
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
When their space ship is hit by a meteor shower and they have to eject micah is stranded on a planet by himself with no way off. Having to survive by himself he finds just what he is made out of. A journey of danger and learning he wasnt prepared for. The discovery he finds will change his mindset forever. Give it a 3.25, worth the listen
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I would rate the first half of the book 2 stars. It felt like The Hatchet-Lite. I caught myself thinking...people who enjoy this will love The Hatchet, but people who loved The Hatchet might think this book is a diluted imitator set in space. However, the last half I would rate as 4 stars. Things got much more interesting in the last several chapters and because of that, it was an enjoyable read on the whole.
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