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Armageddon's Children [With Earphones] (Genesis of Shannara #1)

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Del Rey editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell's declaration that longtime fans of Terry Brooks should be prepared for a "dramatic surprise" in this book could quite possibly be the understatement of the year. "Momentous," "jaw-dropping," or "mind-blowing" would be much more fitting terms to describe this singularly shocking publishing event: Armageddo
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Published March 1st 2009 by Playaway (first published January 1st 2006)
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Christopher I would definitely read "The Sword of Shannara" trilogy first (noting that there is an astronomical jump in writing quality between the first and…moreI would definitely read "The Sword of Shannara" trilogy first (noting that there is an astronomical jump in writing quality between the first and second books) as is the recommended reading order, but you needn't follow the list so adamantly after that.(less)
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Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Wow wow wow. If Wishsong wasn't so close to my heart there's a good chance Armageddon's Children would be my favorite Terry Brooks novel to date. I finished reading this over a month ago and I'm still speechless.

I loved absolutely every second of this book. Actually, I've been putting off starting the next one because the thought of 'what if it isn't as good?!' keeps popping up. I shouldn't worry though, Terry Brooks hasn't disappointed me yet.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
I read the Shannara books as a young teen and loved them. It was such a letdown when I tried to read them years later and they didn't hold up. Pretty thin, really. But I got suckered in to reading multiple new ones set in that world afterwards. Since I knew the world, they were comfortable and familiar. I kept wanting to recapture the original feeling, but they just weren't very good.

This one is the same thing. The concept isn't entirely bad but the mediocre writing continues. There are too man
I listened to this while driving to and from North Texas twice - once for Easter and once for my daughter's college graduation. I had extreme difficulty finding a satisfactory volume level for Dick Hill's voice. He had a tendency to whisper breathily in an overdramatic way for character's dialogue. This contrasted steeply with his narration, which boomed forth, sometimes unexpectedly. Male voices with deep resonance do not a gentle listening experience make.

I selected this title to 'fill in the
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#4/29 in my Epic Shannara Quest.

Part Mad Max, part Charles Dickens, but definitely all Terry Brooks, Armageddon's Children is a riveting bridge between Brooks' Shannara books and the urban horror of his Word and the Void trilogy. Full of rich characters and storytelling wizardry, this first volume of the Genesis of Shannara series lives up to the promise of the episodic W&V books and will leave the reader craving the next volume. (I'm glad I don't have to wait a year for the next book--but
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve never read a Terry Brooks novel, then I don’t advise you start here. That’s not to say I don’t recommend reading it because I do, you just have to read some other books first. Armageddon’s Children is set some time after The Word & The Void Trilogy and sometime before The Sword of Shannara.

The Word & The Void Trilogy was set in, for want of a better term, the real world, in present day. The Shannara series was set in a traditional fantasy land. You know the type, elves, dwarves
Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it, i-own
I've loved Brooks' writing for many years now and this new series continues his great tradition of excellent stories with great thoughts and values.

With this novel, Terry begins to bridge the gap between two of his main story threads...that of the world of Shannara and that of the world in the "Word and Void" series.

The characters are approachable and each filled with their own strengths and flaws. As readers, we are taken on a voyage of self discovery along with the characters as they interact
Andrea Yargeau
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having never read Terry Brooks before, I was not sure what to expect from this book. It begins in a post apocolyptic world, where humans are shutting themselves into compounds to save themselves from a world run amok by demons, mutants, and something called once-men, who seek only to destroy and follow orders from the demons not caring if they live or die. The book follows three separate people with the promise that they will all be brought together. (However, they are not, you got to go to the ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never seen an author go quite as in-depth with a world as Terry Brooks has with Shannara, and it's only been for good. Since Sword of Shannara was published forty years ago, Brooks's world has only gotten deeper and richer, and we can see how it began with Armageddon's Children.

Armageddon's Children picks up about 100 years from our here-and-now, after the world has been virtually destroyed and the only survivors are scattered, hunted, and often mutated. It, like most of Brooks's work, has
Aaron Mills
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normally, fantasy/science fiction books are not what I like to read, however lately I’ve been getting a bit bored with the regular authors that I read. So, I started looking around for a different type of author and book to spark my interest. I remembered my mom and a few friends, who constantly were reading Terry Brooks, so I thought to myself I’ll give him a shot and read his Shannara series.

After logging on his website and looking at recommended reading orders and trying to figure out which t
Mr. Pirkl
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
This book takes place in the world created in the books "A Knight of the Word" and "Running with the Demon" and "Angel Fire East" (I haven't read this one yet). I did not know that when I picked it up from the library yesterday during the 'snow' day. I just knew that it was by Terry Brooks, who I am a fan of, and it said that it was a new series. I didn't know it had the subtitle of "Genesis of Shannara" until I added it here. I loved the Shannara series and, now that I'm aware, can see how this ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a trap. I didn't pay attention before diving in, and found myself at home at nine o'clock at night, wrapping up not a full story, but book one in a series. And the library and book stores are closed! (Although in my defense, the copy I had was a first run, so no mention was made of it being the first of a series. Still, I've read enough Terry Brooks to have been at least a little suspicious at the thought of a one-off title from Mr. Brooks.)

That said, this was an engaging read, and a fun
Chris Dietzel
In terms of tone and setting, this had a lot in common with Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger.' This book is more scattered and fantasy-based than the first installment to the Dark Tower series, though, which is why I preferred that much more. A fan of Terry Brooks said this isn't a very good book of his to start off with (it's the first book of his I've ever read), so if I ever do read another of his books I'll definitely move to the first book in one of his more commonly adored series rather than ...more
Half way through I was debating whether to give this four stars or five. Then the elves showed up, and it got silly. Characterization good, but too many incidental characters. Exciting, if predictable, plot. The usual logical and physical impossibilities one expects from folks who apparently failed high school chemistry and physics.

Think of this as 400 pages of prologue to the rest of the series. I won't be there to see how it turns out.
Leona  Carstairs
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trilogies, fantasy, adult
Terry Brook's writing style is slow but I was genuinely surprised to find that I just flew through this. (It took me 3 days to finish) It's great fantasy/fiction but WARNING after you read you'll be a bit paranoid about the apocalypse.
Jacob Aitken
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically Fallout 3 New Vegas, with demons. Better than the early Shannara stuff.
Becky Mitchell
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always loved the Sword of Shannara series. I can't tell you how excited I was to discover that there are actually a ton of other triliogies in the same world. This particular one starts probably at least 1000 years before Shea's story. Very cool to see how the old world (our world) ended and magic began to return. Also, a nice warning about the dangers of what we humans could potentially do to the world. The story takes place 50 or so years after a global nuclear war and is about the folks lef ...more
Terry Tipton
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is on my top three favorite books I have ever read. Terry Brooks is such an amazing writer, and these book grabs you from the beginning and leaves with with a cliffhanger that makes you want to start the next book in the series despite how sleepy you are.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Brooks is a good author, but not a great one. I read this because it was post-apocalyptic fiction, and because I read his Word and the Void series years ago, and learned that this was a continuation of that and a bridge with his earlier Shannara, so it sounded intriguing.

I'm a hoarder and builder by nature, and Brooks certainly isn't. Whenever he presents a great place to settle down, build, and acquire and amass stuff, it always seems to be at the leaving phase, or the arriving phase, but neve
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is set in a post apocalyptic world. The earth has become a poisoned place to live and is slowly becoming more and more inhabitable, not just because of the land but also the creatures that roam the earth as well. People are flocking to major cities, finding safety in walled compounds however even they cannot withstand the terror and destruction of the demons and the once men. In the underground of Seattle, a group of children and teenagers lurk, outcasts and orphans, trying to survive ...more
Mason Hall
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
I've owned this book for years, and I finally got around to reading it on Sunday. Immediately upon opening it I realized exactly why it had taken me so long to even open it. It's slow, almost painfully so, with what felt like information. At some point it felt like the book was just listing facts, and if it hadn't been for the fact that I was travelling without any other form of entertainment, I probably would have given up on it. But I'm really glad I didn't.

The worldbuilding is interesting, no
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Terry Brooks' novels, especially his novels about Knights of the Word. I felt like I was waiting forever to see this trilogy begin! I was very interested in what would become of the children and the others in the "Word and Void" series and was disappointed to find a lot of the middle was left unsaid. I hope there will be another book that more fully bridges the gap between this new trilogy and that one. Perhaps the middle would be too desolate to tell, except by including bits of the in-b ...more
Dean liapis
Jul 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Hate to give a book 1 star without finishing it, but I had to put it down. As i get older I'm finally breaking myself of the mentality that I "have to read a book all the way to the finish". So admittedly I haven't finished it, so take this review with that in mind.
With that said: Boring characters. My main problem is none of them seem fresh at all. Headstrong, young leader taking care of a pack of headstrong young kids...sighh. But SOME have special needs. For example, one likes to wander
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this series I did what I NEVER do - I read book 2 first. This was because I was looking for an e-audio book to listen to on long bus journeys to work, and started with Elves of Cintra not realising it was the second of a trilogy. Elves made fairly good sense, and I then downloaded the third - Gypsy Morph - but decided they were good enough that I wanted to read the whole set. Now I know why I never read out of order, because I got myself very confused about the sequence of events. Entirely ...more
Shari  Mulluane
Well, on the strength of the writing alone, it is a good book. The characters (and if you've read any of my other reviews, you know I love good characters) are vivid and endearing. The world portrayed is a bit too real for my tastes so I'm taking from that that he did a great job there too. Not a book you should read before going to bed at night. My imagination was a bit shaken by the imagery since I can envision the very real possibility of such a place coming into being. The abysmal state of o ...more
Cody Westberry
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Armageddon's Children, in short, is a book about a post-apocalyptic future in which mankind has essentially destroyed itself. It's said early on that this is due to the influence of "demons" which drove man to inevitable war and violence. The story follows three protagonists: Hawk, leader of a group of street children known as the "ghosts;" Logan tom, a Knight of "the Word" who fights to find a specific person; and Angel Perez, another Knight of the Word fighting to free humanity as a whole from ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I've been reading the Shannara books since I was fourteen and am wise enough to wait until an entire trilogy is published before starting it, knowing how quickly is will devour them once I begin! This first book in the Trilogy has a cliff hanger, making me even more glad I have the next to go onto straight away! Its great that Terry Brooks has a such a clear idea of how Shannara began, the post apocalyptic world it grew from and how the world slides into the apocalypse. Everything fits neatly to ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans who like elves in their story
A group of children are living on the streets of a deserted city,inhabited by the sick,the supernatural and the unwanted while people live in fortified sport stadiums to protect against the forces of evil.When a rival gang are murdered by some new monster the children decide they have to escape.Meanwhile,a protector is on his way to the city to find one special child with the power to defeat the evil.One of the few others to stand against the evil forces is trying to outrun a demon sent to kill ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book (and the Genesis trilogy) but had a really hard time getting immersed in it. It was very bland, redundant, and drawn out. The second book with the elves had a much better, more progressive storyline. I just did not get that sense of excitement from this book or the Gypsy Morph that just made me eager to keep listening to the story.

I actually started the series in the wrong order - I had downloaded The Ward of Faerie when I was just looking for something fantasy to listen
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I've read almost all of Brooks' books and I had kind of given up on the Shannara series (which is great fantasy) when I started to read his Knight of Word series which has huge biblical references throughout (it is not a Christian fiction though). My Gramps has read everything by Brooks and told me not to give up, because this next book starts to bring the Shannara series and the Knight of the Word together. Which I thought was very interesting seeing as how they don't seem to have anythi ...more
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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Genesis of Shannara (3 books)
  • The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara, #2)
  • The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara, #3)
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