• Charlie the Anomaly

  • Anomaly, Book 1
  • By: Shae Ford
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Charlie the Anomaly

By: Shae Ford
Narrated by: Emma Galvin
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Publisher's Summary

Humanity wasn't always doomed. There was a time when people were actually pretty decent.

Two hundred years ago, every person on Earth was connected through the stream of AVA: a hyper-advanced artificial intelligence system designed to give the world a fresh start. AVA cleansed humanity and rebuilt it on the ideals of progress and peace. With their pasts bleached and their futures filtered out, humans advanced in a startling leap. They thrived in the new world that AVA created.

Then, the virus struck.

Now, after a centuries' long apocalypse, humanity has returned to its violent roots. The few ragged settlements that remain fight each other for what little the Nothing provides and will do whatever it takes to stay alive.

Charlize Smith doesn't know it yet, but her hometown might be the last civilized place on Earth. Born a Defect and forced to undergo a slew of dangerous experiments, Charlie dreams of the day when she can finally set out on her own. But when a tragedy pushes her to the edge, she's arrested and thrown onto a truck bound for the Nothing - where she's probably going to die.

©2018 Shae Ford (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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So much action... so much story!!!

Wow reading Charlie the Anomaly makes you feel like you are experiencing everything the characters are feeling and doing!!! Being from Texas myself, I can attest to the awfulness of mesquite tree thorns, fire ants, and the unrelenting heat! Ms. Ford doesn't pull any punches for Charlie... she allows you to experience the trials Charlie goes through using her realistic struggles to stay alive in the Nothing. Ms. Galvin's narration properly expresses Charlie's youth and vulnerability, but also has you laughing with her ability to express the quick wit of the author's writing. At the same time cringing through Charlie's fight for survival against some of the worst of humanity. All in all a great read a good marriage of talent between the author and the narration.

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Move along, nothing to see here.

The author filled the 15 hours of this book with very very detailed descriptions of gore and torture. I mean paragraphs of it. He created a world of hardly any likeable inhabitants (really... only one or two actually likable characters. The rest suck.) Top it off with hardly any real story to speak of and for me this was yet another bad purchase. I hate to do it since this will be the second return on this same credit this month (I'm on a roll of getting fooled by reviews and descriptions). I apologies to Audible for this but I will never want to listen to this title again. I have to return it.

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Love Shae Ford’s book

I really enjoyed the Fate's Forsaken books. They’ve become one of my go to set of books to read when I want to get lost in a story.

Charlie the Anomaly does not disappoint! Found the book very interesting and really well narrated. Also found any excuse to stay plugged into audio device.

This book skips most of the annoying tropes that authors rely on and delivers a unique, entertaining and frequently fantastic book with interesting and strong female characters.

Shae Ford has undeniably become one of my favorite authors of all times.

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I can't wait for the rest of the series!

This book was so well written and incredibly unique. I've read and listened to countless sci fi dystopian/post-apocalyptic books but this one was so clever and different from the usual story lines. It was funny without being silly or immature and I loved all of the well crafted characters, especially Charlie. I keep checking for the next book in the series to be out and will be super bummed if it doesn't get published soon! Specifically as an audiobook.

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Creative, original, different, and beautiful

It’s so different from what I’ve read from Shae Ford in the past but the writing is so descriptive, so engaging, it reminds me that words can be art even as they tell a story. The story itself is reminiscent of Sanderson’s newest book and no less entertaining. I look forward to anything Shae Ford puts out but this series is going to be great.

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a refreshingly good story full of new ideas!

I love scifi, but most of the time they are not made of new ideas. This one is. I was taken by of original it is, and how taking!

I love finding new authors that can make me live the story as I read it and make me wonder.

keep up the good work!

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In Love !!

I loved this book! I am a huge fan of post apocalypse / sci-fi stories. The storyline was great and I am eagerly Awaiting for what comes next for Charlie. If you like action & suspense with a sprinkle of mystery this book has it.

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I Don’t Get It

I just don’t get what this author is trying to say with this story, which takes place in a bleak and futuristic version of the US. It’s a story. About what, I struggle to understand. The whole thing is just random and makes little sense to me. Strange, given the length of the story. I don’t understand the. Characters or the point. I don’t recommend it, spend your credit on something else.

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got better and better

A bit of a slow start but it got better & better.
Could stop at the end, looking forward to the next one!!

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Great story

I loved this story and the characters! Well written and kept me entertained, I can't wait for the sequel!