• Recruitment

  • The Resistance Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: K. A. Riley
  • Narrated by: Ginger Sue
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Recruitment

By: K. A. Riley
Narrated by: Ginger Sue
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Publisher's Summary

In the Valta, no matter what month you were born, everyone is assigned the same birthday. November 1. It's the anniversary of the day when the government declared war on the Eastern Order. 

The day you turn 17, the Recruiters come to take you away. And no one ever hears from you again.

It’s October 31. Today, Kress is 16 years old.
Tomorrow, she’ll be taken. 

The good news? So will her best friend Cardyn, and Brohn, the handsome, enigmatic boy she’s avoided all her life. 

The bad news? 

Recruitment isn’t what any of them expected.

Weeks of training await. Military and psychological tests, escape rooms, hand-to-hand combat. The Recruits are told they're the key to winning the war. But with each day that passes, things begin to make less sense. 

If only Kress had been able to bring her trained raven, Render, with her.
If only none of them had ever had to come to this place.

©2018 K. A. Riley (P)2021 K. A. Riley

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  • 02-22-21

Recommend

I really enjoyed this book. Wish the rest of the series was available on audible.

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3.45/5 Interesting Start to a Typical Dystopia

Summary:

Kress and her friends are swooped up … this is more conscription than recruitment if you want to get technical. That takes about 1/3 of the book. The rest is the beginning of their training.


Additional Comments:

- 3.5/5 Stars Main Character – Tries a little too hard to hit that average but amazing teen protagonist vibe. Glad I looked up her name because I would have gone with Kris, not Kress. The connection to a raven was new-ish and cool, a great excuse for her to be able to see and hear things she normally wouldn’t be able to.

- 4/5 Stars Side Characters – A nice variety of personalities. I might be more of a fan of Mandy than the others though.

- 4/5 Stars Plot – The what happens is typical dystopian fare. Predictable but still decently satisfying if you’re not completely inundated with this flavor of story. Evil government, check. Naïve populace, double check. (I would like it more if that part wasn’t so sadly realistic.) Training the youth as a last-ditch effort, check. The end twist works but is very predictable.

- 3.5/5 Stars World-building – typical dystopian world with a few neat added tidbits. If you're super familiar with the genre, you might be bored, but if you only occasionally dabble, it'll be fresher.

- 1/5 Stars Pacing and closure – This is essentially a very, very, very long, wordy prologue to the rest of some unseen story. There’s not even much sense of this chapter ending. That sort of thing would be better in book 2 of a trilogy, but I expect better out of book 1. The way this ends just sort of leaves a sour taste in one’s mouth. It’s not even like a “oh, I really need to see what happens” vibe, more like a “wow, that’s annoying. 9 hrs I’m not getting back.” (note, that vibe might be completely diff if the rest of the trilogy was available and this were a combo volume bought with 1 credit.) Lots of questions. Few answers.

- 3.5/5 Stars Performance – The narrator fit the MC very well. Some of the cadence took a bit of getting used to. This is rare for me because I listen at a faster speed and that tends to fix stuff like that, not cause it. Props to the narrator for being able to distinguish 8-ish core characters. The main antagonist sounds a bit like Effie from Hunger Games. Very perky. Overall, a nice performance.

- 4/5 Stars Cover – pretty and decently on point with the genre.

Conclusion:

There are definitely cool parts, but if you like closure, definitely NOT the book for you. If you want to take a gamble, I recommend waiting until there is a combination book and springing for that. The other two books in the trilogy aren’t released, so I’d recommend a different medium until that’s ready.

*I received a free copy of the book. I have chosen to review it. All thoughts are my own.

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dragged on

only got to chapter 4 by skipping chapter 3. lots of minutia. the only interesting thing was her connection with the raven

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New narrator

The narrator sounds excited all the time and she emphasizes every other word. She sounds like she is reading to kindergartners to try to keep their attention the whole time. If you can get past the narrators voice you will enjoy the story. I had to speed her up to keep her from being so annoying.

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great story

this story takes you on an awesome adventure throughout three books; it was a fun read.

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The narratortake some getting used to but overall really enjoyed it

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy the story not so much the writing at first but the narrators tone, but I kept with it at times the story can be bag down and details but they really do come in to play in references in later in the story. If you can wait through the waves of details it really is an enjoyable story looking forward to listening to the next one

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Not as good a read as other YA dystopia

The plot is stale, the characters lack depth, the writing is bland and unimaginative. I stopped listening after I heard the phrase "as always" 5 times in as many minutes.

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I just can’t…

I have tried to listen to this book 4 times now- I can not get past the first chapter… the narration is impossible to get past… I don’t normally give bad reviews, but I can’t listen to the story line because I just can not look past the choppy narration… I

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choppy

the narration was very choppy and felt like they pieced it together sentenced by sentence instead of having any flow. the writing and story itself seem to have a lot of good content though.

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glad i stuck around

it was touch and go initially bc the narrator was so stilted, like an AI at first. but i am glad i pushed thru. speech pattern seems less noticeable now and i am enjoying the story so far. eager to start book 2.