Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hell Divers (Hell Divers Trilogy #1) - Nicholas Sansbury Smith (Audio book review)

Time to review an audio book.

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Story
More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers—men and women who risk their lives by skydiving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there’s something down there far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past—something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.
My Thoughts
So this book was... interesting. I had this as an Audiobook and I think it still was interesting.

The story is not unique and quite messy. I have read similar stories and books that is much better than this was. The problem is there is not enough depth in the main story and to much in the side story, which has nothing to do with the Hell Divers but with other things. I wish it was more about Hell Divers and their jumps and what they where doing.

There where to many "main characters". At first I thought it was just a small number but in the end it was to many and to many sides of the story so it got messy and hard to keep track off. Who was related to whom and who did what and also some people we got to see their side from but they still had a very small part of the story. Maybe they will have a bigger part in book 2 or so but they distracted me from the main story.

the character development wasnt that great either. Very stale character without depth and real personality. Like they where shells that pretends to be humans, and they acted like that and sort of felt for others like that. I couldnt really feel for anyone in the story even if there where a few character that you are meant to feel for.

It is an okay Sci-Fy story but it dont bring anything new. It is a dystopi of earth and human kind who try to survive in airships that is getting old and broken.

Narrator
The narrator,  R. C. Bray, was maybe not the best either. He had a very calm voice which is great for audiobook, I like audio books, BUT he was to calm and didnt change tone often enough which had the effect I got tired and almost fell asleep a few time. Part of me wants to know what is gonna happen in this series but I dont have the energy or the will to read or even listen to the rest parts in the series. Maybe later on but not at this point.

I think that R. C. Bray is a pretty good narrator but the book didnt make it fair to him. I think the problem is more the book than the narrator.

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