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As you can imagine the general public didn't like this very much, they could get all of the nation secrets! The government rounds up all of the thought thieves into, essentially, a large concentration camp. This "camp" was the town called Brightside, were the populous had jobs and apartments, relationships, go out to eat at restaurants. Making it seem as much as possible like nothing was wrong with the "camp". Aside from the enforcers roaming around to keep those that can hear everyones thoughts in line. Until one man can't take it any more.
The story starts off on day one hundred since Joe has been at Brightside. Giving a breif rundown of what has been going on, what thought thieves are and what Brightside is. Then the story jumps around a little bit giving key backstory to Joe. His childhood, how he came to Brightside.
For me, one the most entertaining parts of the story was when Joe interacted with women and when he would try to have a relationship with them. After all Joe, like most men, is a pig. Within a community of telepaths there is no way to hide it. Often times this gets him into trouble. However I found that the story, in parts, just didn't seem to move anywhere or moved along very slowly. And there were times where I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I thought there was going to be more action and science involved.
Brightside was a intriguing reimagining of concentration camps or refugee camps but with a science fiction spin on it all. If you want something unique and more of a cerebral sci-fi experience, you should check this out.
This was my first listening of Tee Quillin. He has a quite deep and booming voice that is also, strangely, velvety and soothing. He was able to bring identifiable voices to the different characters. I found that his reading pace was slow for my ears and increasing the playback speed made it worse, so I listened at normal speed. There were two instances of repeating sentences. While this does not really take away from the story. It does however take away from the overall audiobook experience. First on was in Chapter 10 at approx. 3:48, a sentence about a can of Lysol. First sentence was fine, then a longer than usual pause and then the second time instead of "Whoosh" Quillin made spraying sounds. The next was at approx. 7:09 "Because we knew, long pause, All because we knew...". On to something that I liked about the performance was the use of what I can only call a dreamy quality to the actual thoughts of the characters. Giving an immediate queue that it was a thought and not something said out loud, although in the end it didn't matter which the characters did.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn't *quite* come up to the same level, in my opinion, but it came close. There were phrases noted throughout that were particularly enjoyable, such as "Riley's, the bar where everyone knows your name and all the horrifying (****) that fills your head." Some scenes were compelling and vivid, such as a rooftop sequence that had my full attention riveted to the book. My heart ached when reading some of Joe's experiences as a child.
As at least one other reviewer noted, the handling of time makes things a bit difficult. I was able to figure out when things were happening and the appropriate sequence, but I did wonder if a straightforward timeline might have been just as effective and less confusing.
Joe has a huge potential to not be a nice guy, and he's fully aware of it, which redeems him somewhat. I have a hard time expressing how I feel about one particular aspect of the book, especially if I am to avoid spoilers. One particular event and the description of the aftermath was graphic and horrific, but it was Joe's reaction and description of his actions that I found strangely unusual and compelling. I would not recommend the book for the squeamish, but I would also say that I didn't feel it was "over the top" or overdone at all. I felt that what occurred within the book was necessary to the story and was never used just for effect.
This book never felt cliched or formulaic to me, and I was never quite sure what the next event was going to be. It was not a comforting or happy read, to be sure, but I did enjoy reading it.
I received a free copy of this book in order to provide a review.
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Recommend for those who like a quick moving read. Need more like it.
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Finished in a rushed whimper as if the author suddenly remembered he had a train to catch.