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Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 285 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 12 - 18|
|Grade Level: 6 - 12|
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The young heroine and her love interest are appealing and sympathetic characters.; in addition to their special ability they are smart and genuinely nice young teens.
The main plot is a bit disturbing with frequent references to psychological experiments and abuse of captive children, but that is an integral part of the story. The abuse is written as short old diary entries so it is not too graphic.
The pacing is uneven and often slow, with most of the action taking place in the last few chapters. That gives the reader time to understand and care about the characters in a way that a more action-packed story would not have allowed. The ending, however, could have been more thought out and less of just a lead-in to book two.
All-in-all, this is an entertaining YA book and well worth reading.
Sam is a typical teen with an interesting ability. I did like Swanson's ability to blend these two pieces in a way that was believable and made Sam into a very real person. She has to deal with the typical teen problems with friends, parents and relationships. But she also has to deal with her ability to turn invisible, or ripple. She learns more about her ability and starts to work on controlling it as she goes along. I did enjoy that aspect of the book.
However, I felt like the romance side fell a little flat and usually I wouldn't have a huge problem with this, but within the book it seemed that Swanson was trying to make something happen that just wouldn't happen. I didn’t understand Sam's love for Will and where it came from. I didn't swoon and I don't really have an opinion of Will either way.
I was also a little put off by the Nazi tie-in. I'm not sure why, but I do feel like it wasn't necessary. I was fine with the idea of secret tests being done sometime in the past, but for some reason, the idea that the experiments the Nazis conducted during World War Two were tied to the rippling ability kind of squicked me a little bit.
All in all, I'm not very invested in this series. Maybe if I get bored with my usual books and feel like finding out the rest of this story, I'll pick up the next books, but I was a little disappointed by this first book and don't really have the desire to find out what happens next.
The story idea was original and the characters were relatable. Each book builds on the foundation of the previous stories. The villains are truly dislikable. I also appreciate that while everything starts in a small community in California, the story is not confined to this area or even to the United States. Later books will delight those who dream of seeing the world.
I am sad that I have finished the series but I look forward to reading further works by this author and, please, if anyone hears that they will be making the series into movies, alert me. I very much want to audition for Mickie.
*This review originally posted on Goodreads.
This is my second read of this book. It was fun to go back and re-experience Sam and the gang and see the rippler life reborn. The reason for the reread was to listen to the new Audible version. I did enjoy the narration of Sarah Mollo-Christensen. Now as good as she was, Ms. Mollo-Christensen, I found her voice too low in comparison with my inner voice. Only the fake male voices were right. So my guess is that if this was your first time reading this book the narrator's voices will be the correct ones. By the way, the hardest voices for me to hear were Sam's friend, Gwyn Li and her mother. They just were too low and too -- boring. They should sound a lot more energetic. But even so, I am giving this audio version five stars. That is because I am assuming a first time listener wouldn't have so many preconceived ideas.
Thank you, Cidney Swanson for letting me enjoy this version at a discount. I love your work!
From previous read:
From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked. It starts in the middle of the action, a new talent and a new fear. Who wouldn't want to be invisible? But when there are people out to kill you or trap you for your genes, is anywhere safe?
There were a few things that made me unsuspend disbelieve when the main character's running mate turns out to be a fellow rippler. What are the chances of that? But the story keeps going, and I was brought in running for my life with the characters.
This is a YA and as such there is a bit of the angst of teens, but not as much as other YA's contain. And there is a tiny bit of romance but gentle and not quite as quite as squishy as the average YA. Instead it keeps you going wondering what was going to happen.
I was happy that there wasn't a cliffhanger. But the reason I didn't write this review when finished was I found that the trilogy was on sale for $.99 so then I started reading book two. Oops. I am enjoying it, too. :-)