I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Underland by Chanda Hahn
Narrator: Rachel Dulude
Series: Underland #1
Published by Tantor Audio on April 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 6 hours 56 minutes
Narrator Rating: A
I didn’t necessarily dislike Underland, I just never really GOT it.
Long ago, before humans forgot them for all eternity, monsters and immortals retreated below ground to seek shelter. But what do the Greek Gods do when they're bored? They bring back the Olympic games--only a lethal version. The newest contender in these bigger, deadlier games is a young human girl they kidnapped from the streets above. For Kira Lier, it’s kill or be killed as she races against beasts she thought were just myths, to cross the finish line and win a chance to earn her freedom.
- The writing style was quite good, actually. I enjoyed the dialogue and I easily found myself in the story.
- The uniqueness of Underland is probably what kept me engaged. I WANTED to get it and was really curious about what was happening.
- Rachel Dulude’s narration probably had a lot to do with my staying engaged, as well. Her narration fit the writing style and the variety of voices kept me captivated. I’d give her an A, despite not loving Underland
What Could Have Worked Better:
- The world could have been MUCH clearer. It wasn’t until rereading the synopsis just now that I even understood that this was supposed to have taken place a long time ago. That was never clear to me. I kind of thought it was present day – a world beyond our knowledge or something, since we’ve forgotten the gods.
- While the characters were very unique, their otherwordliness probably kept me from connecting to them. The one human, Kira, didn’t connect for me either though. I just didn’t care what happened to her.
- The point? I never really saw a real point to the story. I guess it was for Kira to get back home, but since that was made clear to be impossible I just didn’t get it at all.
I never thought about quitting, the writing in and if itself was compelling enough to keep reading, so Underland might be for you. But I don’t plan to continue, despite the cliff hanger (that I also didn’t get).
Despite being well-written Underland was just meh for Berls. #Review Click To Tweet