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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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Audiobook Review: On A Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers

On a Clear Day
Walter Dean Myers
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 6 Hours, 17 Minutes
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Listening Library
Reviewer: Sophia

Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Award–winning Monster.

It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite.

Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water, and energy resources—and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?

I've never been so confused with an audiobook. I don't really know why, either.

There's not much of a plot going on – just a group of teenagers from random parts of the world (I think) banding together to take down a major company while figuring out how a terrorist fits in with it all. If you want a shorter version, it's a group of teenagers coming together to take down a monopolizer.

On a Clear Day is probably better to listen to than actually reading the book. There are some parts that are read rapid fast, but Rebecca Soler is an amazing narrator. Like Amanda Dolan in Red Queen, the story is narrated realistically and it was just far more enjoyable to listen to. I felt like I was listening to a recording of a conversation (that might actually be very accurate).

The narration might have been why I even completed the book. Maybe the heat is getting to me (not likely), but I feel like I'm just chugging along and nodding without interpreting anything going on. I don't feel like I know much about any of the group of teenagers aside from what they're well-known for – chess prodigy, math/computer whiz, athlete, musician, etc.

I feel like I'm reading the middle of a stand alone series where I'm supposed to know all the major characters really well and Myers can just focus on developing the plot. The points to the point disappeared somewhere. The end feels like a pause that Myers will never get around to. It's a happily ever after with loose ends and an unknown future.
C-8 had backed off from acquiring another company. For now.
2.5 Owls

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.