Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Audiobook Review: The Flux ['Mancer #2] by Ferrett Steinmetz
The only time I had heard about The Flux, was on another blog discussing the covers of several releases. When I was contacted about reviewing an audiobook I read the synopsis that was provided and quickly replied with a yes. After a few technical glitches I was able to get the credit to download this from audible. It was that moment that I realised that The Flux was the second book in a series, one where I had not read or listened to the first one.
When I began listening to The Flux I was hooked, I love this world that Ferrett Steinmetz has created. I love the different 'mancy, how something you are skilled at can be used as a form of 'mancy, enabling you to do a lot of things that are physically impossible, like turning dressing yourself in you favourite game outfit to fight in a battle, using Pokeballs to capture people.
The Flux has some amazing action sequences, with lots of brutal fight scenes and it does not hold out on the gore factor either, but I loved it. The attention to detail was truly outstanding, and it really made things come to life even more. I love the cover of this audiobook, and after getting to know the characters I like seeing who it portrays. The characters themselves have a way of standing out and making sure they are memorable. I love the interaction between the primary characters and how they work so well together. The 'mancy itself sounds amazing, but also scary. Wanting something so much that your 'mancy can make it happen, but one shift in that feeling of need can backlash, and can have dire effects, from turning a minor crash into a fatal one, from a safe place becoming unsafe fast, and from life to death.
The plot behind the book was fantastic, and while it initially started out easy to follow, as it progressed I did feel like I was missing important events that occurred in the previous book. The author has done a good job to fill in most of the blanks and explain things, but to me because I knew I had missed out I couldn't help but see the glaring gaps, this did affect me somewhat in my enjoyment,but it just makes me more determined to pick up the previous book so I can enjoy this book again as a whole series so far.
The narrator, Peter Brooke, has done a great job of telling this story. He made it easy to distinguish which character was who with slight differentiation in his voice. He helped the story draw you in even more than you already had been, and want to keep listening.
The Flux was an amazing audiobook, and I have no problem with listening to this all over again once I pick up the previous book in the series.