Sovereign: Antius Ascending, Book 1 (Unabridged)
by E.R. Arroyo
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Chemical warfare has obliterated most of the world, including America, and the survivors have turned into feral beasts, save one colony, Antius, the last remnant of civilization. Seventeen-year-old Cori (aka Citizen 1206) only longs for wide open spaces and freedom. But Antius has no use for such things, just mindless drones to serve in a place with walls, fences, and laws - a lot of laws, which Cori constantly breaks. So she's spent years plotting her escape, which is the only thing that will save her from the colony's deranged leader, Nathan. She isn't looking to be a hero, and she certainly isn't looking to fall in love, but she just might do both.
My first thought post-listen was "Woah."
Cori will always be an outsider. She thinks and acts differently. She is not originally from Antius. Brought in after her father was killed by "savages" and raised by a benevolent leader. This leader suddenly passes and Cori's world is turned upside down. She is forced into the military a year before she was supposed to be and pushed almost beyond her limits. She has to escape, she must escape, she will escape. Follow Cori and her closest friends attempt to leave the only place they've ever known for the unknown outside.
Narration was done by the Corinne Bupp (which I thought was awesome because the main character and the narrator had the same first name). Cori (the narrator) absolutely kills it. She was able to use the perfect voice for Cori and gives a wonderful performance. She gives each new person we meet in the book a new voice so that the reader is not totally confused throughout. The production and voice quality were perfect. No issues at all.
My first thought post-listen was "Woah." Which was quickly followed by "Oh, please tell me the series is written and that there are more audiobooks on the way. Well Ms. Arroyo, if you are reading this, please know that I (and I'm sure others) would love to hear the second book in this series voiced by Corinne.
The story had the perfect arc. Sometimes with a series the author will leave a lot of things on the table, leaving the reader to feel gipped or like they didn't get the whole story. This is not one of those stories. Upon finishing this, I could theorhetically walk away and be okay. I know enough of what is going on that I am comfortable with where it was left off. With that being said, I do not want to walk way from this series. I found it absolutely fascinating and interesting.
I love a good dystopian. One of my favorite all-time books is 1984. Sovereign was written perfectly. I rarely say that about books. I can usually find one flaw, but with this, I really feel like I was given a wonderful story, told perfectly, by a character that I feel for.
Cori is strong, misunderstood, and severely damaged, but that just made me love her more. I really felt for Cori throughout this book. When she felt mad, I felt mad. When she was confused, I felt confused. Just a sign of an incredibly hashed out character and story.
If you like character-driven storylines, you will love this. If you were a fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent, I think you just found your next series. Take some time, read or listen to this story and fall for Cori like I did. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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