Familiar but good!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🙃☺️🤭🥵
The heroine: Ellie – she is working undercover at an illegal testing lab in order to gather evidence against the company and release all of the test subjects including 416 whom she feels for since he has been one of the favorites of the men who mistreat the test subjects. The test subjects were created by splicing human and animal DNA.
The Hero(es): Fury (a.k.a. 416) – He spent his life being chained up, abused and experimented on. He is full of rage and hatred. Ellie was the only one who showed him kindness. So when she betrays Fury, he wants revenge.
The Story: When Ellie finds 416 in a room with one of the worst guards being physically abused in a horrible way, after being drugged. she goes crazy and kills the guard. This happened on the worst possible day, since she had just returned from breaking into one of the doctor’s offices and downloading enough information to put the company out of business for good. She still needed to get the stolen data out of the building at the end of the day and to her handler.
I liked the story despite its being a bit derivative of Lora Leigh’s Breeds series. Though I really loved that series so I didn’t mind the similarities. Like Breeds, this has genetically altered human/animal hybrids who were kept in captivity, experimented on and tortured for years who are now trying to make a life for themselves on a compound while surrounded by hicks and bigots who picket outside the gates and some of them get even more creative and try to go after them.
The book was told in Ellie’s point of view and the narration was done by Vanessa Chambers. Recently I have been passing over audiobooks that only have one narrator, but I found that I enjoyed Vanessa’s voice and didn’t mind the lack of a male narrator. It helps that Vanessa has a multitude of voices that she uses for different characters.
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