Book Review: The Dystopia Chronicles by Matthew Mather

March 12, 2015 Audiobooks, Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: The Dystopia Chronicles by Matthew MatherThe Dystopia Chronicles by Matthew Mather
Published by Amazon Publishing on 2014-08-12
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Science Fiction, Technological, Thrillers
Pages: 403
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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The second book in the bestselling Atopia series. Cast out from Atopia, Robert Baxter undertakes a globe-trotting quest to find his friend Willy's lost body, which just may hold the key to understanding the dangers facing his home...and Jimmy Scadden's role in the disasters that are spreading across the world. As Robert pieces together the puzzle, he realizes that mankind's ravenous consumption of natural resources is no longer the most immediate threat to this world. As full-scale global war erupts and an ancient apocalyptic threat resurfaces, Robert must risk losing the ones he loves to save the planet from destruction.

My Thoughts

I loved Atopia and could not wait to get my hands onto this one! Matthew Mayer just has a way of bringing the reader into this fantastical world that he has imagined. But the scary thing? Not only can I imagine it for fiction, I can actually see this happening in our future!

I recommend reading the Atopia Chronicles before delving into this one. He brings back quite a few of the people that we met in Atopia and their background stories are important to what happens to the plot in this one.

In Atopia Chronicles the narration jumps from one character to another and you’re not sure where you’re standing with each character until close to the end of the stories. This one is much more stream lined and due to that I think it was a better read. Instead of being a little choppy it flowed quite well.  This does start RIGHT where Atopia Chronicles left off too, leaving the questions that were left at the end to be answered! I love when an author does not skip portions. It has been a little while since I read the first but I was able to immediately fall into this story. There are just enough reminders to help that transition be very smooth.

The only thing I question is how the story progresses. Even without being as choppy as the first with narration at times I had to move backward to be able to figure out where I was. Or re-listen to a portion to ensure I got the entire story right. This also may have something to do with the fact that this is getting into some serious science fiction, which is definitely not my normal genre!

Over all I thought the narration by Nick Poedhl was done very well. The audio was very clean and easy to stay with, minus the few story portions where I got lost! I absolutely love when a narrator takes time to really tell the story. This includes adding pauses. I can get lost when the pauses are not done correctly but Nick Poedhl did a fantastic job reading this and the voices were pretty easy to tell apart.

In short: A few downsides but all in all it was a good read. I loved listening to this one even with the few times I had to look back.

Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
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Overall: 4 / 5



The Author

About Matthew Mather

Matthew is the bestselling author of CyberStorm and the #1 hit series Atopia Chronicles. He started out his career working at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, going on to become one of the world's leading members of the cybersecurity community. In between he's worked in a variety of start-ups,everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction systems to genomics, and even social intelligence research. He spends his time between Montreal and Charlotte, NC.

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