Making this friend has its benefits
4.5 out of 5 stars
Michael Pauley does a really nice job narrating this book. Reading through the description after having listened to the whole novella — I realized I would have been a lot more confused by the names of places and things without Pauley’s narration.
The beginning of the story feels weird to me. I know this is a prequel book, but I just felt like it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. But, I was wrong. After a chapter or so I started to understand who was who and what they were doing in the world. I know that character development is hard to do in shorter stories, and The Arrival’s just took a little bit for me to get it.
The story was really well done and definitely heartwarming. I really enjoyed the interaction between Jake and Evaran. They just seemed to have this really unique chemistry.
Also, I don’t know if it was the name or what, but I kept imagining Evaran as a woman. Almost the entire story, I pictured a woman. Probably just a weird thing in my head.
Overall, The Arrival has a really nice story to tell and it’s able to do it in a short amount of time. If you’re looking to get enjoyment out of 3 hours of your time — the price and enjoyment value of The Arrival is well worth it.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook by Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Jake Melkins is a few months away from turning twenty-one. By the Seceltor Empire’s laws, he will have to go to a breeding camp, or directly into slavery. Neither choice appeals to him. All this changes with the arrival of a space-and-time-traveling being known as Evaran at the space station turned rest stop that Jake lives on.
To make things complicated, Greecho, the slaver who abducted Jake as a kid, has arrived at the station. He and his crew, along with his twenty-two-year-old human pet, Kathy, are about to go on a slave run to Earth.
Evaran has decided to interfere and free Jake and Kathy. That decision will lead him to Earth, where he will need to deal with the consequences.