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The Designate

By: J.B. Cantwell
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
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Summary

In a world monitored by mind-manipulating implants, one young woman will risk everything for liberty.

Brooklyn, 2095. Seventeen-year-old Riley Taylor longs to escape the crushing poverty of the slums. Stuck with her best friend in a totalitarian police state, their only hope of freedom is joining the military. But when Riley gets ripped away from him in their first brutal combat, she’s shocked to discover why so many recruits come home in coffins.

Ultimately reunited on the front lines in the war for dwindling natural resources, she’s devastated to learn they wiped his memory. As they fight side by side, she vows to survive long enough to restore his recollection of their lost friendship. But with her state-issued chip recording her every move, digging into the corrupt regime could prove deadlier than the battlefield....

Can Riley save her best friend before the government steals her last shot at a new future?

©2017 J.B. Cantwell (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Jagged but compelling

Compelling distopian story with sometimes frustrating charecters ending with strong charecter growth. Though the writing struggled with it's rythm being jagged and difficult it was saved by an excelent narrater. All in all, I am eager to know what happens next.

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Ok

It’s not really my type of story but it held my attention and was cropping at times. Just not my cup of tea too dark but interesting take on the future

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Good easy listen

Not even finished this book yet but I know I will be getting the rest of the Lens series. The narrator is excellent at setting the mood and bringing to life the authors characters, I can see this is one series that I will be sad when it ends and will listen again many times in the future. It says it is aimed at teens and young adults but I am in my 50's and absolutely recommend it for older adults too.

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  • jonmino
  • 24-01-22

Where do I start

I only made it halfway through. The writer knows nothing about the military. I don’t care that she never served but she failed to any research,. She had sergeants saluting sergeants. The enemy was CANADA!!! The main character chooses to carry two pistols,,,in her boots! At one point, the enemy is taking pot shots from the woods and the main character thinks, “guerrilla warfare.” UGH!!! The story was awful. The characters were unlikeable. I cannot believe anyone would give this book more than one star.

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  • David Peace
  • 28-06-22

Not worth the free listen

The story can be summarized as a 17 year old girl with an insufferable crush, which is mentioned about every two minutes.

There were moments that had great potential to turn the book from mundane to thrilling, but it fizzled time and time again.

Gun and military lingo was rarely correct. The technology the military makes no sense. Government implants directly into their brain and vision, but pen and paper notes thwarts the military industry, give me a break.

Narration did a good job differentiating between female characters.

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  • JA
  • 25-06-22

Story bad. Narrator great.

About what to expect if you asked a neurotic, self-centered 13 year old to write a book about a war caused by environmental crisis.

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  • Mar Malik
  • 12-03-21

Just... bad.

This book was so difficult to listen to. The main character is insufferable. She is weak, cowardly, and has zero conviction. I wanted to like her but I could not. The narrator sounds so pathetic while voicing for her, which just adds to her pathetic character and makes it even more unbearable to relate to. There are tons of plot holes and much of the story is just not believable. Don’t waste your credits.

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  • Donna D
  • 10-03-21

Excellent!

I loved this story! It is well written and well narrated. I can’t wait to read Champion, the next book in the series!

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  • Clifford Wooden Jr
  • 15-07-20

I wanted to like it more but...

The book was not horrible, the story was ok but the main character was more annoying than anything. the story had great potential and maybe still does???

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  • SerenityFade
  • 01-12-22

Get it! This is a good one.

I'm impressed with both the story and the performance. I have ONE other narrator/reader that I really enjoy listening to and Mrs. Zeller now makes number two.
The story is fantastic. It starts a little slow but rises to greatness after a short gride. Immediately got the second book and am starting it now.

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  • knvmxi
  • 22-11-22

main character is such a wimp.

It’s a constant monologue of self doubt. It got so annoying that in the middle of chapter 1 I skipped to Chapter 2, which just continued on and on with some version of “Oh no, what shouldn’t I be doing” or “I wish I hadn’t dine that” or “What will these people think of me” or “I’m such a loser how can I make myself look less like a loser”. This kind of drivel wears you down. I’m at the end of Chapter 4, hoping for things to change but hope is not enough here.

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  • keriann frisbee
  • 27-10-22

I loved this book

I didn’t know what to expect from this book but was pleasantly surprised! I can’t wait to go further into the series. The storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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  • enas
  • 04-10-22

this is one of the best scifi stories out there!!

do yourself a favor and listen to this one, this deserves to be a best selling book. it has an engaging story and real characters with real human reactions, I loved it!