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Monday, May 13, 2019

Audiobookworm Presents: Jaguar by C.A. Gray; #AudiobookBlogTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Review

Author: C.A. Gray
Narrator: Melissa Williams
Series: Uncanny Valley Series, Book 3
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing
Released: Sep. 14, 2018
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Rating:  4 Stars

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

The Silver Six have blown the Renegades’ underground compound to bits, killing several of Rebecca’s best friends in the process - and to her horror, the boy Rebecca had convinced herself she loved for all these years was the one to betray them all. At the same time, General Specs, the company Liam was once slated to inherit, has developed a super intelligent robot called Jaguar which is quickly becoming godlike in her omniscience. As the remaining Renegades flee to their last bastion of safety in the Caribbean, Liam makes his way back to London, in a last ditch effort to convince his father to destroy Jaguar before it’s too late.

Rebecca, meanwhile, finally understands her own heart: she never loved Andy. He was merely a "safe" choice who would never require anything of her. Liam, on the other hand, exasperating as he was, had seen past her defenses. All of his teasing and provoking had been his attempt to get her to be real with him - but the more he made her feel, the further she had retreated. She had even substituted her companion bot Madeline for real, deep human friendships, and for the same reason: she’d been avoiding love to protect herself from another loss like the one she had experienced when her father was killed for the Renegades’ cause. Ironically, she only realizes this once Liam is on his way to a similar fate. But she’ll be damned if she lets him go without a fight.

This high stakes conclusion to the Uncanny Valley Trilogy envisions a world not too far off from our own, in which super intelligence is a reality, humanoid bots have supplanted human power and influence, and there are eyes watching and reporting our every move. If humanity is to survive, the Renegades will have to galvanize support across the globe, under the radar - and it will require every last bit of ingenuity they possess. But is attempting to outwit a super intelligent being really the answer? Or will it require something much more fundamentally human?

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I'm so glad that I listened to the last book in the trilogy. But I also had a disappointment because I picked up this series in the middle. In no way did I feel lost by not having read book one but as I was listening to this last book, I felt like I cheated myself by not starting the Uncanny Valley from the very beginning.

In this book, I got to hear more of what these characters were feeling - the puzzle they needed to solve. There were so many twists and turns but none that had me questioning what was going on. I was happy with my listening experience this time because Ms. Williams didn't seem to get as high pitched as I found in The Silver Six. It made it much more pleasurable to listen to. A few times she did get that high pitch into the story but it didn't happen quite as often as it did in book two - that meant that I didn't have to continue to adjust the sound level. Ms. Williams also left me wondering where our author was going to go from here.

Ms. Gray had me on the edge of my seat quite a few times with this story. I did get frustrated a few times with the book because I never had a good place to stop. When you're listening to a book like this doing it as you're going to and from work may not be the best plan. You don't have a choice as to where you're going to stop because your boss walks in the door. The only thing you can do is being glad when you can turn it back on again.

I grew up loving science fiction. One thing that I loved about the genre was that anything was possible and it had me question as to whether this is what our future will be. Ms. Gray has me bringing that question up again. Will we have our own Silver Six especially with us exploring Mars and the talk of habitating the moon? She reminds the reader that our young people are our future and what they do with that future will be a wait and see game. And she shows us what can happen when you play with something that we probably shouldn't have in the first place. We can't lose our humanity for the sake of progress.

By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!
Narrator Bio

Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.

After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry.

Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt.

When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book Sounds like a good one.

  2. Thanks for sharing your review, this sounds great


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