Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh
4/5 stars Grade A-
SOA Listening Challenge 2012- Spread Your Listening: Paranormal 2/4
Slave to Sensation is one of the few books I've read
recently that I knew nothing about other than the author and category. I
hadn't read a summary of the plot or read any reviews so I had no
preconceived ideas about the characters or story. I should do that more
often, because I found the story felt fresh.
The world-building was interesting and well done for the most part.
After finishing the book I do have some questions about the psy-net, but
overall the descriptions and explanations for the world were excellent.
Lucas and Sascha were likeable, well-drawn characters who grew and
developed as the story moves forward.
I had a few, albeit minor, problems with the story and the writing.
For one, the author tends to be repetitive. The reader endures Sascha
thinking about her brokenness and the possibilities of death or
rehabilitation a couple of dozen times, for example. Of more import was
the conclusion of the suspense plot toward the end. Without giving
spoilers, I can only say it was less than satisfying for the majority of
the action to take place "off camera." The summary of events felt like
an afterthought. I'm assuming the fall-out from that event will be part
of the successive stories of this series.
The narrator, Angela Dawe, has a curious lack of tonal inflection in
her delivery (she rarely drops her voice at the end of sentences) which
took some getting used to. However, her character voices are excellent
and I never thought "Oh, that's a woman reading a man's part." Overall 4