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Review – Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter

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Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter

Book Title: Junkyard Cats

Book Description: “From the author of the best-selling Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series comes a tough new heroine who is far more than she seems. After the Final War, after the appearance of the Bug aliens and their enforced peace, Shining Smith is still alive, still doing business from the old scrapyard bequeathed to her by her father. But Shining is now something more than human. And the scrapyard is no longer just a scrapyard, but a place full of secrets that she has guarded for years. This life she has built, while empty, is predictable and safe. Until the only friend left from her previous life shows up, dead, in the back of a scrapped Tesla warplane, a note to her clutched in his fingers - a note warning her of a coming attack. Someone knows who she is. Someone knows what she is guarding. Will she be able to protect the scrapyard? Will she even survive? Or will she have to destroy everything she loves to keep her secrets out of the wrong hands?”

Book Author: Faith Hunter

Book Format: AudiobookFormat

Publisher - Orgnization: Audible

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Date published: 2020-01-02

Overall
9/10
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  • Writing - 9/10
    9/10
  • Narration - 9/10
    9/10
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User Review
4.5 (2 votes)

Summary

Narrator: Khristine Hvam

Junkyard Cats is the first novella in a new series by Faith Hunter. Set in a world where technology has bounded ahead, this is a desolate place in which Shining lives.

 

A New Heroine in Junkyard Cats

Junkyard Cats is the start of an all-new series by Faith Hunter. This is her first foray into the world of science fiction, and she’s doing so with a bang. Hunter’s new heroine is as tough and conflicted as they come.

Shining is not your ordinary war hero. But that’s okay, because she doesn’t live in an ordinary world, either. After the war concluded, she isolated herself in a junkyard in the middle of nowhere. All she had was one friend and the junkyard cats to keep her company. That is, until her past caught up with her.

Faith Hunter - Junkyard Cats (audiobook)
Faith Hunter – Junkyard Cats (audiobook)

One note before I begin this review. Currently, Junkyard Cats exists only as an Audible Original. It will be getting adapted into a novella at some point in the near future. But for now, it is audiobook only. Fans of hers will find it worth listening to, as will any new fans curious about the combination of science fiction and cats.

Writing

Junkyard Cats was an amazing read, through and through. Though perhaps I’m a bit biased, being a fan of Faith Hunter and an avid lover of cats. On the bright side, any fans of either will surely enjoy this tale.

It’s actually quite hard to believe that this is Faith Hunter’s first novella with a science fiction leaning. She did an excellent job establishing a new and distressing world for us to read (or rather, listen) all about.

Junkyard Cats reads as almost post-apocalyptic fiction, with a science fiction leaning. The world is not the same one we’re used to. But that makes it all the more interesting. The technology was rooted in reality, while taking these huge dramatic leaps. I very much enjoyed seeing this side of Hunter’s writing.

Shining’s character is a conflicted one, and one I would happily read more about. Thankfully, this is the first in a series, so her story is far from over. I love how everything about her has been carefully balanced. Every gain has a cost. It makes Shining and her circumstances all the more real and interesting.

Narration

I sincerely think that Khristine Hvam might be my new favorite narrator. She brought Shining’s story to life in such a vibrant way. Not only was her pacing and pronunciation on point, but I liked her style, as well.

I think the thing that really got me was the way she expressed each and every one of the characters. Now, that might sound easy and obvious. But do recall that there are junkyard cats in this novel. She managed to infuse so much sass and personality into those cats. It was absolutely delightful and, I would argue, a highlight in the audiobook nature of Junkyard Cats.

Conclusion

Junkyard Cats was a thrilling and fun new read (listen). I’ll admit I was a little hesitant about the fact that it was audiobook only. But I’m so happy I gave it a try anyway. Shining and her junkyard cats are brilliant, and I am sincerely looking forward to reading more about them.

I also loved seeing this different edge from Faith Hunter. She’s blended technology and wasteland elements into something fascinating. And I can’t help but find myself wanting to see more of this world, as dark and desolate as it may be.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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