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The Vexed Generation

Magic 2.0, Book 6
Lu par : Luke Daniels
Série : Magic 2.0, Volume 6
Durée : 9 h et 55 min

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In the latest rollicking adventure in the Magic 2.0 series, it’s time for the teenagers to show the adults how wizardry really works.

Mattie and Brewster are normal, typical 16-year-old twins who live with their normal, boring parents: Martin and Gwen Banks. Normal and boring, that is, until the day their father's best friend shows up at their house - dressed in what appears to be a bathrobe. 

The next thing Mattie and Brewster know, their parents are frozen like human statues in their living room, the guy in the bathrobe has vanished, and they need to find answers - fast.   

The twins set off on a quest to discover the truth of their parents' lives. Along the way they find secrets, lies, magic, time travel, strange new friends, stranger new enemies, and a really weird dirigible (which, they're told repeatedly, is not a blimp). It is a twisted and bizarre trail that, they hope, will lead them to the man they blame for their parents' peril: 

Phillip.

©2019 Scott Meyer (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Virgil
  • 08/06/2019

Meyer brings the series back from the edge

Man am I glad I enjoyed this book. I love the series and this book was make or break for me. This is not the best in the series, but I laughed and was entertained. Meyer quickly addresses the time travel issue that was getting cumbersome and drops the deep morale dilemmas that weighed down the last 2 books, The funniest part was when Meyer toyed with some near 4th wall breaks with nods to the critiques of the 4th book in the series and addressing politics in today's charged climate. While a fun read, fans of the series should be ready for a slightly different feel. The characters we know take a back seat to the twins for the majority of story, but is familiar enough (especially the last few chapters) for fans of the series to feel comfortable.
My only critique of the book is it borrows heavily from the plot of the book 1, just swapping out the protagonist and villain. This book feels like a palette cleanser for author and audience. Meyer seems to purposely not take any chances in this book and fall back to something he knows is going to work, so I had to give the story a 4 out of 5, but if Meyer needed a bit of a crutch to get this series back on track, I'll gladly take it.

TLDR: This book is good, not great. Gives hope the series can return to living up to the first 3 books.

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  • Robzorino
  • 09/07/2019

Very simple story

Narration was great as always. But, the story was simple and boring at times. The villains were shallow, non believable, and extremely annoying. The old villain trope that wants to rule the entire world is lazy and overused. The Brits banter got old 3 books ago... This world allows for so much options for plots and the author failed in coming up with something fresh. Also, the author is over-descriptive at times and can't compare to Martin or Tolkien... The only ones I know can write 2 pages about a room and be engaging.
It feels like the author ran out of ideas.

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  • chendria
  • 19/06/2019

This series is just not the same

Seems like the author has lost his way after book 3. This latest installment is really simple and not very funny. The women characters continue to be annoying and the men simpletons. I think I’m done with the series over all.

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  • Marcus Lee
  • 22/07/2019

Bad

Just plain bad story writing.

The characters are increasing dumb and one dimensional. Honestly they have unlimited resources and time, yet they have not progressed at anything at all.

The story is forced along a path so badly that it immediately pulls you out of any immersion. There are pointless ineffectual conversation/trips to try and get a one sentence point across. The bad guys are your typical “I want to rule the wold for no real reason” cliche. And the set ups to allow the kids to save the day unimaginative.

The action scenes are boring, slow, and contain far too much talking back and forth. They are so predictable that you can might as well skip right on by.

The author tries to point fun at or maybe acknowledge criticism from previous books, but doesn’t actually try to improve his writing.

Britt is still probably the most evil... or at least horrible person in the series, yet everyone loves her and never calls her out on her BS. She literally uses time travel to steal credit for others coding breakthroughs (it’s okay she credits them on a tiny out of the way plaque while telling people she did it all herself), prop herself up as an all knowing guru, gets herself a government job to waste taxpayer money on her personal whims, use her power to torment those below her, and rewrites her own memory to block out her own failures while pinning the blame on Philip.

Might been an actual good story to finally make her the villain and have some lasting sacrifices after taking her down. Don’t think that will ever happen. I’m sure the next book will have another petty dumb villain beat up the “heroes” till he pulls a cliche villain mistake and is taken down.

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  • Mike
  • 25/06/2019

Frustrating!

This series has been a mixed bag since book 3.
I’m sad the author has taken to interjecting politics into his book, and even though it wasn’t overly done, it’s there enough to definitely stick out.
Also, Martin is the best character, in this volume (again), he takes a backseat. Every scene his character is in is just better. Let’s have another book centered around him. Also more Jimmy and the side characters like Roy, Jeff, etc. That is what made the early books so entertaining!
Luke Daniels legitimately SAVES this series time and again. He is so good that he makes up for the bad characters (the Brit’s) and scenes.

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  • M. Mower
  • 07/09/2019

Not up to par

I gave up after 14 chapters. The plot is very simplistic relative to the previous books in the series and I never cared about the twins. The time spent with Sid and Gilbert dragged on and on and on...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18/08/2019

Ok, but went off the rails towards the end.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but the ending was a bit of a letdown. The mystery with the twins was entertaining, and it was nice seeing more of Sid and Gilbert.

However, I think the story suffered a bit towards the end when the story moved away from their point of view. The big showdown with the villains seemed like a disjointed rehash of the battle with Jimmy from book 1. The story also really didn't need Phillip's thinly veiled political monologue. It just felt intrusive and tacked on. Would have liked to see more with Roy too. I've always thought he has been underused.

Luke Daniels does an excellent job with the narration, as always.

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  • Rusty Merz
  • 14/08/2019

Seemed like a rather lazy filler book.

No new epicness. No meaningful character development. Disappointing repetitive megalomaniacal antagonists. No further depth to universe.

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  • Kim & Tim
  • 10/06/2019

not bad

definitely not the best book in the series, which is an amazing series, but not bad. My only complaint is that all of the men are so universally stupid and all of the women are so smug and superior, it's a real trope. I wish that the characters could just act like real people sometimes. And I wish everyone would stop being so mean to Martin. The women in this book act completely insane and irrational too much of the time, and all of the men are written like giant buffoons to make up for it, to justify their behavior. no group of people really actually behaves this way. Just write real people, men and women.

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  • DarrinWilliams
  • 08/06/2019

A good start but a disappointing climax.

What started as an interesting mystery had a disappointingly poorly thought through villain which forced the heroes to make obvious mistakes to engineer a final battle.

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