Wendy reviews The Starving Years Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price, Narrated by Gomez Pugh. Release Date July, 7, 2016. Length: 10hrs 46min. Whispersync for voice ready. Published by JCP Books LLC.
Imagine a world without hunger.
In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world’s cupboards, pantries and larders.
Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He’s a food scientist-according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he’s been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.
In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they’re acting so evasive about it, he’s not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson’s flirting, and Tim’s name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for “awkward.” And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn’t seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.
One thing’s for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife…even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.
We were provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I’m a big MMM fan so I was excited for the chance to listen to this book. This week we are doing rainbow colored covers as our themes and this one fit in very well.
I was surprised at how quickly I connected with the characters in this audiobook. Nelson is the super smart scientist that hides how he really feels behind flippancy, flirting and trying to shock people with his overt sexual innuendos. He’s quick witted and doesn’t care much for money or prestige. When he needs to be serious and caring though he doesn’t hesitate.
Tim was adorable with his awkwardness. Being more comfortable with a computer than a person, he’s painfully hard to listen to as he fumbles his way to trying to flirt and seduce. I just wanted to pull him to the side and give him pointers. He does come into his own once he gets to know Nelson and Javier. He even shows some strength that I didn’t know he had. I was proud of him.
I had the hardest time warming to Javier. I usually fall hard and fast for the broken characters and Javier is definitely that but it took me a while. I finally realized that I was looking for him to conform to what I thought he should be as a character and I wasn’t paying attention to what he was as a character. That’s when I finally fell. He’s damaged, but still very much in command. He has trust issues but can be gentle and giving.
I loved the secondary characters just as much as the MC’s and they really made the story.
The dystopian world that the author created was very well done. I could picture the city streets, the smells and the people. The superfood that the story revolves around was something that I could almost taste in all the different nasty artificial flavors. The plot was unique. There was some sex, not a lot, but what there was… WOW! very hot!
This was the first time I have listened to Gomez Pugh. He’s fabulous, I love his voice; very sexy. He does such a great job with all the different characters voices. I can’t wait to hear him again.
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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again.