Beth's Review: Working Stiffs by Scott Bell
REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
NARRATOR: J. Scott Bennett RELEASED: February 9, 2018 GENRE: SCIFI, DYSTOPIAN LENGTH: 11 hours and 47 minutes FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIBLE
At a time when civil liberties have been eroded and unemployment has exceeded Great Depression levels, nanotechnology provides the ability to reanimate the recently dead. Far from zombies, but nothing like their former selves, “Revivants” are a ready source of cheap labor able to perform simple, routine tasks. Great news for some sectors, but for many, the economic and social impact is devastating.Enter Joe Warren—an unemployed college dropout, who is self-absorbed and disinterested in the world’s problems. All Joe wants is a job, food on his table, and a cure for his girlfriend’s lingering illness. What Joe gets is a stint in jail with a bunch of self-proclaimed freedom fighters, and coerced to become an informant by federal government agents.Joe is forced to examine his me-first attitude, and in the process learns that some things just might be worth fighting—or dying—for. 4.5 (FIVE) BOUNDLESS STARS
Working Stiffs was well written and very imaginative. The premise of this story is one of a kind. Joe is a bit of an asshole in the beginning, but after a few chapters, I grew to love all the characters and how quickly I could relate to them. This story starts with a sarcastic, crude and, at times, vulgar man, doing nothing but whining and complaining, but I quickly began to feel for Joe and his girlfriend. Once I gained a better understanding of the world they live in, the story increased speed, and it was hard to slow it down, which was awesome! I love when I can’t put a book down, or, in this case, stop listening. Overall, I loved the story and looked forward to reading more of Joe’s adventures. Scott Bennett did an excellent job narrating. I love the way he expresses emotion perfectly with the story.
My honest opinion on Working Stiffs is easily a 4.5-star rating. I loved it!