Book Review: Radioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel

Posted April 19, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy, LitRPG, Review / 2 Comments

Book Review: Radioactive Evolution by Richard HummelRadioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel
Narrator: Anneliese Rennie, Armen Taylor
Published by Hummel Books on 03-15-19
Genres: Fantasy, LitRPG
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Overal Rating: three-stars

Decimated by nuclear war, humanity stands at the precipice of extinction. The rich and powerful take to the oceans and skies on floating utopias, escaping destruction and forcing everyone else to fend off mutated creatures that roam the world.

At the turn of the third millennium, earth’s remaining survivors glimpse hope when a brilliant scientist invents nanotechnology, and mankind finally has a chance to push back against the walls of their radioactive prisons.

No longer enslaved within the safe zone, Jared embraces the new technology. He plunges deep into the twisted, scarred wastelands and unwittingly binds himself to a being of great power. But a discovery breeds doubt and fear; the nanomachines surging inside his body are killing him!

Faced with this new reality, Jared must become an apex predator to survive. He must surpass human limitations to defeat those in power and bring justice to any deserving.

First of all, I would like to say that I found the blurb of this book terribly misleading. I was expecting a sci-fi post-apocalyptic tale, but this is a LitRPG fantasy story. Not that I don’t enjoy fantasy, but I tend to be pickier than with sci-fi. I had a hard time keeping the suspension of disbelief due to this book being a fantasy and LitRPG story. Would I have listened to this book knowing all this? Probably not, since I believe I am not the target audience for it.

The world building was good, and some events were interesting, but I had issues with the whole premise, and I found the characters poorly developed. I would recommend this book to anyone into fantasy and LitRPG, but for those looking for a more technical and post-apocalyptic story, this may not be the book. What I liked was the duet narration, which made the story flow.

Both narrators were quite good at expressing the characters’ emotions. This kind of narration is seldom done so that only this characteristic makes the audiobook worth a listen.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
two-stars
Narration
four-stars
Overall: three-stars
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2 responses to “Book Review: Radioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel

  1. I had a really hard time getting into this one. And the length of it is more than twice as long as the average PA book I read. I hate saying I’m glad to see you gave it 3, but it definitely makes my distaste for what I read of it feel a little more justified.

  2. lomeraniel

    Yes, Brian, I hate giving low rates but I think we must leave honest reviews. I feel better knowing that you had similar thoughts about the book.