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The Vexed Generation

Magic 2.0, Book 6
Auteur(s): Scott Meyer
Narrateur(s): Luke Daniels
Durée: 9 h et 55 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (103 évaluations)

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Description

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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  • Au global
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    2 out of 5 stars

Wanted this to be good! **Spoilers Ahead

I binged the Magic 2.0 series after stumbling upon the first book and deciding that it was casual, fun, and had an interesting plotline. That being said, the books have dipped in quality after each sequel. My main issue with books 2,3,4, and 5 is that there is more or less nothing going on during the beginning and the only real interest comes in at the end leaving the reader wanting to see what happens next; but with this book it was the opposite for me.

The introduction of the twins was a great idea and having them discover what the world is and who their parents are was fun; but for the last 5 or so chapters, for Scott to completely abandon the twins as the protagonists only for them to show up at the last second to "save the day" was just weird. The idea that these characters who we've grown to accept as being headstrong and reckless, just literally sitting there for 4 straight chapters felt lazy and not believable for the characters. Also the overused trope of having Britt just come up with the solution and time travel back to give it to everyone was not a satisfying solution for me (which Scott even points out himself through Maddie); but it's what happened anyways.

The humor is pretty forced at times and I cringed very hard when Scott made a "wink" to the readers criticisms of his last few books, and even more when he awkwardly explained that the plot of the book was an allegory for the last U.S. presidential election. It was super low hanging fruit and if Scott absolutely had to bring up Donald Trump, he could have been subtle rather than having the characters flat out tell us that's what the author is trying to do.

In conclusion, I wanted this book to be good; but forced humor and poor character writing left me hoping he takes a break from the series and works on delivering a more solid experience.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Always love these books and this one matched

Always love these books and this one was the same. I get enjoyment out of these every day.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Recaptured the energy from the previous books

I found that this captured the fun of previous books of this series. I got through it so quickly. looking forward to the next book.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Starts slow but gets better

Martin and Gwen had kids and moved back to the modern world. As always some wizard(s) go nuts and the other wizards have to save the world from them. Pretty much all the stories in the series go like that. But like all the books there is some interesting twists and humour. The book started slow and predictable and I was forming a negative opinion of it but it started to pick up a quarter of the way through and I ended up enjoying it. While this book stands alone, I think it is more enjoyable if you have read the others and know the secondary characters. They don't get much time in this one, and knowing their back stories adds depth their smaller parts.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

The best installment yet!

My favourite of the books, so far! Meyer continues to perfect his style of humor and story telling and Daniels continues to provide fantastic narration.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome story with some humours references.

At first I did have trouble with some of the voices but as the story went it got easier to listen too to their tones speak. Found the overall very captivating story and being into computers and using macros I could totally relate to how a programmer could easilly set this up. I also enjoyed the humours tv references in the spells.

Oddly I've heard this book first so I'll be reading/hearing the other books next. Highly recommend this audio book.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

WOW!

I. Couldn't. Stop. Listening! It was what you would expect, from the view point of 2 new characters on the seen.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Virgil
  • 2019-06-08

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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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • chendria
  • 2019-06-19

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Mike
  • 2019-06-25

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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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Marcus Lee
  • 2019-07-22

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • J. soffa
  • 2019-10-31

Not on par

Love the series, but this will be the last credit I use on Magic 2.0. After books 1-2-3 this thing has gone off the rails. The performance remains outstanding, but the story did not live up to its potential.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kim & Tim
  • 2019-06-10

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • VitualBuyer
  • 2019-06-12

A declining series

Each of the books has been less impressive than the last. it seems that the writer is not putting effort into a good storyline and overlaying a series of one-liners in sequence. The world he created has lotta potential and it just seems like lazy writing.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Michael
  • 2019-06-16

could have been so good

the not so subtle political digs in the story were a major disappointment. I look to these types of books as an escape. Put a warning label on your rants. i.e. "Please skip the next chapter if you are reading this book strictly for enjoyment" SERIOUSLY!

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Robzorino
  • 2019-07-09

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • amy lee
  • 2019-06-08

For Big Magic 2.0 fans only

Overall I enjoyed it enough, mainly because I really enjoyed some of the other books, but I felt this story is getting a little stale. The villains don’t really make sense, too many repeats of plot, and I really missed out on watching more growth in the relationship of Martin and Philip. If you like Scott Meyer humor, it’s worth a read. but if you thought any of the prior books weren’t for you, maybe skip this one.

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