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The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost. But not all survivors were human. In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators. And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising... and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city's Regent, her destiny is changed forever. Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision - to become Mira's patron changes more than just Lucian's perception about vampire kind. The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted - a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers. Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both?
©2014 Katie Salidas (P)2014 Katie Salidas
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dowie on 01-03-2016

Love this series!!

I read this book some time ago, and have just now had the opportunity to listen to this audio book version.
As you read a book, in your mind you add the inflections and accents you would envision the author to have used. In this audio book I felt that I was so way off! Listening to this was as reading a completely different story, a better one than I had imagined. I was laughing so hard at the performance of Olivia. She's such a heifer! To hear that performed so perfectly was amazing!!
Here is also my original review of the story itself-
You always read the stories where the vampires are the top of the chain, alpha in existence... well this series shows how the vampires are now held captive, forced to fight in gladiator matches most often times to the death- all for the fun of humans.
Mira is one of the best- if not the best and she is determined to break free!
She makes an unlikely friend in this book and things get interesting!
It's exactly what you think might happen if the end of the world were to come and the vampires are caught in a bad way!
Get yours TODAY and see what trouble Mira's sassy attitude gets her in!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nocturnus on 01-02-2016

Defiant And Unbroken

Would you listen to Dissension again? Why?

Yes I would! It was a really fun listen and I really like the series :) A refresher is always good when new books come out.

What other book might you compare Dissension to and why?

I don't compare books to each other.

What does Meghan Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Meghan truly brings out Mira's sardonic wit and feelings of entrapment. Her performance lends real life to all the characters making them all individualized. I am not sure I would have understood the truth desperation involved without her renderings. I will definitely be looking for more of her work and truly hope she continues on with this series :)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Mira is trying to escape and runs across an Elite :)

Any additional comments?

This series must be listened to (or read) in order. The first book is Initiation. This is the second book. I can't wait to listen to Complication!

Mira has been a slave in the Arena for 30 years. Fighting as a Gladiator she is undefeated. Probably the only reason she is still alive. After all she takes nothing from anyone no matter who they are. She has even tried to escape innumerable times... Attacked gaurds... You name it. She will not be meek and accept her Fate! She knows that one of these days she will escape... Or die trying. Will she ever escape? Will she get her friend out with her? Is her determination just a pipe dream? Or will she lose her next fight and be put to death? Why is she so set upon doing the impossible?

Lucian is both shocked and intrigued after meeting Mira. He knows that all he has been raised to believe is wrong just from one short meeting. He feels drawn to Mira and her unbroken indomitable spirit. He needs to keep her safe. Will she help him with his secret plans? Or will his attachment to her be discovered? Will she cause him to lose favor and be removed from power? Will she be the death of them both?

***This series is suitable for mature young adult through adult readers who enjoy post postapocalyptal dystopian supernatural fantasy horror with plenty of action, mystery, intrigue, and adventure with a dash of romance :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony Bough on 24-11-2015

Dark and Gritty with Human masters & Vamp slaves

What made the experience of listening to Dissension the most enjoyable?

This isn't your typical dystopian book, and its great to see a different take on this genre. We usually get stories about surviving in times of post apocalyptic hardship in an end of the world scenario. Here however the world has been rebuilt. Instead of vampires and humans getting along together we have humans who have made the vampires their slaves. Brilliant. Humans are still the ultimate predators. A great premise and a good store with all of the characters, no matter how minor, well thought out and described.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mira's character is a strong kick ass Woman/vampire who stands her ground no matter what punishment she may have to endure. I liked the strength and determination of the character.

What about Meghan Kelly’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed the narration which brought the characters and this world to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

To be honest I really enjoyed the book in its entirety. It's a vampire story with a different take on the vampire/human world. Vampires are not the predators or dominant/superior for once as in this story they have become the prey. Humans are dominant and as always we are capable of good, evil, interest and we can be better or worse than we are raised to be.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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