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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (886 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven R. Boyett Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Change Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781101079669
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It’s been five years since the lights went out, cars stopped in the streets, and magical creatures began roaming Earth—five years since a new set of rules took the place of the laws of physics.

Pete Garey, a young loner who survived the Change and the madness that followed, spent two years wandering and scavenging the near-deserted cities and towns. Then, one day, Ariel walked out of the unpredictable wilderness: a unicorn whose dazzling beauty and purity captured his heart. She brought new meaning to Pete’s life and set him on the road to adventure.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 2/20/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book! I am pretty sure I read it years ago, but I loved the new cover. Post apocalyptic journey with mythical creatures, besides who doesn't love a story about a boy and his unicorn! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 1/7/2014

    " For a novel that at its core is the love and trust between a boy and his companion, a unicorn, the ending is trite at best. It definitely spoiled the rest of the book. While there is a sequel, I have no desire to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 42day | 12/31/2013

    " I love this story, I can read it over and over. It appeals to my dark apocalyptic side. I have the first edition and it is really ratty now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Benedict | 9/25/2013

    " Great idea, but the ending is just blah. But the author says as much himself - he wrote it at a really young age I give him credit for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoff Schaeffer | 9/22/2013

    " An okay read. I've read books I liked better that use the "magic comes back and technology stops working" trope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Morrell | 8/18/2013

    " I first read this back when I was in my teens, and it's probably 75% of the reason I named my daughter what I did. Still holds up in reread, and I will definitely seek out the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Foggygirl | 8/5/2013

    " I loved this book, it was a truly excellent book that I have added to my personal libary to keep. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 4/3/2013

    " Not a bad read, but I hated the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kamala Ferris | 3/25/2013

    " An interesting study of how magic would meld with today's society. Also, a coming of age book. Well written and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Stone | 1/18/2013

    " Didn't care for the ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Looker | 7/19/2012

    " It was really good until the end, but the ending was a bit anticlimatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 6/8/2012

    " This is the best fantasy book I have read in a long time. I agreed with the author's decision not to update the one glaring event discrepancy in his new edition. Well-worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey Chancellor | 2/1/2012

    " Not too bad look at a magical world after "the change". Especially since it was written over 20 years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/21/2011

    " One of the best fantasy books I've ever read. Also one of my favorite books of all time. I'm so glad its back in print. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruby Hollyberry | 9/30/2011

    " Definitely one of the worst books I ever read. Protagonist totally sucks. No other characters are 3D at all. Does not make sense. Very boring, interrupted by bits of implausible nastiness. I've read it as an adult and as a kid, once each. No redeeming qualities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candida | 8/13/2011

    " Loved this book, too bad he's not a prolific writer. Went out and bought the second book as soon as I finished the 3rd chapter. Interesting concept and very well written for a first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cavolonero | 4/15/2011

    " Get the updated edition , skip the novel and just read the afterword "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 3/27/2011

    " For a novel that at its core is the love and trust between a boy and his companion, a unicorn, the ending is trite, at best. It definitely spoiled the rest of the book. While there is a sequel out, I have no desire to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/3/2011

    " I had no idea you could get this book any more. As a kid, I used to check it out from the library over and over again. Now I'm going to have to buy it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 2/21/2011

    " It was really good until the end, but the ending was a bit anticlimatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/11/2011

    " I discovered this book when it was recommended by Anne Soward on a blog post-- and fell in love. A boy. The road. A unicorn. And a post-apocalyptic landscape. What more can you ask for? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curt Hopkins | 1/28/2011

    " Although I read the sequel first, this was still a great read. I've always been fascinated by the idea of what would happen if the world as we knew it stopped suddenly. Now I'm looking for others who've tackled this - read the Stirling stuff. Any recommendations? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/18/2011

    " What a great book. Not your typical post-apocalyptic world with unicorns <--grin

    The book kept my guessing the whole way and the pages couldn't turn fast enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 3/24/2008

    " this is one of my all time favorite books! I found it at the library when I was 12 and have owned a copy off and on over the years. "

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About the Author
Author Steven R. Boyett

Steven R. Boyett’s (steveboy.com) novels include the fantasy classic Ariel, The Architect of Sleep, Elegy Beach, and Mortality Bridge. He wrote a draft of Toy Story 2 for Pixar/Disney, and created the groundbreaking online music series Podrunner and Groovelectric. He has been a professional martial arts instructor, paper marbler, advertising copywriter, proofreader, writing teacher, website designer & editor, chapbook publisher, and DJ who has played in major cities and Burning Man. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

About the Narrator

Ramón de Ocampo has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.