Junkyard Cats
Listening Length: 5 hours and 2 minutesFrom the author of the best-selling Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series comes a tough new heroine who is far more than she seems.After the Final War, after the appearance of the Bug aliens and their enforced peace, Shining Smith is still alive, still doing business from the old scrapyard bequeathed to her by her father. But Shining is now something more than human. And the scrapyard is no longer just a scrapyard, but a place full of secrets that she has guarded for years.This life she has built, while empty, is predictable and safe. Until the only friend left from her previous life shows up, dead, in the back of a scrapped Tesla warplane, a note to her clutched in his fingers - a note warning her of a coming attack.Someone knows who she is. Someone knows what she is guarding. Will she be able to protect the scrapyard? Will she even survive? Or will she have to destroy everything she loves to keep her secrets out of the wrong hands?

Junkyard Cats Details

TitleJunkyard Cats
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2020
PublisherAudible Studios
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Audiobook, Fiction, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Short Stories, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, War, Military Fiction, Futuristic

Junkyard Cats Review

  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    Shining Smith runs a post apocalypse dystopian junk yard. The world has gone to pot and biker gangs have largely taken over. The Hells Angels have learned that she has some heavy duty alien tech in her pile of trash and decide to take it off her hands. It's her and her somewhat sentient cats as well as a man who is more warbot than human who must fight them off and prevent the bad guys from getting world destroying tech. I really enjoyed this for what it is but it wasn't always plain sailing. It Shining Smith runs a post apocalypse dystopian junk yard. The world has gone to pot and biker gangs have largely taken over. The Hells Angels have learned that she has some heavy duty alien tech in her pile of trash and decide to take it off her hands. It's her and her somewhat sentient cats as well as a man who is more warbot than human who must fight them off and prevent the bad guys from getting world destroying tech. I really enjoyed this for what it is but it wasn't always plain sailing. It has only been released as an audiobook at the moment but I think this story will really find its home as an illustrated novel or even a graphic novel. World building is sparse and the very nature of the story makes that necessary but a good illustrator would make this little book great. It would give us a bit of a starting point for the world Faith Hunter is building. It's Tank Girl, meets Captain Marvel, meets Mad Max. If that sounds like your thing you could do a lot worse than this.
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  • Jeanny
    January 1, 1970
    I’m in love with this new series The world is intriguing & the characters well developed. I’m looking forward to book 2. I’d highly recommend this series to those who enjoy Sci-fi, dystopian worlds, space, Evolutionary biology & Artificial Intelligence. Fans of Shoot the messenger by Pippa DaCosta will enjoy this new series. 5 stars
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    There's an interesting, if busy, post apocalyptic world here - runaway nanotech, combat bots, alien invaders, bio-engineered insects, militias, rival biker gangs - but also loads of jargon and info dumping and a YA feel that turned me off. The heavily armed young female protagonist, replete with overactive hormones and smart "guardian" cats, is kind of bad ass on one hand, yet on the other her top priorities seem to include her outfit and personal hygiene. Anyway, much of the story is an intense There's an interesting, if busy, post apocalyptic world here - runaway nanotech, combat bots, alien invaders, bio-engineered insects, militias, rival biker gangs - but also loads of jargon and info dumping and a YA feel that turned me off. The heavily armed young female protagonist, replete with overactive hormones and smart "guardian" cats, is kind of bad ass on one hand, yet on the other her top priorities seem to include her outfit and personal hygiene. Anyway, much of the story is an intense battle scene, with no time for things to get dull, making for a quick, fun listen.
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  • Lucy Leigh J
    January 1, 1970
    I like science fiction and cats, just maybe not together Format: Audible I like science fiction and cats, just maybe not together 😺😹Format: Audible
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    Junkyard Cats is the first in a brand new series by Faith Hunter. Naturally, that means I couldn’t have been more excited to get my hands on this lovely bit of fiction. I should probably mention that right now, the only way to get your hands on Junkyard Cats is through Audible. You see, it’s currently only in audiobook format, though I believe that it will be getting adapted in the near-ish future. On the bright side, if you’re an Audible member you can get this book for free! So go nab it. Junkyard Cats is the first in a brand new series by Faith Hunter. Naturally, that means I couldn’t have been more excited to get my hands on this lovely bit of fiction. I should probably mention that right now, the only way to get your hands on Junkyard Cats is through Audible. You see, it’s currently only in audiobook format, though I believe that it will be getting adapted in the near-ish future. On the bright side, if you’re an Audible member you can get this book for free! So go nab it. Junkyard Cats is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel in the best of ways. Though I might be a bit biased there, thanks to the significant inclusion of cats in this novel. All things considered, I’m okay with that! Set in the far-flung future, this is a world that has been once again torn apart by war. Technology has allowed humanity to limp along, though the world is much changed. Shining Smith survived the latest war, and has created a little home for herself out in the middle of nowhere. But that doesn’t mean her life is all peace and quiet. No, that would be too easy. Her past was always destined to catch up with her. Shining knew it. But she never quite expected the series of events that occur here. You may have noticed that this description didn’t bring up the Junkyard Cats element in this book. Trust me, they’re well worth the wait, and their introduction is absolutely perfect – and not something I want to ruin. “I was swarmed and survived and had the scars to prove it.” I’ll be honest with you here: I had no idea what to expect with Junkyard Cats. Being that it’s written by Faith Hunter, I expected to like it. But other than that, I really didn’t know. This is the first time I’ve read a book that was an Audible exclusive, so the whole thing was a new experience for me.What I got? Was something amazing. I absolutely adored Junkyard Cats and every element that Faith Hunter wove into the story. I would have happily listened to this audiobook for another five (or more) hours, given half the chance.So my short answer is this: this novel is worth grabbing, even if you’ve been hesitating because of the change in format. Or, worst case scenario, it’s worth the wait for a readable format. Either way, get this book and read it.I was fascinated by Shining’s story, and will say that Faith Hunter did an excellent job of leaving hints to keep us grasping towards her backstory. There is still so much to learn that I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on the next novel in this series.Obviously, I adored the cat element in this book. Perhaps a little bit too much. It was fun and quirky, while also making Shining that much more human in my eyes. And okay, the cats themselves were pretty funny and full of personality. I loved them.I’ve spent all this time talking about the writing, but have yet to give credit to the narrator. Khristine Hvam did an excellent job bringing this story to life. I especially loved the vocalization she came up with for the cats – that was not what I expected at all. But it worked. It worked better than I would have ever imagined.Junkyard Cats may have been Faith Hunter’s first foray into writing speculative science fiction, but you can’t tell by reading it. I already love the edge she’s added to this series, and am very much looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next. For more reviews check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
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  • Mike Finn
    January 1, 1970
    "Junkyard Cats" is a new departure for Faith Hunter. She's freed herself from the super-nat saturated universe that both the Jane Yellowrock and the Soulwood series take place in; moved from Urban Fantasy to Science Fiction and broken with the tradition of bringing out the print version first and gone straight (and only) to audiobook. I think all these changes are good. It seemed to me that I could taste the energy and excitement freeing herself from the complex world she built and populated in "Junkyard Cats" is a new departure for Faith Hunter. She's freed herself from the super-nat saturated universe that both the Jane Yellowrock and the Soulwood series take place in; moved from Urban Fantasy to Science Fiction and broken with the tradition of bringing out the print version first and gone straight (and only) to audiobook. I think all these changes are good. It seemed to me that I could taste the energy and excitement freeing herself from the complex world she built and populated in thirteen Jane Yellowrock novels and four Soulwood novels (with a fifth being published this summer) gave to Faith Hunter. This novella crackles with energy and is stuffed with ideas. Faith Hunter has embraced Science Fiction in a way that makes it her own. There's the same level of weapon's lust that was a constant in the Jane Yellowrock series but THESE weapons are truly scary. Set a few decades in the future and with the intervention of scavenged alien tech to speed things along, Faith Hunter has imagined AI Hive-Mind directed Nano-technology-enabled weaponry that is both plausible and innovative. Then she's rolled in biker culture with the Motorcycle Clubs becoming a line of defence against the invading machines sent by the Chinese. Finally, she's come up with a kick-ass heroine, this time one trying to live a quiet life, who is no longer quite human (nothing supernatural - think tech mutation) and a pride of junkyard cats with enhanced sentience and the ability to share what they're seeing with each other. So: great weapons, biker culture, more than human female fighter and spookily smart cats. What more could I want? How about two or three major threats, a pressure cooker deadline, dizzyingly rapid and complex worldbuilding, a full-on assault and a huge body-count. Yep, I got all of those too. The icing on the cake was the decision to go straight to audible. Normally, I have to wait a while after the publication of a Faith Hunter book before I can have Khristine Hvam's narration bring it alive for me. This time, I was able to start the book the day that it was published. I enjoyed "Junkyard Cats", consuming it in two days and finishing it with a "Wow, that was good* feeling that was rapidly followed by, "When do I get more?" I would have prefered it if this had been a full-length novel (the audiobook is five hours long (so about 140 -150 pages). I enjoyed the intensity of the novella but I'd have appreciated a little time to breathe and to get to know the characters a bit more. There were also a couple of clumsy I'm-being-briefed-on-the-war-by-my-computer bits of info-dumping that might have been avoided with a little more space BUT these are minor things. This is a remarkable, action-driven, near-future Science Fiction story and I want more of it.
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  • Alan Teder
    January 1, 1970
    Warrior Nano-bot Enhanced Cat-Lady in Post-Apocalyptic Survival TaleReview of the Audible Original audiobook edition (Jan. 2020) of the eBook expected July 2020Junkyard inhabitant Shining Smith is a veteran of a future earth war upon which a sort of peace has been imposed by alien invaders. Her somewhat peaceful world with a retired war-bot Matteo, starship AI's and a huge pride of cats presided over by great-great-great-grandmother cat Tufts is invaded by an apparent hunter and then a gang of Warrior Nano-bot Enhanced Cat-Lady in Post-Apocalyptic Survival TaleReview of the Audible Original audiobook edition (Jan. 2020) of the eBook expected July 2020Junkyard inhabitant Shining Smith is a veteran of a future earth war upon which a sort of peace has been imposed by alien invaders. Her somewhat peaceful world with a retired war-bot Matteo, starship AI's and a huge pride of cats presided over by great-great-great-grandmother cat Tufts is invaded by an apparent hunter and then a gang of scavengers. The ensuing conflict is the follow-through in this inventive cyperpunk audiobook novel. I don't know Faith Hunter's previous work at all but her specialties appear to be either paranormal fantasy (especially in the Jane Yellowrock series) or thriller suspense under her other pen-name of Gwen Hunter. Junkyard Cats appears to be her first cyberpunk novel and hints at being a further continuing series with its open-ending that leaves a primary foe intact.Junkyard Cats incorporates allusions to several sci-fi and post-apocalyptic tropes which will make it easily adoptable for fans of the genre. There is something like a Ghost in the Shell Major & Batou bond between Smith and Matteo for instance, the whole setup is very Mad Maxian, the alien Bugs allude to Starship Troopers, the interaction with space ship AI's is everything from 2001: A Space Odyssey onwards etc. The neatest part was the mind-meld with the cats though. That allowed for some comedic relief as did the snippy exchanges with the AI. All very well done. Khristine Hvam narrated all voices effectively throughout.Junkyard Cats was one of the free Audible Original audibooks for members in January 2020. It is available to everyone for a standard price. According to the author's Facebook, the novel is expected to be released in eBook format in 6 months time ie. July 2020.
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  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    Great Dystopian Sci-FiI love Faith Hunter and I particularly enjoy listening to Khristine Hvam’s narration of her books. Buying this book was a no-brainer despite being a different genre from Ms Hunter’s usual works.This work is set decades in the future, after several world wars and invasion of ‘bugs” from space. Shining Smith is a survivor of the wars, she lives in a junkyard left to her by her deceased father and is kept company by an office AI, called Gomez, a war-bot inhabited by a very Great Dystopian Sci-FiI love Faith Hunter and I particularly enjoy listening to Khristine Hvam’s narration of her books. Buying this book was a no-brainer despite being a different genre from Ms Hunter’s usual works.This work is set decades in the future, after several world wars and invasion of ‘bugs” from space. Shining Smith is a survivor of the wars, she lives in a junkyard left to her by her deceased father and is kept company by an office AI, called Gomez, a war-bot inhabited by a very damaged Matteo and dozens of cats.This story starts with Shining discovering a dead body in the trunk of a car she bought on the black market, covered in bi-coloured ants, a dangerously genetically modified creation that seeks human flesh to consume. Shining survived a bi-coloured swarm attack as a child and still remembers the pain. Not many people survive swarm attacks.In the footsteps of the dead body an OMW enforcer arrives. Shining and her father were part of the OMW and fought alongside the Government against the People’s Republic of China, but Shining was supposed to be dead and things were beginning to mount up, with no time to think.This story is gripping, filled with drips of information about Shining, her life and the world in which she inhabits. It’s drip feed nature keeps you riveted throughout, and Shining is a complex and compelling character, that you root for from the start.As this is an audible original, you can only get the book in audio format, so if you are a Faith Hunter fan, you have probably heard several of the accents and ‘voices’ used before in other books by Ms Hunter. However, this did little to detract from the great story.I hope a future book in this series comes out soon, because I really enjoyed this one.
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  • Daria
    January 1, 1970
    An absolute pile of trash. I was attracted by the concept of a female-led sci-fi, completed with cats. Sounded very exciting! But it was incredibly disappointing.I personally love sci-fi. But many times, especially when talking to other women, I came across a very negative reaction to science fiction. "I like all the genres, except science fiction" - they would say. And I really struggled; how anybody who has an interest in the world we live in and the future not like science fiction? Pretty An absolute pile of trash. I was attracted by the concept of a female-led sci-fi, completed with cats. Sounded very exciting! But it was incredibly disappointing.I personally love sci-fi. But many times, especially when talking to other women, I came across a very negative reaction to science fiction. "I like all the genres, except science fiction" - they would say. And I really struggled; how anybody who has an interest in the world we live in and the future not like science fiction? Pretty much everyone loves "Black Mirror" and that's science fiction! After I tried to listen to this book, I finally understood why sci-fi has such a bad rep with some people. For me science-fiction is an informed exploration of existing trends, a mental exercise in continuing building the world we live in, twisting some aspects of it. What if Trump gets re-elected, and the alt-rights take seats in all the big European countries? What if Russia has another revolution and starts building a feminist green state? What if the global warming heads towards its worst possible scenario? Answering those questions with attention to detail and careful world-building is very interesting. However, when people I talked with said "no sci-fi for me" they probably thought about "BOOM BOOM BOOM ALIEN MY BIG GUN I SHOT THE FUCKER DOWN AND LOOK AT MY BOOBS THANK GOD I AM STILL SEXY IN MY RED LEATHER COMBAT SUIT WHO IS THIS SEXY GUY RIGHT THERE BOOM BOOM BANG ANOTHER DANG ALIEN KISS KISS SEXY MUSCLES". What you just read is this book in a nutshell. This is not sci-fi, this is very low-brow trash. I do not understand who has time for this, I definitely don't. Couldn't even finish this book.
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  • Angela Charles
    January 1, 1970
    I did not know what to expect when it came to this book. I have to admit that I'm a bit obsessed with Ms. Faith Hunter. I love everything that she writes so I was a bit excited but yet nervous when she told us that this was coming out. I do not know why I wasn't sure since she has not written a bad story since I have been following her but it's a different genre so I guess that is where the fear comes from. When I first started this I was a bit confused. She started off talking about ants. I'm I did not know what to expect when it came to this book. I have to admit that I'm a bit obsessed with Ms. Faith Hunter. I love everything that she writes so I was a bit excited but yet nervous when she told us that this was coming out. I do not know why I wasn't sure since she has not written a bad story since I have been following her but it's a different genre so I guess that is where the fear comes from. When I first started this I was a bit confused. She started off talking about ants. I'm from Florida so I know how vicious ants can be but I had no idea where she was going. When I got over the ants introduction I understood where she was going. As the story progressed I was just shocked that the world has collapsed. Since it is 2020 I am not overly surprised but this dystopian world that she created I am all for. I loved the main character and I loved all the cats. Mateo, a person/robot/something or another is more than he seems. I am looking forward to figuring out how this entire world unravels and where Ms. Hunter decides to take us because the way it ended had me hot. I politely said out loud, 'Is that it?' I thought that the book was longer but it is not and I am just angry that it was just trying to get really good and the fight scene was going to have me get my life however it just abruptly stopped. I forgot that Miss Hunter does cliffhangers very well.I have no idea when Part 2 is coming out but best believe I am ready and excited!
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  • Anniken Haga
    January 1, 1970
    Guesstimating ca. 150 pages long, for those wondering about that.I'm a fan of the author, and have so far read pretty much everything she's published on her own - I think it's been everything, at least. So there wasn't really a question if I was gonne read this or not, especially when I saw it was for free! So what did I think? This short was a lot of fun. Like the author's other works, it's well written, gives a good idea of the world, and the characters are unique and interesting. Only down I Guesstimating ca. 150 pages long, for those wondering about that.I'm a fan of the author, and have so far read pretty much everything she's published on her own - I think it's been everything, at least. So there wasn't really a question if I was gonne read this or not, especially when I saw it was for free! So what did I think? This short was a lot of fun. Like the author's other works, it's well written, gives a good idea of the world, and the characters are unique and interesting. Only down I had on the writing-style, was that there was a lot of info to take in, but that's ok. It helped with the world building, and seeing as I suspect there will be another book with Shining Smith as the MC (I really, really hope so) I don't mind all the info. In that sense, this was a good introduction to a new world with new characters and lore.It was a little confusing to hear the narrator use the same voices she usually use on other, more known characters, but it soon worked out well enough, and each character became their own ''person'', so to speak. And! I loved that she didn't use the metric system, but the system most of the world uses. And that said, 2m is tall! My hubbt is 188cm, and that's tall! Imagine 10 more cm... phew! So yeah, I loved that. Finally, I got a good picture of how the world looks from an US author!
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  • Eaweishaupl
    January 1, 1970
    Shining Smith, her cyborg companion and a whole slew of junkyard cats fight for survival in the post apocalyptic desert that is West Virginia. Faith Hunter is a fabulous writer well known for her Jane Yellowrock series. Yet in Junkyard Cats she takes on a whole new genre of sci-fi dystopian fiction and again takes no prisoners. The heroine is a mysterious survivor of the wars who now seeks anonymity as a junkyard owner, but her junkyard has high tech junk from the wars, military grade weapons Shining Smith, her cyborg companion and a whole slew of junkyard cats fight for survival in the post apocalyptic desert that is West Virginia. Faith Hunter is a fabulous writer well known for her Jane Yellowrock series. Yet in Junkyard Cats she takes on a whole new genre of sci-fi dystopian fiction and again takes no prisoners. The heroine is a mysterious survivor of the wars who now seeks anonymity as a junkyard owner, but her junkyard has high tech junk from the wars, military grade weapons and perhaps spacegoing tech. The wars between the people’s republic of China and the United States in which the PRC landed ai enabled mamabots capable of spawning new war machines off the Oregon coast which destroyed anything in their path was ended by space going aliens, but the bots don’t know that. When two ai bots find her the only law left, now biker gangs ride to her rescue, but who needs rescuing from who. This exciting enthralling story has fabulous world building and great characters which I’m looking forward to meeting again. A great start to a new series!
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  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was a well done start to a new sci-fi series by Faith Hunter. It’s set on a future Earth where WW3 devastated everything. Our main protagonist is trying to make a living dealing black market scrap..or so it seems at first.I enjoyed the characters, the war bot, and of course the cats. Lots of amazing characters here. The post-apocalyptic/sci-fi setting was well done and there was a lot of good action in here. My only complaint is that the explanation of the history that led to this world was This was a well done start to a new sci-fi series by Faith Hunter. It’s set on a future Earth where WW3 devastated everything. Our main protagonist is trying to make a living dealing black market scrap..or so it seems at first.I enjoyed the characters, the war bot, and of course the cats. Lots of amazing characters here. The post-apocalyptic/sci-fi setting was well done and there was a lot of good action in here. My only complaint is that the explanation of the history that led to this world was pretty dense at times, with a lot of sci-fi terms thrown around. Being that I was listening to this in audiobook format, I think I missed some background just because of how quickly it was covered and how complicated and dense it was.Overall I enjoyed it and am looking forward to future books in this series.
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  • Maria Dimitrova
    January 1, 1970
    It's a rare thing when I pick up any of the monthly Audible Originals offers. But when I saw it's by Faith Hunter I had to have it. hands down I loved it. There were some low moments, mostly due to the overabundance of abbreviations but everything else was pure perfection. Shining is a compelling heroine that just sucks you in. The set of secondary characters are no less enchanting. Particularly the ship's AI. I loved that sassy southern belle! And the setting... I never thought that I'd be It's a rare thing when I pick up any of the monthly Audible Originals offers. But when I saw it's by Faith Hunter I had to have it. hands down I loved it. There were some low moments, mostly due to the overabundance of abbreviations but everything else was pure perfection. Shining is a compelling heroine that just sucks you in. The set of secondary characters are no less enchanting. Particularly the ship's AI. I loved that sassy southern belle! And the setting... I never thought that I'd be interested in a story set in a junkyard! The worldbuilding was marvelous - the particulars were slowly introduced and seamlessly integrated in the storyline. It left me with a desire to learn more rather than being overwhelmed and bored with the details. Hopefully this is the start of a great new adventure!
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    This one definitely flew by!Junkyard Cats mysteriously showed up on my audible app. I think someone was using it and claimed an original (or two) for January. Not mad because I actually enjoyed both choices they picked. Just found it weird.So this audio is quite short, but it also dumps loads and loads of information on you. Not a bad thing necessarily because it wasn't something that would make you fall asleep. Everything was kind of interesting for a world that survived an invasion from space This one definitely flew by!Junkyard Cats mysteriously showed up on my audible app. I think someone was using it and claimed an original (or two) for January. Not mad because I actually enjoyed both choices they picked. Just found it weird.So this audio is quite short, but it also dumps loads and loads of information on you. Not a bad thing necessarily because it wasn't something that would make you fall asleep. Everything was kind of interesting for a world that survived an invasion from space bugs. Don't know what those actual are and I hope to never meet them. Each character that I meet in this was interesting enough to hold my attention span. Yet, I kind of felt like things were rushed a bit? Which is completely understandable for such a quick audible original. Still enjoyed it though and look forward to another book written by Faith.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Hunter's jump into a new heroine in a dystopian world hits all of the right marks. Shining Smith is a credible, intelligent main character. Former military, Shining has lived under the radar in her desert junkyard for some time. Accompanied only by one other person, her life in the junkyard is secluded. A life of scrapping old military parts is forever changed by the discovery of her friends' body in her latest acquisition. Clutched in his hand is a final message warning her of pending danger. Hunter's jump into a new heroine in a dystopian world hits all of the right marks. Shining Smith is a credible, intelligent main character. Former military, Shining has lived under the radar in her desert junkyard for some time. Accompanied only by one other person, her life in the junkyard is secluded. A life of scrapping old military parts is forever changed by the discovery of her friends' body in her latest acquisition. Clutched in his hand is a final message warning her of pending danger. Add futuristic weaponry, nano technology, and a clowder of highly organized and intelligent cats and you have the makings of a daring new story.Kristine Hvam's narration is spot on. She portrays the characters with clear, concise voices. It was a joy to listen to.
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  • Robin Mccormack
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I begin! I usually only listen to audiobooks in the car, but I was so enthralled with Shining Smith and the story, I plopped down on the couch and listened while coloring and while doing the laundry. I love strong female characters and unique science fiction stories. Feisty and talkative computer personalities, alien bugs, sentient cats, secrets, and more set in a futuristic united states junkyard. Now that I've listened once, the urge to race through is satisfied, and I'm listening a Where do I begin! I usually only listen to audiobooks in the car, but I was so enthralled with Shining Smith and the story, I plopped down on the couch and listened while coloring and while doing the laundry. I love strong female characters and unique science fiction stories. Feisty and talkative computer personalities, alien bugs, sentient cats, secrets, and more set in a futuristic united states junkyard. Now that I've listened once, the urge to race through is satisfied, and I'm listening a bit more slowly in the car now. Just like all Faith Hunter's story, I read them once really fast to find out what's going to happen and a second time to absorb and enjoy. I love Hunter's imagination and writing style.
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  • Shawn
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this story. The world seems like it is pretty cool, but the story felt very much like a trailer rather than a full story. The protagonist is also a bit full of "bad-assery" that comes off as fairly eye-rolling. The main character is actually my least favorite in the story.There's also a LOT of "stuff" in the story. Aliens, partially discovered and utilized alien tech, a post-war bot/nano-bot/taken-over-people thing, just... a lot.I assume this is the opening to a I have mixed feelings about this story. The world seems like it is pretty cool, but the story felt very much like a trailer rather than a full story. The protagonist is also a bit full of "bad-assery" that comes off as fairly eye-rolling. The main character is actually my least favorite in the story.There's also a LOT of "stuff" in the story. Aliens, partially discovered and utilized alien tech, a post-war bot/nano-bot/taken-over-people thing, just... a lot.I assume this is the opening to a series in the universe, and the universe might be interesting. Like I said, there's quite a bit of cool ideas presented. And Faith Hunter is a good writer, so it will probably end up enjoyable. But, I probably won't read it. Because: annoying.*shrug*
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Initial ThoughtsThis was really well done. I have had Faith Hunter's books on my tbr for years but haven't picked one up before starting this audiobook yesterday. I ended up having a fantastic time with this story. I thought that the premise of the story was very unique and I thought that the world building was very well done. I thought that the characters were great and I wanted to see Shining Smith come out of the situation she found herself okay. I thought that the narrator really brought the Initial ThoughtsThis was really well done. I have had Faith Hunter's books on my tbr for years but haven't picked one up before starting this audiobook yesterday. I ended up having a fantastic time with this story. I thought that the premise of the story was very unique and I thought that the world building was very well done. I thought that the characters were great and I wanted to see Shining Smith come out of the situation she found herself okay. I thought that the narrator really brought the story to life which added to my enjoyment.Book source: Audible freebieFull review to be posted soon. Maybe.
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  • Lotte
    January 1, 1970
    I started this story not being aware that this isn’t a stand alone book, but obviously the start of a series. The book ended just when I was becoming immersed in the story. The story was really just gaining traction: you get some back story, some world, situation and character building and one “battle”.... but not enough to create a solid storyline (yet) and so there was no real end to the book, it felt more like the end of an elaborate first chapter. So all though I enjoyed this “read” I started this story not being aware that this isn’t a stand alone book, but obviously the start of a series. The book ended just when I was becoming immersed in the story. The story was really just gaining traction: you get some back story, some world, situation and character building and one “battle”.... but not enough to create a solid storyline (yet) and so there was no real end to the book, it felt more like the end of an elaborate first chapter. So all though I enjoyed this “read” (audiobook) it left me feeling all kinds of unfulfilled.Extra star for awesome cats that our heroine can communicate with though
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    There is very interesting world building in this short novel that is the first of a series. I was a little confused a few times because of that intricate world building, and as the only format currently available is audiobook from Audible, I didn't have the option to flip pages back and forth each time it would have helped for me to look at something that happened in a prior part of the story. I expect I'll reread it when it comes out in ebook. I really liked the main character, Shining Smith, There is very interesting world building in this short novel that is the first of a series. I was a little confused a few times because of that intricate world building, and as the only format currently available is audiobook from Audible, I didn't have the option to flip pages back and forth each time it would have helped for me to look at something that happened in a prior part of the story. I expect I'll reread it when it comes out in ebook. I really liked the main character, Shining Smith, and the storyline kept my attention. It was an enjoyable story, and a short one. I'm anxious to see what happens to Shining next.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Junkyard Cats is a post-apocalyptic tale of survival. Shining Smith is doing all right in her piece of the wild. She runs her junkyard and isn’t bothering anyone. But now folks want something hidden in the junkyard. Something even Shining didn’t realize was there. But she isn’t about to let anyone expose her or take her home. This is an exciting tale with a strong independent heroine, a cyborgish sidekick, some AI snark and of course junkyard cats. I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed tale Junkyard Cats is a post-apocalyptic tale of survival. Shining Smith is doing all right in her piece of the wild. She runs her junkyard and isn’t bothering anyone. But now folks want something hidden in the junkyard. Something even Shining didn’t realize was there. But she isn’t about to let anyone expose her or take her home. This is an exciting tale with a strong independent heroine, a cyborgish sidekick, some AI snark and of course junkyard cats. I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed tale and look forward to future adventures with Shining Smith and friends.
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  • Michelle Leah Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-paced and entertaining dystopian sci-fi listen! I'm a HUGE fan of Faith Hunter, so I had to take a chance with this one. I really enjoyed it. Super cool world-building and well-rounded characters. My only con was that there's A LOT going on, and because it's such a quick read and the pace is very up-tempo, it got a little overwhelming at times if you weren't paying close attention, or were listening at anything over 1.5x speed (especially since the things talked about were all special to Fast-paced and entertaining dystopian sci-fi listen! I'm a HUGE fan of Faith Hunter, so I had to take a chance with this one. I really enjoyed it. Super cool world-building and well-rounded characters. My only con was that there's A LOT going on, and because it's such a quick read and the pace is very up-tempo, it got a little overwhelming at times if you weren't paying close attention, or were listening at anything over 1.5x speed (especially since the things talked about were all special to this world and different than basic definitions). Still, definitely recommended!
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  • MELISSA
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating premise with the idea of nanobots expanding to change biological beings and not always in a good way. Then there is Shining and her junkyard and Mateo her male human colleague with a warrior bot body and then the sentient(?) cats prowling and guarding the junkyard. All of this taking place after the entire Earth planet was nearly decimated by war in the future. Extraordinarily detailed about science and weapons systems including black matter. I am wondering if Ms. Hunter will turn Fascinating premise with the idea of nanobots expanding to change biological beings and not always in a good way. Then there is Shining and her junkyard and Mateo her male human colleague with a warrior bot body and then the sentient(?) cats prowling and guarding the junkyard. All of this taking place after the entire Earth planet was nearly decimated by war in the future. Extraordinarily detailed about science and weapons systems including black matter. I am wondering if Ms. Hunter will turn this into a series. Kristine Hvam did a fine job narrating (even the cat verbalizations).
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    Junkyard CatsBy: Faith HunterI have not read or listened to this author before.This is a dystopian novel. The overall story held my attention. The world is strange but that is usually the way after the final war, and in this genre. Shining Smith must carry on and try to protect her personal world. The futuristic tech jargon was a little too much for my non-si/fi mind to process.My favorite character has to be the ships AI. Narrated by: Khristine Hvam. Fine job!!
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  • JP Seabury
    January 1, 1970
    It was occasionally difficult to wade through the tech heavy jargon, or perhaps it's been too long since I read sci-fi. At times I felt I was being pummeled with a non-stop barrage of futuristic tech jargon, and I had to close my eyes in concentration just to cling to the narrative.I love the concept of the world Faith Hunter has created here, and I may savage it in a one-shot adventure or mini plot point campaign.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This was fine. It kept me interested enough to keep listening, although there was a lot of telling instead of showing. The fact that she regularly swears in a way that is very specific to Brits/Aussies and not at all used in West Virginia (or anywhere else in the U.S.) kept pulling me out of the book. Maybe I wouldn't have noticed so much if I'd read it instead of listened to it. But I found it incredibly distracting.
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  • Suz
    January 1, 1970
    This was great and I would happily listen to more in this world. Original story, great characters, and lots of room for growth and adventure leave me happily anticipating more.Early on I recall thinking how odd to hear Hvam doing voices for Hunter that didn't have that deep southern drawl. I subsequently realized I spoke too soon because it showed up in a big way.Hunter and Hvam together are audio-unstoppable.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not quite sure what to think of this one. I liked Shining, thought she did a great job with everything that came her way and how she rolled with everything that she learned. I hated how lonely she was in her life and how she tried not to think of it. Yet quite a bit of this one was weird for me. I wasn't sure what was going on. I did hate how things were left, I hope that Shining can come out ahead.
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  • Sher (in H-Town)
    January 1, 1970
    Better than expected... a bit hard to follow with all the technical talk from the get go but a bad ass female heroine and some interesting post apocalyptic cats, bots and other characters.... a high tech future post war story. Felt like a well developed short story that could easily become full length.I got this as an audible original. Typically and especially due to the cartoon fantasy nature of the cover art I more than likely wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise.
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