Narrated by Jennifer Pickens, Final Girls by Mira Grant takes us into a nightmarish dreamscape to treat patients. A brilliant tale from start to finish. Where Grant asks, “What if you could fix the worst parts of yourself by confronting your worst fears?” Would you do it?
by Mira Grant
Narrator: Jennifer Pickens
Length: 3 hours & 10 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
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What if you could fix the worst parts of yourself by confronting your worst fears?
Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sisters might develop a bond they’ve been missing their whole lives—while running from the bogeyman through a simulated forest. But…can real change come so easily?
Esther Hoffman doubts it. Esther has spent her entire journalism career debunking pseudoscience, after phony regression therapy ruined her father’s life. She’s determined to unearth the truth about Dr. Webb’s budding company. Dr. Webb’s willing to let her, of course, for reasons of her own. What better advertisement could she get than that of a convinced skeptic? But Esther’s not the only one curious about how this technology works. Enter real-world threats just as frightening as those created in the lab. Dr. Webb and Esther are at odds, but they may also be each other’s only hope of survival.
Dr. Jennifer Webb has developed a groundbreaking therapy using virtual reality. She places patients in pods with a psychedelic cocktail and sends them into a dreamscape created specifically to overcome whatever it is the patient or patients are trying to overcome. She helps restore familiar bonds and deals with anxiety, fears and more.
Journalist Esther Hoffman’s father was a victim of regression therapy gone wrong. She has systematically set out to disprove these therapies and the companies who run them.
Which has her at Webb’s institute. Her goal is to destroy them. Their goal is to prove it works and get a positive review. One thing leads to another and Esther agrees to enter a pod to experience the technology for herself.
The story that unfolds was fantastic. Grant has a way of pulling you in. Her characters have depth and are complex. Of course, things go wrong once Esther enters the pod and I couldn’t stop listening.
I have loved everything Grant has written and Final Girls was brilliant. Despite being a novella, she gave us a full, engaging tale that left me craving more. If you haven’t tried her Newsflesh series or sci-fi novels, I highly recommend them.
While I read the novella in 2017, the audiobook narration enhanced the tale. Jennifer Pickens brought these characters and the suspenseful, twisted moments to life.
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