AND ALL THESE PEOPLE- MY PEOPLE, THE LAST FEW SURVIVORS TURNED INTO THE CREATURES THEY FEAR MOST. I THOUGHT WE COULD EXTERMINATE THE CULL… THAT ELITE WOULD BE OURS AGAIN ONE DAY
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 4TH, 2016
PUBLISHER: CURIOSITY QUILLS
About The Book
SHE STRUGGLES TO FEEL HUMAN.
In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought
gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.
Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.
HE STRUGGLES NOT TO.
For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.
Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.
He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch.
Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
This book was an intriguing read, even though I didn’t really like the constant switching between different first person perspectives. I did find it interesting to see how both Syl’s and Bastion’s societies had evolved by the time Syl came along… and it was interesting to learn the history of how their worlds had ended.
I did like Syl as a character, though I didn’t feel there was enough detail about her interactions with the other people where she lived. There was really only Serge and Lucca… and I wasn’t too fond of the love triangle between Syl, Bastion and Serge.
I was a bit disappointed in Lucca’s character, as I felt he came across as quite stereotypical. While I was only seeing him from Syl’s perspective, it would still have been good to see him as a more balanced character.
The Culls were particularly creepy, though I couldn’t help feeling some sympathy towards them the more I learned about their history. I did feel that Syl forgot about David for most of the book… which didn’t really fit with what she’d been like earlier in the book. However, it was interesting to see the deterioration she was going through and that gave a sense of urgency to the book.
I also found it interesting to see how so-called Glitches were treated in Bastion’s society, though I did feel that I was missing a lot of the past. It took a while for me to realise that the Clients were fellow androids… but I was confused about why they needed money. And why they needed to keep slaves.
I found Michelo and Micro to be really interesting secondary characters and I would have liked to see more of both of them and their history.
I did like the fact that there was no insta!love, though I wasn’t very thrilled with the ‘connection’ both had to each other. I did find both Syl and Bastion to be characters easy to relate to and I did care about what happened to them.
I would be interested in reading the next book/s in this series in the future.
About The Author
Jadah currently lives in Nashville, TN and works as a legal coordinator. When not babysitting attorneys, she can be found juicing her brain for creative ideas or fantasizing
about her next trip out of the country (or about Tom Hiddleston as Loki – it’s always a toss up when she fantasizes.)
She grew up in rural Arkansas, yet can still write good and sometimes even wears shoes! She did date her first cousin for a while but they decided against marriage for
the sake of the gene pool.
Her true loves are elephants, cursing, and sangria – in that order. If you find an elephant that curses like a sailor whilst drinking sangria, you’re dangerously close to becoming
her next romantic victim – er, partner. She cut her writing teeth on badly written, hormone-driven fanfiction (be glad that’s out of her system), and her one true dream is to have wildly erotic fanfiction with dubious grammar written about her own novels. Please make her dreams come true.
Meet Jadah in real life
Southeast Arkansas Regional Library
April 16, 2016, @11am – 2pm
Book Festival Utopiacon
2016, Nashville June 22nd – 26th
Curiosity Quills Booth!
UPCOMING: GEEK GIRL CON SEATTLE
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