Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: April 4th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction
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 am still lost after reading this book. I’m lost in a world I didn’t know existed in the pages of a book, I have lost myself and cannot manage to find my way back to my day-to-day life. That’s how wonderful the future imagined by our author turned up to be. As any (or most of) reviewer, I was first attracted by the blurb and cover. I was expecting a pretty nice story, probably even great, but the universe I was sent to blew my mind. I mean, I can start an tell you bits and pieces of the story, I can tell you a little bit about the characters, but you have to read the book to understand how nicely the future was imagined and how the things are aligned.
We are also presented with the idea that machines will someday rule humans. Even if I’ve been faced with this theme before, I do believe the way it was included, or the way the story was built around it is original and worth your time. The characters are not perfect, have weaknesses that bring them close to reality.
I don’t want to praise that much this book, but for me (a reader/reviewer, not a writer) it is difficult to create a fiction world in such detail. For this reason but also for the characters well built and the constant action, I give this book 5 stars. I could not put it down and I will read it again for sure. Congrats to the author for a great work J
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.