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.
About the Author
Jadah currently lives in Nashville, TN and works in law. 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.
Quick Reasons: awesome, action-packed plot; a dystopia of a different sort; there are so many unique things happening in this book; dual-perspective, which I adore; an interesting exploration of “human,” “android,” and “glitch”; entertaining, snarky, witty banter seeps from almost every page; I need book two
Huge thanks go out to Jadah McCoy, Curiosity Quills Press Publishing, and Xpresso Book Tours for granting me access to this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
The world building in this book is AWESOME. I cannot even begin to explain to you how unique and different from every other dystopian novel I’ve read (and I’ve read my fair share of dystopian!) this book is. If this world doesn’t literally leap off the page to grasp you by the shirt collar, you’re not reading this book correctly. The prose is fierce, action-packed…and somehow so descriptively poetic, you’ll swear you’re sharing the room with the Cull. Every page breathes, blinks, and reimagines itself around you as you read; I was sucked in from the start, and held prisoner until the very end.
This book is fast-paced, full of action, and SO entertaining to read. I sat down hoping to get a portion of it read before the end of the day…and wound up DEVOURING it in one sitting. Jadah McCoy has immediately jumped onto my “to watch out for” list (I swear, this list gets longer every month! how do I have room for all these names of epic?!) This debut? Definitely one you should pick up!
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