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 this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes, I read books. Sometimes I absolutely absorb books. This was one of those “absorb books” times. I couldn’t have stopped reading it even if I wanted to. The sleeplessness was worth it totally!
The one thing I enjoyed was the Glitches. Glitches are androids who develop human feelings. I was struck by the likeness of the “Glitches” from many pop culture human-like androids or robots. But the most human of all was how the Glitches were treated by their own kind. Human emotion comes with human-like decisions. By choosing to kill the Glitches and string their metal corpses up in a display of the defiance of the murdered androids, the emotionless androids were showing how human they really were.
I absolutely enjoyed the world building. It showed how the androids and the mutant bug-people called The Cull rule Kepler and that humans are the lowest of the low. Kepler is Earth’s first colonized planet. The androids seem to collect humans for enslavement and as pets. While the Cull are far more nefarious. If humans are caught outside after dark, then you’re at risk of running into these mutated humans and being dinner instead or liquid. Think Alien with the acid spit.
The connection between Syl and Bastion added the right amount of tension. Especially as Bastion began to realize how important the human Syl was becoming to him.
The villain reminded me of the flamboyant Caesar Flickerman from The Hunger Games, only robotic and far more evil.
I definitely recommend this to any other dystopian, science fiction nerds like myself! You’ll enjoy the ride.
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.
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