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Series: The Kepler Chronicles #1
Author: Jadah McCoy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: April 04, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: ARC from publisher
Rating: 5 out of 5
I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
This book blew me away! I truly loved every moment of it. It feels like this books was written specifically for me. I love it that much! McCoy writes a story that latches onto you and does not let you go. And honestly, you don't want to be let go. This story is intoxicating!
The first thing that you will notice while reading this is that the world building is phenomenal. There is so much to learn about this world, and you keep learning more and more as the story progresses. This world is so interesting and engaging. And the history is mysterious and suspenseful. You seriously will not want to stop reading.
The characters are amazing. I absolutely love them. And while I loved finding out more about the characters as the story went on, I also loved how the two main characters come together. Especially since Syl is human, and Bastion is an android. Each of the main characters are so complex and as they interact, things start getting even more intense.
There are so many injustices and horrifying things in this book. It truly makes you think about things. It really is an incredible science fiction read. Not only that, but there is also the dystopian aspect of the book. There is really so much to love about this book!
I am so impressed by this book. I seriously can't wait for the next book in this series! I now have a new favorite author and a new favorite series. I recommend this strongly for any science fiction and/or dystopian fans. This story will blow you away!
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