Boy, this was a good book to read!
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 518 KB
Print Length: 395 pages
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. & other online stores
An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist
Jonah Everitt is a killer, a DRMR addict, and a memory thief.
After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie. Xie is a profiteer of street drugs, primarily DRMR, a powerful narcotic made from the memories of the dead. With his daughter, Mesa, missing in post-war Los Angeles, Everitt is forced into an uneasy alliance with Alice to find her.
Mesa’s abduction is wrapped up in the secrets of a brutal murder during the war’s early days, a murder that Alice Xie wants revenged. In order to find her, Jonah will have to sift through the memories of dead men that could destroy what little he has left.
In a city where peace is tenuous and loyalties are ever shifting, the past and the present are about to converge.
Why I liked this book:
There was a brilliant contrast between the a ruined landscape and nano-technology and beyond.
“A series of carpet bombings had wiped out much of the skyline. What remained of downtown were ruined shells; once-tall skyscrapers stood like jagged broken teeth in a bloodied jaw.”
What a descriptive picture it gives me in my head of a place desolate, ravaged by war.
For me it was such an exciting and easy read, Hicks brought this dystopian world alive without compromising the characters. As the story unfolds reading about the technology feels really ‘comfortable’ as if it is commonplace already.
I loved the characters, they were honest in their portrayal, strong and intriguing, but showing emotions and vulnerability, especially Jonah.
Full of nano technology and brutal descriptions of war and desolation, I was stunned by this contrasting observation:
“My fingernails worried at a small knot of fabric on the thigh of my pants, picking at the tiny, raised imperfection in the otherwise-smooth plane of cotton . I dug at it, trying to work the knot out of keep myself from going crazy with worry.”
The technology doesn’t seem so outlandish when it is so seamlessly woven into the background of the story.
This is an author I really enjoy, I love the way Hicks puts together his novels, his style of writing and his really imaginative plots that work so well.
I absolutely recommend this book to you all
Source: Bought from Amazon UK.