Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Artificial by Jadah McCoy

Title: Artificial
Series: The Kepler Chronicles (#1)
Author: Jadah McCoy
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-Fi, Futuristic, Dystopia
Release Date: 4th April 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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'm honestly not sure what I think of Artificial. I didn't consider DNFing while reading, but at the same time I didn't feel blown away by it. I didn't really feel like that much happened during the book, and  maybe that's the issue. However by the end I was becoming more interested, and the ending has definitely left me intrigued. 

There were a lot of futuristic elements in Artificial, not least the genetic manipulation and the androids. The world ending (for humans at least) seemed to be a combination of genetic modification going wrong and androids rising up against their opressors, which led to an interesting new world and two different settings. 

One thing that must be said though is that there are some quite gruesome descriptions in the book, and some that probably weren't quite necessary. However I think they did give off the impression that the author was trying to give; that the world was violent and was basically a horrible place to live. 

There was very little romance in the book, though I had the impression that at least to some extent Syl and Bastion fancied each other (for lack of a better way of putting it). I honestly think that later in the series a romance could blossom between the two of them and Artificial set the basis for it. 

This was an alright read, I wasn't blown away but I think that the story had strength and future books may be fantastic!