Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Published October 3rd 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press
Summary: Since their Arrival, immortal alien Vie rule the planet. Enslaved humans are their servants, entertainment, and food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie.
Or so it’s thought…
Alex, an Elite Vie, is part scientist, part Raid Specialist, and part drug addict. He knows Anemie blood is valuable—as a drug. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he spares a few Anemies, not only for study, but also for his own private stock.
The more Anemie blood Alex drinks, the more he slips into delusion, and the more his double life threatens to crumble. But quitting Anemie blood is not an option. There’s no rehab for his condition.
When Alex tastes Justin’s blood, his hallucinations bleed into reality…
Anemie Justin knows he’s living past his expiration date. It becomes a guarantee when he’s bitten by Alex during a raid and infected with the Vie’s toxin. Alex adds insult to injury by promising Justin a second chance—a cure if he agrees to be a lab rat.
And a mule…of his own blood.
The only leverage Justin has is a stake and a serious lack of self-preservation.
|I actually really and truly enjoyed this book which somewhat took me by surprise!
I teetered back and forth whether or not to give it a 3 or a 4 and so I’ll go midway with a 3.5.
Imagine the world that was invaded by Aliens! Aliens that closely resemble that of the legend of vampires and these aliens call themselves Vie. They live off the blood of their prey and through some experiment eons ago gained immortality through a serum. The cost of immortality? Boredom which inevitably leads to chaos.
These Vie have invaded earth and the humans have become their drones, slaves, and food source. There are humans that are known as Anemies [they have anemia] and are frowned upon, their blood is seen as dirty and lacking. However! Vie, when they drink Anemie blood, find themselves high and therefore amongst the Vie there are junkies.
Justin is an Anemie orphan who is in charge of taking care of his 5-year-old sister, Samantha. Together they try to survive and when she is taken from him by a Vie, he does all he can to find and inevitably attempt to save her. Alex is the Vie who takes her and is quite the interesting antagonist throughout the book.
As far as the world goes, this is a very interesting concept and given that I enjoy new worlds, this tickled my fancy. Was it the most detailed? Not really, we learn about it in dribs and drabs throughout the book and questions still remain by the end of the book. The idea in and of itself though really intrigued me.
The characters, backtracking here, Justin had reason to be so angsty and vicious, yet when time and time again he was shown truth he chose to lash out, which psychologically holds an interesting view. Who is the monster – the vicious Anemie or the Vie? Justin is told that he is The Chosen One essentially and he denies it through and through. I think he fell drastically from my good graces the more the book progressed and Alex easily became my favorite. He’s a charismatic, clever and seemingly caring Vie, which is strange considering they are cold and detached individuals.
At times the book slogged on, but overall, I devoured this book in a day and a half. If I didn’t have to eat, sleep or attend other adulty things I likely would have finished this in a day.
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.
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