This was a very strange book, and I can’t say that I cared for it much. As happens so often in sci-fi books, or at least ones that I seem to have read lately, the premise was very intriguing, but things just didn’t pan out all that well.
The story begins with an Anemie (someone with anemia) named Justin and his little sister Sammie. We’re quickly introduced to their dangerous, dystopian world where Anemies are hunted down and killed for being considered useless to a breed of immortal, alien vampire overlords called the Vie. Constantly on the run, often unable to secure the barest necessities of food, water and shelter, or the basics of sufficient clothing and shoes.
Then one day they meet Alex, an Elite among the Vie, who is part scientist, part Raid Specialist, and part drug addict. He knows how valuable Anemie blood can be as a mind-altering recreational drug. Something about Justin’s blood is especially addicting. So once he has sampled it, Alex goes to great lengths to secure more of it for himself, pretty much to the detriment of everything else in his life, not to mention Justin’s life.
I especially disliked the brutal and excessive violence that replayed itself in a myriad of different ways and scenes in the book. And particularly the way that Justin seemed so detached and indifferent to the carnage that plays itself out around him, even when it involves him.
Apparently, this is just the first book in a series, so hopefully the sequel(s) will bode better for mankind. But this story just left me feeling down and depressed about the chances.
I received an eBook copy of this title free from Curiosity Quills Press,
and have willingly provided an honest review.