Dehumanized

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A deadly and currently incurable disease has been released as the result of an unknown experiment that went awry. Dubbed 'Lycanthropy' by the media due to its similarity to the horror movie genre depiction about werewolves, anyone infected begins to change, and every night of the full moon the 'beast' within is released. Within one year, lycanthropy spread throughout Europe, Asia and has now infected the USA. In an attempt to control and treat the outbreak, concerned governments have begun creating camps to ...
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Overview

A deadly and currently incurable disease has been released as the result of an unknown experiment that went awry. Dubbed 'Lycanthropy' by the media due to its similarity to the horror movie genre depiction about werewolves, anyone infected begins to change, and every night of the full moon the 'beast' within is released. Within one year, lycanthropy spread throughout Europe, Asia and has now infected the USA. In an attempt to control and treat the outbreak, concerned governments have begun creating camps to contain those who are infected and to help find a cure. Despite rumors comparing these camps to the concentration camps of almost 70 years ago, the US government maintains these camps have the best interests of the public and the residents at heart. Expectations for a cure in the next year remain high.

Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should - carefree, and oblivious to anything around him. He had an attractive girlfriend and hope for the future. One night when he was walking home he was attacked by an unknown assailer. He awoke in the hospital to learn he had been infected by lycanthropy, a disease he had heard about but had ignored.

Taken by armed guards and dragged away from his parents who did not understand what was happening, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those 'suffering' from lycanthropy. Treated like prisoners, he and other lycanthropes were abused by the guards and by their own kind. Scientists regularly performed experiments that promised to treat the disease, yet only caused pain. If Ryan or any of the other roommates acted up or demanded answers, they were thrown into solitary, nicknamed the 'dungeon', and ignored until they became docile once more.

But at the night of the full moon, the beast within him is freed. The beast hates the prison and Ryan. When an experimental procedure allows the beast and Ryan to communicate, the two enemies become unlikely allies who will stop at nothing to tear down the walls keeping them prisoner. With the beast's help, Ryan learns how to change at will. When even his own kind begin to fear him, he creates a plan to release all lycanthropes. They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985848040
  • Publisher: Bokheim Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/20/2012
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    It took me a while to get into this book. I am so glad that I st

    It took me a while to get into this book. I am so glad that I stuck with it. What a different way to write about werewolves. The story was about the bonds you create with others. I definitely would recommend this book to others. Even if you don't think this is your normal book I would say start it and you will be pleasantly surprised.

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

    This book was not something that I would normally read but I was

    This book was not something that I would normally read but I was intrigued by the plot and characters. Michael Loring brings together a brilliant and different story about werewolves than the typical supernatural depiction. The characters in this story are realistic, heart felt and really made you feel like you got to know them in their journey. Ryan is a young man that was bitten by a werewolf and taken from his family to a "camp." There he finds it isn't like they portray to the public being all flowers and roses, its hell! The scientists are doing cruel and torturous experiments that are unethical and inhumane trying to supposedly find a cure. The guards are brutal and violent and have the attitude that these people who have the "Lycanthropy" disease are nothing but animals and trash, so they treat them as such. Ryan keeps to himself pretty much until he meets someone that changes his whole way of living there. Anna is new to the prison and is stuck in a cell with Ryan and eventually through time find that they are in fact mates. Sarah is a girl who uses sex to buy her protection from the violent fights that break out on the yard between the captives. She tries getting with Ryan multiple times but he is disgusted by her and rudely tells her to leave him alone. Eventually he sees that she is just a scared and broken girl trying to stay alive in a violent in awful place. Ryan and Anna come to her aide when she is being hurt by a guy who is forcefully trying to have sex with her and their friendship blossoms from there. This book will lead you through some raw and painful emotions throughout their journey and leave you surprised by what you find. This book was well written, graphic and violent but a great read. I really enjoyed the authors style of writing and will forever be a fan of his! I can't wait to read more of his books!

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    This book is an amazing read!! I was hooked from start to finish

    This book is an amazing read!! I was hooked from start to finish! I didn't want to put the book down!! I loved this book and I highly recommend it!!
    This is a book that I could read over and over. I will be recommending this book to family and friends!!

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    So I'm going to start of this review by saying that I LOVE werew

    So I'm going to start of this review by saying that I LOVE werewolves!!!  Epp that was the first thing about this book that drew me in. I didn't even know what the story was about other than werewolves were involved and ahhh I was hooked. So then I actually read the blurb thinking it might be smart to get an idea what this book was going to be about. And let me say the blurb pulled me in even further because it seemed like such a different take on the whole werewolf thing. However, what sold me completely and utterly on this book was the prologue. OMG can I tell you that 1977 was an amazing year. Well sorta. You'd have to understand my craziness, but the way in which Lycanthropy came about is such a different take that I love it. And then looking at the present and the werewolf camps that are set up to contain werewolves is.....different. And interesting.

    Okay so our main character for this book is a Ryan Zachery. And he was human his whole life, until graduation night. After that night he woke up in a hospital bed and was told that he had been infected with lycanthropy and was hulled away to camp. The camp is said to be a great and safe place for werewolves to be and it's pretty and nice and....ohhhh like a get away away thing. However, the reality of the situation is completely different. The "camp" is a horrid place to be. They are treated like dirty animals and barely given "stuff" to eat. They get "recess" but it's just a horrid place to be. The guards are evil people and punishments are cruel. I get that werewolves are dangerous and the idea of Lycanthropy spreading is scary and I get that some form of policemanship (yes I just made up that word lol). However, the extreme that the camps are is bad. 

    So Ryan's situation is interesting. The guards seem to especially hate him and ya know I'd be kind of scared of him too because he seems to sometimes truly channel his inner wolf and even in the most desparate and bad of times he seems to almost overpower the guards and break free. No matter what they do (it's been 2 years) Ryan still holds on to what makes him human; his humanity. He really doesn't form realtionships with anyone that way he doens't have to worry about losing anyone. However, when Anna arrives in the camp, eveything changes for Ryan. I was so lost in this book that it flew by for me. It was such a different take that you can't help but connect with the characters and want things to change. And hoping that eventually something good will happen. You continue to have hope for the characters and have to keep reading just to find out if it will. 

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this story. The details and the characters were so well written that you just connected with every emotion and feeling and situation. It was almost like you were living there yourself, or you had someone going through what Ryan and the others were going through. This story held everything that a great book should. Once you start this book you won't be able to put it down. I highly recommend this book; especially anyone who loves reading about werewolves. 

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

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    Worthwhile Page-Turning Read

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    Dehumanized by Michael Loring is a bone-chilling, downright creepy dystopian paranormal novel where werewolves are the norm. The author builds a unique world where the Lycanthropy virus has infected part of the population, turning them into werewolves.

    Walking home from a party, Ryan Zachary is attacked, infected with the virus, and shipped off to a prison for infected people. Separated from his family, Ryan is lonely and tries to adjust to a life without a future. He decides not get attached to anyone since the future is so bleak. Everything changes when Anna Clark becomes his cellmate. Although they don’t get along at first, Ryan realizes that having someone to talk to is better than being alone. Even though Dehumanized isn’t a romance by any means, I really enjoyed seeing these two become friends and then come to the stunning realization that they are mates. Ryan and Anna are captivating characters, but Sarah Bradley is the most entertaining character in the novel. Also alone in this dangerous place, Sarah uses her body in exchange for protection. When Ryan comes to her aid, Sarah’s vulnerabilities are exposed, and we learn she is scared to death. But with the help of her friends, Sarah finds her inner strength so she can stand up for herself, which I just loved about her character. While Loring masterfully builds the relationship between the main characters, he also develops a multilayered plot with scientists who claim to be looking for a cure performing disturbing experiments, which adds to the terrifying nature of this story.

    Engaging characters, a unique plot, and pulse-pounding action lead to a dramatic conclusion and make Dehumanized a worthwhile page-turning read.

    I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

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    A Dark and Gritty Read...

    Dehumanized caught my attention from the start and never really let up in its intensity and ability to draw a reader into the darkly dystopian-like world Mr. Loring created. This book falls into the Adult YA genre so much of the action is on an emotional level where the inner turmoil of the main character is most apparent. For fans of romance there's a bit of that too, but there's a sense of desperation and uncertainty surrounding it as it comes at a time when hope is in short supply.

    Ryan starts out as any other teenager until the night he's bitten and becomes infected with lycanthropy. The views on lycanthropy and how it's dealt with are what sets this book apart from what I normally read. There's nothing sexy or romantic about this, it's a curse. He, and others like him, end up in a walled-off community that has the feel of a concentration camp for all its cruelty and bleakness. This part of the story is sad, at times vicious, with unending feelings of hopelessness that goes on a bit too long as Ryan's emotional state plummets into an abyss from which it seems he'll never find a way out of. Ryan fears making any attachments as life is precarious with the many medical experiments being conducting and the guard's cruelty, but he can't help but be drawn to new cell mate Anna though he fights their connection every step of the way. The hope she gives him is the first step in what hints at being a radical change for all of their futures.

    The second step is Ryan's newfound ability to transform at will after a medical procedure gone wrong. The reader gets a greater understanding of what happens both physically and mentally during a transformation and it makes you more sympathetic towards those with lycanthropy. Ryan now becomes truly one with his other half and through that bond starts gaining the courage to forge a different path for himself and others like him. After all the unrelenting oppression of the story there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel and I look forward to the rest of the journey just starting to be hinted at here.

    This is an intense read with a unique viewpoint that sucks you in from the first page with its vivid depiction of a dark and dystopian society with nefarious plans underfoot and a society of people merely pawns. It's a dark and oftentimes depressing journey to reach an ending that is just a beginning and I look forward to what this talented author has planned next.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    This book is so good. It takes you in and holds you through the

    This book is so good. It takes you in and holds you through the whole story. It was so hard to put this book down. I can't wait for the next one in the series.

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