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.
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Awesome story!! Title: Artificial Author: Jadah McCoy Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian Format: Ebook Pages: 226 Rating: 5 Setting: Planet Kepler Main Characters: Syl, Bastion Supporting Characters: Lucca, Michelo, Marcus Summary: On Earth’s first colonized planet, Keplar, humans survive in the sewers beneath Elite city. Scavenging for food during the day and hiding from the genetically spliced bug-people, Cull, during the night. Her childhood friend proposes to her in front of everyone in the Sanctuary causing her to run from the safety of the sewers, not wanting that life for herself. Trying to save a little boy, they end up hiding in a drain but get captured by beings with masks. Escaping her imprisonment where she was experimented on, she finds herself in a strange city full of androids where she meets Bastion. Can they find the cure in time? Thoughts: Wow, what a ride! I was hooked right from the beginning and the dangerous world that Ms. McCoy has created. With realistic characters and great attention to detail it was hard to put this book down. I loved Syl, strong yet vulnerable at the same time. She fights for what she believes in without backing down. And the relationship between her and Bastion is so interesting since he is an android, one of the Glitches programmed with empathy. It’s fascinating how Bastion is an android but seems so human. It makes you wonder if it’s just the programming or if it’s more AI like. I very much look forward to book 2! I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I recieved a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. In reading futuristic science fiction or Dystopia, questions and confusion are expected in the beginning of the book. Authors need to be able to introduce their world well, or else the readers would just leave. And in Artificial? it's perfect. The pace in the beginning was quite slow for me but the introduction slipped nicely and effortlessly that I just had to give it a plus point. When I read the blurb I knew I just had to be a part of the book's all review tour and get a copy, and boy I was right. The world about last surviving humans, android, and bugs are just so unique and interesting! add a strong female protagonist and an adorably hot male hero, and boom! great book alert. Oh and did I tell you that the hero is an android made for sex? another original point there. Overall, I am in love! if not for the kinda slow pace in the beginning and some parts of the novel (In my personal opinion) I would've given it a perfect 5 stars. Nevertheless, this book is a must read for you guys who love futuristic themed novels! Thank you Curiosity Quills, Jadah McCoy and everyone else involved in this Blog tour for giving me a copy!