Book 1 in the Microchips and Purity series
Author: Alana Ankh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
It is the year 2441. A deadly virus has swept over the planet, short-circuiting cybernetic implants, killing billions. In the aftermath, the newly formed state of Eden is led by the one newborn that survived that dreadful day, Uriel Noah of the House of Zion—the Guiding Light. Unbeknownst to all, Uriel lives in a gilded cage, deprived of basic affection, used as a pawn, craving freedom and love.
Cyborg Raze Hartman is the leader of the resistance. His kind—cyborgs with a high cybernetic coefficient—were hit hardest by the virus, the few survivors crippled and enslaved by the purist system. Struggling to keep his father alive, Raze resorts to investigating the Guiding Light, the symbol of cyborg oppression. What he finds changes his life, and Uriel’s.
After sneaking into a purist ceremony, Raze sees past Uriel’s facade of strength and aloofness. He sees the lonely young man behind the mask of the Guiding Light. The instantaneous attraction between them is literally electric. But a chasm separates them, as wide as the difference between flesh and metal, and the secrets of Uriel’s past may be the undoing of them all.
In this futuristic world, cyborgs – people part machine and part human – are the norm leaving room for a cyber-virus to devastate the planet. A new society rises from the ashes of what was once the USA calling the new country Eden.
The world building was great and the setup for the story imaginative. At first, I found Uriel’s situation a little implausible but things were revealed that made everything make sense. I was drawn to his plight and felt for his isolation.
I also liked Raze and understood his anger. I was glad that he kept an open mind though and was accepting of change. Together Raze and Uriel were hot and although there was quite a bit of insta love going on, I could see how circumstances could generate genuine feelings in short time periods.
The science fiction elements were suitably techie and the imagery vivid. Where some books play like movies in my mind, this I could imagine as a manga comic or anime video.
My dislike was the last chapter that was really just a hook for a second novel and left the whole thing on a cliff-hanger. Other than that, it was a good story!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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