Thursday, June 16, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Artificial by Jadah McCoy @theQueryFaerie @XpressoTours

Artificial by Jadah McCoy
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: April 4th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction


She struggles to feel human.

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.


My Review:

Syl is a human girl who lives in the sewers under the city of Elite. By day Syl and the other humans go up top into the city to forge for food and supplies while trying to keep the bugs or the Cull as they call them from killing them. Sly has all hope of killing the entire Cull population and taking back the city one day. She is very tired of living in the sewers and in such close spaces with other people. Syl knows that you have to be back in the sewers before nightfall or the Cull when more kill you if you are not careful or you are hopefully smarter than the Cull. Syl has been taught this all her live so she knows what she is doing on the day she gets fed up with her life after one of her friends does something that she never saw coming and she leaves the sewers at dusk. She had rather face the Cull than stay in the sewers any longer.

After leaving the sewers Syl is captured and taken to New Elite; a city that no one knew existed a city where androids are in control and humans are the pets. Syl is taken to New Elite to be experimented on and turned into one of the things that Syl has fought all her life. But somehow she manages to escape her captors and is saved by an android, a Glitch. A Glitch is an android who can feel. In the world of the androids Glitches are only one level above humans and are treated as such.

Her rescuer, Bastion takes her to a friend’s place where she can hide from the PICs and then hopefully he can then get her out of the city and back home. But Bastion and Syl run into a lot of barriers along the way that was placed there by the PICs. The PICs are the ones who are in control of the city and especially the humans. What do the PICs have in store for Syl and Bastion now? Can Syl escape the PICs? Can she save all the humans from the PICs? Can she stop the Cull? Can she stop the PICs before they destroy all of the humans?

Artificial has been an amazing journey. I have loved traveling with Syl on all of her adventures trying to save the human race and the Glitches. I love that androids have feelings and are capable of caring about someone or each other. I am glad that Syl met an android with feelings someone that could help her and someone that she can hopefully care about in the future and that can care about her.

The ending was out of this world. It blew my mind. I don’t think I was expecting that. I can’t wait to continue my journey with Syl and Bastion in the next book. I hope we get to find out more about Syl, Bastion, the humans, the cull, the glitches and the other androids as well. I would highly recommend Artificial to anyone who loves a good science fiction novel. But you better get prepared to be blown out of the water as they say.

Jadah currently lives in Nashville, TN and works in law. When not babysitting attorneys, she can be found juicing her brain for creative ideas or fantasizing about her next trip out of the country (or about Tom Hiddleston as Loki - it’s always a toss up when she fantasizes).

She grew up in rural Arkansas, yet can still write good and sometimes even wears shoes! She did date her first cousin for a while but they decided against marriage for the sake of the gene pool.

Her true loves are elephants, cursing, and sangria - in that order. If you find an elephant that curses like a sailor whilst drinking sangria, you’re dangerously close to becoming her next romantic victim - er, partner.

She cut her writing teeth on badly written, hormone-driven fanfiction (be glad that’s out of her system), and her one true dream is to have wildly erotic fanfiction with dubious grammar written about her own novels. Please make her dreams come true.

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Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)

  • A signed copy of Artificial

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Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today, Nancy! Glad you liked it! This sounds like a very well written and unique sci-fi novel!