Earth is dying, circling the drain on life support. The future of the human race depends on space exploration, but they’re running out of time. Parasitic insects are systematically killing the best scientific minds but no one knows why.
Mable Wilkinson is the last hope to figure it out, she just doesn’t know it yet. For years, her resourcefulness, intelligence, and penchant for problem-solving have put her at the top of a very short list of researchers, only she doesn’t want to be part of it.
Cast out at sixteen, Mable wrote off the problems of the world long ago. Now, her focus is on Hadley, her adopted little sister, and teaching her to survive in the cut-throat underground. Instead, both Mable and Hadley fall into the hands of the program’s recruiter, Silas Arrenstein, and he’s determined to have one of them. Mable can join up with the man and program who killed her brother, or she can leave Hadley to the same fate.
RELEASED JUNE 28, 2016
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The Killing Jar was much more intriguing than I expected. Set in a future where the planet’s continued livability is measured in just a few generations, the population has adopted a caste system designed to ensure solutions are put into place before the human race is lost.
While Mable is one of the main characters, she isn’t the only one. In fact, the story follows several individuals’ stories, cycling through their perspectives to progress each one as Mable finds herself exactly where she doesn’t want to be, working for Silas Arrenstein in his secret program.
The interweaving of all the various stories could have easily gotten confusing, but they didn’t. While each character starts off alone, by the end, they all fit into the greater tapestry. The author was careful to allow the reader to form their own conclusions before revealing anything concrete, which is something I liked about this story.
The science fiction aspects of the story are just as solid as the interpersonal. The air is poisonous, but folks have adapted in a variety of interesting ways. The social classes, the underground, and the frenzied search for a way to either save the planet or preserve humanity through colonization, all spark the imagination and leave a lot to be learned in coming installments. And that isn’t even taking into account the threat posed by the bugs. Just where are they coming from, and is there some entity guiding them?
Overall, I simply loved this book and couldn’t put it down. It’s a delightfully terrifying story, filled in with just a touch of romance and a lot of questions. I’d recommend this to folks who want a realistic, but complex, science fiction story that focuses on the people without forgetting the science.
The review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About R.S. McCoy
RS McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel will be released on Amazon soon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of one with another on the way, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.