Happy Book Birthday to RS McCoy’s The Killing Jar! You can pick up her new sci-fi romance at Amazon and other booksellers today!
Author: RS McCoy
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Blurb: 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.
3 Reasons Why You Should Read The Killing Jar
1. People are
literally jammed anywhere they can fit.
The world building in The Killing Jar is amazing, which is no easy feat considering that people are scattered across the universe. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a hyperbole, but there are quite a few colonies where humans have established life. The novel is set far in the future, 2232 to be exact, and Earth is dying. Unlike most dystopias though, there’s still millions of humans left, and scientists are desperately trying to find a new place to call home. In the interim, human colonies have been created underneath the Earth, in artificial domes; there’s a small colony on the moon; the top scientists live on space ships; there are still a few unfortunate humans that still live on the Earth’s surface.
Despite all these different locations, RS McCoy describes them all vividly and creates a rich visual for the readers to immerse themselves in.
2. There’s diversity but it’s not overt or forced and it’s not offensive.
Once when asked how he writes such amazing women characters, George R.R. Martin responded simply, “You know I’ve always considered women to be people.” I think the same statement applies to diverse characters as well. We are not mythical creatures. We’re just humans, and we act and do the same things as cis white heterosexual humans. I love that RS McCoy makes no fanfare about introducing characters of color or same-sex couples. She introduces them and describes them the same as all the other characters, and they’re just there, humans existing in a diverse world.
3. It’s just that good.
I don’t know about anyone else, but my primary requirement for a book is that it’s entertaining, and The Killing Jar gets the job done. It’s got interesting characters, an interesting world, and interesting story. What else do you need? It does call to mind many of it’s predecessors such as Divergent, Matched, etc. and the way the new world is organized, but I loved all those books. Even though there are similarities between all of them, they each tell their own stories in different ways, which I can appreciate. It’s only $4.99 at Amazon right now.
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