Title: The Killing Jar
Author: R.S. McCoy
Published: June 28th 2016
Publisher: R.S. McCoy
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Source: eARC from the author
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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.
A new sci-fi romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga and The Luminary Chronicles.
Book One of The Extraction Files.
I don’t read nearly as much science fiction as I would like so I was really glad to read this book. I loved McCoy’s previous novel, Blossom and the Beast, and was intrigued to see where she would go with this new idea.
The Earth is dying and while Scholars work tirelessly to try and find a new planet to move Earth’s population to, there’s a series of mysterious unexplained deaths that threaten to jeopardise everything that they’ve worked so hard for. Following several different people, in varying situations and places, The Killing Jar is a series of interlocked stories all leading to something big.
There are so many things to love about this book, primarily the number of people that we get to know and follow. There are several different POV characters – and while I did get lost a few times, I rather enjoyed the diversity of the cast that we were introduced to. From a girl on the run as an ‘Untouchable’ living in the underground cities to a Scholar living in a colony in space to a man who doesn’t remember anything about his past, there’s such differing outlooks on life and their individual situations that it’s hard to put the book down.
Underlying the individual stories of each character is the mysterious deaths of several people – seemingly at random, with nothing in common. I found this to be a particularly interesting concept and I’m keen to learn more about what the creatures behind it all are actually about – where they came from, what they want, things like that.
An altogether unique concept with a diverse and captivating cast of characters that pull you into the world McCoy has so brilliantly created. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to pick up the next in the series.
About the Author
Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy as well as numerous short stories, some of which now reside in anthologies. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads