Title: The Lethal Agent
Author: R.S. McCoy
Published: August 30th 2016
Publisher: R.S. McCoy
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 420 pages
Source: eARC from Author
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Mable Wilkinson is close to getting everything she ever wanted. She has a home in a facility in New York, a job extracting parasitic insects, and she’s even made some friends. If she can keep up this pace for a few years, she’ll earn a lifetime of security for herself—and for Hadley.
But that doesn’t mean her job is easy. Each time she begins to discover something about the bugs, they strike again, wreaking havoc on the world. Researchers are dying with increasing frequency, and Mable is powerless to stop it.
As the mounting bug attacks threaten to destroy humanity, Mable realizes she’s out of time. Her team has only days to find a solution before the human race loses its homeworld—if the bugs don’t infect them first.
A new sci-fi romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga, The Alder Tales, and The Luminary Chronicles.
Book Two of The Extraction Files.
You can find my review of the first part of The Extraction Files – The Killing Jar – here.
Picking up where The Killing Jar left off, The Lethal Agent focuses on the same group of characters as they continue their quest to save humanity. As a reader who doesn’t dabble in science fiction nearly enough as I would like, this series has been an eye opener for the genre and I can’t wait to find more books like it.
The CPI has its hands full as more bugs infect more people and soon there are mass casualties they need to deal with. While Aida struggles to decide between her head and her heart, Theo and Mable make the difficult choice to help protect humanity far from the home they know, and Dasia and Osip grow closer as they work together to figure out the pattern behind the infections. With everything spinning out of control, Arrenstein can only trust that his newest recruits will find the answer that no one else could before.
Well, whew, I’m not sure where to start with this one. I found The Killing Jar a little confusing to follow at times due to the many point of view characters but this time around, I felt like it was perfect. I’m so invested in these characters that I needed to know what was happening with everyone. By the time I got to the last 20% of the book, I was tweeting at the author to say I’m taking the characters away from her so she can’t hurt them anymore!
I loved how all the recruits grew over the course of this book. Their relationships with each other is… complex, to say the least – with many of them being in multiple relationships with the others – but you can just feel the love that they have for each other and their little ragtag family. It was wonderful to see them all work together to figure out the pattern behind the bugs and the hosts and eventually work out exactly why it was all happening in the first place.
Learning the new relationships between several of the characters – like how two of the point of view characters are actually brother and sister – was cool. You could tell that they were all connected in some way, but pulling all the individual threads together throughout this book made the whole picture that bit clearer.
This one made me cry, if I’m being honest. There are a couple of moments in this book that made me want to put it down or throw it away because it hurt. I was so invested in these characters that I didn’t want bad things to happen and then the worst happened (hence the tweet to the author about taking her characters away!). To connect with a story as strongly as I did shows just how fantastic the writing is. When I finished, I still felt like I needed more.
The action doesn’t let up, from the beginning to the end there’s catastrophe, explosions, bug deaths, just everything that could possibly go wrong, does. It’s a thrill of a ride and one that I will gladly take again. I can’t recommend this book enough.
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