Author: J.T. Nicholas
Publisher: Rebel Base Books
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Page Count: 178
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
The Artificial Evolution
They look like us. Act like us. But they are not human. Created to perform the menial tasks real humans detest, Synths were designed with only a basic intelligence and minimal emotional response. It stands to reason that they have no rights. Like any technology, they are designed for human convenience. Disposable.
In the city of New Lyons, Detective Jason Campbell is investigating a vicious crime: a female body found mutilated and left in the streets. Once the victim is identified as a Synth, the crime is designated no more than the destruction of property, and Campbell is pulled from the case.
But when a mysterious stranger approaches Campbell and asks him to continue his investigation in secret, Campbell is dragged into a dark world of unimaginable corruption. One that leaves him questioning the true nature of humanity.
And what he discovers is only the beginning . . .
SINthetic by J.T. Nicholas is the first book in the New Lyons Sequence series. The story within is a bit of a science fiction read mixed with a detective mystery. Set in a futuristic world with things as self driving cars and synthetic humans we meet Detective Jason Campbell as he arrives upon the brutal murder of a woman.
Upon inspection of the crime scene it becomes obvious to Jason and the medical examiner that the woman is a synthetic and viewed as nothing more than trash no matter how she died. But this view is not one that Jason shares with the rest of the world and even though it may cost him his job he is determined to investigate what seems to be a series of murders of synthetics.
For as short as this book was I found that it did a good job setting the scene for what is to come in this new series. I immediately felt pulled into this futuristic society and on the case of finding out who is behind the murders of these women. The book brings in the question of just what makes a human and questions the way society is treating the synthetics as property when it is obvious to the main character that they have feelings and emotions the same as any human would.
The main character, Jason, felt a little stiff to follow in the beginning but as the story is set and I began to learn he had a bit of mystery in his past to uncover I found myself liking him a bit more and more. There was plenty of action in the first installment in the series too to keep up the interest all the while building the world and story so it didn’t really feel as if it were too short when said and done. I’ll definitely be interested in seeing where the story heads next after the opening left for more to come at the end of the first book.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
J.T. Nicholas is the author of the neo-noire science fiction series, The New Lyons Sequence. The first novel in the New Lyons Sequence, SINthetic, will be available from Rebel Base Books in 2018.
J.T. was born in Lexington, Virginia, though within six months he moved (or was moved, rather) to Stuttgart, Germany. Thus began the long journey of the military brat, hopping from state to state and country to country until, at present, he has accumulated nearly thirty relocations. This experience taught him that, regardless of where one found oneself, people were largely the same.
When not writing, J.T. spends his time practicing a variety of martial arts, playing games (video, tabletop, and otherwise), and reading everything he can get his hands on.
J.T. currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, a pair of indifferent cats, a neurotic Papillion, and an Australian Shepherd who (rightly) believes he is in charge of the day-to-day affairs.