Halfskin : Halfskin

  • by Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by David W. Dietz, III
  • Series: Halfskin
  • 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Biomites are artificial stem cells that can replace any cell in your body. No more kidney failure, no severed spines or blood disease. No cancer. Pharmaceuticals become obsolete. With each dose of biomites, we become stronger, we become smarter and prettier.
We become better. At what point are we no longer human?
Nix Richards nearly died in a car accident when he was young. Biomites saved his life. Ten years later, he's not so lucky. The Halfskin Laws decree a human composed of 50% biomites is no longer human. Halfskins have no legal rights and will have their biomites shutdown. It's not called murder, merely deactivation.
Cali Richards has been Nix's legal guardian since their parents died. She has lost far too many people in her life to let the government take Nix. She is a nanobiometric engineer and will discover how to hide him. But even brilliance can succumb to the pressure of suffering. And technology can't cure insanity.
Cali and Nix keep a slippery grip on reality as they elude a maniacal federal agent dedicated to saving humanity from what he calls "The Biomite Plague"?


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You know I had to read this after seeing that cove

You know I had to read this after seeing that cover.

And the synopsis... like what?!

Ok, so this starts and I was completely into the narration. Loved every minute of it. The storyline is all about Nix and the narration surrounding him was so good that I knew when he was talking or when his sister was talking. It really helped me delve into this rather mysterious and just plain weird story. The only time I felt a little off was when he would remember something and would be younger. It would sometimes take me a minute to catch what was going on.

This is dystopian and I just love, love, love dystopians. There so much that the characters have to deal with and being that it is normally "big brother" it is hard to escape. In this case it is "Mother" which honestly is even worse. Mother can see your every move, not through your TV or your cell phone, oh no! She goes much deeper than that, she can read your mind. That is if you have had any nanomites inserted.

Totally freaky already right?

So, the storyline was wonderful but I have to put some emphasis on the fabulous narration for this one. As I said above I could tell everyone apart, but there was more to it than that. I found my heart palpitating and the narrator's voice (David W. Dietz, III) would get higher or lower. He has this great intensity that I have just not found in a lot of other audio books. It was amazing and totally added to the horror of what these people were facing.

And needless to say, my attention never wavered. Between the fabulous plot and the great narration this was one that I did not want to put down.

Even with this being a dystopian you would think that the government would be the ones to watch out for, but there are bad guys everywhere. Marcus definitely seems like a really crazy kind of bad guy. By the end of the book I was starting to wonder if this guy is a bit psychotic. I don't know but I like him! He definitely has an edge to his character that I just cannot pinpoint. It's great! And he adds a lot of tension even though we already have to deal with "Mother".

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An interesting, believable premise. A well paced, easy audiobook to listen to. A lot of unanswered questions,. I wish the ending was better.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2013
  • Publisher: Anthony F. Bertauski