In a single drop of contaminated blood, there writhe millions of needle-shaped cells. When introduced to a host, they spread - healing wounds, replenishing fluids, patching bone. The host becomes unstoppable; even complete destruction of its brain isn't necessarily the end. All their cells are gradually replaced, enhanced.
Eden Green is the third human to see the needles in action, after her best friend Veronica accepts them without thinking. Patient Zero is Tedrin, a shady manipulator who offers the corruption as a path to immortality. Only Eden, a rationalist by nature, questions Tedrin's motives; she can't help imagining an eternity as a human weapon trapped in a body made of needles.
Armed with reason, humor, and a shotgun, she sets out to learn as much as she can about the parasite - and how to save her sanity, Veronica, and the world.
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Story wise, the book is entertaining enough
- AudioBook Reviewer
Good Sci-Fi, But Emotionally Heavy at Times
I love a good sci-fi premise and in this regard, Eden Green delivers. Where the story diverted from my expectations was the spotlight on the deepest emotions of the lead character. Without providing spoilers, there are consistent themes of suicide, violence, dependency and some drug references that I was not expecting going into this story. I found myself fast forwarding through portions of the heaviest emotional content as it was very hard to get through (perhaps because it was so true to reality and explored to such a deep level during numerous events within the book).
Aside from the emotional content of the story, the sci-fi was great and definitely a story that can be built upon in future novels. I'm actually very curious where this story will be going. However, I will probably not be picking up the next installment for fear of the continued deep emotional content.
Fiona Van Dahl narrated her own story here and did a great job carrying the characters through and expressing emotion better then most of the narrators I've listened to. I would have easily given her a 4 star here except the recording quality wasn't professional grade and came across as kind of tinny. If Fiona Van Dahl were to narrate another book I was interested in at professional studio quality, I would not hesitate to pick it up as she was an excellent narrator.
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