In a world where the blood of carriers is as illegal and worth more than any other illicit products out there, one woman is determined to take down the key players. Ellie/Faye goes undercover in the most secretive operation and deals in a blood concoction called Pandora. This almost mythical mixture can turn back the clock and make you even better than you were in your younger years.
What I Love
The novel is action-packed from page 1 without any lulls in the story. The layers of suspense stacked on top of each other until I started thinking that the bad guy would never be stopped. I love thrillers that keep up the fast pace. It takes energy to read, but it’s a ride I enjoy very much.
Faye/Ellie is my favorite character. She is strong, determined, and focused but capable of a great deal of love and compassion. I loved that she was developed so achingly well even amongst all of the action. I cheered her and worried about her the whole time, but that only worked on adding to the suspense.
Lastly, I love that there are different levels of bad guys. Sebastian deals illegally in the blood trade, but he treats the carriers he has kidnapped with kindness and humanity. Paul is a whole other level of bad guy – one without any conscience and is arguably a psychopath. He has created a perverse blood blend that is aggressively dark and scary. For the good of humankind, Paul must be stopped!
What I Wish
I wish that the genetic/blood carrier aspect had been explained in more detail. I kept expecting those details to come up in the story, and they never did. I wanted to know more about the gene and why the effect of it has such a profound impact on people who receive blood transfusions from the carriers.
I am undecided about how I feel about the ending. Unfortunately, I don’t want to say more because I try very hard not to give out spoilers, but I am conflicted in my feelings about the way it ended. I wish it had ended differently.
To Read or Not to Read
If you enjoy thrillers and a bit of sci-fi to make it more intriguing, this non-stop thrill ride is an excellent choice for you.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About This Book
- Print Length: 445 pages
- Publisher: Berkley
- Publication Date: August 18, 2020
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Everything changed when scientists discovered the drug. It looked like the cure for aging, but all progress comes with a price tag. Now, eternal youthfulness will be paid for by the blood of the innocent.
The blood of “carriers” is the most valuable commodity on earth. When treated with a new wonder drug, it cures disease, increases power, and makes the recipient a virtual superman.
It also makes the carriers targets. Young people with the right genes are ripped from their families and stashed in “blood farms.”
Ellie Batista became an LAPD officer specifically to fight this evil as a member of the Blood Squad, but her ambitions are thwarted—until the day she and her partner are ambushed during a routine stop. The resulting events plunge her into an undercover world more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
Because a madman has found a way to increase the potency of the blood to levels previously unimagined. As he cuts a bloody swath through the already deadly world of blood cartels, Ellie is the only hope to stop him before the body count explodes.