In the year 2074, a global conspiracy threatens all life on Earth.Humanity battles the worst pandemic the world has ever seen.And the planet is dying.Our mass extinction event has arrived._________________In the 2020s, disease, epidemics, and financial collapse nearly ended civilization.The worlds most powerful corporations saved us.Now, in 2074, the Corporate Coalition rules all.They genetically engineered crops, animals, bacteria and people. All in the name of creating a better world.But when you play with fire, the world burns.__________________Deep in the American South, a mysterious quarantine zone is spreading, and wildfires rage across three states. But no one knows whats really happening. The head of the Coalition, Katherine Raines, is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to keep the truth buried. Selene and her little brother Eli are genetically engineered humans, "Defectives", hiding from the Coalition. Others like them are imprisoned in camps, tortured, and used like lab rats to benefit pure humans. As the quarantine zone creeps closer to their hideout in Telmont, Georgia, they must find a way to escape.Anders is the troublemaking son of the Telmont's sheriff, and he's got a thing for mysterious off-grid girls like Selene. He's also got a secret that can get his family executed for treason... or be Selene's salvation.Bas fights in an underground rebellion. When a top agent goes missing behind quarantine lines in Georgia, Bas and his team must rescue him or ensure his secrets die with him.Bas, Anders, Selene and the Coalition are tied together through destiny and dark secrets from the past. But time is running short as humanity inches closer to extinction. Each of them must uncover the truth about the quarantine zone and themselves, one shocking twist at a time. Every choice they make matters and will shape the future of humanity...if there's to be any future at all.__________________AboutDEFECTIVE is a near-future dystopian that depicts a future youll recognize: Genetic experiments, superbugs, hyperinflation, climate change, and corporations that are more powerful than governments. What will happen when inevitable catastrophic events hit our planet in the next decade and corporations are the only ones with the resources to clean up the mess?Defectives complex characters, compelling themes, and shocking twists will leave you thinking about the series, humanitys future, and your own life's path long after you finish reading the last page....
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Defective (The Defective Trilogy #1) Reviews
I daresay Kalquist really grew as a writer. I think I enjoyed "Defective" more so than all here other books combined. Can't wait for the sequel!
I really enjoyed this prequel to her other books. It ties things together in the Fractured Era series and sets the stage for the space fleet which is featured in the Fractured Era Legacy series.
We find out what happened to the characters after 318 - and if you haven't read it, it explains it well enough in this book that you don't feel lost. There are 2 plot lines: one with two of the characters from 318, who along with their team from the Resistance are trying to rescue a Resistance member who ...more
I discovered Kalquist and her world of genetic modification destroying Earth and its inhabitants through a free novella followed by her free short story "318" . I was impressed with her ability to create characters and a world that immediately gave me an emotional connection to the characters and a vivid image of the scenes in my mind's eye. Defective, a full length novel, takes the characters from those shorter stories and expands them, adding more depth to the people, the world, and the plot.
Post apocalyptic. YA. Semi Sci fi. What's not to like in the book you ask..? Using different POVs in a book isn't novel. But moving on from characters stores before they're critical enough or finished enough was fairly distracting.
Second. We just dont have context. Reading 318 or the Legacy Code doesn't give us as much context for this book as it does perspective... and understanding motives for many characters would just create more depth to their stories.
I've read The Better World series thr ...more
So I have read all the Legacy Code saga, prequels, etc, and the original Defect #1.... Defective compared to Defect is so much different with some of the same material. Autumn Kalquist did a wonderful job in rewriting this. I love that we have more povs in this whereas the original had just Selene from what I remember. The plot is a lot different whereas in the original it seemed as though the sickness was spreading to the plants possibly due to the atmosphere and Infinitek's constant medaling w ...more
I freely chose to review this ARC as I'm a HUGE fan of this author, and her books never let me down yet as the books just keep getting better and better I hate to lose the friends I made in the stories! The early twenty-first century resulted in a pandemic plague that killed billions of people until The Coalition arose like a phoenix from the ashes with a cure to genetically modify babies who were immune. Every parent wanted their children to be protected until a discovery turned a blessing into ...more
Too many characters for me...
I really wanted to like this book, but I never could get attached to any specific character. There are soooooooooooooo many of them. I didn't finish the book because of this. I may come back to it later and start over. At that time I may update the rating.