Jo’burg city is shimmering with a bitterbright tension, the perfect playground for a scarred, creative – and extremely efficient – assassin.
Kirsten is a roaming, restless synaesthete: an awarded photographer with bad habits and a fertility problem. Her life has been defined by what she calls her ‘Black Hole’: a painful hollow feeling where her heart should be.
Seth is a brilliant chemgineer and loyal member of Alba: an underground biopunk Truther organisation that exposes corporate bullies and black clinics. He has the hollow feeling too, but fills it with other things, like the drugs he designs, and women in ridiculous shoes.
Kirsten and Seth don’t know each other, but they seem to be connected; they feel echoes of one another.
At once familiar and bizarre, adorned by litter bunting and broken pavements, South Africa in 2021 is beset by a relentless drought and a fertility crisis. When Kirsten’s journo friend Keke uncovers some cryptic information, they team up to investigate, and discover that Kirsten’s parents were actually her abductors, and that she is one of a twin.
A strange, muttering woman with dog hair on her jersey approaches Kirsten with a warning, and is found dead shortly afterwards. The police attribute it to the Suicide Contagion.
The warning leads Kirsten and Keke to the Doomsday Vault and a hit list of seven people – and Kirsten’s barcode is on it. The twins are re-united – ironically – by the poisoned list, but as the bodies of the other victims begin surfacing they realize how real their jeopardy is
I found it intriguing, and I think the imagination of the author is fantastic. This is so totally different from my normal reads, I love dystopia genre but I normally watch them on screen, whether it is series or movies, I rarely read them but I did recently read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and I thought it was similar. Best part, the descriptions of the future and I thought it was a little scary and dark. It jumps from the past to the present, which is actually 2021, which is the future for us readers.
I found I liked Seth and his character more than the others, I guess the idea of him being a little rebel but brilliant, enjoyable. I enjoyed the setting, not read many books recently from South Africa, Johannesburg in particular and that was a breath of fresh air.
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy from audible.
About the Author
JT Lawrence is an Amazon bestselling, genre-hopping, female-protagonist-loving author (and playwright) based in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. She is the mother of two small boys and a baby girl, and lives in a house with a red front door.