In a darkly warped near future, lucrative disease cures are brokered on Wall Street’s Genetic Stock Exchange. And the hottest consumer products are artificially synthesized humans that serve as everything from domestic slaves to combatants in savage gladiatorial games. For Jack Saxton, the young heir to genetic design powerhouse Genico Inc., these Synthates are just a fact of life…until the murder of a high-profile genetic scientist leads a pair of seasoned NYPD detectives to Genico’s door.
As a small band of Synthate rebels steps up its attack on the status quo, Jack encounters a pleasure-parlor girl who opens his eyes to their cause. When he dares to sympathize with the rebels, Jack is hunted down and arrested for the murder. Sentenced to die in the brutal games on Bloomberg Island, Jack will be forced to fight—for his life, for the future of all Synthates, and for a chance to uncover the mind-bending secret buried in his past.
Purchased on August 1, 2016 according to Amazon, but i have no memory of why I bought it, I just know that it was the next book on my kindle that wasn’t read yet. Yes, my queue is that far behind, but in my defense, I routinely put other books, movies, and general life stuff ahead of the absolute queue.
There’s a distinct Blade Runner feel to the whole book, but that feeling is uneven and at times convoluted with other story concepts that really don’t fit well with the main story line, at times going in and out of different situations at a jarring speed that had me going back and forth between chapters just to see if I had missed something or not. I don’t think I did, but I honestly think this book was either written by more than just one person, or was adapted from a much shorter story and had side plots added in to pad the length.