A Perfect Machine

30212707Rumours abound about what happens when a Runner achieves “ascension”, but it has supposedly never happened before, so no one knows for sure.

Except that it has happened before. And it is happening again. This time, to Henry Kyllo.

Author: Brett Savory
Category: Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 228
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC.

I am having so much trouble getting my thoughts in order regarding this book.

I didn’t like it.

There was just soooooo much unexplained and more than a few plot holes. In the opening scene of the book the MC, Henry, is in the hospital after just getting shot up. Because that’s what he does every night. He runs away from people trying to shoot him. Why?

**shrugs** I dunno. ‘Cause reasons and stuff. Reasons and stuff that were never actually explained just sort of vaguely hinted to toward the end of the book in a no where near satisfactory way.

Anyway, so he’s in the hospital. He was unconscious when he got there so he couldn’t tell anyone what he was and now he has this inner monologue about how when people find out what he is they avoid him and push him out the hospital doors as fast as possible.

This tells me that the Runners and their whole society is at least partially known by the public at large. But for some reason the main bad guy’s whole thing in the story is to “out” the Runners’ society to the public. Because, hell I don’t know, his little sister accidentally got shot and he blames the leader of the Runners even though they are not the ones actually shooting the guns. Also because his girlfriend (who was secretly a Runner and just happened to be the Runner leader’s daughter) disappeared. No explanation on how they met or how this guy remembered her at all when being forgotten was supposed to be something the Runners can’t control.

And it really doesn’t stop there but these were kind of the big deal for me. I can deal with a few small plot holes because it happens sometimes and a story can still be good in spite of it. But the entire premise here was such a gaping hole that I could not get into it.

I don’t know, I kinda feel like there was a good story buried under all the confusion and plot holes but I can’t tell what it was. The story relied on a secret society that had no purpose other than to get shot at and do some shooting.

If the story had slowed down some and actually take the time to flesh out the why of anything that happens, it would have helped a lot. As it is, I just don’t get it.


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