Series: The Kepler Chronicles #2
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction
Synopsis: 18-year-old Syl has barely survived the genetic splicing that plagued her human body. After discovering the androids’ plot to wipe out human and Cull alike, Syl must return to Elite to warn the other survivors. However, with the realization that her group of survivors isn’t the only one, also comes the realization that some humans are just as bad as androids. Bastion and Syl grow closer, however, their relationship suffers under the weight of her past ghosts and a growing threat that endangers human and android alike.
*I received an e-ARC of this book through NetGalley from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review*
“A storm of death and destruction brews in my head. It sucks people into it and ruins them forever.”
It feels so strange not to have a cover to post right now. I’m used to having some sort of structure when I post these things so it’s giving me weird review anxiety to post this without a cover and without any purchase links either haha. But anyway, to the real point…This sequel was stunning. Jadah McCoy is steadily climbing my list of pre-order, must-request authors.
Her characters are by far the best things about her books. Organic is no different than Artificial in that regard. What got me hooked into this series was the premise mostly but what made me love it and want more was the relationship between Syl and Bastion and let me tell you that relationship only gets 1,000% more amazing in this second book. Syl is still so unsure about herself and Bastion is such the perfect opposite to help her learn to see herself differently, especially now that she’s no longer in a human body. Their dynamic together with all of the snarky banter, their protectiveness of each other and then the romantic elements was so well done and I’m beyond excited to see what happens with these two in the next book.
I was glad that McCoy didn’t do like a lot of authors and add in a ton of unnecessary side characters in this second book. Bastion and Syl are plenty to keep me interested in reading forever, although I would love to see Michelo again soon. And Truthfully I could’ve done without Blalock, that character was too abrasive and just seemed to disrupt the nice flow that the book had going up until that point.
I was also happy I got to know a little bit more about the world and how exactly everything came to be as I did somewhat feel lost when the last book left off. But this book clears things up just well enough so you can still have your own ideas while placing you in the setting, background and reality that Bastion and Syl exist in.
The pacing of the book was great, as usual I sped through it pretty fast and then was sad there wasn’t more, but such is the life of a bookworm. While I would love it if these books were even longer I don’t necessarily feel that a longer story would work for the narrative. The way the action progresses from the beginning to end, only pausing for a romantic moment or a breath here and there are a perfect fit for the story McCoy is trying to tell.
The ending definitely left me wanting more, but in a good way. Lexion showing up was the perfect kind of timing and I’m looking forward to seeing how all these different threads get tied up in the next book. Or maybe books, I’m not sure if this is a trilogy or more, all I know is that I will be suffering waiting another year for the next book to be released!
Now you might be wondering why I gave Organic four stars instead of five. Simple really, the profanity. I mentioned it in my review of Artificial but it got a little more pronounced in this book and that was honestly why I didn’t like the character of Blalock, when that character showed up I felt like the book got a lot more profane for some reason. The use of the F word just seemed to get to the level of unnecessary at some points.
Overall, this series so far is a wonderful piece of writing. Organic is a great continuation of everything that happened in Artificial, while still being exciting and interesting all on its own. Fast paced, romantic and filled with action, this will be one book you might just want to stay up late to finish.
Reviews of The Kepler Chronicles:
#1 – Artificial