She struggles to feel human.
In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.
Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.
He struggles not to.
For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.
Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.
He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.
Reviews for Artificial
This is a really good book. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much. Good Job, Jadah McCoy!
Artificial is the first instalment of a dystopian story; Earth as we know now doesn’t exist. Humans had created android, but those androids had evolved and surpass us, creating something to destroy us like a plague. Sylvia, or Syl, is human and lives in the sewers – they call it, Elite – with the other humans. They hunt by day, and hide in the sewers by night, running away from The Cull – something kind of bug, half-human-half-something created by the android to [...]
Artificial was a pretty awesome sci-fi novel about human extinction, androids, glitches and more. This was full of twists and turns and kept me on my toes at all times. The characters were awesome and as usual Curiosity Quills Press books have fabulous covers.
Sylvia was an awesome heroine. She was smart, spunky and ready to do anything necessary to help her kind survive in the Elite. She was taking by PICs to New Elite and spliced. Now she has to survive in a world run by androids. Sylvia did a pretty great job of surviving in such a crazy time. [...]
This book was amazing! A true sci-fi thriller that had enough twists and turns to really keep things interesting. And it seemingly has everything you could ask for in such a story: human civilizations at the edge of collapse on distant planets, androids, genetic experiments and their creepy monster concoctions. It’s like “Terminator” meets “The Hunger Games” with some “Predator” thrown in for good measure.
**WARNING: Intentionally vague but potentially major spoiler alerts!!**
At its core, the story is about what it means to be human. We’re treated to different examples of such through the alternating outlook of [...]
Wow, I really love sci-fi books written by females. Not that males write bad sci-fi in fact they dominate the field and I love some of them. However female sci-fi authors capture the characters, relationships, and potential romance in a way I haven't experienced from a male sci-fi author. I also love the amazing world building too it captivated me from chapter one! I found the read exciting and a real page turner! This is in my top five books of 2016!!! I can not wait for the second book! Please read and come join this fandom with me!