About The Heartless City
Henry Jekyll was a brilliant doctor, a passionate idealist who aimed to free mankind of selfishness and vice. He’s also the man who carelessly created a race of monsters.
Once shared secretly among the good doctor’s inner circle, the Hyde drug was smuggled into mass-production - but in pill form, it corrupted its users at the genetic level, leaving them liable to transform without warning. A quarter of the population are now clandestine killers - ticking bombs that could detonate at any given moment.
It’s 1903, and London has been quarantined for thirteen years.
Son of the city’s most prominent physician and cure-seeker, seventeen-year-old Elliot Morrissey has had his own devastating brush with science, downing a potion meant to remove his human weaknesses and strengthen him against the Hydes - and finding instead he’s become an empath, leveled by the emotions of a dying city.
He finds an unlikely ally in Iris Faye, a waitress at one of the city’s rowdier music halls, whose emotions nearly blind him; her fearlessness is a beacon in a city rife with terror. Iris, however, is more than what she seems, and reveals a mission to bring down the establishment that has crippled the people of London.
Together, they aim to discover who’s really pulling the strings in Jekyll’s wake, and why citizens are waking up in the street infected, with no memory of ever having taken the Hyde drug…
Heart-eating monsters, it turns out, are not the greatest evil they must face.
Reviews for The Heartless City
I received a free copy of this fantastic book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review :) although to be honest, originally I was interested in the ARC of the second book :) but then the lovely Clare over at the Curiosity Quills Press asked me if I would like to review the first one as well :) I was not aware that it's even a possibility, so you can imagine that my answer was a loud "HELL YEAH" ;) well, virtually loud, since it was expressed in an e-mail :) and don't worry, this book doesn't end [...]
The story is told from Elliot’s point of view. A boy, who wanted to wipe his ability to feel and instead he became a strong empath. He’s trying to mute his ability with alcohol, but then he meets Iris. A girl who is different than all other women in town. She’s not afraid.
The problem with Hydes is that they’re unpredictable. If you got infected, you might change at any time and attack everyone around you reaching for their heart. Because the heart is what Hydes eat.
With women it’s different – they can’t be infected, they can only die. So why [...]
Why am I reviewing this dystopian novel based on a famous horror story when I've often stated quite emphatically that I don't read horror and that I'm not fond of dystopias? I just had a feeling when I read the description that this wouldn't be the sort of book I mean when I say that I detest those genres.
The next question is why I would review this book for Book Babe. There is a male protagonist, but he encounters a dance hall waitress by the name of Iris Faye, who is a great deal more than she appears [...]
Is there any better setting for a mystery novel than foggy London? I mean really. . . I was sucked into this story from the first page and things kept getting more intense. And as soon as I knew the twist of the identity of the Doctor that Virginia worked with and had a child by I was
locked in to spend a long night happily ensconced in my chair with mug of mint tea and read this entire book.
This was unlike any book I had read before it took classic elements from my favorite mysteries but added modern themes [...]