- File Size: 3725 KB
- Print Length: 163 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1947139045
- Publisher: NineStar Press (May 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071V3J36S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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In the first book of The Cassie Tam Files, the future of the good ole US of A has brought about technological advances that don't seem too farfetched to me, if I'm being honest. AI capable of performing most, if not all functions a computer can for you, including searching the internet for whatever you need, or really anything digital that's available to the public. I haven't even mentioned the community of people known as Tech Shifters, who like to role-play as animals using technologically advanced exoskeletons (which sounds pretty fun), or the mechanical pets families have, that double as combat machines/security systems...at least for Cassie. I wish I could live in this world. Though, with all the advances that have been made, not everything has progressed as much. New Hopeland harbors a darkness: Shady businessmen, corrupt law enforcement and government officials, and assassins. Also, there's drug addicts, or Virtual Junkies, who use stimulants to get "high." You know, the usual.
Cassie, our smart-mouthed sleuth who makes a living digging into the lives of others in this city plagued by corruption, drugs and death. Am I the only one getting Jessica Jones vibes here? Oh, I am? Never mind then. When Caz is approached by a desperate young woman, looking to uncover the truth about her brother dying from an OD, she assumes all she has to do is prove the brother actually was a Virtual Junkie, and indeed overdosed on stimulants like the police said, and boom! Case closed. But things are never that neat in life, especially for the haunted Cassie Tam.
Cassie is taken for a ride that climbs up into possible corruption, loops through possible cover-ups and dips into possible conspiracies. And I must say, it was one hell of a ride! The case has our snarky PI having to confront her drug-dealing ex in order to get information to give her client, Lori, closure. Though, there's more to Lori than meets the eye, and I'm not just referring to the fact that she's one of the aforementioned Tech Shifters. Did I mention that I want...no need to live in this world?
As the mystery unravels, secrets are exposed, past traumas revealed, and lives changed. I don't remember the last time I devoured a book in one sitting like I did this one, but Addict was one of the best reads of the year so far for me. I'll be impatiently...I mean eagerly waiting to see what comes next for Caz and co.
The world-building is wildly imaginative and high-tech, boasting vivid imagery. Cassie is presented with a murder case almost immediately, and the author serves up several suspects, each with plausible motives. I honestly didn't know 'who dun it' until the big reveal, and soon after was unexpectedly thrown by a plot twist at the end.
I'm excited Cassie will return in subsequent books, and if you're a fan of sci-fi/mystery/suspense blends, I recommend checking out this series.
Caz is a hard-shelled PI with a gooey center she hides from everybody, even herself. I love the fact that her flirtation with Lori is taking a realistic progression. Totally looking forward to more.
From the blurb I knew this book was going into sci-fi territory as it was set in a futuristic world. I’ll admit, I was lost for a while as there are gaming terms and other jargon that I’m not familiar with. That said, the author did a good job of describing New Hopeland and a lot of the novel trimmings that come with it. There are many elements from life today that are included or simply enhanced. That made it easier for me to follow.
There is significant backstory to explain certain structures and elements of this futuristic world. However, that information is provided within the flow of the story or dialogues and never felt forced.
The concept of the Tech Shifter was completely new to me and I found it to be a very intriguing element of the story.
The mystery as to who killed Eddie is well crafted and cleverly played out. The suspects presented are credible and their motives are believable. The author makes the reader second guess the assessment of each suspect and the plot twist was one that I did not see coming.
My only criticism on this front is that one of Eddie’s intrinsic beliefs was a complete surprise to Lori. As his sister, who was pretty close to him, I feel she should have had some inkling of it.
The focus was definitely on Cassie. We learnt a lot about her past and her instincts and her motivations. She’s intelligent, physically and emotionally strong and presents a tough exterior. Yet, she’s vulnerable and still trying to piece her life back together after events in her past. A flawed yet likeable character who is easy to root for.
The secondary characters needed some more attention, however. I think we get a good glimpse of Lori and see various sides to her character. This helps in understanding the dynamics of the fledgling relationship between her and Cassie. I would have liked some more fleshing out of Captain Hoover, who is the main police contact.
My favourite character:
Bert is Cassie’s Artificial Intelligence pet. He seems to be part gargoyle, part dog. His programming has him set to act as fearless, relentless defender to Cassie but also to display the affectations of a household pet, right down to naughty mess making. He was definitely a highlight of the story.
I enjoyed this book. It’s different from my norm and I’m glad I challenged myself to explore it. If you like some sci-fi and a good mystery, you should consider this one.
I voluntarily reviewed this book upon request by the author.
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