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- Print Length: 400 pages
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- Publisher: Christopher Hepler; 1 edition (June 21, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 21, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CZPYVYS
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Civil Blood: The Vampire Rights Case that Changed a Nation (The Skia Project Book 1) Kindle Edition
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That all changes when Infinity becomes infected and she learns the truth behind everything. Then, when a vipe by the name of Morgan goes public with the knowledge of the virus she must band with him if she stands and chance of surviving. Can she, Morgan, and their allys not only stay alive in the face of this adversary, but also claim rights that they once had?
I grabbed this book because we all know what is going on around us, and the threat of a virus that was created in a lab that has the power to change the world as we know it held too much allure to pass up. That being said I was in no way disappointed.
Now, I will not say that I understood all of the technical aspects of this book, as it is very obvious that a lot of research went into the planning and execution. It surpasses my personal level of knowledge, but it was presented in a way that did not make me feel like I was droning through a topic that I knew nothing of. Instead I felt as if I was gleaning information on an interesting topic that I may personally never fully understand.
On the the characters. For once I have no complaints about any of the characters. I either loved them, or loved to hate them. The characters were well-rounded and the backstory into them provided additional insight that helped us better connect to them, as the reader. My favorite is Roland. The controlling on Yin energy intrigues me.
All in all there is action, drama, romance, civil dispute, murder, power-plays, and the paranormal in this book. There is something for everyone. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.
That said, I give it a 4 because there were some issues I had with the story. The first was that it was in first person. This in and of itself is not a problem but the problem was that the book had multiple POVs. When first reading through it, I got very lost when I reached the second chapter and, thinking I was still with the previous character, wondered how the character had teleported from LA to DC between chapters among other things. Of course I eventually realized that the character changed between chapters and that the POV character for each scene is listed with each chapter (which was helpful) but I still felt that it would have been better if it had been written in 3rd person. The pacing was also a bit off in my opinion. The beginning (first 20-50ish pages) was a bit rocky but the next about 100 pages was very interesting but then it felt like it really slowed down from there until the ending which again was very interesting.
The other issues I had with the story go a bit into spoilers so be warned.
Although as I said the story concept was very interesting, I felt like some things didnt make sense. For instance, during the trial there was the discussion of the major part of the blurb about whether vampires count as human or not and the eventual ruling regarding the damages didnt seem to take into account the fact that the corporation responsible had been extra-judicially kidnapping/killing thousands of people who had been infected which I feel should have been a more significant factor. That said, I found it difficult to sympathize with the protagonists of the story. For instance, The one character Jessica who was a scientist with the corporation and the first infected with Vamparism broke out of her prison when it seemed like the corporation was just going to slowly let her die. While I can understand this as essentially preservation instinct/her new instincts now that she is a vampire, she seems very out of touch/self-righteous despite the fact that she is personally responsible for the fact that vamparism has been unleashed on the world and untold thousands of people have had their lives ruined or have been extra-judicially killed/kidnapped because of her. She didnt seem at all sorry for this fact or seem like she feels responsible for these things. She also seems like she tries to claim during the trial that vampires don't need to feed on humans for sustenance which feels like it could be an important revelation but it turns out that that isnt really true and she's just found a means to reduce the number of people infected in order to keep the vampires fed and while that is something, it doesnt really resolve the underlying problem or the fact that they don't seem to take measures to help those recently infected because of them to get them in on the program for reducing those infected which would just lead to even more people getting infected. Similarly, the fact that the vampires really can't physically control their hunger makes it hard to see the corporation as the bad guy. Yes, they are extra-judicially kidnapping and killing people, but at the same time there isnt any good alternative to this method for preventing the spread of vamparism which is a very clear and present danger to all of humanity and although their motives seem devious, they are also hard to blame either, like scheming to create a vaccine for vamparism that will make them stinking rich but, you know... would also eliminate the threat of vamparism. or the fact that they are planning to use the 'magic' system to edit the vampire virus in order to give people the benefits of being a vampire without any of the downsides among other sorts of improvements. Damn the slimy corporation is going to make tons of money... by... doing something that benefits humanity? I do understand that this is probably intended to make the story morally complex but at the same time like I said, I find myself seeing the good guys as the bad guys and vice versa which I'm not entirely sure was the intention.
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Despite my criticisms above, I do think this is an interesting story and certainly a good first attempt by the author and I am interested to see how the story progresses from here
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even though it took me a while to read. It manages to ask a lot of interesting questions about current US society without slowing down or ranting. With its intelligent, thought-through worldbuilding it asks a powerful question: What defines us as humans? And does anyone, a corporation, doctors, the juidicial system have a right to take it away?
Chris Hepler uses science and realistic situations to create a very believable story. The trial was one of my favorite scenes in the book. I would definitely recommend this book if the subject is within your area of interest.
Top international reviews
The book follows the adventures of Infinity DeStard, a vampire hunter turned vampire. It's a mix between action / adventure and well-written courtroom drama.
- The voice. Christopher Helper writes with an exciting urgency that explodes off the pages. His characters are vivid, funny and engaging. The action scenes are done very well and each chapter is broken down into fast chunks that make this book super easy to read
- the dialogue is a bit overwhelmed by in-universe words (v-prots, VIPES, etc) that are introduced pretty quickly and can make the opening section a bit hard to follow.
Overall, it's a great read, highly recommended and I can't say this enough -his voice and writing are fantastic. Really high quality and engaging. No regrets about buying this one, it's a wonderful work by a crazy talented author
Excellent writing and a great cast of characters by Chris Hepler. This is definitely a novel to read if you’re looking for a vampire story that’s the opposite of a cliché, and want to set your imagination sparking. I truly enjoyed reading it.