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- Print Length: 222 pages
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- Publisher: Jason Werbeloff; 1 edition (August 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 23, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H5RE6LY
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Defragmenting Daniel: The Organ Scrubber (The Defragmenting Daniel Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Detective Kass, who is a transsexual (used to be a female), has some of Daniel's brain. He's looking for Daniel and Daniel is looking for part of his brain back. Yes, it does get a bit hairy at times. Daniel is working at a breakneck speed.
This is a gruesome book, let there be no mistake about that. It's a different kind of Sci-Fi/Horror story and it's not for everyone or for the squeamish. It's not intended to be. In this genre, it rules.
There are the Bubblers and the Gutters. The Bubblers are the people with all the opportunities and best lifestyle and the Gutters do all the hard work, but with virtually no opportunities.
Daniel is an "Organ Cleaner" or "Scrubber" in the beginning of the book. They have to be cleaned for transplanting. Once in a while, he has to give one of his own organs to pay the mounting debt to the orphanage. They replace his organs with cheap knockoffs that don't function very well, but it's all he has. You don't get along very well with the replacements. Hence, he wants his back.
When he turns 18, he finds out about his parentage and goes looking for his missing organs and tracking down the people that have them inside them.
They start getting suspicious, when people begin popping up dead. That's just the beginning. I recommend this book, but only for a select group of Sci-Fi/Horror readers. For some, it might be a little too grotesque.
So, you're an organ thief.
Well, it isn't REALLY stealing.
They were yours to begin with.so they stole them first.
How many wrongs does it take to make a right? Is it okay to root for the good guy and bad guy?
What if they're both?
I read the first book and immediately bought 2 and 3 together, and I bet you will too.
Ah, the visual smorgasbord among the phases.
Hmm, the way the words are shaped.
Oooh the hedonistic possibilities.
Just keep those Margarets away from me.
I didn't want to return to my default phase.
There are very disturbing elements to the book; if you're a reader who has trouble with blood or violence, or casual cruelty, you might want to give this one a pass. This world is a pitiless and vicious place. I wish I could say I couldn't believe that people would be so depraved that they'd pay to hack up children for fun 'n' recreation if it were legal, but I've read too much history and seen too much reality to doubt it. Once one group of people views some other group as a subhuman "Them," there's no limit to the atrocities they can --and will-- commit upon Them. And feel just fine & perfectly justified about doing it. I actually had more difficulty believing that Gepetto would so quickly & casually take in a total stranger off the street in this scary world.
Daniel is at first a very sympathetic character; orphaned, dumped out into a nearly totally unknown world on his 18th birthday, filled with crappy generic replacements for the body parts that've been taken from him to 'pay' for his room & board & the privilege work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week cleaning out organs yanked from other Gutter inhabitants. As he begins indulging in some cruelty of his own to regain his body parts, it is a little harder to love him, but given the world he inhabits, his behavior is not particularly surprising.
I loved Daniel's cat, Odin, and the fact that Daniel sacrifices what little he has to share with Odin, and i don't care if Odin only exists to provide more warm & fuzzy feelings for Daniel. Odin actually reminded me a lot of a real-life cat, Norman, the Scottish Fold who traveled the world with his human. Having Odin was a very nice touch.
I had some problems getting warmed up to Kage, the former Kassandra, but only because I couldn't figure out who he was trying to impress (other than himself, and he clearly had some self-image issues). He says (well, he thinks) that he dislikes women, he gets really angry when people think he's a gay man, but he really loves the way it feels when a man puts his hand on Kage's back, and is thrilled when an impulsive dinner invite to a woman is accepted. I assume this contradictory behavior was supposed to be indicative of how conflicted Kage is, but I wished there was some better clarity; what does Kage really want, besides bigger muscles & a more manly voice? Ambivalence toward this character is sort of a problem since he's the protagonist's foil, or possibly nemesis.
My biggest negative about the book is the ending...there isn't one. It just stops. I actually double-checked my Kindle because I thought there was a download issue & I hadn't gotten the full book. (This actually happened to me once, with The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd; the first time I downloaded it, I only got about 3/4 of the book. It was a great book, once it was all there. I thought it'd happened again --another 3/4 of a good/great book. I was rather cheesed off when I realized that this time, this was the whole book. Sort of...it's the first of a trilogy. I don't mind so much when there's a cliffhanger to prod one into getting the next book, but really feel there should be SOMEthing tied up, some partial resolution, some degree to which "Book 1" can stand on its own. Not this time. I had the feeling (before I knew there were 3 books, not 2) that Werbeloff wrote a full book & just whacked it in half. Wrong... he whacked it in thirds. This makes me feel cheated --not so much on the money, since I only paid .99 for the first book & the next is 2.99, which isn't too far outside even my budget. But it makes me feel the author has set me up, which is irksome. I've been teetering on the brink of 3 stars for this reason, but am going to stick with 4 because I did like the book; I just wish there'd been more of it, especially at the end. I wouldn't have been annoyed if I hadn't been cruising happily along.
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It was getting a bit convoluted for me.