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Delirium (Debt Collector 1) by [Quinn, Susan Kaye]
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"The street-smart science of LOOPER meets the cold, just-the-facts voice of DOUBLE INDEMNITY in this edgy, future-noir thriller that will have you holding your breath, looking over your shoulder, and begging for more."

 --Leigh Talbert Moore, author of The Truth About Faking, The Truth About Letting Go, and Rouge

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The Debt Collector
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  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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By Bookphile VINE VOICE on March 24, 2013
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This was a very imagination and enjoyable read. I like the world Quinn is creating, and the concept of the Debt Collectors is a fascinating one. I'm eager to see that fleshed out more in future installments--which isn't to say that the description here is thin, because it isn't. It's just an intriguing concept that left me wanting more detail, a clear sign that Quinn is onto something with her serial.

Delirium is a strong character. I got a good feel for what motivates him and what his life is like. His interactions with Elena are especially vivid. Quinn does a nice job of hinting at the toll Lirium's job takes on him without devolving into pure angst. Her deft writing makes the situations Lirium faces feel pressing and tense without being melodramatic.

Overall, quite well done. I'm anticipating the next installment.
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Here's the deal on the premise. A Debt Collector visits a person who is about to die and collects that person's last remaining life energy. He draws the energy into his own body and carries it away. That's where the massive life energy hit comes from. He reports to the office to have the draw confirmed and then visits the high potential recipient to deliver the life energy, less a ten per cent commission. The delivery is the high in reverse and leaves the debt collector exhausted and shattered. (It's sort of the reverse of, or a variation on, the old sin eater folktale.) We follow one Debt Collector, Lirium, (short for Delirium), on a complete assignment. There are dozens of little details about the job that are woven into Lirium's description of the job and this gives the whole concept a realistic and convincing weight and plausibility that is truly remarkable.

As to the plot, NO SPOILERS HERE. But, it's classic noir - doomed and noble. Think along the lines of films like Mitchum's "Out of the Past" and you'll get the idea.

Admirable though the premise may be, and this is totally convincing and immersive world building, the story is carried by the voice and style of Lirium. The overall feel is conflicted Grim Reaper confessional, with a side of weary despair and a spark of hope. Lirium comes across as a complete and fully realized character, not just some type, and that's quite an accomplishment.

Lots of commenters refer to this as futuristic noir, and I suppose that's correct enough. But, often noir is just an excuse for a lot of hard boiled dialogue and snappy one-liners. That can be fun even when it's forced or over the top. This story is not written that way, though.
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I was excited to meet a world where your life force actually counts as currency, and these debt collectors, who are basically leeches. Except they don't just take, they have to give the life back, and if the taking process is exhilarating, the giving one is quite the opposite.

Most of the concepts were pretty well explained, and there's plenty of tension. Some things related to the collecting procedure may induce addiction and it was very thrilling to read what the characters were feeling/observing.

It's a short story, there cannot be much character development, but I did have trouble connecting with Lirium. Not so much because he is not very likeable in the first place, but mostly because I felt he rambled a bit too much. However, I did sort of understand why he came to become that person, or at least glimpsed it a bit, and the ending was somewhat helpful, at least I found it open enough to contemplate the possibility.

The cover was pretty neat. Again, I feel the synopsis gave away too much. When I am reading a dystopian tale, I prefer to discover most of what the world is about, as well as the character development, through reading the book, not the blurb.

Overall I felt the story is above average. I enjoyed the ideas, just wish they had been developed more.
I think I would like to keep reading the series, this sort of teaser piqued my interest.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book.

For a full review with spoilers please check out my blog Ana's Lair.
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3.5 stars

This book is very short as it is the first novella in a "serial". This means it feels like the first few chapters of a book and that is how it is supposed to be. It was definitely a good start to the story and introduced the world and characters well.

Due to the length this book was mainly just an introduction to the story. There was a hint of action and a hint of possible future romance but it was pretty much just introducing the characters. I hope that the next segment of this story fulfils the promises that this book has made. It does seem like all the Debt Collector books together will make an incredible story.

I loved the feel of the world in which this story is set. The author calls this genre future- noir which seems to basically be sci-fi with an old fashioned twist. For me this set Delirium apart and made it very unique. I am looking forward to reading more about Lirium and the Debt Collector world.

*I received a copy of the book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any day*
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