This is the Debt Collector Serieal, and this is Episode 1 of 9.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
Story Synopsis from Goodreads:
What’s your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.
Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He’s just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja’s sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane… until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn’t what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone–a dark pit he’s not sure he’ll be able to climb out of again.
This is kinda a different type of story, and I’m not talking about it being a stray from my normal genre of choice. This is a short story, only 46 pages on my Nook, a part of a larger book or what not. I’m not sure I’ve only read one other story that was set up in serial form, The Green Mile by Stephen King, and that was in print. It is a very quick read took me little over an hour to finish, but it was really quite enjoyable. I am planning on picking up the next couple of books in the serial to check out what happens next.
This is a Science Fiction story that has a futuristic feel to it, readers of Dystopian novels will probably enjoy this one as well. I liked the concept of the story, and with some politicians that we have in Government I could totally see them being on board for this type of society. In this world you use your life force as a currency and once you are deemed more cost than you are worth a collector comes and takes any remaining force and redistributes it to those who are deemed more worthy in society, for their potential contributions.
Of course this is meant to be for the greater good for all citizens. After all wouldn’t you want to keep someone who is close to curing cancer around as long as you can so someday nobody has to die from the disease. We quickly learn thought that there are cracks in the system, corruption exists, and not all of those who deserve the life force receive it.
This is an interesting read, made me think and I look forward to reading more. The pace was great, the main characters fleshed out and likable. Like I said if you like Sci-fi, Dystopian or political reads I suggest giving this one a shot. It looks like each part in the serial is only 99 cents, so what do you have to lose?