I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot
Length: 8 hours and 26 minutes
Published by Curiosity Quills Press Pages: 241
on August 17th 2015
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Antony Ferguson
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Henry Jekyll was a brilliant doctor, a passionate idealist who aimed to free mankind of selfishness and vice. He’s also the man who carelessly created a race of monsters.
Once shared secretly among the good doctor's inner circle, the Hyde drug was smuggled into mass-production - but in pill form, it corrupted its users at the genetic level, leaving them liable to transform without warning. A quarter of the population are now clandestine killers – ticking bombs that could detonate at any given moment.
It's 1903, and London has been quarantined for thirteen years.
Son of the city's most prominent physician and cure-seeker, seventeen-year-old Elliot Morrissey has had his own devastating brush with science, downing a potion meant to remove his human weaknesses and strengthen him against the Hydes - and finding instead he's become an empath, leveled by the emotions of a dying city.
He finds an unlikely ally in Iris Faye, a waitress at one of the city's rowdier music halls, whose emotions nearly blind him; her fearlessness is a beacon in a city rife with terror. Iris, however, is more than what she seems, and reveals a mission to bring down the establishment that has crippled the people of London.
Together, they aim to discover who's really pulling the strings in Jekyll's wake, and why citizens are waking up in the street infected, with no memory of ever having taken the Hyde drug...
Heart-eating monsters, it turns out, are not the greatest evil they must face.
Here is what I thought
Dr. Jekyll once me a drug that turned him into Mr. Hyde. His Hyde persona was not a nice one and when he was like that he created chaos, by raping women, etc. They thought that drug was bad but then someone took the drug and altered it but instead of creating a better way of using the drug the people who used it turned into a even nastier version of Hyde. They call the the Hyde monsters, and there is nothing you can do for them and when they change they kill you. They tear out your heart.
It turned all of London into chaos and now nobody can go out without fear of a Hyde. There are some that have it better than others and a couple of those are Cam and his friend Elliot. They live in a nice fancy house because Cam’s father now reigns over London, the chaos might be bad for some but his father became richer because of it.
Cam and Elliot met a young woman Iris whom Elliot who immediately seems to like her. Elliot’s father is a doctor who works for Cam’s father and Elliot works for him. He experimented on himself and now he can feel others emotions and sometimes the emotion is so strong it make him sick. Others might see him as week. Soon they learn that Iris has a special ability too, one that Cam’s father is very intrigued with.
The three teens want to find a cure for the Hydes while others don’t and it puts them in a bit of danger.
The characters are all good. I really liked Iris the most as she was pretty kick ass though I though I could have done with out the instaluv. Cam is gay and is in love with his best friend but that doesn’t go well with his father.
I think I could have liked this one a bit more if I didn’t feel a bit preached too about a certain social issue. I had no problems with Cam but just as some don’t like to be preached at about religious things I didn’t like feeling like I was being preached to either. It’s just my preference.
I am curious about the next book in the series. They seem to be stand alone types and it’s about another one of the characters that I didn’t mention, she is a spunky younger girl who wants out of London and she gets her chance and I am curious about what will go on in that one it’s called The Hypnotic City and set New York.
Recommend if you like
Antony Ferguson is one of my favorite male narrators and he did a great job with the pacing and all the voices.
Audio rating: 4
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