Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
In a world of unintended effects, what was supposed to be The Cure, has given a portion of the population side effects. The government, or what’s left of it, gathers these people. Either they use them for their own purposes (human lie detectors among others) or keep them locked up for “the public good.” However, there is this mythical island where the Estranged as they are called can escape to and life free from fear of capture. But does this island really exist?
Kaeva knows that this island exists. He’s been living there for the past eight years after twelve years on the streets. Now thirty-six, he lives a solitary life on the island, away from the city. When emotional, Kaeva has a tendency to short out electrical equipment. His touch has even short circuited the brains of fellow humans as Kaeva points out that the brain is a bunch of cells tied together by water and electricity. He is upset when the island leaders tell him to retrieve the newest “intake” who should be washing ashore soon.
Eddie has been scared of being detected for the past 22 years. A recent college graduate who majored in English Literature focusing on ancient 20th century comic books. However, after receiving the Cure, he has been hearing voices in his head. These voices are of various people who are about to commit a crime. However, Eddie never knows where these voices come from nor is he able to help any of the victims before it is too late. Thinking silence is better than these voices he can’t control, Eddie decides to go to his uncle’s place to end his life. However, on the way to the airport, he believes he’s been scanned and runs. He meets a stranger who tells him of Exile, a sanctuary for Estranged. As his original plans are impossible, Eddie figures he might as well go there. If things don’t work out he can end his life there just as easily. When he reaches the island, he does not quite know how to deal with the man who has been assigned to transition him into life on Exile.
I liked the combination of Kaeve and Eddie together. Kaeve is anti-social in part because he wants to be but primarily because he HAS to be. Eddie is a young, rich (which is unusual for the times) and naïve college graduate who majored in what most of today’s ten year old boys do today—comic books. Other than the disappearance of his friend (who would be called a horse whisperer), Eddie has not seen life as tough as Kaeve has lived. Kaeve is scared to death of accidentally killing someone while Eddie doesn’t know whether or not he wants to live. Eddie wants Kaeve but Kaeve knows that to get close to him is a death sentence. When Eddie finally touches Kaeve and nothing happens, hope abounds on both sides. But without a purpose, Eddie still doesn’t know if he wants to live or not. This is an intriguing opening book to this new series.
The cover art Aisha Akeju is perfect for the book. It shows the beach where Kaeve is sent to meet Eddie when he first washes ashore on the island.
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EBook, 340 pages
Published: January 10, 2017 by Less Than Three Press
Edition Language: English