Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Release Date: March 20th 2013
Source: All Night Reads via NetGalley
A debt collector can tell you precisely.
Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trench-coat, 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 brain, 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.
Thank you to All Night Reads via NetGalley for supplying me with this eBook in exchange for a review. Nothing has been gained to alter my opinion of the book.
What intrigued me most about this books is that it was called an episode and was part of a serial. At first I had a moment of "whatttttt" - which lasted too long, so I had to jump onto a blog which described perfectly what it was. That's where intrigue turned into excitement.
You need to imagine a serial is like a television series. Where every episode you've got a mini plot going on whilst still drawing on the overall story line of the series. That's just what serial's are about. And Delirium delivered exactly like I had an episode of a brand new series play in my head.
I got immediately into the whole concept of the story. The world was dark and gritty and involved superior people receiving all the benefits (immediately making me feel for the characters who didn't). It was fast and exciting and drew me into the action straight away. The characters were likable and I was able to feel for them, but I honestly do not feel like I know them very well. I feel this is because of the short length and I will get to know them as the story continues, which is why I don't see this as a fault. I think the reader will be given just enough about the characters each episode to keep us on the edge of our seats.
There were disappointing aspects thought because I felt that there was minimal explanation as to why there are soul collectors in this world, but this is a problem I find in numerous dystopia-type books - they can't explain how the world came to be in it's current state. This minor flaw I could overcome quickly and continue with my curiosity into this book/episode.
Overall, I was debating between 3.5 stars to 4 stars and I ended up on 4 stars because if it wasn't a serial, I'd feel there wasn't enough character development or understanding of the world. I'll have to continue the serial, but I do think that this will be excellent series because each episode will get that little bit more exciting. Well worth the one week wait!