Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: The Debt Collectors 1-3 by Susan Kaye Quinn

Contains mature content and themes.

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.

The first three episodes of the Debt Collector serial are collectively the length of a short novel, or 152 pages. These are the first three of nine episodes in the first season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating.

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 If you thought that student debt would drown you, the debts collected in this book literally kill you. Lirium (Joe) is a very damaged Collector of life energy that is barely hanging onto his humanity. The world he lives in is gritty and dangerous for anyone not deemed important enough to get the “hits” he collects to keep their potential flowing. Those who are destitute debt out their life in hopes of making it better. If the economy or sickness hit they are basically screwed if their debts add up more than their potential. Lirium ends up tricked and helping a desperate young woman and her sister. Once he heads down that road in the first serial novel, he is then chased and goes slightly bonkers trying to keep up with all the betrayal and changes around him. He is a likeable broken character who I hope gets his peace in the end. Warning: all the serial novels end on cliff hangers that make the reader quickly scramble to read the next.

Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

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