Defective

Defective

In the year 2074, a global conspiracy threatens all life on Earth.Humanity battles the worst pandemic the world has ever seen.And the planet is dying.Our mass extinction event has arrived._________________In the 2020s, disease, epidemics, and financial collapse nearly ended civilization.The world’s most powerful corporations saved us.Now, in 2074, the Corporate Coalition r...

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Title:Defective
Author:Autumn Kalquist
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Edition Language:English

Defective Reviews

  • Linda

    I freely chose to review this ARC as I'm a HUGE fan of this author, and her books never let me down yet as the books just keep getting better and better I hate to lose the friends I made in the stories! The early twenty-first century resulted in a pandemic plague that killed billions of people until The Coalition arose like a phoenix from the ashes with a cure to genetically modify babies who were immune. Every parent wanted their children to be protected until a discovery turned a blessing into

    I freely chose to review this ARC as I'm a HUGE fan of this author, and her books never let me down yet as the books just keep getting better and better I hate to lose the friends I made in the stories! The early twenty-first century resulted in a pandemic plague that killed billions of people until The Coalition arose like a phoenix from the ashes with a cure to genetically modify babies who were immune. Every parent wanted their children to be protected until a discovery turned a blessing into a curse!

    Four stories are told in this book; Anders, the daring son of the Coalition sheriff who turned his best friend over to be caged. Selene who is a Protected and lived off grid in Telmont, Georgia with her younger brother and Lydia who resecured them from Seattle and took them to live off grid when her parents were murdered and she longed to be free, Katherine the head of Inifitek who had control and power over every nation that survived in her hands, and Haven is a group of trained soldiers that fight to regain a democratic control , but they have to stay under the radar of the Coalition who wants them held for treason. All this in book one and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!!

  • Carol Brandon

    I really enjoyed this prequel to her other books. It ties things together in the Fractured Era series and sets the stage for the space fleet which is featured in the Fractured Era Legacy series.

    We find out what happened to the characters after 318 - and if you haven't read it, it explains it well enough in this book that you don't feel lost. There are 2 plot lines: one with two of the characters from 318, who along with their team from the Resistance are trying to rescue a Resistance member who

    I really enjoyed this prequel to her other books. It ties things together in the Fractured Era series and sets the stage for the space fleet which is featured in the Fractured Era Legacy series.

    We find out what happened to the characters after 318 - and if you haven't read it, it explains it well enough in this book that you don't feel lost. There are 2 plot lines: one with two of the characters from 318, who along with their team from the Resistance are trying to rescue a Resistance member who may have been captured in a quarantined zone. The other follows a sister and brother who are Protected and in hiding. Overarching this is Katherine Raines, head of Infitek, who is essentially trying to rule the world. We see her political machinations. Has she orchestrated the Quarantine? Is it spiralling out of her control, or is it part of her grand plan?

    I can't wait for the next book, to see how it comes together.

    Note that I was given a copy of the book for review purposes.

  • Micah Grant

    I really like the way she brings the current technologies to their dysotopian future state. It was also interesting how the storylines of the various characters all seemed to come together at the end.

  • Ebony

    So this was another free dystopian and after reading quite a few lately, I think it stands out among the many. The idea of a corporate entity taking over the world is a lot easier to swallow than some other premises for books as the big evil. (I ask myself daily why Voldemort was the big evil who couldn't take over a school, thwarted by children time and again, but I digress)

    Decent enough writing that there were only a few bits of dialogue that was clunky sounding.

    You head hop from Selene our 16

    So this was another free dystopian and after reading quite a few lately, I think it stands out among the many. The idea of a corporate entity taking over the world is a lot easier to swallow than some other premises for books as the big evil. (I ask myself daily why Voldemort was the big evil who couldn't take over a school, thwarted by children time and again, but I digress)

    Decent enough writing that there were only a few bits of dialogue that was clunky sounding.

    You head hop from Selene our 16 year old heroine who constantly gets into hot water for doing things she's told not to, a cute little brother for her to protect against the corporate entity.

    Katherine Raines, the head of this corporate entity, you just want to hate.

    Anders, the sheriff's son, who I also want to smack upside the head.

    To Bas, leader of a rebellion group with a mission along side the main Selene plot.

    Add a new pandemic and some hints here and there about characters previous lives that make it interesting enough but not overwhelming.

    Of course you seem to have a few cliche characters, the angry girl, etc hopefully will be better sketched out in future books.

    The most interesting part seems to be who is on the corporate side and who isn't.

    The worst part is Selene's instant attraction to Anders and I suspect there will be a love triangle later with her and Bas as well.

    I was disappointed that book 2 is not out yet since I have seen it offered free on and off for months now.

    Dear Autumn, you promised book 2 in 2016, dear, why doesn't any author know how to tell time? But manage to start other series?

  • Cyanemi

    Fantastic book. I could read this book forever. However it ended

  • Richard

    There is some suspense, some action and it is descriptive without having excessive detail. I’m enjoying every page. I am disappointed it ended without some type of break in the story line. But on to the next book.

  • Lizzie

    I discovered Kalquist and her world of genetic modification destroying Earth and its inhabitants through a free novella followed by her free short story "318" . I was impressed with her ability to create characters and a world that immediately gave me an emotional connection to the characters and a vivid image of the scenes in my mind's eye. Defective, a full length novel, takes the characters from those shorter stories and expands them, adding more depth to the people, the world, and the plot.

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    I discovered Kalquist and her world of genetic modification destroying Earth and its inhabitants through a free novella followed by her free short story "318" . I was impressed with her ability to create characters and a world that immediately gave me an emotional connection to the characters and a vivid image of the scenes in my mind's eye. Defective, a full length novel, takes the characters from those shorter stories and expands them, adding more depth to the people, the world, and the plot.

    To protect their children from disease and plagues a majority of people have had their children genetically modified. The consequences provide new problems and those protected children, many now adults, become 2nd class citizens, first being registered and chipped, followed by round ups and loss of all rights. Some disagree with the government 's actions and an underground railroad helps hide and move the protected together with a resistance that is fighting to learn and share the truth. The larger nations are universally ruled by corporations that control medicine, energy, and communications. On a micro level we experience life and the effects of all of these forces through Selene, a protected teenage girl, and her family. (Others have written a detailed plot outline so I will skip repeating it.)

    Defective is a well written story with developed characters and excellent world building that raises questions that our society is currently asking. What affect does genetic modification have on our food, on the animals and products produced for consumption? As we alter genes to protect plants, animals and people are we creating a super bug or bacteria and diseases that will result in crop failure and starvation? We are already able to modify some of the human genome. Will we end up destroying the human race by impacting our ability to reproduce? What happens when corporations become a powerful and rich that they are able to take over governments? To some extent they already control our political candidates and law making. Whether the motive is profit or advancement of knowledge there are ethical considerations that we need to examine now.

    Kalquist tells a good story in Defective and within that story she brings out important questions. She does this without detracting from the story itself. To my POV that is science fiction at its best. I look forward to books 2 and 3 of this trilogy.

    I received a free copy of this book with the expectation of providing an honest review.

  • Marla A Burke

    This is a fast paced story, a quick and engrossing read about a failed government experiment, the people now interred because of it, a handful of resistance fighters, and an underground railroad of folks helping those people the government has yet to catch. A son who has lost 2 friends because his father, the sheriff, has turned them in. Anders comes across as a big headed adolescent but it's clear he is beginning to grow up as a result of his father and with an assist from his uncle, one of the

    This is a fast paced story, a quick and engrossing read about a failed government experiment, the people now interred because of it, a handful of resistance fighters, and an underground railroad of folks helping those people the government has yet to catch. A son who has lost 2 friends because his father, the sheriff, has turned them in. Anders comes across as a big headed adolescent but it's clear he is beginning to grow up as a result of his father and with an assist from his uncle, one of the railroad folks. Serena and her brother, living with their grandmother, are among the hidden. Serena, also a young person wanting the freedoms most teenagers have, over time realizes the catastrophic consequences of not heeding what she's been told. Overall, this sets a good foundation for the next book.

  • Diane

    Well written and entertaining, but it ends without coming to a climax, in my opinion. It feels like there should be some more chapters before it ends.

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