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Friday, January 23, 2015

House Immortal By Devon Monk

by Mary Anne Barker

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

A comet once crashed on the world where Matilda lives on an isolated farm, sometime in the undefined future in Devon Monk’s new dystopian urban fantasy novel. This comet changed this world in many ways. Like the creatures she cares for, Matilda has been “stitched” together from pieces and lives off the grid to stay unaffiliated with the ruling “Houses,” large corporate entities that rule the world and are served by the 12 “galvanized” immortal beings.

Matilda’s stitching appears to be different from that of the galvanized, and it’s putting her at risk. Meanwhile, her brother, Quinten, has been missing for three years and she’s concerned about him.

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A stranger called Abraham comes to her door with a warning for Matilda’s father … except that it comes years too late. When she was 12, Matilda saw two of the Houses come, kill her parents, and remove both their bodies. Now Abraham and Matilda are in danger and must fight for her future even as they begin the search for her missing brother.

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The world-building is complex and consistent, and the characters original; it’s unclear who will become friend or foe to Matilda.

The book starts off a little slowly (though it has a really great opening line: “The way I saw it, a girl needed three things to start a day right: a hot cup of tea, a sturdy pair of boots, and for the feral beast to die the first time she stabbed it in the brain.”), but it’s worth sticking with it, as the pace soon picks up to a great rollercoaster ride. So sit down and strap in for the journey!

To enter to win a copy of House Immortal, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Immortal,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 31, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address.

Use this link to purchase this book and a portion goes to help support KRL & it supports an indie bookstore:

Mary Anne Barker works at the Reedley Library. She loves books, TV and movies.

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