Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Division Zero by Matthew S. Cox

Title: Division Zero (Division Zero #1)
Author: Matthew S. Cox
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: New Adult, Cyberpunk, Paranormal
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Most cops get to deal with living criminals, but Agent Kirsten Wren is not most cops.

A gifted psionic with a troubled past, Kirsten possesses a rare combination of abilities that give her a powerful weapon against spirits. In 2418, rampant violence and corporate warfare have left no shortage of angry wraiths in West City. Most exist as little more than fleeting shadows and eerie whispers in the darkness.

Kirsten is shunned by a society that does not understand psionics, feared by those who know what she can do, and alone in a city of millions. Every so often, when a wraith gathers enough strength to become a threat to the living, these same people rely on her to stop it.

Unexplained killings by human-like androids known as dolls leave the Division One police baffled, causing them to punt the case to Division Zero. Kirsten, along with her partner Dorian, wind up in the crosshairs of corporate assassins as they attempt to find out who – or what – is behind the random murders before more people die.

She tries to hold on to the belief that no one is beyond redemption as she pursues a killer desperate to claim at least one more innocent soul – that might just be hers.

This was an amazing story!  Right off the bat Matthew Cox drops us into the chaotic and confusing world of Agent Kirsten Wren.  She has some pretty amazing abilities and really knows how to use them as a cop.  One of the very first scenes she takes on a powerful ghost - it was great!  She has an interesting job and life - one devoted to protecting the people that refused to see her as a person.  It was a thread that carried through the entire story and really made her a very sympathetic character.

Her current case of trying to find who is messing with the bots and turning them into murderous machines is a tricky one - one that lands her in trouble a few times.  There was a lot of new terminology for me - although I haven't read a lot of steampunk so maybe I just don't know it - that a few times got a little confusing, but for the most part the author did a great job of throwing the explanation in there without interupting the story.

The story was incredibly fast pace - great for anyone that loves their action and adventure.  But there was also a ton of character development as we get to know Kirsten, her partner, and the "bad" guys along the way.  I definitely want to read book two and see what happens.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

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  1. Great review, Jasmyn! This sounds action packed and right up my alley! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Jasmyn, I am thrilled you enjoyed Division Zero :) Thank you for reading and for participating in the tour.

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