Thursday, September 19, 2013

Kain Tour & Review!

Sex, Drugs, and Cyberpunk
Book One
Brie McGill

Genre: Cyberpunk/Steamy Romance

ISBN: 148267324X

Number of pages: 323
Word Count: 115,000

Cover Artist: Jeanne Quinn

Book Description:

Counting days is irrelevant in the life of a well-to-do man, unless he counts the days passed in total service to the Empire. Salute. Submit. Shut up and scan the wrist. Therapists armed with batons and brass knuckles guide the derelict along a well-beaten path to Glory.

When human experiment Lukian Valentin escapes the Empire to save his crumbling sanity--through a grimescape of fissured highways, collapsing factories, putrescent sewers--he realizes the fight isn’t only for his life, it’s for his mind. Torturous flashbacks from a murky past spur him on a quest for freedom, while the Empire’s elite retrievers remain at his heels, determined to bring him home for repair.

Lukian needs one doctor to remove the implanted chips from his body, and another to serve him a tall glass of answers. Lukian attempts a psychedelic salvage of his partitioned mind, gleaning fragments of the painful truth about his identity.

A scorching, clothes-ripping rendezvous with a mysterious woman offers Lukian a glimpse of his humanity, and respite from his nightmarish past. It also provides the Empire the perfect weakness to exploit for his recapture.

To rise to the challenge of protecting his new life, his freedom of thought, and his one shot at love, Lukian must reach deep into his mind to find his true identity. To defeat the Empire, he requires the deadly power of his former self--a power that threatens to consume him.

Brie McGill
Review by Scott
3 of 5 Delicious Brains

Brie McGill’s Kain, a cyberpunk sci-fi adventure, is a noisy, nerve rattling ride through a future dystopia. Lukian Valentin, the protagonist, is a government experiment;a super soldier with a partitioned mind who escapes his fate to reinvent himself. McGill’s narrative plants us deep within the government’s psychotic grip upon its citizens, who exist to serve the military ambitions of it sprawling control. The novel unfolds with action and angst, and McGill pulls the reader through a maze of a first act.

Eventually, Lukian senses a new life beyond his own reality, and finds his sense of duty eroding. He is either befriended or tailed by Aiden, another Empire drone, who rejects the Empire as he does. Lukiansubsequently falls into a rabbit hole of identity crisis that threaten to bring him to the brink.  Just what is going on in his head? Who is Kain? Can it be he? Kain, and Lukian? And why is the Empire so interested in his doings? Krodha, a forbidding shadow figure looms over Lukian, like a Colonel Striker managing Logan from afar, watching the dark living weapon self-destruct. Lukian is haunted by phantoms, ghosts, memories and McGill brings the past into focus by putting her protagonist through a cerebral meat grinder.

Luckily he finds an out, and McGill taps into one of science fiction’s oldest thematic veins, the fish out of water theme.  Lukian has to reinvent himself, and marvels at Jambu, the outside worlds norms and values. He’s reborn, and like Frankenstein’s creature, has to reconcile his strength, his new emotions, his new identity. His fresh experiences add levity to a violent world, and when Lukian and Naoko get down and dirty, McGill balances the steamy with the lurid and reminds us, as Lukian is reminded, that love and sex can make even the darkest world a bit brighter, can give us hope when there is no hope.

Soon Lukian is rocking  serious computer hardware, and cash, and finds, essentially, another level of the double helix narrative, where he seeks revenge, closure, and peace. There’s love, lies, and a whole bunch of dead bodies and cool landscapes, McGill is a world builder, and her world of the Empire and it’s secret military police is rich and engrossing. 

In Kain, McGill taps into a wellspring of archetypal imagery, a Jekyll and Hyde protagonist, the dystopian empire, the misunderstood outsider, the exotic healing islands,  the primoridal cave Lukian is reborn into in the final half of the novel. McGill fabricates a thick yarn, one that is often busy and jammed packed with description and plot beacons. As she evolves as a writer and storyteller it will be interesting to see what McGill crafts, for this debut novel is rich with the history of the genre.

This book was provided free of charge as part of the tour for an honest review.

About the Author:

Doctors suspect Brie developed an overactive imagination during childhood to cope with the expansive corn maze known as rural Pennsylvania. Unable to afford an operation to have the stories surgically removed from her brain, she opted instead to write them down.

Brie lives in British Columbia with her boyfriend and naughty black cat, somewhere not too far from the sea. She enjoys trips to the local farm, chatting with her long-distance friends on a rotary phone, and roflstomping video games from the nineties.

Brie's favorite authors include Anne Rice, George Orwell, and Hunter S. Thompson.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Noelle,

    Thank you very much for hosting me today!