Book #35: Division Zero by Matthew S. Cox

Most cops get to deal with living criminals, but Agent Kirsten Wren isn’t most cops.

A gifted psionic with a troubled past, she possesses a rare combination of abilities that makes her a powerful weapon against paranormal threats. Adrift in a society that fears people like her, she feels alone in a city of millions.

In 2418, rampant violence and corporate warfare have left no shortage of angry wraiths. Most are little more than fleeting shadows or eerie whispers in the darkness, but every so often, one gathers enough strength to threaten the living.

A series of attacks by androids known as dolls leave the normal police baffled. Unable to explain what made the machines malfunction, they punt the case to Division 0. Kirsten’s investigation into who – or what – is behind the random murders soon makes her a target for corporate assassins.

Despite her past, and the cynical city around her, she clings to the belief that no one is beyond redemption. Alas, the killer is desperate to claim as many innocent souls as possible, and one might just be hers.

I received an Audible code from the author via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my honest opinion of the work. I have not been compensated for this review.

This is not my first Cox book nor is it my first book in this scifi/post-apocalyptic world. But I wish it was. The books set in the same world weren’t bad and I still highly recommend, but this one helps set the world better. You get a feel of who psionics are and what the government is like. You get a feel of the underbelly of the West City and the beginnings of a larger mythos. In all, I suggest starting with this book and then branching into the others set in the same world.

This book is a mix of scifi, post-apocalyptic, and paranormal. It pulls you in every direction and opens you to an interesting world. Most of all though, is Kirsten Wren. I love how Cox writes his female leads. I can gush forever about how they are portrayed.

Agent Wren has PTSD from the broken and horrible childhood she lived with. But she doesn’t let that stop her from saving lives and helping the dead cross over. She’s probably my favorite lead from Cox. Next to Emma and Kit (from two different books).

The narrator for the audiobook is a good choice. I feel she did a good job. That said, when you listen to it on Audible at 1.0x, it can feel like she’s very slow when she’s ready. I found 1.25x being the best listen speed.

All in all, I’m definitely going to want to listen to the rest of the series if they get to be audiobooks.

Final Rating: 4/5

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