Waiting on Wednesday 12/21/16
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!
Shattered Minds by Laura Lam (June 20, 2017 by Tor Books)
This follow-up to False Hearts will be, according to the author, “a standalone set in the same world, so it can be read in any order”. I loved the first book though, so I’ll definitely be picking up Shattered Minds. It does appear it will be featuring a whole new story and protagonist, but I am intrigued at the mention of the drug Zeal since it was such a big part of the previous book’s plot. It’s exciting to know that Lam will continue to expand the incredible world-building.
Carina used to be one of the best biohackers in Pacifica. But when she worked for Sudice and saw what the company’s experiments on brain recording were doing to their subjects, it disturbed her—especially because she found herself enjoying giving pain and contemplating murder. She quit and soon grew addicted to the drug Zeal, spending most of her waking moments in a horror-filled dream world where she could act out her depraved fantasies without actually hurting anyone.
One of her trips is interrupted by strange flashing images and the brutal murder of a young girl. Even in her drug-addicted state, Carina knows it isn’t anything she created in the Zealscape. On her next trip, she discovers that an old coworker from Sudice, Max, sent her these images before he was killed by the company. Encrypted within the images are the clues to his murder, plus information strong enough to take down the international corporation.”