ARC Review: The Killing Jar by R.S. McCoy

Title: The Killing Jar
Series: The Extraction Files #1
Authors: R.S. McCoy
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date:  June 28th, 2016
Page Count:  400 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From author in exchange of an honest opinon

Earth is dying, circling the drain on life support. The future of the human race depends on space exploration, but they’re running out of time. Parasitic insects are systematically killing the best scientific minds but no one knows why. 

Mable Wilkinson is the last hope to figure it out, she just doesn’t know it yet. For years, her resourcefulness, intelligence, and penchant for problem-solving have put her at the top of a very short list of researchers, only she doesn’t want to be part of it. 

Cast out at sixteen, Mable wrote off the problems of the world long ago. Now, her focus is on Hadley, her adopted little sister, and teaching her to survive in the cut-throat underground. Instead, both Mable and Hadley fall into the hands of the program’s recruiter, Silas Arrenstein, and he’s determined to have one of them. Mable can join up with the man and program who killed her brother, or she can leave Hadley to the same fate.

A new sci-fi romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga and The Luminary Chronicles. 

Book One of The Extraction Files.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
This is the second book I read by author R.S. McCoy and I'm truly enjoying her style. This author knows how to create amazing worlds from scratch or take things to a whole different level, not to mention that she can certainly keep you at the edge of your seat the whole time! I previously LOVED her YA Paranormal Blossom and the Beast (can't wait for the sequel!!), and it astounds me how she managed to introduce us a new sci-fi series within months of it. Not many authors can do that.

The Killing Jar takes place in the future, where a dying Earth is forcing humans to live under domes, underground or in space colonies since the air is deadly to breathe for a long period of time. The human society living under domes has a system where each person can only choose one of three career options and after that, they can't mix with each other (sort of like Divergent!). Those living underground are ruled by sort of human-like beings that have been underground way before humans decided to head there. It is a dangerous place to live, reason why mostly exiled humans are the ones to brave it. And then there's the people who live in the moon and in spaceship colonies heading towards potential new planets safe to live in and those trying to make this happen.

As you can see, The Killing Jar has a lot going on, and we get to experience every living situation since we get to read from SIX different point of views. Yup, 6. At first it was HARD to follow each perspective, to remember who they were and what they were doing, so I ended up writing notes about each character to help me remember them when I returned to their POV. It worked for me but it's not something I wished to spend time on while reading a book. I liked every point of view well enough, each one added something to the story, but I still believe 6 were one or two too many.

And since there were so many POVs, the story itself was a slow read despite the great revelations and amazing world-building. I mean, there's lots of action (that I enjoyed!) but the story doesn't really move that much forward and that left me a bit bummed. I wanted things to get a move on!

However, the whole concept is really cool and there's a lot of room to explore in this book, something I love to do when I am introduced to a new series. I am extremely curious about what exactly is going on in this world, if there is a cure to our Earth, or just... WHAT. What will happen to humanity? I hope something that won't give me nightmares.

Final Verdict:

This series has potential and this first installment kept me intrigued, but I feel that with all the POVs the story didn't move fast enough. However, I believe the sequel will be much faster now that everything is set into motion.

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