In a city where mega-corporations control every aspect of life—and death—their most efficient assassin is waking up and turning her wrath back on them.
Freelance assassin Sasha lives on a man-made planet designed to house the unwanted in the city of Chicago, a tinderbox where one spark threatens to ignite a rebellion. In a bid to make herself the best in her field, Sasha had her empathy removed. Now, she’s the perfect killer who takes on even the most vulgar jobs. But her perfection comes at a price: feelings don’t come easy.
Just as Sasha gets her most important assignment to date, one which promises the promotion of Cysta Por Ruverno—Killer of Distinction—her surgery starts to wear off. New emotions begin to cripple her job performance and Sasha becomes the next target on the chopping block. But Sasha isn’t going down without a fight. With her and her friends lives on the line, she’ll stop at nothing to take her enemies down.
Fast-paced and deliciously violent, this debut novel of the Blood City Chronicles will have you at the edge of your seat and questioning our own views on corporations and morality.
The phrase, "One death is a tragedy, one millions is a statistic" was running through my head when I wrote this section. I also wanted to throw in a darkly funny comment on how we accept death by famine but are repelled at death by war.
This chapter was used to give some background on the bad guy Drake. There's this balance I wanted to strike between explaining why he is versus excusing why he is. I was also able to explore how the winners of society lived. With a nod to the idea that Drake inherited his wealth.
The goal with this chapter was to compare and contrast Sasha's feelings from the first time they burn a town down and now. I also wanted to have her test the waters with her trainees to see if they could be controlled, or were rabid dogs. I think you get to know a lot more about the three characters, Sasha, Jonas and Jessi.
This section was an attempt to build the internal life of Cadyn. She is painted as nothing but a brute to this point. I wanted to show a private side to her which would be more relatable to the reader and give them a way to connect to Cadyn.
This was a chance to expound on Caydn's training acumen through showing not telling. Cadyn comes off as an experienced and thoughtful fighter. Her temper does not get the best of her as she stays calm and collected in the ring. This section show the reader there is more to Cadyn than just her fits of anger.
This section touches on the history of the 3 planets that created Earth. Each planet is ruled by the system that controls them. In Riestovik's case it's the corporations. I wanted Riestovik to serve as the corporate ideal, a society solely dedicated to the accumulation of capital. This was a chance to hammer home their influence on Earth.
This was the first time Auntie Belle and Sasha interact. I wanted to explore their relationship while hinting at dynamic between trainer and trainee. I was also able to reinforce Sasha's difficulty relating to others, even people she was 'close' to personally. This section is part of the build to Sasha meeting the kids.
This is the first time Rafe and Sasha meet in the novel. Though I have mentioned them having a previous relationship. I wanted to have Sasha meet someone in her past who knew her with no empathy. I could demonstrate how her demeanor has changed through Rafe's reactions. I also like the world building and describing the city when it was empty. Walking the streets of a major city when they're empty is surreal feeling.
There's a couple of things I wanted to accomplish here. The first the machine that acts as boss. A heavy handed metaphor, but I was mocking they way companies rely on outdated and even damaged technology. The description of the Dihtermetic is of a worn down old speaker box. Like a boombox found in your basement in after 20 years. Second I wanted to establish how the market as religion is used as a weapon against workers. Jorge is forced to take less money as a sacrifice to the gods of the free market.
This sequence is flashback introducing Kergan Satre II and the crew in charge of keeping her safe. The world of the ship was probably the part I enjoyed writing the most as both the ship and the crew had these distinct personalities I could really play with.
Instead of dipping a toe, this chapter jumps into the pool of violence Jonas and Jessi bring everywhere they go. Total immersion before I elaborate and humanize them. It demonstrates both the power and harmful effects of Jessi's surgery.
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