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Blood World by Chris Mooney
Published by Berkley on August 18, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
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The most valuable commodity on earth is the blood of "carriers." These young people hold within them a virtual fountain of youth. Those with the right genes produce blood that, when treated with a new wonder drug, cures disease, increases power, and makes the recipient a virtual superman.
It also makes the carriers targets. Blood farms filled with kidnapped children spring up around the country, and Los Angeles is at the center of this blood-dealing world. The police are overwhelmed.
Ellie Bautista became an LAPD officer specifically to fight this evil as a member of the Blood Squad, but she has been consistently denied a transfer to the prestigious unit--until the day she and her partner are ambushed during a routine stop. The resulting events plunge her into an undercover world more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
A madman has found a way to increase the potency of the blood to levels previously unimagined. As he cuts a bloody swath through the already deadly world of blood cartels, Ellie is the only hope to stop him before the body count rises.
Blood World is an interesting dystopia. For “carriers,” it is a brutal world with one kind of prison or another. The rich can and will pay anything for the blood effects. The criminals running the blood farms are not good guys, but certainly some are worse than others.
Ellie is our main character and I feared for her and was terrified often. She is smart and careful but takes so many risks. The blood producers are willing to torture or kill as needed; it doesn’t bother them. When she goes undercover, she manages to make herself useful and luckily her cover identity holds well. There are many instances where she almost dies.
The blood producers, Sebastian, Frank and their security guy Ron, have long been successful and profitable. Now they have some major problems. Sebastian is our other main character. If he and his partners weren’t bad guys, I could almost feel sorry for them. Their enemies, who are competitors, are worse.
I found this exciting, violent, full of action and suspense. The world was developed with intriguing, mysterious facets of blood production. The criminals were vicious but had to have some outer face to deal with their rich clients. The police had their own corrupt officers helping the criminals to an easier time. Ellie had her own deceptions to reach her goals. These main characters were flawed with layers but overall true to their path in life.
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