Terminated by Rachel Caine

Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returné addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin—who just happens to be the ex-wife of Bryn’s lover Patrick—is on the hunt for anyone that stands in their way.

And while Bryn’s allies aren’t about to go down without a fight, the secret she’s been keeping threatens to put those closest to her in even more danger. Poised to become a monster that her own side—and her own lover—will have to trap and kill, Bryn needs to find the cure to have any hope of preserving the lives of her friends, and her own dwindling humanity…

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

You know I really don’t care for the summary description that says Bryn is addicted to the pharmaceutical drug, because let’s face it, 1) Bryn no longer has regular nanos and 2) if she had the regular nanos, she still wouldn’t be addicted since she would happily give up the drug if she didn’t have to die a long and horrible death of pain. That’s not addiction, that’s survival. In any case, this book was all about tying up loose ends. Loose ends being the Foundation Group who’s the people funding the new nanos and all about living forever and making money and the government who apparently has some idiots in place who are pushing this change in the world order.

I’m not going to go into a whole lot of detail to everything happened. Suffice it to say, this journey/race whatever you want to call it to stop the bad guys teaches Bryn why the nanos is a bad idea and how much more so with the super nanos and how her experiences because of it were making less and less human. In the end, good prevails, Manny saves the day actually by realizing that the problem was thinking of the Returne drug as a drug and not the technical aspect which was the nanos. SPOIILER ALERT!!! Manny figures how to shut down the nanos which would take out everyone who has them, and leaves the choice up to his ‘friends’ because despite his paranoia he has come to like his allies. Riley wants to live forever, so Bryn and Annie work together to shut things down. Apparently electroshock therapy brings Bryn back as a living human and she lives happily every after with her man, her sister not so lucky. We find out the secret of older sister Sharon and no more chance of more zombie-d people because Manny shares the kill code with hackers worldwide so nobody tries this crazy shit again.

Basically an okay tale, although I wished there was a little more at the end to see how Bryn and surviving company deal with the aftermath….


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