I am so lucky to be selected to be a stop on the blog tour for Collection of the Negatives by Violet St. Karl, hosted by Reads and Reels. For my stop, I’ll be reviewing the book, and giving you a chance to win a copy as well as a home blood typing kit!
In a world with skyrocketing inflation and unemployment, blood has become the new commodity, and the rarer your blood type, the more it’s worth.
After losing her job and watching her savings dwindle, Liri is persuaded by a resourceful friend to sell her blood to ABO Blood Group, where she learns she is O Negative, the most valuable and sought after blood.
Unable to afford living in New York City, Liri reluctantly decides to move back home and live with her parents, but her plan is interrupted when a virus is maliciously unleashed onto the island of Manhattan, resulting in a citywide quarantine. Before being able to devise an alternative plan, she is secretly informed of a covert mission by ABO to evacuate Negatives out of NYC. Although reluctant to trust them, it’s her only viable choice to stay alive, but unbeknown to Liri, she and the Negatives are vital to activating opposing agendas on Earth and beyond.
I did like this book, and found it a pleasant read. The characters were interesting, and each was very different to the others. I enjoyed the range of nationalities represented in the book as well as the way it represented the different types of working women (with and without children) without making either one seem lesser.
The protagonist (like the author) is of Albanian descent, and is very strong but also flawed. I felt that she could be based of anyone in the world and I loved that fact. She is a little over polished in terms of flaws but overall is very enjoyable to read about.
I did feel a bit like the plot of this book was badly paced, as the excerpt (above) goes to far into the plot of the book. This left me able to predict what was going to happen until the 80% mark, which was when things start to take a new turn. I think that this should have been the first half of the book and the second half being what will be the first part of book two. Having said that, this series shows a lot of promise and is definitely worth reading.
About The Author
Violet St. Karl’s love affair with science fiction and fantasy began at the tender age of four when she first saw Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, but nearly three decades passed before she started transferring the stories in her head onto the computer screen. Unbeknownst to Violet at the time of signing her lease, her Upper West Side apartment was the former site of Edgar Allen Poe’s old farmhouse, where he completed writing the Raven. However, she didn’t begin writing until receiving another sign from the universe a year later. While spending extensive time in Barcelona, she learned her flat once belonged to Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí, a famous Catalan writer, an indication that living in the former residences of famous dead authors was no coincidence, but a sign to start writing.
After over a decade in New York, Violet recently returned to her roots in the Detroit area where is an advocate and proud Ambassador of the Authors Guild. When not writing or focused on strengthening the local literary community, she is planning which country to explore next.
Buy The Book
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