*I received a free copy of Mercury Striking from Zebra via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #1
Published by Zebra on 26 January 2016
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Suspense
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He's more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he's her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…
Danger has never looked quite so delicious…
Mercury Striking is a very powerful dystopia suspense novel, where most technology is down, and what is left of humanity is fighting against a horrible bacteria for survival.
Fast paced, filled with suspense and distrust, Mercury Striking is among the best dystopia novels I have ever had the pleasure to read! Zanetti managed her world building by sharing the characters’ knowledge little by little, and in this bleak universe, only the very strong and courageous will be able to keep on going. Lynne Harmony has been on the run for a few months, with only one goal in mind – find a way to help people live with the virus without becoming senseless Rippers in the process. And to do so, she needs to enter the territory of Jax Mercury in what used to be Los Angeles.
The suspense is the main ingredient in Mercury Striking, the romance truly takes the back-seat, and serves as a way to help Jax and Lynne keep hope. And boy, do they need hope! Not only is the bacteria still ravaging what’s left of humanity, they also have to deal with looters, gangs, and the Rippers. These Rippers are those infected by the bacteria and who transform into senseless killers, ripping people apart, with no emotion. Even within Jax’s camp, not everyone is safe, and not everyone is trustworthy, either. One of the reasons for this is that the government really want Lynne to come back and help them find a cure for Scorpius, and to entice the population to give her up, they not only have a big bounty on her head, they have also said that the bacteria she has fought is a different, stronger strain.
The cards definitely seemed to be stacked against them, and I loved the way Jax planned raids, the lengths he went to in order to protect the people who had become a part of his community, and how smart Lynne was when it came to fighting with both her brain and her gun when necessary. An amazing start to Zanetti’s new series, Mercury Striking kept me up most of the night, because it was impossible to find a place in the story that permitted me to put it down to get some much needed sleep. If you are a fan of dystopia novels, you should pick this one up!
Written in third person point of view, past tense, the story flows in a fast pace that makes the excitement and suspense palpable. I loved that most of the characters were adults, and even side characters were well fleshed out and felt realistic. There are physical fights, emotional turmoil and outsmarting on almost each page, so when there was a tiny speck of romance, it helped bring my heart rate back to normal.
Her months of hiding had taught her stealth. Prey needed stealth, as did the hunter. She was both.
“Like I said, I won’t force you. You want the couch? It’s yours.”
She eyed the cold-looking, rather worn pleather. It was a freakin’ luxury compared to sleeping on the hard ground, but even so, now she’d had a taste of a real bed again… “A gentleman would give me the bed.”
He scratched the stubble next to his scar. “All the gentlemen are dead, baby. Soldiers and survivors are what we have now.”
Tears prickled her eyes. How silly. What the hell did she care about some crazy woman who didn’t like her? Nobody liked her, and she’d always be alone. She placed the soup on the table, no longer hungry.