Welcome to The City, a place where ‘evil’ cannot hide and The System monitors ‘good’ by labelling its citizens accordingly. Anyone showing signs of evil is identified immediately and brandished a ‘K’. No one can be certain what this means; only that the consequences are final and they disappear forever…
Evie wakes from another nightmare, drenched in sweat, unable to explain who the man in her dreams is or what has happened. She is sure of one thing, however, evil plagues her dreams and it must be purged. Unless she can overcome the evil within her, Evie will risk becoming a ‘K’ and having to endure the Second New Baptism.
She is betrothed to Lucas, the perfect, emotionless ‘A’ citizen and confidante to the all-knowing Brother. But Evie has more to hide than just her unexplained dreams. She has fallen for Lucas’ brother, the mysterious and dangerous Raffy.
When The System labels Raffy a ‘K’, the two have no choice but to flee and surrender to The Evils that roam on the other side of the city walls. Neither of them is prepared for what lurks beyond the city or for the truths that they will learn, but what they find will change both their lives and the future of The City forever.
It’s a bit of a slow starter this one, while the world is set up. Which Along With Lot’s Of Capital Letter Words, which were a little distracting and noticeable because of the sheer density of them – (I was reading an ARC so there may me some changes in the finished novel, but there’s lots of names and events to learn about, so I suspect most will still be there).
It’s only really an issue in those early pages however, because once the main plot starts to kick in, things pick up and the density thins out and you do cease to notice them.
I will say this however, despite it being a little slow to get going, the world Gemma Malley reveals, and the control the City has over every little thought and deed in her residents lives is damn creepy and not a little scary. Those who the System knocks down a grade are shunned and feared.
Once Evie and Raffy start to flee the city, the pace really ratchets up a notch or two and becomes a real page turner, as they discover more about their history and the real truth behind their former home and families, their lives are really turned upside down.
The two main leads of Evie and Raffy, are both damaged people, Evie clearly struggles with the brainwashing the city controls everyone with, and the fact she knows something is wrong. Her first reactions is to believe she is having ‘evil’ thoughts. Raffy, has major issues with his brother, who is both ‘matched’ with Evie and also who he blames for his fathers marking as a ‘K’. Despite this, they are both strong, and when the going gets tough they come out fighting.
For the first in a trilogy, it’s also really nice to see a self-contained story. Sure there is a larger story arc at work, and I definitely want to read the next book when it comes out, but it’s more to do with what they do next, how they move forward, than resolving a cliffhanger.
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Buy: The Killables by Gemma Malley
The Killables by Gemma Malley is published by Hodder and Stoughton on the 29th March
My copy was provided by the publisher for review purposes.