In a single drop of contaminated blood, there writhe millions of needle-shaped cells. When introduced to a host, they spread - healing wounds, replenishing fluids, patching bone. The host becomes unstoppable; even complete destruction of its brain isn't necessarily the end. All their cells are gradually replaced, enhanced.
Eden Green is the third human to see the needles in action, after her best friend Veronica accepts them without thinking. Patient Zero is Tedrin, a shady manipulator who offers the corruption as a path to immortality. Only Eden, a rationalist by nature, questions Tedrin's motives; she can't help imagining an eternity as a human weapon trapped in a body made of needles.
Armed with reason, humor, and a shotgun, she sets out to learn as much as she can about the parasite - and how to save her sanity, Veronica, and the world.
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You will be on "pins and needles" until the end!
Eden Green is an excellent character. She is a hero that is at once relatable and confounding, surprising and predictable. Van Dahl’s novel is solid and I find myself liking Eden Green as much as I loathe the other characters around her. Which we are supposed to. Great characters and a brilliant story.
There is no easy comparison. It's a brilliant book. I could call van Dahl’s book sci-fi, speculative fiction, urban fantasy, or even new adult in attempting comparisons. It has; Aliens, A virus or symbiotic organism that grants the main characters of the story powers. an invasion. It is set in our contemporary world but with random portals to another world. the main characters are in their early twenties trying to figure out just where and how they fit in the world. Every one of those genre categories would be accurate and yet useless in getting a grasp on just what gives the novel it's brilliant feel. If you like one of these things then give this novel a go!
I like Eden. She is a focused, rational individual, with a penchant for logic and lists, and a genuine sense of caring for her friend. Eden’s friend is also well done – a scatty trouble-magnet, with the ability to make extremely dubious decisions, usually for all the wrong reasons. I was quickly joining Eden in sighing in frustration at her friend when she appeared on the page and did something incredibly, but plausibly, and regrettably wrong.
There’s some intriguing thoughts in here, ideas about humanity, about what makes us who and what we are. A great book.
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- Tony Bough