Happy Saturday my lovelies – another day of sunshine here!  Today I’m delighted to be bringing you a review of Hamartia by Raquel Rich…..

the blurb

Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband, she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague.

Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.

Where to buy: Amazon

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my review

Set in 2080, Grace’s son Jordan is dying of a disease that is wiping out the population, Metagenesis – a disease where old souls can’t continue and finally die with no chance of reincarnation.  Distraught by the realisation that she is going to lose her son, she is surprised when she is approached by Dr Messie with a potential cure.  One that involves her travelling back to the year 2000 to clone a soul to save Jordan’s life.  Obviously most Mother’s would do anything to save their children so she agrees.  Travelling back to 2000 with her best friend Kay, they learn that there is much more to their mission that they anticipated – especially when they realise they’re being followed.   After discovering that for her son to live, her husband must die – Grace has to make the decision…..But will she make the right one? Will her son live? And what are the consequences of playing around in the past? You’ll have to read to find out!

This is a clever novel set in dystopian 2080 when people live in shipping containers!  There were elements that I found quite amusing – they were sent back to 2000 with a pager and in the worst outfits you could possibly imagine!  There are bits that don’t add up to the 2000 we know – like the lack of technology and the need to use phonebooks and phone boxes but had this been the case it may have made Grace’s journey far too easy!

The story will bring out all sorts of emotions.  You find yourself backing Grace at points because you want her to help her son survive, but at the same time you don’t want her poor husband to die!  There are emotional moments when you realise the pain she is going through, and how much of struggle it is for her to be on the mission and not by her son’s side and then there are moments when you want to kick her for being so stubborn and point her in a different direction!

Character wise I liked Grace but found her frustrating at times; her best friend Kay would drive me nuts!!  Her husband is lovely and I felt sorry for him constantly for this things he had been through, was going through and had coming!

The story is written from Grace’s point of view and the narrative is easy to read.  It was slightly complicated to get my head around at first but once I was a little way in, it all started becoming clear.  I pretty much always find this is the case with sci-fi for me so nothing unusual.  it just takes my brain a while to compute!

The aspect I enjoyed the most were the unexpected twists and turns! There were so many, NONE of which I expected at all……these themselves make this novel totally worth reading.  The twists at the end had me gasping….especially the final couple!

You find out at the end that there is second novel coming – and I’m looking forward to what happens next!

Overall a great read! If you’re a die-hard sci-fi fan then there may be elements in here that you question (e.g. how the time travel takes place) but don’t let it put you off! This is a great read with original, clever twists!



about the author

You can find out about Raquel here.  You can also find Raquel on Twitter.

Huge thanks to Raquel and the publisher for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review. 

If you’ve read this too, I’d love to know what you think so give me a shout.

Have a wonderful day

Chelle x

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