Meridian Six: Volume 1 Paperback – 28 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.
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I love dystopian stories and I love vampire stories, I also love Jaye Wells so when I found out that there was a book that contained all three I was super excited. This is a cracking novella with non stop action, fantastic plot and imaginative world building, I just wish it was longer. If Ms Wells is reading this can we have a Meridan Six series starting with the vampires turning up on Earth.
This is somewhat darker than Jaye Wells Sabina Kane series but that is not a bad thing in my opinion. There are a few typos in this book however I do recommend it especially for fans of Urban Fantasy and I am giving it 4 stars.
Very different from her Sabina Kane series, which was light hearted and funny - Meridian Six is a lot darker.
Can't wait to read the rest of the novellas in this series.
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Meridian's life is awful. As a blood slave for the Troika, she's withstood everything life has thrown at her, until they cross a line and she goes on the run. She ends up tangled with a group of freedom fighters who are living on the ragged edge. They don't trust her and she doesn't want any part of their war.
Until she doesn't have a choice.
Dark, brutal and bloody, this story hit the spot. Meridian lives in a dangerous world and she's just thrown her lot in with a bunch who are willing to die to stop the vampires from continuing their reign of terror.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Not that Meridian's world is full of sunshine and rainbows. Nope. This place is hell on earth. Vampires rule, humans are food, and it all sucks (every pun intended).
In this world, the Troika, vampires, have taken over. They did it slowly, using the humans fear to cement their hold. Humans are now in work camps, if their blood type isn't desirable, or little more than blood slaves.
The setup felt very believable. It's not unthinkable that a group could turn fear into a mobilizing force, stripping away freedoms before anyone realizes what is happening.
Meridian Six is the daughter of a famous human resistance fighter. Since her mother's death she has been a vamp PR guy's dream, paraded about before the conquered humans. She also has a very desirable blood type.
However, when we start our story, Meridian is running, trying to reach sanctuary. She assaulted the head of the Troika and his goons are after her. With no plan and no friends, Meridian isn't thinking much past the next second. Soon she finds herself with the Resistance, people who have little reason to trust her. Of course, Meridian has information that will change their fight.
There is a lot of darkness here. While it might look like Meridian has had a privileged life, she has more scars than anyone could count. What finally sent her over the edge was heartbreaking. She has also been used her whole life, and now, when she is free of the Troika, she is being used by the Resistance. Meridian is a complex character and since this is a novella, we only get a tiny snapshot of who she is. It was enough to make me want more.
Of course, Rabbit is my fav supporting character. A kid who has had to grow up too fast. My heart stopped a few times with that little guy.
I'm not quite sure what to expect with the next installment. There is a ton of danger in this world and things are tense. I will be reading it, though. Maybe with a blankie.
A believable central character whose past haunts and colors her present while trying to survive for herself and for her 'ghost' children.
Believable world building, sympathetic characters and the tensions of the past combine to create an interestingly tense volume. Good read!
I first heard about this author through a Kevin Hearne suggestion on Twitter. And boy am I glad I gave her a go. Meridian Six is a fun, fast paced read and interesting new take on the vamp story.
Read it. Then do yourself a favour and get onto Ms Wells' Prospero's War series. You won't be disappointed.
In this novella, our world has been taken over by vampires and humans are forced into service at either blood farms or work farms. Meridian Six is a human who was captured and raised by the vamps to be used as a model human. Her obedience and subservience is used as an example to all other humans. When the vamps push her into a breeding program, that is the last straw for Six and she escapes to the human rebels. She didn't expect them to hate her so much, calling her a blood whore, but she also didn't expect to become caught up in their revolution.
I really enjoyed this story and thought Jaye's new world was fascinating, but the world building was a little heavy for a novella. While I am very excited for her new Prospero's War series, I would love to see Meridian Six developed into a series of its own. Six was damaged but strong and a little bit delusional, but her heart was in the right place. Her story was tragic and she suffered in her own way even though her basic needs were provided for. The rebels, on the other hand, had their freedom but they were constantly struggling to live day-by-day. I enjoyed the little we learned of the three main characters, but would especially love to learn more about the rebel leader Icarus. Jaye has teased the possibility of future Meridian Six novellas in the future. I will definitely be first in line to buy each one of them.