Mason has a habit of getting into trouble. He’s been kicked out of every place he’s ever lived in. Moving to the cult-like community of Alteria is definitely a last resort, even if it’s better than braving the wastelands outside. But following their strict rules is a hundred times harder when Mason meets Eden, who has a wicked streak to match his own.
When Eden is caught with contraband, she’s forced into a virtual reality programme to purge her bad behaviour. But Mason has seen what happens to people who go in and he knows Eden will never be the same. He’ll lose her forever unless he follows her into the programme – where he will have no memory of himself, or how to escape.
Failure isn’t an option when it means being purged from existence.
Previously reviewed: Blackfin Sky
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Science Fiction
Review: You should listen to the voices in your head. At least if you’re at risk of being ‘purged’ because they might just be the key to getting out. You should also listen to the voice (aka me) saying: “Read Purge, it’s intriguing and devious in its storytelling! Definitely a book for those who like twisted mind games.”
Kat Ellis’s newest book is what I call a grow-read. You build up to the twisted finale by following Mason as he adjusts to life on Alteria. The community itself is its own little distorted world, bringing a whole bunch of questions to the reader. I always like books like that.
Purge is a story that develops with subtleties. There is more than one level to this and I enjoyed seeing how the two narrations wove together. Purge will probably also put you off calamari for a while. Not that I was ever keen on calamari. 😉