Debt Collector Season One: Debt Collector (Anglais) Broché – 21 juin 2013
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Susan grew up in California, got lots of engineering degrees (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering), and worked everywhere from NASA to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). She designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist," but she mostly sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets paid to make stuff up.
All her engineering skills do, however, come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mind powers, future dystopian worlds, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. For her stories, of course. Just ignore that stuff in the basement.
Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle. You can find her at susankayequinn.com
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Lirium is a debt collector. When a person's debt exceeds their life expectancy, he is sent in to extract their debt - in the form of their life energy - which will then be transferred into someone with "higher potential". And for this reason, Lirium's relationships consist of drunken, one-night companions paid a small life-hit from the 10% payout he receives from each job. Lirium is young, but he's getting burnt out. His pscyh officer sets him up with Ophelia, a sexy spunky firecracker that gives Lirium a lift from the moment he lays eyes on her. However, their tryst is shattered when the mob abducts Ophelia. Lirium believes he was the intended target and, with some quick calculations, realizes he was set up. His rage leads him on a path to rescuing Ophelia and he finds himself on Madame A's doorstep. What he discovers inside defies everything he knows about the debt collecting business. Dying children (who should be at the top of the line when it comes to receiving life hits) lie on makeshift hospital beds. And they desperately need his skills. Madame A and Lirium make a deal - she will help him infiltrate the mob to rescue Ophelia, and he will return and give life hits to the dying children. But when Lirium enters the mob, things don't go according to plan. But rescuing Ophelia from the mob and holding up his end of the bargain with Madame A are only the beginning.
There is so much action in this series, and so much going on. But it never feels rushed. You get just the right amount of information. I loved all the characters, Lirium especially. He's so conflicted about his lot in life, but he really tries to be a "good guy" and to do the right thing.
I've never read a series before. It was a new and interesting experience. And by that I mean, it absolutely SUCKED when I got to the end of an episode and had to wait for the next to be published. I say this because Quinn's writing is SO GOOD that you get wrapped up in the story and, before you know it, you're turning to a blank page. The final episode, Passion, released today. I have already bought it and read it.
I feel like a purring kitty that just finished a big bowl of warm milk who's sitting on a fluffy pillow in golden sunlight completely sated.
Not sure if it's for you? Well the first episode is currently FREE on Amazon! Go ahead. Try and read the first episode without getting sucked in.
I dare you!
BUT. (spoiler comments ahead.) My problem is with the hero, Lirium. He's 22 or 23. He's had a hard life. But he makes really selfish and impulsive decisions. For instance, deciding to infiltrate a dangerous mob to rescue a woman he just met. Never mind he has no plan. Never mind the girl he was mooning about in previous chapters; he now "loves" this new girl. She doesn't want to escape, never asked him to save her. But he gets caught by the mob. He gets people killed. He gets his true love killed. He's sad for almost a whole day. But hey, wait a minute, original girl is back in the picture! Dead girl and tragic story where she sacrificed her life trying to help him escape -- forgotten. Over. Back to winning over original pretty girl!
This has the unfortunate effect of making the hero seem very, very shallow. Even his interaction with his dying mother seems adolescent -- she wants to try an experimental cure, he thinks it's too dangerous because it might kill her-- but she's going to die anyway without it. So...why make her wait until you're okay with it?
All in all...good story, interesting world, good ideas, weak hero. Might be better as a YA story, the hero's shortcomings might not bother a younger audience. (It it's meant for a YA audience, I apologize - I never saw that in the description.)
As to the plot, NO SPOILERS HERE. But, it's classic noir - doomed and noble. Think along the lines of films like Mitchum's "Out of the Past" and you'll get the idea.
Admirable though the premise may be, and this is totally convincing and immersive world building, the story is carried by the voice and style of Lirium. The overall feel is conflicted Grim Reaper confessional, with a side of weary despair and a spark of hope. Lirium comes across as a complete and fully realized character, not just some type, and that's quite an accomplishment.
Lots of commenters refer to this as futuristic noir, and I suppose that's correct enough. But, often noir is just an excuse for a lot of hard boiled dialogue and snappy one-liners. That can be fun even when it's forced or over the top. This story is not written that way, though. It is very restrained, and mood is established through the slow accumulation of numerous details and small observations that add up to a weary, resigned and melancholy, perhaps even despairing, vibe. That's the kind of literary noir we have here, and it is perfectly executed. In the first scene of the book, Lirium visits an old man to collect his life force. The exchange between the two is tense, gentle and deadly, and yet there is not a single snappy line or raised voice. This is good stuff.
This project was launched as a serial and Season One has nine episodes. The first episode completely sets up the story frame and the character, and then you're off to the races as the other episodes fall into place.
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Born with the mutation to his DNA and gives him the ability to give and take life, Lirium finds himself in a despair. Taking the life of the sick and transferring it to rich and famous people, he finds his soul eroding death by death. When he finds out that his mentor was taken by the mob, he risks everything to break her free.
The story of Lirium and the Debt Collector universe is really fun and interesting to read. It's obvious that the author put a lot of thought into how the people and politics of this world would react to Debt Collectors. Not everything in the book is perfect, and this may not be the Happily Ever After that readers want, but it's a really good and unique story, and is very well written. The characters feel alive and you can really understand their motives and emotions... And the best part is that the author is planning to continue writing about other Debt Collectors!
In all honesty, I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy listening to the audiobook. I don’t own any other audiobooks, which is due to the fact that, whenever I’ve tried out the samples, the narrating voices have always sounded too mechanical for my liking. However, Max Miller, narrator of Debt Collector, seems pretty adept at almost all vocal tones, making this one enjoyable experience. Female … male … he did a decent job of them all. As for Lirium’s voice? Oh, yeah, I was more than happy to listen to him for the entire 12-ish hours of Lirium heaven.
Anyone who has read my reviews for all of the Debt Collector Season 1 episodes will know how wowed I was by the world building and storytelling, and how wooed I was by this tortured and (naively) heroic MC. So, I really have little more to add on that front, other than to say whatever the format I’ve tried for this story, I have had hours of great entertainment and virtual/fictional company. The only minus that goes in the audio versus print/e-book match is the difference in time length it took for absorbing the tale. I can be a fairly fast reader, and listening to someone else tell you the story can be quite a bit slower than ploughing through paragraphs for yourself. That being said, it was also pretty awesome to be able to stick on my headphones, sink into my pillow in the dark, and allow Lirium’s masculine tones drift me into blissful relaxation.
This is one audiobook definitely worth checking out.