Tuesday, May 15, 2012

B Cubed Book One Born by Jenna McCormick

Born: Natural born humans are precious few and dwell in darkness.

Bred: Genetically engineered slaves who are the protectors of the Born.

Borg: The cybernetically enhanced enclave that split from the Born humans.

These three factions are all that remains of the human race after the world stopped turning. Scavenging in the darkness for what little is left, the war between them rages on though few know why. It begins with a child’s prophesy and can only end when they unite.

Or die.

From the moment he spies her silhouette cast by the bonfire, Cormack understands what it is to yearn for something he will never possess. Breds are made to provide for the natural born humans, dig their homes deep beneath the surface of the earth and to protect them from the ever-present cyborg threat. A Bred who reaches beyond his station will be recycled immediately, yet Cormack cannot get her visage out of his mind. Until he unearths a box, buried long before the earth stopped spinning.

Task Mistress Allora has no wish to brutalize the Bred worker she finds hoarding treasure, but as a servant of the colony that raised her from infancy, she is duty bound to report anything unusual to the Overlord, even if it costs the blue-eyed man his life. Yet something about the way Cormack watches her forces Allora to reevaluate her understanding of right and wrong. For this genetically engineered soldier is her only protection against the cyborgs who seek what they have discovered, a journal written by the prophetess Cassandra and a way to end the warring between the factions forever.

Reviewer: RedDragonfly
Welcome to the future where the Earth stops turning and survival depends on your age and how healthy you are, if you don't meet the criteria you are recycled down to your basic elements to feed the next generation. Humans are now 3 different faction types, First you have Born human's who survived by hiding underground. Bred's are Genetically created humans who are sterile and slaves of the Born's and Borg's are cybernetically enhanced humans who are the Born humans enemy.

Allora is forced to marry a man she doesn't want, to secure the future of the colony and doesn't like how the Bred's are treated. Cormack is a Bred who at the age of 35 is slowing down and any infraction could send him to be drained. Allora plans to escape and plans to get Cormack to help her along the way. He gets Allora to see how wrong the Born's are in treating the Bred's. They are kidnapped by the Borg's, where we find out out what Allora actually is and how she fits in ending the war between the different factions.

For a sci-fi book, this felt very Victorian to me and for a book set in the future, I would have expected more futuristic elements in it. The original Cassandra isn't mentioned enough through the story, the bit at the front isn't enough and I found myself wanting to hear more from her point of view. Also, what caused the Earth to stop spinning? I don't think that was ever mentioned. I'm hoping book 2 in this series B Cubed Book Two: Bred has more of what happened. I give this book 3 1/2 stars.

Publisher: Self Published
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


Johannah said...

The cover is what got my attention. I might check this out! :) thanks for the review!

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