Popsugar Reading Challenge category: A book about "found family."
Book: Deal with the Devil, by Kit Rocha
The Mercenary Librarians series is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the United States has fallen apart, with some areas controlled by the ruthless TechCorps, some in anarchy, and some riding an uneasy edge in between. In one of the latter areas, we find the librarians, all of whom were created or genetically altered by the corporations: Nina, a warrior with super-fast reflexes, Maya, who remembers everything she's ever heard, and Dani, who's impervious to pain.
The librarians have carved a safe space out for a neighborhood in Atlanta. They trade not only in books, but in information, technology, food, heirloom seeds that produce better crops than the TechCorps ones, etc.
Enter the Silver Devils, a team of super-soldiers led by Garrett Knox. They've broken free of the oppressive regime that controlled them, but the technology implanted in their bodies is breaking down. They've been offered one chance at help - but the price luring Nina to be handed over to a mysterious kidnapper. And there's one other problem: Nina and Knox are falling in love.
The book combines action and emotional depth to make a satisfying read. There are a couple of startling twists toward the end that promise more in the later volumes. This book concentrates mainly on Nina & Knox, with an occasional look inside the other characters' heads; it appears that the other books concentrate more on other parings. The future in this series is dark but not hopeless, and the characters' ability to keep their humanity and form a family is what makes it memorable.
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