Monster, by Soren Summers
Publisher: Self-Published (Kindle Unlimited)
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Bloodied corridors. Mangled bodies. Deranged test subjects. Just another day at Vertex, a corporation devoted to perfecting humanity by any means necessary. It’s up to Jarod Samuels to keep the hallways pristine and safe, but scrubbing bloodstains and bagging bodies is losing its luster.
Then someone new joins his department, this man with a huge ego and an even huger mouth. Gabriel Anderson is infuriating but intriguing, as brash as he is beautiful, and almost enough to keep Jarod preoccupied. Almost.
But between workplace hazards, psychic sociopaths, and a mysterious formula that alters the human body, Jarod’s doubts are surging. Should he stay with the corporation, or run like hell? This is Vertex, after all, where the walls watch with glass eyes, the laboratories groan with secrets – and employee termination ends more than just careers.
Romance? (see review)
Content Warning for:
Blood & Gore
So when I read this back in January, I honestly thought this was going to be my favorite book of 2017. I came into the year wildly optimistic, haha.
For all practical purposes, I only read two genres: M/M romance (primarily contemporary) and horror/dark fiction. It is extremely rare for me to find a good book that incorporates the two. So having several months to reflect on this story, I think I’m not entirely sure it’s a romance. This book is about Jarod a guy who works at a company called Vertex that… explores possible special abilities in people for the purposes of… well that’s the part that I personally was never sure of. I can say that it doesn’t “feel” like good reasons. I at no point think Vortex was doing this “research” for the greater good of humanity. The book has a very weird “I’m not sure what’s going on but I know it cannot be good vibe” the entire story. Jarod is pretty sure his job is… possibly something he shouldn’t be doing, or at the least should feel bad about doing, but, it pays well and he doesn’t have the skill set to do anything else.
Gabriel is the “love interest,” but the dynamics between the two feel shady as fuck from the beginning, and it never worked itself out even in the end. Oh it has a HFN, but it also kind of seems like the world is ending, so if you’re really into the “we’re going to die in the end and it seems like the end is near” kind of cliffhanger, then this is your book.
That being said I immediately read the short that was available when I finished, and have downloaded Book 2 to my Kindle. The only thing I can compare it to is if you like shows like The X-Files or Fringe you probably would like this series.
After 15 years spent working in lifestyle journalism and public relations Soren Summers decided it was time to stop selling other people’s stories and start telling his own. He’s obsessed with writing about ordinary people struggling against overwhelming supernatural odds. Soren is based in Southern California, where he is currently growing both his written body of work and his hair.
Soren loves video games, staying home on the weekends, and geeky guys. He’s great with animals and has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and geeky guys. His favorite edibles are pizza, coffee, and geeky guys. His favorite shows are RuPaul’s Drag Race, Better Off Ted, and anything that has geeky guys in it. His friends say that he has a one-track mind, but they have no idea what they’re talking about.
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