The Killing Jar by R. S. McCoy

Posted June 30, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments


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The Killing Jar by R. S. McCoyThe Killing Jar by R.S. McCoy
Series: The Extraction Files #1
on June 28th 2016
Genres: Science fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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Earth is dying, circling the drain on life support. The future of the human race depends on space exploration, but they’re running out of time. Parasitic insects are systematically killing the best scientific minds but no one knows why.
Mable Wilkinson is the last hope to figure it out, she just doesn’t know it yet. For years, her resourcefulness, intelligence, and penchant for problem-solving have put her at the top of a very short list of researchers, only she doesn’t want to be part of it.
Cast out at sixteen, Mable wrote off the problems of the world long ago. Now, her focus is on Hadley, her adopted little sister, and teaching her to survive in the cut-throat underground. Instead, both Mable and Hadley fall into the hands of the program’s recruiter, Silas Arrenstein, and he’s determined to have one of them. Mable can join up with the man and program who killed her brother, or she can leave Hadley to the same fate.
A new sci-fi romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga and The Luminary Chronicles.
Book One of The Extraction Files.

Main points

I liked this book. It was just very busy. There were more POVs than I was used to and it got a little confusing. Especially because A) new ones kept being added throughout and B) names kept being mentioned in some POVs that I had heard before in others but I just couldn’t place them. That was a little frustrating.

But the plots were good. I think it really helped with the world-building. In seeing so many different aspects of this future world, we were able to get a clearer idea of how it operated as a cohesive unit. It was easy to look at each storyline individually, but the way some of them intertwined brought everything together. And each one had its own importance, though some were certainly more interesting than others.

See, the synopsis focuses on Mable, and while it’s true that she could be the most complex character (though we don’t even have a clear picture of her backstory at any point), she’s definitely not the only one who the story focuses on. She’s not the only one to join this program—there are five others, each with bad situations that cause them to join the program. Two of the others also have POVs. Mable is not the only main character. But she was the one I liked the best. I didn’t start off liking her, but as the story went on I realized that I preferred her to the others. I just…didn’t like something about the others. They were too annoying or plain or made stupid decisions. I guess I’m warming up to some of them but still, Mable is the best.

Anyway, the main plot sort of takes a while to develop, and while that’s coming clear, there are numerous other sub-plots. Most notably the discovery of another planet that could be an alternative to the dying Earth. That’s a slow sub-plot but I’m sure it will become very important later. In any case, in each POV you kinda have to switch your mind to the plot at hand because they don’t all connect in super obvious ways.

I’m not sure that would be good or bad for reading the book in one sitting, which I would have liked to do, but it’s really long. It took me a few days. Sometimes it just got to be too much all at once and I needed a break. But there was a lot that happened. It didn’t really have a clear climax/ending either. It just sort of stopped. It’s the sort of thing that would be better read as a whole series so you don’t start forgetting things. And yes, I do want to continue reading. The plots are too exciting to leave behind, and I do want to see what happens with the characters, because nothing is really predictable and I want to see some resolutions.

 reaction upon finishing

phew! that was long

this book in one word


About R.S. McCoy

RS McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel will be released on Amazon soon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of one with another on the way, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.

Overall: four-stars


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