Eons ago, the comet Biel passed through Earth’s atmosphere, depositing Travelers and leaving behind remnants that drastically altered the planet and its inhabitants. Hundreds of years later, mutation and evolution have left behind a desolate wasteland and dangers beyond comprehension.
The last remnants of the human race are clinging to life, living in the ruins of Earth’s major cities and struggling to survive. Technology is scarce, and what little remains comes from the very thing that almost destroyed them. Monsters roam the streets, and fear and duplicity rule.
The fallout from the comet has mutation spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into carnivores and savages that threaten the city and its people. Amidst the chaos, one man rules as Sovereign and corners the market on both technology and trade. To Lavarious Diamond, everything is for sale or trade. The only question is how much it’s worth.
When a mysterious woman comes to the Quarry and promises a huge payday, Diamond’s tidy life is shaken up, and he finds himself uncharacteristically helping her. Along the way, secrets and deceit abound. When the truth comes out, nothing and nobody will ever be the same.
A harsh society where anything is possible and everything has a price. Into this awful setting comes Nadya, a woman with secrets and unfortunately they are even kept from her! Her personal goal is to secure safety for those she cares for and to do that there's nothing Nadya won't do. Getting inside the red door is just the start though as there may be monsters outside, but there's also treachery and danger within. Gaining the attention of Lavarious Diamond is just the start as Nadya is about to crash through so many barriers on this journey that turns out to be revolutionary!
I was a tad confused initially as to just what had happened to Nadya but I really liked that the reader was taken along on Nadya's voyage of self-discovery. She is a unique character with strengths and a naivety that doesn't come from a lack of experience but more a complete lack of ingenuousness. She lacks guile and sophistication perhaps, but understands full well that trust has to be earned.
Diamond knows he is not a good man but there's a part of him that wants to be and he believes he does good things. He sees things in black and white which handicaps him. Diamond was a character that unfortunately believed himself invulnerable and his arrogance meant he left himself wide open. Is there an attraction between them? Most definitely, but it's just the beginning of Nadya's adventures. A shock ending and I haven't a clue what might happen next but then again, I seem to think perhaps Ms Eden doesn't either. Whatever comes next is going to be exciting, of that I have no doubt!
I was gifted a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.