Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Organ Reapers by Shay West.
On a world with medieval steam technology, a machine is discovered by the head priest of the ministry that allows them to send teams to Earth to harvest the organs their own people need to survive. The catch? Their Gods preach against defiling a corpse, so they kill the people for their organs.
Despite the honor and opulent lifestyle being a Harvest gives them and their families, a few of their people don’t agree with the idea of killing others to save their own. This thought process comes to a head for Tani and Keena when they’re assigned to travel to Earth to kill a child. Wishing to find a way to stop future killings, they travel to Earth through their gateway to find help.
Murders are a fact of daily life for Detective Eli (He hates Elliot) Robins, but when people are found struck over the head and their organs expertly removed he finds even his excellent skills aren’t able to find the killer. Enter his new partner, Ava, who is his equal in every way and help to balance and bring him from the edge of despair.
Okay, I’m a sucker for anything with a fantasy angle and when you add in police procedural thriller there’s little hope I won’t read it. With that being said, is it any wonder I loved this book? The characters and story were well done and flowed smoothly.
The author captured the frustration of the police detectives perfectly, especially Eli Robins. There were times I honestly thought he would have an aneurism. Following a divorce from his unfaithful wife, he crawled into a bottle and only came out when he needed to work.
Ava has a dark side that only comes out in glimpses and made me wonder if there’s more to her story that needs to be told in another novel. While she’s Eli’s equal in many ways, she’s superior to him in her self-control and serves to ground him when he flails about in frustration. It’s fun to see their relationship grow from one of mistrust and anger to complete faith in one another.
As is often the case in life, Tani and Keena often seemed more than the teenagers they were, but the author did a phenomenal job of reminding us of their age by having their fears and weakness become evident when confronted with the unknown or people of authority.
The story itself was woven together seamlessly between the two worlds. The differences between the worlds were drastic and subtle at the same time. It’s like disappearing from one book and into another.
I’m not one to push, but I hope there’s a sequel in the works somewhere. No pressure, Shay. 🙂