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A Perfect Machine

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Henry Kyllo is a member of a secret society called the Inferne Cutis. A Runner whose goal is to achieve full-body lead content. He is chased through the city every day by Hunters whose goal is to shoot the Runners--with the threat to both sides that if they do not participate, through a mysterious force no one understands, one of their loved ones will simply vanish from the face of the earth.

Rumours abound about what happens when a Runner achieves "ascension," but it has supposedly never happened before, so no one knows for sure.

Except that it has happened before. And it is happening again. This time, to Henry Kyllo.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 30, 2017 – In this dark urban fantasy, Savory (In and Down) introduces readers to a society so secret that normal humans are physically incapable of remembering it exists. The Inferne Cutis is split into two parts: the Runners and the Hunters. Each takes part in a mandatory (and bloody) nightly Run, during which Hunters shoot at Runners; failure to participate means the disappearance of a loved one. Henry Kyllo, a Runner, has been riddled with so many bullets that he's now almost entirely metal under his skin. When Kyllo finally becomes 100% lead, an age-old prophecy is fulfilled and he begins to change into a destructive force that threatens everything in its path. Throughout the book, Savory seems poised to hammer home some kind of deep allegory on toxic masculinity and the cycle of violence, but nothing ever really comes together. The plot instead hinges on a series of clich d action-adventure character arcs held together by mystical forces that are often teased but never explained, building to a resoundingly unsatisfying resolution. Savory literally reaches for the stars, but the story is a hollow one with no real stakes or lasting resonance.
A Perfect Machine
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Published: Feb 02, 2017
  • Publisher: Watkins Media Ltd
  • Seller: Osprey Publishing Inc.
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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