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Review – The Killing Jar by R. S. McCoy

Review – The Killing Jar by R. S. McCoyThe Killing Jar by R.S. McCoy
Series: The Extraction Files
Published by RS McCoy on June 28th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 400
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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.

Earth is dying. Due to a war many years ago the world is hardly sustaining it inhabitants. There is a lunar team that is looking for another inhabitable planet. This book follows several people in a phenomenon that some of Earths greatest minds are mysteriously dying. CPI knows what is going on and is recruiting a team of misfits to battle this unseen force. Mable is key to CPI’s success. Silas is counting on her to help extract bugs and get to the bottom of why they seem to be sabotaging earth’s success.

In ” an Oyster Shell – This was a really complicated read in that it had several POV’s to follow. This book presents a challenge with that many POV’s.  It’s the most I’ve been challenged by reading in awhile so I would recommend it to a select few.

The Pearls – I am really torn on the POV there where a lot of them I didn’t count how many more than five I didn’t really count. I am going to count this as a plus and a minus so bear with me. I thought it was really gutsy of the author to attempt so many POV’s. In the end, it really worked out. Though some POV’s have yet to reveal their fu significance  in the story, there is another book coming.

The romances were interesting. This book covers the gammet of relationships. From platonic relationships to full blown romances. This book encompasses the complexity of human interaction on many different levels.

The plot was complicated in a good way. Especially from all the different perspectives at first everything seems very random. As you get through the book, you come to find that everything and everyone has a purpose. It displayed a high level of craft and intelligence.

Overall I would say this book is really complex. I don’t know the last time I stepped away from a book feeling victorious because it was a challenge to read. I am not challenged by books often, and I find it refreshing.

The Sand – As promised I think the multiple POV’s was a huge risk and had it’s downfalls. It’s harder to get into a story when you are jumping perspectives all the time. Though, as I pointed out in the pearls this ends up working out in this story.

There were some scenes that I would deem unnecessary.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About R.S. McCoy

Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy as well as numerous short stories, some of which now reside in anthologies. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays. 

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  • Kristin July 28, 2016, 5:45 pm

    Hmm… that’s a lot of POVs. I can’t really handle more than three because I tend to get confused. Were the POVs well distinct at least? There’s nothing worse than different POVs, even if it’s just two, if the author can’t pull off the separate and distinct personalities. I’m glad you still enjoyed it though. It’s always nice walking away from a book feeling like you accomplished something in reading it.
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    • Jessica July 28, 2016, 7:44 pm

      Yeah she had great character development. They were all very concise and distinctive. Though I was a little frustrated in the beginning I got the hang of it. I wouldn’t continue with this series.

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