When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....
As a déchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers almost eradicated by the war—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraith-like being—an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth.
Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe... @goodreads
Wow, I have never read a book like this one before! I thought it was pretty awesome!
There are worse things in this world than the vampires and Others, and many of them hide under the veil of civility and lights.
I loved Tiger's character. She's bad to the bone. She's a dechet. She has little kid ghosts as friends. Bear and Cat are the main ghosts that are her friends and it was sad to read about why they are ghosts. But Tiger also has many ghosts that help her and others that are cranky but they help too. She can see them and converse with them and they can help her with weapons and such. It's so totally cool!
The shifters--with their greater strength, speed, and the capacity to heal almost any wound--should have wiped the stain of humanity from Earth. But humans had not wasted the many years leading up to the war, and bioengineering labs, which had initially produced nothing more than body-part replacements for the sick and dying, had gone into full--and secret--production. These labs had created not only an enzyme that gave humans the same capacity to heal as the shifters, but also the designed humanoid. Or dechet, as we'd become known.
It said a lot about humanity's opinion of us that we were given a nickname that meant "waste product."
Most of us hadn't come from human stock, but were rather a mix of shifter and vampire, which gave us most of their strengths and few of their weaknesses. We'd been humanity's supersoldiers--designed to fight and to die without thought or feeling--and we'd almost turned the tide of the war.
But not all of us had been trained strictly as soldiers, just as not all of us were unfeeling. There were a few who'd been created with more specific skills in mind--chameleons able to alter their flesh at will, and who'd been tasked with either seduction and intelligence gathering or assassination.
I was was one such creation.
Tiger's shifter self was in the form of a white tiger. I thought that was cool.
It doesn't show on the cover of the book but she is described to have hair the color of white and black, the colors of her cat =-)
You can read from the blurb about a species war that ended up tearing holes in the veil of the world and created rifts where the Others can come through - demons, wraiths etc.
Tiger and her ghosts stay down in the bunker where they were all made at one point. She is the only one left alive until she finds an old friend she hadn't seen in 100 years.
Tiger also saves Penny a little girl she hears crying in the night. Penny makes sure she saves Jonas too, he is in a group of people that are trying to fight the bad things. Vampires are all around and almost take them out before they get back to the bunker. Cat, the ghost, gets Penny back but Tiger has a hard time getting back dragging Jonas along.
After all of this, it's on. . . Tiger meets, Nuri who is a seerer and she tells Tiger that wraiths are taking children. Tiger can't let the children down and helps to get them back.
There are a lot of things going on in this world and it's beautifully written. I think so anyway. I can see this as a science fiction type movie. I think it would be awesome!
I enjoyed the book so much I have already pre-ordered the next one. Lol. I hope anyone else that reads it enjoys it as well.
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