Thursday 3 July 2014

Division Zero by Matthew Cox Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway!

Division Zero by Matthew S. Cox 
(Division Zero #1) 
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: March 7th 2014
Genres: cyberpunk, New Adult, Paranormal


Most cops get to deal with living criminals, but Agent Kirsten Wren is not most cops.

A gifted psionic with a troubled past, Kirsten possesses a rare combination of abilities that give her a powerful weapon against spirits. In 2418, rampant violence and corporate warfare have left no shortage of angry wraiths in West City. Most exist as little more than fleeting shadows and eerie whispers in the darkness.

Kirsten is shunned by a society that does not understand psionics, feared by those who know what she can do, and alone in a city of millions. Every so often, when a wraith gathers enough strength to become a threat to the living, these same people rely on her to stop it.

Unexplained killings by human-like androids known as dolls leave the Division One police baffled, causing them to punt the case to Division Zero. Kirsten, along with her partner Dorian, wind up in the crosshairs of corporate assassins as they attempt to find out who – or what – is behind the random murders before more people die.

She tries to hold on to the belief that no one is beyond redemption as she pursues a killer desperate to claim at least one more innocent soul – that might just be hers.



My Thoughts : 

Kirsten is a police officer in Division Zero. This Division is feared by all others, its a division for people with special abilities. Kirsten can see, touch and talk to ghosts. She deals with any cases thought to be paranormal so when Division One send a case of Dolls killings people for no reason to Division Zero, Kirsten investigates. 

Dolls are human like androids so Kirsten thinks it may be simply a glitch that is until she gets there and feels that psionics was involved. In other words, a ghost possessed the Doll and made it kill people. Why is this happening? Can Kirsten figure out who is behind this before another innocent person is killed? And why are people trying to kill her?

When the wonderful Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours advertised the up coming tour for this it caught my eye. A mix of murder/mystery, ghosts, physic powers and cyperpunk sounded awesome! Im glad to say it was just as good as I thought!! 

The world Mathew Cox has created is a futuristic hell. There's rampant violence and people rely on the Dolls that are available. There's Dolls that are simple workers, ones that are made to be as close to human as possible and ones just for sex. Its a world filled flying cars, adbots, stimpaks and tons of cool gadgets ;) I loved diving into it and seeing imagination come to life. 

I loved Kirstens character. She was beaten by her mother when she was young because her mother believed the devil was inside her. She was eventually saved and brought to Division Zero where her unique gift was needed. She was tough, smart and kick ass but also lonely and broken. She never shirked her responsibility and was always there when needed. She got into so many bad situations simply because she can deal with ghosts. The only thing that annoyed me about Kirsten was her whining about men and being single! It got out of hand in the first half of the book but thankfully she was more focused on the second half. 

Dorian is Kirstens partner and for some reason wont leave the car they drive alone!! He wont go too far from it for fear of it being stolen. The car they drive has caused a lot of bother for other cops driving it but it seems to like Kirsten and Dorian and works fine for them. Dorian has his quirks but I liked him. I hope he hangs around and we see more of him in future books. 

The start of the book is slow but once it gets going I was hooked.When I was young I imagined a world full of flying cars and robots and Mathew cox brings it to life. It was awesome to dive into this futuristic psionic world and I really enjoyed it. Division Zero is an action packed, edge of your seat page turner. With a strong female lead, fight scenes that leave you gasping and ghosts that leave you shivering, Division Zero is a must read for fans of sci/fi, fantasy and any reader that loves getting lost in an awesome new world :) 

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

Awards: Prophet of the Badlands (excerpt) – Honorable Mention – Writers of the Future

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  1. I love me some dark reads and this futuristic hell sounds right up my alley ahah! I dunno why but I love books where the world is really screwed up and you can't even imagine living like they do. And Kirsten sounds like an MC I would like and root for easily, too! Great review, Natalie!

    1. Im the same. The darker the better ;) Kirsten was such a kick ass character and I so look forward to reading more about her.
      Thanks :)

  2. Androids and ghosts oh my! This certainly sounds like a unique book. I'll have to add it to my TBR list. Nice review.

  3. Great review! I'm glad that you enjoyed this one. I was one of the black sheep and I didn't really end up enjoying it. I didn't like Kirsten, but I'm glad that you did! Good luck on your next read!

    1. Thanks! I know this type of book isnt for everyone and I can see how you didnt like Kirsten because at times it was hard to like her, but yes, overall I loved it :)

  4. Natalie, thanks for the great review and for participating in the tour :) I'm thrilled that you liked Division Zero. Kirsten does evolve over the next two books in the series. She isn't quite the same person when all the dust settles as she was at the start. I'd like to think she gets stronger as a person at the end.

    1. You are welcome!! I can see her evolving because in the second half she really came into her own! I'm looking forward to more.

  5. Thanks :) Pesky things release schedules... lol. Book 2 and 3 are written, just making their way through the process. Expecting the second one out in Sept.

  6. This book truly does sound awesome! I am looking forward to reading it!