Review: Delirium (Debt Collector #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Posted March 23, 2013 by Lola in Dystopia, Fantasy, Review / 4 Comments

Delirium (Debt Collector #1)
by Susan Kaye Quinn

I got a copy for review

Blurb from Goodreads:
What’s your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He’s just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja’s sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane… until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn’t what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone—a dark pit he’s not sure he’ll be able to climb out of again.

My Review:
When I heard that Susan Kaye Quinn was writing a new series I immediately decided I wanted to read it. Delirium is set in a dark and gritty world. The series will be published in episodes, which is something new for me and while I think it works well, I already hate that I have to wait a week for the next episode.

Even though the story is pretty short the pacing is done really well. It never feels rushed and there is no epic cliffhanger ending although the ending does leave you wanting to know more. The story is really interesting and I liked the dark and gritty world Susan has created.

It is difficult to say much about the character, because I feel like I didn’t really got the change to know them yet, due to the short lenght of the story. There is just so much we don’t know yet and I think the later episodes will focus more in the characters themself. At this moment there are more questions than answers about the characters.

There is surprisingly much world building in this short story. The idea of debt and debt collecting is described really well and even though there are still enough questions left at least the main point about the debt collecting is explained well already. Even though there is wolr dbuilding I still want more and I can’t wait to read the next episodes to find out more about this world. The oncept is really interesting and I am curious to read how the author is going to bring this world alive more.

To conclude: an awesome start to this series. The story is started, the characters are introduced and there is enough world building to at least explain the most important concept. Nevertheless it is really short and I can’t wait to read more.

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