From the blurb:
In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence—gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by “Dead Bolt,” a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.
A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with “model” Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox’s past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend—and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam.
I've been sitting on this review forever because I just don't know what to do with it. This book is really hard to describe and even harder to dissect. A dystopian-lite story about a lawless New York City with a batman-esk vigilante defender, a high class prostitute, and a thriller-ish plot? How does one explain that?!
I think to enjoy this story at all you have to get past the idea that the country would let New York City, which is, let's face it, the gem of the United States, rot. It is a hard pill to swallow, and I had trouble with it myself. If you think of the setting as more location-vague, I think that helps.
Though I enjoy light sci-fi and dystopian stories, suspense and thrillers are not my thing. I don't like too much danger and tension in my books. However, this was a very engaging story. Though I found many of the details to be confusing and other aspects to be repetitive, I couldn't put this book down all night. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Nox and Sam, as well as the dynamic between Nox and Cade. I wish there had been a little more relationship development between Nox and Cade, but perhaps that's coming in the next few books in the series. I also hope we get more of Sam's POV. I loved Sam and could have read a whole book just about him.
I think the story unravels a bit towards the end, and I found myself getting lost at times. I also wasn't a fan of the cliffhanger ending. However, I think the majority of the book is surprisingly strong and very engrossing and will make most readers ridiculously happy.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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