Defective
In the year 2074, a global conspiracy threatens all life on Earth.Humanity battles the worst pandemic the world has ever seen.And the planet is dying.Our mass extinction event has arrived._________________In the 2020s, disease, epidemics, and financial collapse nearly ended civilization.The world’s most powerful corporations saved us.Now, in 2074, the Corporate Coalition rules all.They genetically engineered crops, animals, bacteria… and people. All in the name of creating a better world.But when you play with fire, the world burns.__________________Deep in the American South, a mysterious quarantine zone is spreading, and wildfires rage across three states. But no one knows what’s really happening. The head of the Coalition, Katherine Raines, is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to keep the truth buried. Selene and her little brother Eli are genetically engineered humans, "Defectives", hiding from the Coalition. Others like them are imprisoned in camps, tortured, and used like lab rats to benefit “pure” humans. As the quarantine zone creeps closer to their hideout in Telmont, Georgia, they must find a way to escape.Anders is the troublemaking son of the Telmont's sheriff, and he's got a thing for mysterious off-grid girls like Selene. He's also got a secret that can get his family executed for treason... or be Selene's salvation.Bas fights in an underground rebellion. When a top agent goes missing behind quarantine lines in Georgia, Bas and his team must rescue him… or ensure his secrets die with him.Bas, Anders, Selene and the Coalition are tied together through destiny and dark secrets from the past. But time is running short as humanity inches closer to extinction. Each of them must uncover the truth about the quarantine zone and themselves, one shocking twist at a time. Every choice they make matters and will shape the future of humanity...if there's to be any future at all.__________________AboutDEFECTIVE is a near-future dystopian that depicts a future you’ll recognize: Genetic experiments, “superbugs”, hyperinflation, climate change, and corporations that are more powerful than governments. What will happen when inevitable catastrophic events hit our planet in the next decade and corporations are the only ones with the resources to clean up the mess?Defective’s complex characters, compelling themes, and shocking twists will leave you thinking about the series, humanity’s future, and your own life's path long after you finish reading the last page.

Defective Details

TitleDefective
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 9th, 2018
PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-139781541253438
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Dystopia

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  • Lizzie
    January 1, 1970
    I discovered Kalquist and her world of genetic modification destroying Earth and its inhabitants through a free novella followed by her free short story "318" . I was impressed with her ability to create characters and a world that immediately gave me an emotional connection to the characters and a vivid image of the scenes in my mind's eye. Defective, a full length novel, takes the characters from those shorter stories and expands them, adding more depth to the people, the world, and the plot.T I discovered Kalquist and her world of genetic modification destroying Earth and its inhabitants through a free novella followed by her free short story "318" . I was impressed with her ability to create characters and a world that immediately gave me an emotional connection to the characters and a vivid image of the scenes in my mind's eye. Defective, a full length novel, takes the characters from those shorter stories and expands them, adding more depth to the people, the world, and the plot.To protect their children from disease and plagues a majority of people have had their children genetically modified. The consequences provide new problems and those protected children, many now adults, become 2nd class citizens, first being registered and chipped, followed by round ups and loss of all rights. Some disagree with the government 's actions and an underground railroad helps hide and move the protected together with a resistance that is fighting to learn and share the truth. The larger nations are universally ruled by corporations that control medicine, energy, and communications. On a micro level we experience life and the effects of all of these forces through Selene, a protected teenage girl, and her family. (Others have written a detailed plot outline so I will skip repeating it.)Defective is a well written story with developed characters and excellent world building that raises questions that our society is currently asking. What affect does genetic modification have on our food, on the animals and products produced for consumption? As we alter genes to protect plants, animals and people are we creating a super bug or bacteria and diseases that will result in crop failure and starvation? We are already able to modify some of the human genome. Will we end up destroying the human race by impacting our ability to reproduce? What happens when corporations become a powerful and rich that they are able to take over governments? To some extent they already control our political candidates and law making. Whether the motive is profit or advancement of knowledge there are ethical considerations that we need to examine now. Kalquist tells a good story in Defective and within that story she brings out important questions. She does this without detracting from the story itself. To my POV that is science fiction at its best. I look forward to books 2 and 3 of this trilogy.I received a free copy of this book with the expectation of providing an honest review.
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  • Ebony
    January 1, 1970
    So this was another free dystopian and after reading quite a few lately, I think it stands out among the many. The idea of a corporate entity taking over the world is a lot easier to swallow than some other premises for books as the big evil. (I ask myself daily why Voldemort was the big evil who couldn't take over a school, thwarted by children time and again, but I digress)Decent enough writing that there were only a few bits of dialogue that was clunky sounding.You head hop from Selene our 16 So this was another free dystopian and after reading quite a few lately, I think it stands out among the many. The idea of a corporate entity taking over the world is a lot easier to swallow than some other premises for books as the big evil. (I ask myself daily why Voldemort was the big evil who couldn't take over a school, thwarted by children time and again, but I digress)Decent enough writing that there were only a few bits of dialogue that was clunky sounding.You head hop from Selene our 16 year old heroine who constantly gets into hot water for doing things she's told not to, a cute little brother for her to protect against the corporate entity.Katherine Raines, the head of this corporate entity, you just want to hate.Anders, the sheriff's son, who I also want to smack upside the head.To Bas, leader of a rebellion group with a mission along side the main Selene plot. Add a new pandemic and some hints here and there about characters previous lives that make it interesting enough but not overwhelming.Of course you seem to have a few cliche characters, the angry girl, etc hopefully will be better sketched out in future books.The most interesting part seems to be who is on the corporate side and who isn't.The worst part is Selene's instant attraction to Anders and I suspect there will be a love triangle later with her and Bas as well.I was disappointed that book 2 is not out yet since I have seen it offered free on and off for months now. Dear Autumn, you promised book 2 in 2016, dear, why doesn't any author know how to tell time? But manage to start other series?
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  • Micah Grant
    January 1, 1970
    I really like the way she brings the current technologies to their dysotopian future state. It was also interesting how the storylines of the various characters all seemed to come together at the end.
  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Good readThere is some suspense, some action and it is descriptive without having excessive detail. I’m enjoying every page. I am disappointed it ended without some type of break in the story line. But on to the next book.
  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Good. But...Well written and entertaining, but it ends without coming to a climax, in my opinion. It feels like there should be some more chapters before it ends.
  • Cyanemi
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic book. I could read this book forever. However it ended
  • Carol Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this prequel to her other books. It ties things together in the Fractured Era series and sets the stage for the space fleet which is featured in the Fractured Era Legacy series. We find out what happened to the characters after 318 - and if you haven't read it, it explains it well enough in this book that you don't feel lost. There are 2 plot lines: one with two of the characters from 318, who along with their team from the Resistance are trying to rescue a Resistance member who I really enjoyed this prequel to her other books. It ties things together in the Fractured Era series and sets the stage for the space fleet which is featured in the Fractured Era Legacy series. We find out what happened to the characters after 318 - and if you haven't read it, it explains it well enough in this book that you don't feel lost. There are 2 plot lines: one with two of the characters from 318, who along with their team from the Resistance are trying to rescue a Resistance member who may have been captured in a quarantined zone. The other follows a sister and brother who are Protected and in hiding. Overarching this is Katherine Raines, head of Infitek, who is essentially trying to rule the world. We see her political machinations. Has she orchestrated the Quarantine? Is it spiralling out of her control, or is it part of her grand plan? I can't wait for the next book, to see how it comes together. Note that I was given a copy of the book for review purposes.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I freely chose to review this ARC as I'm a HUGE fan of this author, and her books never let me down yet as the books just keep getting better and better I hate to lose the friends I made in the stories! The early twenty-first century resulted in a pandemic plague that killed billions of people until The Coalition arose like a phoenix from the ashes with a cure to genetically modify babies who were immune. Every parent wanted their children to be protected until a discovery turned a blessing into I freely chose to review this ARC as I'm a HUGE fan of this author, and her books never let me down yet as the books just keep getting better and better I hate to lose the friends I made in the stories! The early twenty-first century resulted in a pandemic plague that killed billions of people until The Coalition arose like a phoenix from the ashes with a cure to genetically modify babies who were immune. Every parent wanted their children to be protected until a discovery turned a blessing into a curse! Four stories are told in this book; Anders, the daring son of the Coalition sheriff who turned his best friend over to be caged. Selene who is a Protected and lived off grid in Telmont, Georgia with her younger brother and Lydia who resecured them from Seattle and took them to live off grid when her parents were murdered and she longed to be free, Katherine the head of Inifitek who had control and power over every nation that survived in her hands, and Haven is a group of trained soldiers that fight to regain a democratic control , but they have to stay under the radar of the Coalition who wants them held for treason. All this in book one and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!!
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Autumn Kalqust ever since Legacy Code . She is a great Sci fi/dystopia writer. This book takes place on earth before the whole Legacy Code series so you can read it before or after that series with no problem. They're only minorly connected.I have the original novellas of Defect Parts 1 and 2. Some of part 1 had been included in Defective ( part 1) but it had been modified and expanded to have other plot lines.The book is set on Earth. Many children are now "Protected" havi I have been a fan of Autumn Kalqust ever since Legacy Code . She is a great Sci fi/dystopia writer. This book takes place on earth before the whole Legacy Code series so you can read it before or after that series with no problem. They're only minorly connected.I have the original novellas of Defect Parts 1 and 2. Some of part 1 had been included in Defective ( part 1) but it had been modified and expanded to have other plot lines.The book is set on Earth. Many children are now "Protected" having received genetic enhancements to make them disease resistant. There is now an outbreak and Bas and his crew look for their missing man, Jeremiah. Meanwhile, Selene and her brother Eli hide off grid because they are Protected and don't want to go to the camps that all the Protected have been sent to. There's also Anders, son of the local sheriff and Kathrine the head of Infinitek. I can't wait to read the second book. It really was an improvement on Defect and you will definitely want to read 318 after you finish it.
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  • Jason H
    January 1, 1970
    Defective is the first entry in a prequel series to Kalquist's other series (Paragon? I can't recall) and deals with a somewhat post-apocalyptic Earth controlled by corporations and suffering from pandemics killing lots of humans. There are also genetically modified kids (Defectives) that are a thorn in said evil corporations' sides.Set within that is a pretty standard "young heroes/heroines need to fight against the establishment while running through various woodlands or suburbs and falling in Defective is the first entry in a prequel series to Kalquist's other series (Paragon? I can't recall) and deals with a somewhat post-apocalyptic Earth controlled by corporations and suffering from pandemics killing lots of humans. There are also genetically modified kids (Defectives) that are a thorn in said evil corporations' sides.Set within that is a pretty standard "young heroes/heroines need to fight against the establishment while running through various woodlands or suburbs and falling in love against all odds" story. I don't know exactly why I keep coming back to Kalquist's books -- they aren't particularly original or interesting -- but I do. The characters are generally likable, the plot is easily followed, and the writing is good. It's a fast read that never gets dull, and there is nothing there to annoy you. It's basically the perfect 3-star book. If you've started into Kalquist's world, this book is a good addition. If you haven't, it's just as fine to start here as anywhere else.
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  • Charlie Schluting
    January 1, 1970
    I started with Legacy Code series and enjoyed it. Then this... But I can't figure out what to read next. There are some short stories and conflicting series names. I give up. Too bad - good stories!
  • Tom Loock
    January 1, 1970
    Autumn Kalquist is one of the new generation of successful authors, who know how to work Amazon and social networks. Despite having 10+ books to her name, you won't find her on 'Fantastic Fiction' (a website I use a lot because they normally have every book) and even 'isfdb' has only a handful stories of hers.I enjoyed Defective, a (not very fast-paced) dystopian thriller and have just purchased the sequel, fully knowing I have signed on for a potentially long series ... but I think the author Autumn Kalquist is one of the new generation of successful authors, who know how to work Amazon and social networks. Despite having 10+ books to her name, you won't find her on 'Fantastic Fiction' (a website I use a lot because they normally have every book) and even 'isfdb' has only a handful stories of hers.I enjoyed Defective, a (not very fast-paced) dystopian thriller and have just purchased the sequel, fully knowing I have signed on for a potentially long series ... but I think the author knows full well that she has to keep the tension (read: interest) up to hold her readers because she is putting all her books in one 'fractured era'.The setting is interesting, the corporations are evil, the protagonists well designed and the story itself easily holds the readers interest. Recommended.
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  • Donna Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    "Defective" by Autumn Kalquist is a great book to introduce you to her Fractured Era Saga, if you haven't had the pleasure of reading this wonderful author by now. Autumn has created a fantastic world that is totally believable and completely mesmerizing. She is one of the few scifi writers that has actually brought me to tears and makes me feel for her characters so much, that I become immersed in her stories for days. This book is one that will pull you in and make you a part of its world and "Defective" by Autumn Kalquist is a great book to introduce you to her Fractured Era Saga, if you haven't had the pleasure of reading this wonderful author by now. Autumn has created a fantastic world that is totally believable and completely mesmerizing. She is one of the few scifi writers that has actually brought me to tears and makes me feel for her characters so much, that I become immersed in her stories for days. This book is one that will pull you in and make you a part of its world and its people, and the great part of it is, there are many more books in this series to be enjoyed once you're done. Oh, and did I mention, the artwork on the cover is absolutely stunning?
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  • Marley
    January 1, 1970
    So I have read all the Legacy Code saga, prequels, etc, and the original Defect #1.... Defective compared to Defect is so much different with some of the same material. Autumn Kalquist did a wonderful job in rewriting this. I love that we have more povs in this whereas the original had just Selene from what I remember. The plot is a lot different whereas in the original it seemed as though the sickness was spreading to the plants possibly due to the atmosphere and Infinitek's constant medaling w So I have read all the Legacy Code saga, prequels, etc, and the original Defect #1.... Defective compared to Defect is so much different with some of the same material. Autumn Kalquist did a wonderful job in rewriting this. I love that we have more povs in this whereas the original had just Selene from what I remember. The plot is a lot different whereas in the original it seemed as though the sickness was spreading to the plants possibly due to the atmosphere and Infinitek's constant medaling with what shouldn't be. Autumn made the world bigger in Defective, more real. I didn't feel any drag, only pure satisfying engulfment. This is definitely a must read! I can't wait for #2.
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  • Paranormal Tendencies
    January 1, 1970
    In the future a fierce disease will spread across the earth killing millions. Scientists have developed a formula that when taken will cause offspring to have super immunity. But these people have been labeled defective. And now they are hunted by the corporation that made them. This book follows 4 different people and the parts they play in fighting this corporation that now controls the world.This story kept me glued to my kindle! It was one exciting scene after another and I had a hard time p In the future a fierce disease will spread across the earth killing millions. Scientists have developed a formula that when taken will cause offspring to have super immunity. But these people have been labeled defective. And now they are hunted by the corporation that made them. This book follows 4 different people and the parts they play in fighting this corporation that now controls the world.This story kept me glued to my kindle! It was one exciting scene after another and I had a hard time putting it down! Each character brought their part to life and the author did an amazing job at making you love or hate them. Defective is a fantastic science fiction read! 5 stars!
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  • John Weeks
    January 1, 1970
    Too many characters for me... I really wanted to like this book, but I never could get attached to any specific character. There are soooooooooooooo many of them. I didn't finish the book because of this. I may come back to it later and start over. At that time I may update the rating.
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  • Uma Aiyer
    January 1, 1970
    Post apocalyptic. YA. Semi Sci fi. What's not to like in the book you ask..? Using different POVs in a book isn't novel. But moving on from characters stores before they're critical enough or finished enough was fairly distracting. Second. We just dont have context. Reading 318 or the Legacy Code doesn't give us as much context for this book as it does perspective... and understanding motives for many characters would just create more depth to their stories. I've read The Better World series thr Post apocalyptic. YA. Semi Sci fi. What's not to like in the book you ask..? Using different POVs in a book isn't novel. But moving on from characters stores before they're critical enough or finished enough was fairly distracting. Second. We just dont have context. Reading 318 or the Legacy Code doesn't give us as much context for this book as it does perspective... and understanding motives for many characters would just create more depth to their stories. I've read The Better World series thru n thru and love the author. A huge shout out to her for sending along a preview copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Marley
    January 1, 1970
    So I have read all the Legacy Code saga, prequels, etc, and the original Defect #1.... Defective compared to Defect is so much different with some of the same material. Autumn Kalquist did a wonderful job in rewriting this. I love that we have more povs in this whereas the original had just Selene from what I remember. The plot is a lot different whereas in the original it seemed as though the sickness was spreading to the plants possibly due to the atmosphere and Infinitek's constant medaling w So I have read all the Legacy Code saga, prequels, etc, and the original Defect #1.... Defective compared to Defect is so much different with some of the same material. Autumn Kalquist did a wonderful job in rewriting this. I love that we have more povs in this whereas the original had just Selene from what I remember. The plot is a lot different whereas in the original it seemed as though the sickness was spreading to the plants possibly due to the atmosphere and Infinitek's constant medaling with what shouldn't be. Autumn made the world bigger in Defective, more real. I didn't feel any drag, only pure satisfying engulfment. This is definitely a must read! I can't wait for #2.
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  • Darlene
    January 1, 1970
    Good storyThis is a great book. Great ideas. But, it was slow starting and I didn't like the way it left you hanging at the end. In know, series are like that but indelible a little bit of completion at the end of my stories. I liked it well enough to continue the series, however. I think the moral fiber of the story holds strong and I can't wait for the "evil" to get their comeuppance.
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  • Lindap
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 / 4 Stars
  • Theo
    January 1, 1970
    Revealing Izzy's age to be 24 through the story off. She seems to be written as a 16-20 year old still trying to grow up, not a 24 year old woman whose suffered the loss of her brother.
  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    I daresay Kalquist really grew as a writer. I think I enjoyed "Defective" more so than all here other books combined. Can't wait for the sequel!