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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
"Humans had attempted to create a mechanism to expedite natural selection, but few believed Darwin would have been proud." Contraception: Our World, Reimagined by Degen Hill is a dystopian suspense thriller with a story that orbits the year 2070, when the world has become so overpopulated that the application to have a single child meant signing a death warrant for three others who were also trying, and the signatory is also the executioner. Li and his wife, Mei, have decided to take the risk, but when it turns out there's an ulterior motive to the trade, and Li is being used under the facade of Contra to carry out the sanctioned killings on behalf of....who?...he's forced to find an answer before his own name ends up on the next glass tablet.
Degen Hill has just made my list of favorite authors. Contraception is so intelligent, so fast paced, and so consuming that I was initially shocked that I'd never come across the author or the title before. Imagine my further surprise when I found out this is a debut novel by a debut novelist. The futuristic and sci-fi elements blend seamlessly with a quickening plot and wholly authentic dialogue. There is also an assassin named Victor, whom a reader will struggle to despise even though he does despicable things. In truth, everyone else has their own list of dirty deeds to contend with - including Li and Mei - but Hill has developed his characters so deftly that they are all, even Victor, thickly layered and intriguing. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a read with a unique and believable dystopian twist, top-notch action and suspense sequences, and the first run from an author whom you'll undoubtedly hear more from down the road. This is the best book I've read so far this year.