Book Review: Division Zero by Matthew S. Cox


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.


About the Author: MCox_02_Light_wb2

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

My Review:
It’s lovely to come across a book that can boast a really good genre mash-up, and sci-fi really lends itself to this. This book had lots to think about in, and really pushed the boundaries of imagination. My only complaint as a reader was that the story was somewhat jerky and I couldn’t relate to Kirsten.
From a writer’s perspective, there was a lot going on, I mean a lot, and trying to keep everything straight was difficult which took from the enjoyment of the story. It was written 3rd person and perhaps this confusion could have be lessened by writing 1st person. It would have given more depth to the protagonist and eased the story through from one of point of view, limiting the amount of information that the author could have forced at the reader. Kirsten comes across a little young in her actions and character, which makes it hard to really relate to her, or believe in her.
The front cover is very cartoon-like and so looks more like a lower YA read than anything else. I doubt it’ll help it on the virtual book shelf, brown doesn’t stand out as a colour compared to the more eye catching reds and blues.
I’d give two big thumbs up for the idea of the book. 3 out of 5 stars for the book overall.

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