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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  582 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Urban Fantasy with a Cyberpunk Twist
***first episode of the nine-part serial***

What’s your life worth on the open market?
In this gritty urban fantasy, debt collectors take your life energy and give it to someone more “worthy”… all while paying the price with black marks on their souls.

“Absolutely riveting!”
“Quinn has a way of writing heart-breaking characters.”
“You’ll be
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 20th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 17th 2013)
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Ash Wednesday
…they tally it up, and when your debts - medical bills, taxes, that foolish vacation you took in the Bahamas on credit - when all of it is no longer worth your future productive contribution to society, otherwise known as the price of your life on the open market, they call in the debt collectors.

As a first book in a series, I thought this was pretty impressive. True, the world building is still pretty flimsy and the protagonists are severely lacking in the personality department, but
Jessica Bell
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
That. Was. INTENSE. Oh my gosh, I was glued to this from the very first sentence. How am I going to wait for the next installment? Impossible. It's like asking me to wait an entire year for the next season of my favourite TV series, and I only have to wait a week! This is fabulous. FABULOUS! I even got teary when Lirium gave his 'mercy hit'. Won't go into detail, I don't want to spoil anything. But this is SO well written, SO intriguing, SO FULL-ON. And you know what I just realised? There is no ...more
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella
If you do not read any other novella this year, you MUST read this one! Susan has done it yet again. She's taken science fiction and romance and action to a whole new level. She's sucked me right in with it, too! When I heard Sue was writing more, I had to get my hands on this. I loved her Mindjack trilogy so much!

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, jackboo

Delirium is the first "episode" in The Debt Collector serial and you get an introduction to this dark and gritty new world.

Now, what's exactly a debt collector?
Well, basically, they collect life force and they get a small share for themselves. And they redistribute that life force, to people that are considered to have a high potential to society.
And that's a question that will make you wonder, how it's choose the people from which they collect the life or who names the ones that should get
Pippa DaCosta
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous short read - currently free on Amazon - that introduces a gorgeous/dark new world. Our main character, Lirium, is a struggling debt collector (meaning he's paid to absorb the life-force of the dying and transfer it over to those who need it more). I'm a sucker for the damaged ones, and they don't come more damaged than Lirium. He struggles with the constant highs and lows (literally) of his profession, drinks and sexes himself into a stupor and is on the fast-train to derailme ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
My first experience with a serial read and Susan Kaye Quinn certainly kept me wanting more!

"Delirium" is about a man (Lirium) who collects people's life energies and essentially kills them- all to repay their debts to the government. What is in it for him? He gets a cut of their life force as payment for the job.

The first installment was just a taste of what is to come in the series and it completely whet my appetite. It was very well done; bold, dark, and fast- just how I like 'em! I think th
Heather McCorkle
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Utterly captivating and completely amazing from the first word to the last. This is science fiction at its forward-thinking best. Delirium is the first in a serial about a man who collects people's life force when their time is up and they have ceased to be a productive member of society with a valuable future. It promises to be an outstanding series, one that I will be waiting on with bated breath. This is everything the movie 'In Time' should have been, and then some. It would not surprise me ...more
So good! Unexpected! The only downside is the lead is soooo young yet had wisdom out his ass. I'm still excited to see where the rest of this goes.
Delirium is a short, serialized story, the first part, or episode, is currently free on

Imagine a world where your debts aren't just measured in €, $ or £, but in soul energy as well. Better not be broke in Lirium's world. He or his fellow debt collectors will come to get you. And I do mean "get you" as in drain you dry of soul energy. This results in the immediate death of the hapless debtee. The debt collector gets a share of the energy along with a fresh stain on his soul, but the m
The Grim Reaper with benefits. This version of the grim is not a romantic lost soul he is an addict. He gets a charge off every life he ends and it is euphoria for him, not so much for the other guy. He works for controlling people who sell his collections
to prominent clients and give him a small tip/hit for his service. After a good hit he likes to celebrate with a little hide the sausage in one of the prostitutes that specialize in his kind. It's all going as planned till his girl on the pay
Part 1 in a serial whose premise is that some people's lifeforce is taken from them as payment of debt, and then given to people who have great potential to do good for society. For example, they may take the last two months of someone's life who is dying of cancer (and who has some of debt), and give it to someone doing cancer research. We follow one of the guys who actually absorbs the lifeforce of the dying and carries it to whomever gets it.

I am completely sold on the premise. You know any
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this episode in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.

I'm really excited about this series. In a way I'm reminded of the movie A.I. because Delirium takes place in a futuristic world with technology that seems to have outstripped what society is ready for. This seems to be the beginning of a series where anything is possible. There could be androids! Well, I'm hoping there will be androids at some point. ;)

The main character, Lirium, works for t
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
The reasons I ended up requesting this serial on Netgalley are two:
First the blurb sounded interesting, obviously.
Second because I kinda liked the idea of the serials. For many reasons actually. On a sentimental side, it reminded me of Duma. The fact that most of his work was published as serials, kinda makes this form of publishing endearing to me. Then I like reading novellas, a quick fix between books. But mostly I thought this could go two way; either this is going to be totally bad or real
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Synopsis: Delirium - EPISODE 1 of the nine-part, first season of the Debt Collector serial.

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
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Susan Kaye Quinn’s DELIRIUM sets up a great introduction to her new episodic series, DEBT COLLECTOR.

DELIRIUM sweeps the reader into Lirium’s world. As a debt collector, his job is to take the life energy from a dying person and transfer it to the people who will make the world a better place—or so they say. Each transfer creates a blot on his soul. Lirium is dark and tragic, yet I cheered for him and felt connected to his plight. Apple Girl is brave and full of an inner light that makes the read
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, read-in-2013
I'm very happy with this serial so far. I read the first three in the collected edition and couldn't wait to get my hands on the next set. The story is very fun and addictive. Each edition has a defined story, much like a tv show. This is not just a novel broken up into chunks and that's the reason I like it so much. So, without even getting into the details of the story that's plenty of reasons to read it.

As far as the story goes, I really like the concept of debt collectors moving life force a
Christine Rains
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These debt collectors won't be coming for your house or money. They want your life energy. Only those who have high potential to make the world a better place earn more energy. As a debt collector, Lirium carries a black mark on his soul. The only way he can keep sane after a transfer is to medicate with a bottle of vodka and a visit from a sex worker afterward. Yet this time, the sex worker is a girl with a problem that only he can help with. Will he help with an illegal hit for a sick child or ...more
Intisar Khanani
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Delirium is the first episode in a serial--think Charles Dickens, only so much better I can't even really think Charles Dickens (okay, I hated Great Expectations, so what do you expect of me?). Think dark and gritty dystopian future and forget Charles Dickens. This is fast paced, adult (definitely not recommended to under 18 readers), and thought-provoking. There are a lot of unanswered questions, but you know what? There better be! This is the first episode. If everything was answered in the fi ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Serial or episodic fiction is a totally new way of reading fiction for me, but as soon as I saw Quinn was writing it I knew I’d soon be addicted. I’m a huge science fiction fan and coupling it with noir had me intrigued from the outset. Each ‘episode’ from season one is roughly the length of a novelette and readable in one sitting, something I have found I like. The drawback is that you have to wait two weeks until the next episode, but much like a television series you love, this only heightens ...more
Cecilia Robert
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Ok, I couldn't wait to get home from work to rate this story. Absolutely amazing, very original and I LOVED it. Man, oh, Susan. I need the next short like two weeks ago. :D Will write a proper review in a bit.

My advice? Grab this as soon as it's released.

Now I'm fit enough to write a coherent review.

First the cover, love it!

I loved Lirium! I sense there is more to him, which hopefully will be revealed in the next series. I'll definitely pick up the next serial. I really enjoyed the world Susa
D. Robert Pease
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Delirium was both familiar and new. It took many of the ideas I've loved over the years from sci-fi books and movies and mashed them together into a new look at what it would be like to play Death in a future where our very lives are used to pay off our debts to society. My only complaint, and I'm sure the author will get this a lot, was that it was too short. I'm debating whether to wait until they are all done and buy it in one big chunk, or read it as each installment comes out. But you know ...more
Kaye Campbell
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Susan Kaye Quinn’s new serial, Debt Collector, is dark, gritty and a whole lot scary. It is set in a future time and gives one pause to think that life’s energy can be taken away and reabsorbed by another. Not unlike her previous work, The Minjack Trilogy, Dr. Quinn takes us into a new world, with unique and strange ideas to be discovered by the reader. All around a great read and I look forward to the next episodes.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, 2014-read
Sighs it's hard to review something that I only read the first episode but I will say overall I like the concept but I'm really curious what happens after Lirium leaves the young women apartment and gave extra life time to her little sister.

I hope to get the rest of the episodes so I can do a full review of all the episodes.

As far as rating it I'm going to rate it 3 because I really do like it but I need to read more.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Different, exciting, drama & more....

very exciting novella. I love the concept Ms. Quinn has put together in the debt collector. it's easy to get involved in liriums life, the way feels after collecting a debt, the weight it puts on his soul.
the book comes to a end and it leaves you really wanting more.
I will definitely read this series.
I have no doubts in giving g it a 5 star. it's awesome!
Leigh Moore
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm having the privilege of beta-reading this series, and it is FANTASTIC!

It's tense and fast-paced and incredible. I've got a total book-crush on Lirium, who's like the Joseph Gordon-Leavitt character in LOOPER. He goes from life-draining job to job until everything changes when Apple Girl shows up.

The end of this installment leaves you wanting MORE...

Which is great b/c #2 is already out! And it's even better!
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads, own-arc
Susan hits it out of the park again! This time, we get to see a gritty, futuristic world in serial form. I am not sure yet how I feel about serials, but if I was going to recommend one, it sure would be this book.

If you liked her Mindjacker series or you are a fan of futuristic fiction, this is definitely one I'd pick up. I promise you'll want to pick up the second installment once you do!
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first serial and it's going well. I'm not really sure I understand that purpose of serials and why they aren't just chapters to a book but I suppose I will figure it out eventually. I did however enjoy this first serial.
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really great start to a series that WILL BECOME AN ADDICTION!
Elinor Master of Gifs
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
Un début prometteur. J'ai préféré la première partie à la fin, mais le tout reste intéressant et parfait pour donner envie de poursuivre : le principe de départ est bien fichu et intéressant, le personnage principal ne vaut pas un Caleb mais reste pas mal, et l'intrigue promet. Hâte de lire la suite de ce feuilleton que je lirai par épisodes et non d'un coup.
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
As always, I’m late to the party. I feel like every man and his dog has discovered the sheer delight of this new serial, except me. Back in the old old days – think Charles Dickens – serial writing was the name of the game. Stories were serialized in newspapers, with readers desperately awaiting the next ‘episode’. In a time where there was no radio, no television and books were fairly expensive for the ordinary person, serialized stories in the newspapers were the entertainment of the day. It s ...more
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Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into royal fantasy romance and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French,

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