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Debt Collector Season One

(Debt Collector #1-9)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Urban Fantasy with a Cyberpunk Twist
**Season One of the Debt Collector serial with all nine episodes***
**Season Two now available**

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.

Lirium plays the part of the grim r
Paperback, 440 pages
Published June 26th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oct 30, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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FREE on Amazon today (10/30/2017)!
Pippa DaCosta
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really, really, good. I bought the entire season (this boxset) after downloading the first episode Delirium free on Amazon. I knew in the first few pages that this was going to be an awesome read. Lirium is a young debt collector - he absorbs life energy from the dying and transfers it to those who need it more. He's a mess. And with that job description, who wouldn't be?

Every time he takes a life, he gets a hit, like a drug addict. But when he transfers that energy out, the high turns into a lo
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lirium is a debt collector. When a person’s debt exceeds their life expectancy, he is sent in to extract their debt – in the form of their life energy – which will then be transferred into someone with “higher potential”. And for this reason, Lirium’s relationships consist of drunken, one-night companions paid a small life-hit from the 10% payout he receives from each job. Lirium is young, but he’s getting burnt out. His pscyh officer sets him up with Ophelia, a sexy spunky firecracker
Thomas Cardin
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This worked really well for me. I got the first episode free (I put a review of it up around here somewhere). Then a backlog of reading swept me up so that by the time I was ready to read the next episode, the whole of season one was all wrapped up in a tidy package.

So, I wasn't stuck biting my nails waiting for episodes to become available, but I wanna tell you, I would have bit them to the bone if I had been.

Lirium grew on me. Initially I was kind of stand-offish to addict tendancies. There is
This is a completely different type of book for me so I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm so glad I gave it try. The series format and the fact the I was listening to an audiobook made it feel more like a TV series boxset. There was action all the way to the end.
Having finished season 1 of Debt Collector, I stand by my initial comparison of it to 2012's movie Looper. Except that while I hated Looper with an unbridled passion, I enjoyed the first chunk of the Debt Collector season rather a lot.

The atmosphere was distinctly noir. Lirium had the whole tortured, trying-to-sound-apathetic hero thing down, and the world had that gritty, rundown sci-fi future feel that reminded me a bit of Blade Runner. I could feel the dust and grime against my fingers of te
J.A. Belfield
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
I was gifted a copy of Debt Collector Season 1 by Susan Kaye Quinn in exchange for an honest review. Seeing as I own every episode in Kindle format, and also the entire Season 1 in print, I think we can safely assume I was already familiar with the story. However, the audiobook brought something new to the table. Because I had a HUGE crush on Lirium whilst I originally followed him in his antics, and having a male narrator put vocals to Lirium’s story took the experience to a whole new level … o ...more
Adam Heine
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Had trouble putting it down. Pretty much what I expect of Susan Quinn :-)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5

There are some perks to reviewing books (of course). One is getting a chance to read new books by favorite authors, but perhaps the greater perks is 'finding' new talent. More often, however, we find the 'almost-but-not-quite' talent. Debt Collector Season One, by Susan Kaye Quinn falls into the latter category.

In a dark, noir future (ala Blade Runner) 'debt collectors' are agents charged with collecting life energy from
Robert Lovell
Susan Kaye Quinn's "Debt Collector:Lirium" is an interesting read. The world she has created is a little unique which is a good thing. In a futuristic LA, we meet Lirium a "debt collector". When the Department of Health and Life determines that your debt exceeds your life expectancy, they send in the debt collectors to drain you of your life energy. That life energy is then given to someone with "high potential" to improve life... or sometimes just has the money to pay for it.
Lirium it seems ha
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I got this as a free download from Kobo and man what a score! This was awesome! I didn't realize it was a bunch of short books in a series all put together until I got into it, so I'm happy it came with the whole collection. The stories all follow Lirium, a debt collector who can give or take your life energy. Can keep you from dying or kill you all with a touch of his hand. What a cool idea, it instantly intrigued me and the writing and pace kept me going though the whole thing. Will probably p ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a future world a mutation has given some people the gift/curse of being able to withdraw and gift life force to others. The ever practical government has made use of that power by setting up a sophisticated accounting system where, when people's debts outweigh their continued life potential, a Debt Collector is sent in to remove their remaining life force which will then be provided to a scientist, corporate leader or other worthy individual. Lirium, the subject of this series of serial stori ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the idea. And I enjoyed most of the book.
But the danger became nonexistent too easily and I felt like some of the YA tropes were forced. Gotta throw in a big sappy romance when it doesn’t make sense. I would have edited the romance to a slow burn. He shouldn’t have had the courage or believed he was good enough.
Donne Knudsen
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg! Sooo bizarre! A futuristic tale of a guy who collects dying people's life force and gives it to smart, rich people. The whole story reads like a tv show. Being that I'm not a tv watcher (die hard book reader), it's kind of weird I even liked it but I did. Definitely going to continue with book two or rather season two.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really immersive and fascinating book!

I loved reading this book - from the futuristic technology to the old school mob bosses, this was a fascinating and compelling read
Anthony Messina
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High praise for Lirium

A very different view of the future that still has the corruption common in current times to bring the realistic feel to it that grabs you and doesn't let go
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Somewhat hard to read in places, but a good story.

I liked the universe and the technology, but I found the pacing a bit weird, probably because I did it in one go rather than episodes.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read with lots of action. Kinda scary to think about the collectors, but also sad to think about their loneliness from the kind of work they do. I can't wait to read the next part of the series.
Karlene Browning
I really liked this story. Compelling characters. Action. Lots of things to think about. Warning: language, violence, and implied sex.
Monica Millard
I've reviewed each episode separately, but I wanted to give an overall review to the full season too especially since it seams people give up reviewing after the first couple of episodes and the whole thing is so amazing!

Lirium is a debt collector, one of a limited percent of the population with a genetic mutation that allows them to draw the life force out of a person and contain it within themselves and then transfer it to high potentials, people who are contributing great things to society.

Sandy S
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

DEBT COLLECTOR (Vol 1-9 Season I) by Susan Kaye Quinn

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 2013

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 will make the world a
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before starting with this serial, I never had read a serial before. Basically it is a series released in episodes (short book from around 50 pages). While I read this serial episode by episode, after the release of the last episode it is now bundled in one book, so you can read it like a normal book too.

This story takes the readers to a dark and grtty world where there are people called Debt Collectors who collect life energy from people who have too much debt and give this to so-called high pot
Bekah Martin
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A deep and heart-wrenching story with a fascinating premise: what would happen if some people were able to siphon life-energy to and from people? A lot of moral dilemmas, that's what.

I am quickly becoming a fan of Susan Kaye Quinn, with her dynamic characters and premises. ^_^ But anyways, I read somewhere that Quinn, the author, fell in love with her main character a bit as she was writing the story. I definitely fell in love with Joe (aka his debt collector name: "Lirium") too, as he struggle
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series was fantastic. I read the first episode a while back, and I am a fan of Susan Kaye Quinn's other series, the Mindjack trilogy so when I saw that the first season of this serial was on sale I simply couldn't resist the draw and bought it.

I couldn't have spent my money better. This series gripped hold of me from the very beginning and would't let go till I finished. I had other things I probably should have been doing, but I couldn't stop reading.

Her characters are so real and their mo
Shay VanZwoll
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the future, where your life is measured by your potential. When your debt is greater than your potential, a Debt Collector comes for you. But don't worry... Your remaining life will go to good use, transferred to scientists and CEOs who will use the extra years to further their work.

Born with the mutation to his DNA and gives him the ability to give and take life, Lirium finds himself in a despair. Taking the life of the sick and transferring it to rich and famous people, he finds his
Josh Smith
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This felt like a YA with mature themes. By that I mean Lirium was this adult who got booty blinded quicker than a high school freshman. It was odd. The first girl, Odelphia or whatever her name is, visits the guy and gives him a peck on the cheek. Then he's so whipped that he's willing to risk his life for her. I mean at least hit it first.
Then Elena and him falling so helplessly in love so quickly. He could have been such an amazing badass character but instead he just travels from vagina to v
Lady Entropy
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I am surprised I hadn't written down a review for this series, because I was stunned by the impression it left on me.

After spending half an hour looking for it, I gave up and simply decided to write it.

Ahem: Debt Collector is one of the best cyberpunk series I ever read, and damn if I wasn't caught by surprise by how well written it was, by how interesting the setting was, and by how original it managed to be, even as it hit all the typical tropes of cyberpunk(which I love with a passion of a
Sharon Stevenson
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, fantasy
'Debt Collector Season One' is the story of Lirium, who works as a debt collector in this dystopian series of novellas. He is tasked with collecting life energy from the dying and passing this energy on to people who have been deemed as having high potential to contribute to society.

This was such a cool idea I just knew I had to read it, and I wasn't disappointed. The characters are interesting and the plot is fast-paced and action-packed. The story is entertaining from start to finish, with som
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I hate to admit it, but I was disappointed in the rest of this series. The first "episode", which you can get on Amazon for free, was startlingly good. And the rest isn't really bad, but it's got some issues.

The biggest issue for me (which probably won't bother most people) is that it felt very sensationalized, like I was watching a TV crime show. I enjoyed the grittiness of the first episode, but there was a *lot* of violence in the subsequent issues that just pushed me over the edge into not e
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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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