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After the virus came, everything changed. Seventeen ­year-old Lucille is left with just a pile of debt to remind her of her dead family and their failed farm. Working for the Mayor to control the spread of the disease seems like a chance to repay her father’s betrayal. Now, the city is under an authoritarian regime, incinerating bodies, rationing food and quarantining fami ...more
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Published November 2014 by Sound and Fury Press (first published October 1st 2014)
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Marc Secchia
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark, dystopian, solid
Changed Souls is a suitably dark, atmospheric dystopian sci-fi set in a future where food shortages have given rise to an authoritarian regime, and a virus runs rampant, changing and eventually killing its victims. Our heroine, Lucille, works as a patroller responding to calls to collect the bodies of those who have succumbed to the virus.

So far, so grim. When Lucille's partner Hank disappears in mysterious circumstances, a chain of events is set of that leads her into the heart of the darkness,
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Fiona Tierney
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A ripping tale that weaves through the murky streets of a corrupt city as it struggles to manage the physical and moral implications of a terrifying new virus. Protagonist Lucille is spiky and judgemental at the outset of her journey, a journey that will lead her to question everything she has held a certainty. Her integrity is tested at every twist and turn, giving depth to this action-packed novel. Battling casual sexism, the media and political corruption, Lucille is a heroine with wide appea ...more
Felix Savage
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brava! This is an excellent urban fantasy. I don't mean a paranormal romance dressed up with oddments of myth. I mean a fantasy set in a city. Naive, honest Lucille is a "Patroller" in a city stricken by a virus that causes (or seems to cause) uncontrolled, fatal bone growth. She and her partner are responsible for taking the dead away. But when the authoritarian Mayor's girlfriend is struck down, Lucille stumbles into a deadly tangle of motivations that ultimately leads her to the truth abut th ...more
Eleanor Mishra
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Set in a city overcast by the horror of a highly infectious and fatal virus, the heroine, Lucille, is shunned as one of the workers who must remove the dead infected bodies. But one of these bodies mysteriously goes missing and she starts to question the motives of the authorities she works for. Then her partner and mentor goes missing and she embarks on a search for him which leads her to stumble apon a web of corruption and bribery.

Initially, Lucille is awkward and difficult to like, but at t
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Travis Bow
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
One sentence summary: A tough-talking farm girl turned Contamination Patroller has to solve the mystery of a missing partner, spreading contamination, and disappearing bodies to save her partner's and/or her own life.

The good: Changed Souls has a bit of a hard-boiled tone, with a main character that's pretty angry and hard-bitten and a narration style that gives the feeling of a farm-girl-turned-city-official. The wrap-up of the mystery's explanation is satisfying: everything makes pretty good s
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Constance Williams
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens and up
An interesting concept, in which the reader is thrust into an alternate history, a time when early twentieth century technology and medicine battles vainly against a mysterious and deadly disease. The heroine, Lucille, is young, naive and believes wholeheartedly in the system within which she works at a job that is menial, socially isolating, but important to the crisis gripping the city.

Changed Souls is an atmospheric read, which creates a noir-like world of secrecy and corruption, where one do
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Katharine Edgar
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Changed Souls is a brilliantly uncategorisable book. It's a mystery/thriller set in an alternative 1920s or 30s Chicago where a strange disease is causing its victims to mutate.

The disease has already been used as a justification for an authoritarian government to bring in compulsory quarantine, disinfection and a heavy-handed 'hygiene patrol'. The main character, Lucille, is a patroller whose job is collecting the bodies of people who have died from the disease before they have a chance to infe
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Rory Butcher
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was recommended to read this book by the author's mother - but before you accuse me of nepotism, it's important I say much I enjoy this book, despite the genre.

Personally I prefer historical fiction or high fantasy, but this dystopian past (a common misconception is that a dystopia has to be in the future) is incredible. Lucille, despite the initial lack of depth in her character, becomes more likeable through the story - and Hank's cynicism really engaged me in the opening pages.

I shan't go a
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Harriet Truscott was brought up in Stockport, where her nose was always in a book, and studied English and Russian literature at Cambridge.

Despite an early hatred of school biology lessons, she became a science communicator, helping scientists share their work with the public.

Her novels weave together intriguing science, her love of history, and a hefty dollop of imagination.

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