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The Killing Jar

(The Extraction Files #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Earth is dying, circling the drain on life support. The future of the human race depends on space exploration, but they’re running out of time. Parasitic insects are systematically killing the best scientific minds but no one knows why.

Mable Wilkinson is the last hope to figure it out, she just doesn’t know it yet. For years, her resourcefulness, intelligence, and penchan
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by RS McCoy
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The great minds of humanity are slowly being devoured by parasitic insects and the how and why is unknown. The clock is ticking for life on Earth and priority #1 is finding a planet that is viable for population.

Prepare for the chaotic, the deceitful, the hopeful and the resigned, as R.S. McCoy shuttles us between different POVs in a mad race to stay alive between the pages of The Killing Jar.
Mable has always been brilliant, resourceful and able to puzzle out problems with relative ease. For he
Taylor Knight
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book had really great world building, a super cool concept, and was really well written.
I really liked the writing style and characters a lot. I thought there was so many really cool ideas in this book. There was a lot of POVs though. I wasn't expecting so many perspectives and it was kind of confusing to follow at times. It was also really draining to keep track of all the characters. I did like the characters but I wish there wasn't so many POVs.
I really enjoyed the book overall and I d
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Actual rating 3.5 Stars

*This review can also be found at The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to the author for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

This is the second book I read by author R.S. McCoy and I'm truly enjoying her style. This author knows how to create amazing worlds from scratch or take things to a whole different level, not to mention that she can certainly keep you at the edge of your seat the whole time! I previously LOVED her YA Paranormal Blossom and the Beast (c
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. It in no way affects my opinion of the novel.

The Killing Jar was a great read for me! I loved the characters, especially the main character, Mable. No one is who they seem to be, and I love the development the characters make as they are thrust into new situations and environments. I also loved that the characters included so much diversity that didn’t feel forced or baiting. Every character serves a purpose… just
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
My favorite part of this story was our main character, Mabel. She was strong, independent, and willing to do whatever it takes to make sure her sister stays safe in a world falling apart. Mable was such a strong lead. Sometimes you get a lead who outshines everything else in the book but she was just enough. I loved how tough she could be but knew when to let go and show herself to the people around her. Her relationship with Hadley was sweet and honestly made me so happy. Sister relationships i ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was impressive. I really enjoyed the world and the characters and was thoroughly immersed in the story. It could have used another run through for editing as words were missed in sentences quite a lot along with a few other mistakes. (I'm hoping it has been remedied in the ebook version by now as I got this quite awhile ago. It would be a five star read with more editing.) There were a few aspects that reminded me of other books, particularly Divergent with the whole selection thing an ...more
The story starts in year 2232. The earth has been destroyed after a Third World War and a lot of nuclear bombs. The earth's atmosphere is totally covered with haze which is poisonous. So, in order for civilization to continue to exist, people were organized into three classes - Scholars, Artisans and Craftsmen. Scholars are those involved in sciences and are tasked to find another planet for humans to live. Artisans are of course artists and craftsmen are the farmers, etc. There are also rules t ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent world and characters, developed so well I knew there would have to be a book 2 in order to complete the story. For which I am extremely glad.

I can hardly stand the wait to get book 2 even though I plan to buy it as soon as I finish this review. The story is that good.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author. My review in no way is affected by that fact.
Bob Platypire
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
*our blog received a copy of this book to be honestly reviewed*

Okay, it took me two sittings to read this book, and for very good reason: my kindle died! One kid had my computer for school, another my phone to distract them so the others COULD do school. The we went out of town and I FORGOT my kindle. The whole whole while I’m sitting there distracted, dying to get back to my book so I could know what was going to happen with Mable’s team, if she’d ever get to see the Root again, and worrying ab
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing premise with this book: you can choose from one of three classes to belong to - the Scholars, the Craftsman, or the Artisans - on, under & in the space around a post-nuclear war Earth. If you fail to thrive within the class system, you are an Untouchable & outcast from the society. Add in space exploration for a new planet to colonize, research conducted in colonies on the moon, and unknown "bugs" that are attacking the minds and bodies of the brightest minds, killing them & destroyin ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me interested from start to finish

Took a few chapters but the story definitely got its hooks in me kept me coming back for more. Interesting dystopian world-building. I like how all the characters have their flaws but you love them despite of them or maybe because of them. It was difficult at first to keep up with all the different POVs, but once you become more familiar with the storylines, it gets easier to keep them all straight. Looking forward to reading the next book!
Charles Miske
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting world. Some very interesting characters. Author kept lots of info barely revealed, which was interesting. A male lead drifted along the edges of dark obsession, and it seemed like the character wasn't quite locked in. Maybe that's something that accurately represents their psyche, maybe not. It's not clear. Some motivations seemed ambiguous. Maybe I'm overthinking it.

I really wanted to give it a 5, but it's not quite there. Sorry.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing teenage sci-fi

I am not a huge fan of the chapter by chapter flicking through each characters point of view but it is really interesting to see each part moving forward & linking up what seemed like separate stories.

Let's see how book 2 progresses :)
Apr 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Great story but will not read more of the series or from this author because of his unnecessary use of vulgar language. If you need to have a character swear to show their emotions, you need to take a creative writing course.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Earth is wrecked. Staying outside without a respirator is certain death and most of humanity lives in domed cities while scientists on the moon colony search for an acceptable new home world. Unfortunately something keeps killing them.

The Killing Jar by R. S. McCoy is an interesting piece of apocalyptic sci-fi in part because most of its individual parts should be bog standard by now, but they are combined into something quite entertaining. That’s largely because of the characters but also
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was just very busy. There were more POVs than I was used to and it got a little confusing. Especially because A) new ones kept being added throughout and B) names kept being mentioned in some POVs that I had heard before in others but I just couldn’t place them. That was a little frustrating.

But the plots were good. I think it really helped with the world-building. In seeing so many different aspects of this future world, we were able to get a clearer idea of how it operate
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So first things first, I was provided with an eARC copy from the author but this in no way influenced my opinion of the book.

Wow! I don’t read that much from the Sci-Fi genre, but after finishing this I may start reading a few more.

The book is very fast paced, with short quick chapters that give it a movie-like quality. The chapters switch between different characters points of view and often end on a mini cliffhanger, leaving you wanting more, making the book impossible to put down.

The future t
Patricia Hamill
The Killing Jar was much more intriguing than I expected. Set in a future where the planet’s continued livability is measured in just a few generations, the population has adopted a caste system designed to ensure solutions are put into place before the human race is lost.

While Mable is one of the main characters, she isn’t the only one. In fact, the story follows several individuals’ stories, cycling through their perspectives to progress each one as Mable finds herself exactly where she doesn
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** Gifted in exchange for an honest review***

So I think this is a deserved 4 star read, but it is hard to write the review without giving anything away, its going to leave you wanting the next book that is for sure, and the author has done a good job in slowly introducing each character/ timeline - and how they may have in the past or future to come cross paths with each other...

Ohh I bet this sounds confusing - but heck I can't give anything away!

I understood why the book was called what it is
Heather Lawson
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I don’t read nearly as much science fiction as I would like so I was really glad to read this book. I loved McCoy’s previous novel, Blossom and the Beast, and was intrigued to see where she would go with this new idea.

The Earth is dying and while Scholars work tirelessly to try and find a new planet to move Earth’s population to, there’s a series of mysterious unexplained deaths that threaten to jeopardise eve
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel had well written characters, an intriguing plot, and a unique perspective of people. Each chapter is a different character's p.o.v. This shows us the inner workings of each characters mind. An added bonus is the suspense it adds. With each chapter ending a small part of one character's journey, you'll be on the edge of your seat. It also allows us insight to both ends of some relationships. This writing style manages to keep you enthralled in the novel. The whole earth is dying idea i ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just about a month ago, I did the cover reveal for The Killing Jar, and here we are on release day and I am so excited about it! Let's go slightly back in time and I discovered Rachel and her books when I did the review for The Lightning Luminary. I was so deeply touched when Rachel reached out and offered me the opportunity to read and review The Killing Jar as well.

So let me get started!

It has strong similarities with The Lightning Luminary, as we have a number of characters with each their ow
Karen Harper
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do you have a list of authors that no matter what book they write, you will read their books? I do and RS McCoy is one of those authors.
When I read the blurb for The Killing Jar, I immediately knew I wanted to read this book. I like the Science Fiction genre, but there needs to be a story and I need to connect on some level with the characters. I need to love them or hate them. Although I didn’t connect with all the characters in this book, there was a particular group that I did connect me–the
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Killing Jar follows the story of several different people. Some live on Earth and some don't. The Earth is dying at a rapid pace and its ability to sustain life is growing smaller each day that goes by. Within a century this ability will be completely gone. There are researchers that are trying to find somewhere to live while there are those on Earth just trying to survive. Several of the people end up messing up and being put in a special facility where they are trained to go on top secret, ...more
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The Killing Jar (The Extraction Files #1)
by R.S. McCoy

hmm The Killing Jar, was different. It follows the to many people, I was a lot confused, I haven’t read a lot of this genre before. Some of the people live on earth and then some do night. Earth is dying.

I liked the story, but it wasn’t not my favourite, I think I would have liked it more based on one couple or like one character or even two, I found it for myself too hard to go back and forth between everyone’s story.

This was unique, and I
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Now, before I start, let me say that R.S. McCoy is an author that I have long admired, for the twists and turns she can put on her books. So I was expecting something 'different' when I started reading The Killing Jar, but not what I got!

This book is told from multiple points of view which, although slightly confusing to begin with, quickly becomes necessary as you learn about the characters, their world, their situations and what lies ahead of them.

With an intricate and in-depth story, fascin
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Earth is dying. Due to a war many years ago the world is hardly sustaining it inhabitants. There is a lunar team that is looking for another inhabitable planet. This book follows several people in a phenomenon that some of Earths greatest minds are mysteriously dying. CPI knows what is going on and is recruiting a team of misfits to battle this unseen force. Mable is key to CPI’s success. Silas is counting on her to help extract bugs and get to the bottom of why they seem to be sabotaging earth’ ...more
Alisha Frias
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won a paperback ARC in a giveaway a while back and I'm sooooo glad I did!

WOW! I really loved this book. At first I wasn't sure about the writing style. R S McCoy wrote it from a few characters point of views. So every chapter you're reading and getting to know a different character...but it circles back and the story flows very nicely this way. I love dystopian books so this was right up my alley. Plus she added a scifi flare too...which made it even better. I'm not going to give any details a
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting story. The Characters really brought this story together. Post Apocalyptic theme, with a twist of new life and the new ways of the people. The beginning chapters take you on a ride to meet all the main characters of the story and how they came to be where they are by the end. I am really interested as to what happen to a certain characters family as well as her "secret". As for "The Killing Jar" I'm interested as to know how it all ends. Looking forward to book 2. ...more
Penny P
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't really know what to expect with this one but wow! At the start, the changes in POV threw me off, but by 25% it was clear why she wrote it that way. I loved getting to see into the mind and motivations of each character. Mable was my favorite of course and I enjoyed seeing her interactions with Silas, Theo, and Dasia. The book ends right when things are starting to get going. I can't wait to read the next book! ...more
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Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in Baltimore. Between binge-watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten-free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels.

She is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Sparks Saga trilogy, The Alder Tales series, and The Extraction Files. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her d

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