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(The Kepler Chronicles #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  55 reviews
She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their ow
Published April 4th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I enjoyed this Young/New adult dystopian tale. I thought the cover was well designed and the synopsis grabbed me. It has amazing ratings on GoodReads so I was excited to be approved for a review copy.

Syl and her friends are survivors on Kepler, a colony of future Earth. By day they scavenge for food in the dilapidated city. By night they hide underground, away from the genetically engineered "Cull", bug-like humanoid creatures intent on devouring everything in their path. Syl is kidnapped by And
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This book had a well paced plot, and action scenes that I enjoyed. However the lack of character development, made it hard to stay engaged while reading. Syl is a bad ass who is determined to do what she can for what's left of the human race. Bastion is a charming android who's sympathy for Syl leads him to fight against fellow androids for the greater good. Together they make a great team, but there wasn't enough character development for either of them
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was very skeptical of the blurb for ARTIFICIAL and I actually almost passed it up on NetGalley, SO glad I didn't because it was an enjoyable, unique read with plenty of action and a great cast of characters.

One thing I learned quickly about Syl is that she is loyal, but bored with the life she is living. After an unfortunate series of events leads her to run from her home in the sewers she is taken away and soon realizes that her life will never be the same. Bastian is an android who works in
Elisabeth Kauffman
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ok, let's just get this out of the way up front.... I LOVED this book. Jadah captivated me with her brilliant world building and her vibrant characters. Whenever I had to put the book down for "real life" stuff I couldn't wait to pick it up again.

The balance between human and not human, glitch and normal in the story fascinated me. And I loved Syl's gritty personality.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopi
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO FUN. I loved the strong, effortless world-building, the realistic and gritty characters, and the fact that this book is an utter page-turner. McCoy weaves classic android and bug - monster scifi tropes with her own unique, action-packed world and delivers one hell of a story that takes exactly 0 prisoners in its exploration of what exactly makes one human-- and whether or not humans are really any better than animals or androids. I loved this book so damn much, especially Bastion ...more
*Source* Curiosity Quills Press
*Genre* Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Artificial, by author Jadah McCoy, is the first installment in The Kepler Chronicles. The story is told in the first person narrative by one of the last remaining humans, Sylvia, as well as alternating narratives by a pleasure android named Bastion who becomes her ally and friend. This is a science fiction story set in the year 2256. There are few remaining humans left after androids rose up and sacked their creators.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that 'Artificial ' has turned out to be one if my favourite reads of the year. I really cannot believe that it is McKoy's debut novel!

For me, this book had the perfect blend between showing and telling. At times this story read like a movie, especially the ending scenes. I could really see the action played out in my head.

The world building was imaginative and although I could see other sci-fi influences here and there, this was utilised in a fresh and positive
3.5 stars
I received a copy for my honest opinion.
Artificial is a fast read. Syl is human living in a world where androids have mutated humans into bug like creatures that eat flesh. Bastion is an android that looks human and feels human emotions. Bastion is trying to save Syl's life after she's captured by androids and experimented on. She doesn't know what she's becoming.
I liked the book. There was just something missing. I was left with a few questions I would have liked answered. Overall it
Jan 23, 2016 added it
Bastion!! <3<3<3

Also, so proud to have been a part of this book! :D
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this did contain a 'I'm not like other girls' line, I did enjoy this ride. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book. ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tries-too-hard

VERDICT: About 2.5 stars, but I'm bumping up as it seemed mostly YA, and I'm not one.

REVIEW: Works fine as escapist, action-based SF. It ain't deep, but there is danger and stuff.
Bailey Skye ♡
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016-reads
I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

3/5 Stars

I have to admit that this book surprised me a little bit. When I was looking over the spring release titles, this cover caught my eye. As I read the book description I found myself intrigued, although not entirely sure if this book was up my alley. I scrolled past it, but my curiosity got the better of me, and that's the story of how I ended up with an ARC of this book.

Jadah McCoy's writing is good, there is no doubtin
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

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*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

From the very beginning I loved the feel of this book and the voice of the main character, Syl. She was gritty, raw, and rough around the edges, but not overly so. She just really came to life, and her voice stood out to me and felt so genuine. She's had a tough life of living in sewers and fighting off giant half-human/half-bug creatures in order to hunt and scavenge for food, but her r
Nay Denise
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
Received a review copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Artificial was a pretty awesome sci-fi novel about human extinction, androids, glitches and more. This was full of twists and turns and kept me on my toes at all times. The characters were awesome and as usual Curiosity Quills Press books have fabulous covers.

Sylvia was an awesome heroine. She was smart, spunky and ready to do anything necessary to help her kind survive in the Elite. She was taking by PICs to New Elite and
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Syl is my kind of heroine - tough, flawed, and not one to wait around to be rescued. In fact, her attempt to rescue a fellow human in her Sci-Fi nightmare fictional universe marks the beginning of her heroine's journey!

Earth is long gone. When humanity colonized a distant world with the aid of the androids they created, they didn't count on those androids gaining sentience, let alone harboring resentment toward their human masters. The machines rose up and destroyed most of the humans. The remna
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I think I need a day or two to recover from the awesomeness of this book. Not even joking. It was the type of book that sinks its claws in you, drags you into the characters' world, and makes you not want to leave. I wanted the book to keep going and going....and then it said "Epilogue" and I about threw my Kindle. It was that good.

To start, this book takes place way into the future. Reminds me a bit of the Terminator movies - man creates robots, robots get smarter, robots want revenge, the
Carla D.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I received a digital arc from CQ in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really good book. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much. Good Job, Jadah McCoy!

Artificial is the first instalment of a dystopian story; Earth as we know now doesn’t exist. Humans had created android, but those androids had evolved and surpass us, creating something to destroy us like a plague. Sylvia, or Syl, is human and lives
♛Vanessa♛ Fangirl Faction
I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book blew me away! I truly loved every moment of it. It feels like this books was written specifically for me. I love it that much! McCoy writes a story that latches onto you and does not let you go. And honestly, you don't want to be let go. This story is intoxicating!

The first thing that you will notice while reading this is that the world building is phenomenal. There is so much to learn about
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

I DNF'd this one at 14%. It's not the book, it's me. This just wasn't the book for me. It started a bit slow for me and I couldn't quite get into the story. It's a bad world these characters live in, they have to struggle to survive and it had this dystopia feel mostly, but also hints of sci-fi. I didn't quite find anything I really enjoyed about the book, although it sure has promise with an interesting set-up and how they lived on another plane
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to beta read Artificial, and when I say lucky ... wow! The story is set far in the future, where humans struggle to survive in a crazy world of genetically engineered superbugs and androids, but with the seamless world building it's easy to slip into and get lost in this fast-paced tale.

The main character, Syl, has a hardcore fight or die mentality that made me want to follow her to the ends of her destroyed planet. In fact, every character in the story had qualities that drew
Melanie McFarlane
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute 5 star book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, from the moment I was immediately sucked into the world of Syl.

What amazing world building from page one, which didn't let me come up for air until the end, along with page turning action and just the right hint of romance. Nothing was overdone. It was all perfect.

And Bastion, what a character. His wit matched with Syl's spitfire is the right blend for great chemistry. I can't imagine what will happen in book two...
I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes, I read books. Sometimes I absolutely absorb books. This was one of those “absorb books” times. I couldn’t have stopped reading it even if I wanted to. The sleeplessness was worth it totally!

The one thing I enjoyed was the Glitches. Glitches are androids who develop human feelings. I was struck by the likeness of the “Glitches” from many pop culture human-like androids or robots. But the most human of all was
Judy W
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked the beginning of this story and thought it had a nice hook. Syl is living in a world where humans are nearly extinct and becoming more so as they're hunted by genetically modified humans that are more like giant insects. The planet had already been devastated by a human Android war. They live in bleak conditions with little hope. Syl is caught out one night and kidnapped by what appears to be other humans. Wrong. They are androids (who hate humans) and they take Syl to their thriving cit ...more
Jonas Salonen
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The first book i've read from McCoy. First I have to say that this book looks and feels gorgeous.

And second, McCoy can write quite nicely. The book was a quick read and not just because it isn't overly long but because the writing just sucks you in. Really McCoy tells the story fluently, vibrantly. You can imagine the story as a movie as you read it. The people are portrayed well and you do care about them. Also the whole setting is quite interesting and I really like the way McCoy can tell such
Elizabeth Mathis
She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing! A true sci-fi thriller that had enough twists and turns to really keep things interesting. And it seemingly has everything you could ask for in such a story: human civilizations at the edge of collapse on distant planets, androids, genetic experiments and their creepy monster concoctions. It’s like “Terminator” meets “The Hunger Games” with some “Predator” thrown in for good measure.

**WARNING: Intentionally vague but potentially major spoiler alerts!!**

At its core, the sto
Donnielle Tyner
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
“When the sky is bruised purple, when the shattered glass no longer glints, that is when they wake.” – Artificial, Jadah McCoy

When it comes to science fiction, it doesn’t take a lot to make me excited. The genre speaks to me in ways that none of the others can compare to. Yes, I have been feeling a little BLAH with the influx of dystopias as of late, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t pick one up. That being said, when I was scanning through book tours and saw the absolutely gorgeous cover f
Randa Morgan
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Keplar was meant to be the colonizing in a new oasis of human ingenuity--that was before the android war began. Over a hundred years later, what remains of humankind is left starving in the sewers underneath the crumbling shell of Elite City. This is the only life that Syl has ever known, and she is not at all content to participate in the cycle of procreation. She leaves Sanctuary, choosing to risk her life against the buglike Cull, rather than stay and fulfill her "duty as a woman." Syl survi ...more
Geoff Strayer
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the things I think I like most about Curiosity Quills (other than their sending me free e-books to read and review) is their obvious devotion to the first-time author. That is always a risk, since there is no dedicated fandom to boost sales, and no matter how good the editors think a book is, the public is the group needing convincing. So with that rather dubious introduction, let me say that in the case of Jadah McCoy’s Artificial, I suspect there is no need to worry.

Set on the planet Ke
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
Yeah, I need more. K?

Artificial was love at first page! You know you've got a winner when you've just barely begun and you're already hunkering down into your chair, getting prepared for a marathon read. There have been so many amazing sci-fi novels coming out these days, and I keep waiting for the one bad apple that spoils the bag. Luckily, Artificial is not the mushy, worm-ridden apple. And even better, it's not the deceptively shiny apple with the rotten core. Through and through, it was cris
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Jadah McCoy currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she works as a legal assistant. Artificial is her debut novel.

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