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Jadah McCoy’s ORGANIC, pitched as Bladerunner meets Pitch Black, in which 18-year-old Syl has barely survived the genetic splicing that plagued her human body. After discovering the androids’ plot to wipe out human and Cull alike, Syl must return to Elite to warn the other survivors. However, with the realization that her group of survivors isn’t the only one, also comes the realization that some humans are just as bad as androids. Bastion and Syl grow closer, however, their relationship suffers under the weight of her past ghosts and a growing threat that endangers human and android alike.


First published June 13, 2017

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Profile Image for Montzalee Wittmann.
4,559 reviews2,312 followers
June 10, 2017
Organic (The Kepler Chronicles #2) by Jadah McCoy is book two but I think someone could read this without reading book one and not get lost. This is not the book to get to know this author, book one is much better, 5 Stars. This book was so-so, about a 3 star book. It had lots of action, suspense, a touch of romance, but the plot was slow and the ending was...disappointing. I received this book from Curiosity Quills to read and the review is voluntary.
Profile Image for Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight).
884 reviews123 followers
June 9, 2017
3 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review. Quotes used are from an ARC and may be different in the final copy.*

I don’t know if it’s that my tastes have changed since I read Book 1, if I just read this when I wasn’t in the right mood for it, or if the book really was different from the first, but overall I kinda found the book not bad but lacking.

For one thing, all that happened for the first 20% was that Syl and Bastion walked through the jungle.

For another thing, Syl’s and Bastion’s inner voices, the thing I loved most about the first book, didn’t seem as strong this time. Instead of being gritty, Syl seemed to jump from one extreme emotion/thought to another. And Bastion, instead of being sassy, kind of annoyed me with how he was worried about fashion and constantly making jokes while in danger.

There were also lots of things that didn’t make sense or that seemed inconsistent. Like, I couldn’t grasp how the androids worked. They had some human functions, like pain, but not others. And they only seemed to have certain types of pain. It seemed random (but honestly it might’ve been explained in Book 1 and I’ve just forgotten). Also, why would Blalock immediately trust Syl and Bastion more than she trusted any of her own people when not only were they newcomers whom she didn’t know at all, *SPOILER (for Book 1)* *END SPOILER* And how would Lexion have even known that Sanders was someone from Syl’s past (he didn’t know who she was until recently, and Sanders died before then), and what are the odds *SPOILER* *END SPOILER*

The Glitch thing didn’t make sense to me either. Ok, so, Androids don’t feel emotion. Glitches are androids who do. I was a little confused about this in Book 1 because it seemed that all the androids displayed some emotions, but I figured by “emotion” they just meant care, compassion, love, that sort of thing. But then in this book, they discovered another Glitch, and Syl figured it out because she realized he feels happiness—not compassion, just happiness, and that makes him a Glitch. Ok… but then I feel like every android should be a Glitch. I mean, I’m pretty sure Lexion give a speech to rally all the androids in Book 1, so weren’t they feeling some sort of emotion if they were rallying? And why would they need sex workers, like Bastion, if they didn’t feel? Like, what are the reasons people have sex, other than reproduction (since obviously androids aren’t using sex for that purpose)? Love, lust, boredom, loneliness, stress-relief, distraction because they’re worried about something else—I don’t know, there are probably a million reasons people have sex, but apathy is not one of them. Maybe they do it just for the physical pleasure it brings? Ok, but then, that means they enjoy the pleasure, it brings them happiness or some sort of emotion. So I’m just really confused as to what emotions, exactly, are the ones that qualify an android as a Glitch because it seems to me they ALL feel some sort of emotion. Plus, if they had no emotions at all, they’d have no desires or goals and wouldn’t even have a drive to do anything. They’d all just stand and do nothing, and that’d be it, there’d be no city of androids

But there were some good things in the book too. It was interesting to see some of the differences between a human and android body that I never would’ve thought about, things that would feel so weird, especially the types of involuntary bodily reactions humans have that we use to read other people and figure out what they might be feeling, or even to read ourselves and figure out our own feelings. For example, tears/crying, knees buckling, hands shaking, heart skipping a beat or racing, etc. Androids don’t have those cues to signify emotions.

Oh, and I liked the android flirting :-P

“I bet you could use a good oiling, old man.”

I lean in close to her, tugging a strand of blonde hair. I wink when she looks at me. “Does that mean you’re offering, then?”

So overall, I found the plot kind of slow up until around 70% and didn’t love the characters the way I did in Book 1, but the android aspect was still interesting and the book itself was still a pretty violent and gritty dystopian/cyberpunk portrayal that people might enjoy.

Recommended For:
Fans of Book 1 in Jadah McCoy's Kepler Chronicles. Sci-fi lovers who like androids, genetic engineering, world-building, and a bit of romance.

Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight
Profile Image for Geoff Strayer.
27 reviews
June 13, 2017
Ah, the sequel. This is the part of a series that is tricky – balancing the need to bridge the introduction to the climax. There is a reason that one assumes a sequel will just not be as good as the original. It’s hard to get that lightning in the bottle twice, after all.

Organic is the follow-up to Jadah McCoy’s debut novel ‘Artificial’, and has a case of the sophomore slump, that is undeniable. That is not to say this is a bad novel – because it isn’t. Since I have my guess as to where this is going, this book had to be what it is. That is to say, it needed to move the timeline forward, not kill anyone important, and establish a conflict that had to be overcome in the finale.

And it does all that fairly well. I wasn’t overjoyed to see the course it took, but I understand why it went where it did. The author, we are told, pitched the book as “Bladerunner meets Pitch Black”. I see that, and the parallels to Pitch Black are solidly there. Bladerunner…less so to me, but then I never much liked Bladerunner (gasp!). I did like the source material, so my geek cred isn’t totally shot. I think the idea of that being used in the pitch was to highlight the conflict between humans and androids, but here is just doesn’t work (didn’t in Bladerunner either – the replicants just wanted to invade Earth, and be left alone). The inter-personal conflicts are much more interesting than the inter-species(?) conflict. Especially as the androids have all the advantages here – literally.

On the interpersonal conflict front, we get Syl and Bastion trying to save her people from destruction at the hands of the androids. And deal with Syl’s unexpected transition to being an android herself. That was interesting – from her horror at the fact that she needs to power off (and the nightmares it inspires) to the challenge of dealing with vastly improved strength, without the inherited understanding that comes with normal android manufacture. These segments alone make this a good book – and had we been trekking across the world exploring this, I would have been a happy camper.

But we aren’t. We are saving the humans too, and that part is all over the place. From the hesitant acceptance of some to the outright hostility of others, the humans are…human. I just found the human villains to be nearly comic book level of over the top. They were all about the grandiose plans, but executed by morons. And that hurt the narrative – they never felt like a threat. The other androids didn’t factor in much, so no threat there either.

In fact, the main source of conflict was Syl herself. Whipsawing between emotional states, she alternately clings to and shoves away her only real friend in the world, Bastion.

I am not a woman, and I cannot (and do not) claim to understand how another person processes emotional states, much less someone (or a whole population) whose neurochemistry is so radically different from mine. I just have read too many of these sorts of books where the female lead is all over the place in regards to a male character. This is not a ‘he’s cute, but a jerk…I want to be with him, but not deal with the personality’…that I get. It is more of the ‘he is devoted and loyal, and I have to attack that quality, then demand it, then attack, then push away, then demand it again, and he can never say a word’. And the male characters in these tend to be…well, not all over the place. Either they are dedicated and devoted, or not. And that seems to never change. It just doesn’t click for me.

Despite that annoying interpersonal thing, this is still a decently good book. Like I opened with, I get why Organic has to be what it is. I expect the third in the series will redeem this wholly, and also be a lot more ‘Pitch Black’, and a lot less ‘Bladerunner’. After all, the dark is coming…
Profile Image for Taylor.
223 reviews23 followers
May 18, 2017
Reviewed at my blog: Babbling Books

*I received an e-ARC of this book through NetGalley from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review*
“A storm of death and destruction brews in my head. It sucks people into it and ruins them forever.”
This sequel was stunning. Jadah McCoy is steadily climbing my list of pre-order, must-request authors.

Her characters are by far the best things about her books. Organic is no different than Artificial in that regard. What got me hooked into this series was the premise mostly but what made me love it and want more was the relationship between Syl and Bastion and let me tell you that relationship only gets 1,000% more amazing in this second book. Syl is still so unsure about herself and Bastion is such the perfect opposite to help her learn to see herself differently, especially now that she’s no longer in a human body. Their dynamic together with all of the snarky banter, their protectiveness of each other and then the romantic elements was so well done and I’m beyond excited to see what happens with these two in the next book.

I was glad that McCoy didn’t do like a lot of authors and add in a ton of unnecessary side characters in this second book. Bastion and Syl are plenty to keep me interested in reading forever, although I would love to see Michelo again soon. And Truthfully I could’ve done without Blalock, that character was too abrasive and just seemed to disrupt the nice flow that the book had going up until that point.

I was also happy I got to know a little bit more about the world and how exactly everything came to be as I did somewhat feel lost when the last book left off. But this book clears things up just well enough so you can still have your own ideas while placing you in the setting, background and reality that Bastion and Syl exist in.

The pacing of the book was great, as usual I sped through it pretty fast and then was sad there wasn’t more, but such is the life of a bookworm. While I would love it if these books were even longer I don’t necessarily feel that a longer story would work for the narrative. The way the action progresses from the beginning to end, only pausing for a romantic moment or a breath here and there are a perfect fit for the story McCoy is trying to tell.

The ending definitely left me wanting more, but in a good way. Lexion showing up was the perfect kind of timing and I’m looking forward to seeing how all these different threads get tied up in the next book. Or maybe books, I’m not sure if this is a trilogy or more, all I know is that I will be suffering waiting another year for the next book to be released!

Now you might be wondering why I gave Organic four stars instead of five. Simple really, the profanity. I mentioned it in my review of Artificial but it got a little more pronounced in this book and that was honestly why I didn’t like the character of Blalock, when that character showed up I felt like the book got a lot more profane for some reason. The use of the F word just seemed to get to the level of unnecessary at some points.

Overall, this series so far is a wonderful piece of writing. Organic is a great continuation of everything that happened in Artificial, while still being exciting and interesting all on its own. Fast paced, romantic and filled with action, this will be one book you might just want to stay up late to finish.

Reviews of The Kepler Chronicles:

#1 – Artificial
Profile Image for Leticia.
262 reviews18 followers
July 26, 2017
I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
For reviews like this and more, visit me at Shh, I am Reading.

There is no doubt that I have added Jadah McCoy to my list of favourite authors. I am so excited to see where she takes Syl and Bastion from here.

Second books get such a bad rap, especially as they are the middle filler. So there can be this awkward lull between the three books.
While Organic was a little more subdued than Artificial was, it didn’t take away from the story itself.

Syl is a lot more emotional in this. Artificial, she was duty bound to her people and stayed pretty level headed but in Organic she was a lot more all over the place. But then again, who wouldn’t after dying and having your living mind uploaded into an artificial mind. She retains so much of her humanity and seems to forget she isn’t human anymore. Which was plainly obvious when she and Bastion found Blalock’s gang.
Also, as androids do not dream, the fact that she dreams when she is to shut down shows how much of her humanity remains.

I enjoyed watching Bastion open up and gain his Glitch stripes. Before he was cautious and didn’t really reveal much about himself, but with Syl, he bloomed and even tried cracking a few jokes. It’s clear how important Syl is to him.

It was great to see more of the world that Ms. McCoy has built. Kepler seems to resemble Earth in many ways but way, way more endless desert. Much of the book is Syl and Bastion travelling through these different biomes, so it was interesting to see the planet and the world around them.

Holy cliffhanger batman! Seriously. It was getting good and then BAM! Ended. I was never so disappointed in a cliffhanger in my life. Then the book hangover. Oh, the woes!

Either way, it entices me to keep reading and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
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630 reviews63 followers
May 7, 2017
Oh, the pain of a cliffhanger!  This book had a whopper of one at the end, which I am still recovering from.  I finished reading this book several days before I actually rode this review, because I was in pain from the ending and didn't want to write a review in the tumult of my emotions.  Fear not!  This is a great book and a wonderful continuation of the first book, Artificial.  

Syl and Bastion have escaped from Elite City after Syl is killed (sort of).  Now an android like Bastion, she goes is in search of her people and finds that Sanctuary has been destroyed by the monstrous Cull.  Both set out to find where they went and warn them of an impending attack from evil androids in the Elite City.  But not everything is as it seems, and their blooming love is tested when Syl realizes that in order to save Bastion, she may have to give him up.

Just as in the first book, I greatly enjoyed the continued worldbuilding by Jadah McCoy!  We are introduced to another colony of people, new relationship dynamics between Syl and her people, and a heart-wrenching love that must withstand many trails in a world gone mad.  Bastion and Syl's relationship is rocky in this book, as it gets both more intimate and more distant.  Syl is racked by guilt over what has been done to her people, and with that guilt comes a sense of responsibility for what comes next.  She must make difficult choices in order to ensure no one else she loves dies.  Bastion is a rock for her, constantly in protective mode, but even his love for her cannot change her decision to save him in the end.  

As I said before, there is a massive cliffhanger at the end, and I am literally crying for the next book.  I need to know what happens.  It's one of those books that digs a hole in your chest and leaves a wound that only the next book can heal!

**I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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1,068 reviews12 followers
June 2, 2017
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As is typical in trilogy sets, this second-in-the-series book seemed like nothing much more than a place holder. While I still enjoyed reading it, there was hardly anything new that occurred to truly advance the storyline. Syl - now an android hosting a memory dump of human-Syl’s brain - has even more issues than she did before! For once thing, she is having dreams, something which shouldn’t be possible. She is still making a myriad of bad choices. And Bastion continues to follow her around like a lost little puppy. Mostly, the book consisted of them walking into one bad situation after another, more often alone than together. There was also an inexplicable amount of going back and forth from one place to another, without ever actually getting anywhere. The story didn’t really advance either, other than how the book ended which was just dumb. I had such high hopes for this series, but they just didn’t pan out in this volume. I’m really hoping that book three is able to redeem it.

I received a free eBook copy of this title from the published, Curiosity Quills, and have willingly provided an honest review.
Profile Image for Jonas Salonen.
123 reviews1 follower
August 10, 2020
So, the second part of the Kepler Chronicles. The first one blew me away, so I had high gopes for this one.

Well, I was dissapointed. The first book was great as it told a much bigger story than its page count. The people acted believably and there was tension. In this second book nothing really happens. The protagonists just walk around on missions that don't lead anywhere. Also the twist at the end is just so not characteristic for Bastion. I could not believe it. Bastion acted like a teenager, not like an hundreds of years old android.

Well, there were some nice moments and I would really be interested in how the story ends. So, I can really recommend the first book but maybe you should stop reading after that. Especially as there doesn't seem to be a third part coming even though this one ended in a cliff hanger.
10 reviews1 follower
July 6, 2017
As superbly written and as fast-paced as the first book, Jadah McCoy expands on Syl and Bastion's increasingly bleak world — where whether android or human, no one is safe.

I was thrilled to get more of these characters. They're full of nuance and charm, and the relationship between the two protagonists is both compelling and heart wrenching. Danger bleeds onto every page — this is certainly a book that won't be easy to put down. Like the first in the trilogy, my only complaint is that I want more of it! Thank goodness there will be a third that will help put to rest the lingering questions I have about all these truly terrifying genetically modified creatures running amok :)
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91 reviews
August 9, 2018
That cliffhanger though. I just want Sylvia to sit down and let Bastion love her the way she deserves to be loved.
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