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(The New Lyons Sequence #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  40 reviews
They look like us. Act like us. But they are not human. Created to perform the menial tasks real humans detest, Synths were designed with only a basic intelligence and minimal emotional response. It stands to reason that they have no rights. Like any technology, they are designed for human convenience. Disposable.

In the city of New Lyons, Detective Jason Campbell is invest
ebook, 178 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Rebel Base Books (first published 2018)
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
SINthetic by J.T. Nicholas is the first book in the New Lyons Sequence series. The story within is a bit of a science fiction read mixed with a detective mystery. Set in a futuristic world with things as self driving cars and synthetic humans we meet Detective Jason Campbell as he arrives upon the brutal murder of a woman.

Upon inspection of the crime scene it becomes obvious to Jason and the medical examiner that the woman is a synthetic and viewed as nothing more than trash no matter how she di
Feb 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
The book was going great and I was really hooked onto the idea of the sinthetics. But once he confesses his personal crime and they storm inside the facility... I was out. It was like I'd lost the connection with the book.
Silvia Kay
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
If you are looking for a thought-provoking sci-fi novel that also just happens to be action-packed and virtually unputdownable, you have come to the right place. Granted, SINthetic is a relatively short book, and yet its 170 or so pages contained all that was needed to make this novel a success. Campbell, our main character, is a cop who lives in a society that is at first glance almost utopic: there is no hunger in the world and no one has to do menial jobs, there is a guaranteed minimum stipen ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Despite how interesting this book sounds, I think it just wasn't my taste. The story itself is intriguing, and I liked the idea of a sci-fi/futuristic crime novel, but there were too many things that bothered me that I couldn't get over.

The biggest factor was the writing itself. There was so much telling instead of showing, and I got tired of listening to the main character ramble on about how things were. Give me a proper setting, give me strong action scenes, give me believable world building
Julayn Adams
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

 Honestly, this book had me all over the shop as to whether I enjoyed it or not. At first, I was confused. Either I missed it or it just wasn't there, but I couldn't figure out whether the main character was a man or woman for too long at the beginning. I didn't particularly care either way, I just needed to imagine this character in my mind's eye, and I was afraid to commit to anything in fear of having to change what they looked like. It was a bit frustrating. Other than that, I was p
Warnings: graphic description of murder; torture, violence, slavery, rape

SINthetic brings us a dystopian world where genetically modified and synthetically mass-produced humans, also known as Synthetics are treated like a renewable resource, and stripped of personhood and rights. In most of the world and New Lyons (built over New Orleans), where this story takes place, Synthetics are basically legal slaves in a society that doesn't consider them even human. They are treated worse than animals,
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a bleak future where the city of New Orleans has been wiped out by superstore, the city of Floattown and New Lyons have been built over and adjacent to the sunken city. It is a future where 'synthetics’, humans created in labs, are used for many different purposes, including as sex toys.

We open with Detective Campbell at a murder scene, where a young woman has been eviscerated, and left in the street like trash. And to her killer, and those called to process the site alike, she is nothing mo
Kalli Bunch
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC on NetGalley. So I just finished SINthetic and I have to say that if anyone goes into this book thinking J.T. Nicholas' writing style is an extension of his Wife Julie's, they are wrong. It is wholly unique and completely epic!! 5 STARS!!! It has an air of IRobot (without the robots and the Detective is on the side of the Synths), and with a fresh take and a unique spin on what could happen with Genetic Engineering. What could happen if people suddenly decided to start playing ...more
Pop Bop
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Violent, Noir, Police Procedural, variation on "I, Robot"

The hook here is that "synthetics" look and act exactly like "humans". You can't tell synthetics and humans apart unless you look for the little bar code on the back of a synth's neck. So, if one of them is abused it may just be the same as kicking a sofa, but it sure looks like abusing a human. The tension between what synths technically and legally are, and what they look and act like is what gives this book its "philosophical sci-fi"
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Synopsis:
They look like us. Act like us. But they are not human. Created to perform the menial tasks real humans detest, Synths were designed with only a basic intelligence and minimal emotional response. It stands to reason that they have no rights. Like any technology, they are designed for human convenience. Disposable.

In the city of New Lyons, Detective Jason Campbell is investigating a vicious crime: a female body found mutilated and left in the streets. Once the victim is identif
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
SINthetic by J.T. Nicholas is a highly recommended science fiction novel.

Detective Jason Campbell is called to a murder scene in the city of New Lyons. A female body has been found mutilated, cut open with the internal organs missing, and left in the streets. But once the investigators realize the body is a Synth, the crime is designated as the destruction of property, and no investigation is needed. Campbell has no murder case. In the future Synthetics, known as Synths, are lab-grown people tha
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose this book as part of my ongoing plan to diversify my reading so I read and am reviewing as a relative newbie to sci-fi.
So, we follow Detective Jason Campbell as he is called to the site of a rather gruesome murder. The mutilated body of a young woman has been found left out on the street like rubbish. Further investigation however reveals that this isn't a woman after all, it's a synth and the murder case dissolves away as the body is taken for destruction as per protocol and the crime
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being able to dominate a subordinate group of individuals is innately appealing. It appeals to an inner devil in our nature. As much as we condemn slavery today, I’m of the opinion that there are very few of us who wouldn’t want a slave if it were legally possible and socially approved. It is the legality of slavery that empowers individuals to exercise their dominating desire.

Legitimacy backed up by governmental law enforcement is what made early American slavery possible. The book SINthetic i
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
A young woman is found dead in the middle of the street and Detective Jason Campbell is called to investigate the crime but when it is determined that the young woman is not human but a sinthetic he is taken off the case. But that doesn’t stop Campbell as he doesn’t see things quiet in the same way as most humans. Campbell is later approached by this guy who has information for Campbell about this young woman and others like her that could help Campbell find out what is going on and send him int ...more
Mollie Bradford
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book with a compelling premise.

A received this book for free in a giveaway, but do not feel that swayed my thoughts on it.

I started reading the first page of this book, and almost flicked it off. It was overly wordy and too much to take in. Thank goodness I turned the page!
Sinthetic is set in the not too distant future. What a relief that in this future the world has not been torn asunder by war, natural disaster, or any other earth-wide tragedy. New Orleans has suffered a bit, but resil
Alex Shrugged
This is a science fiction detective mystery involving the death of a synthetic, a legal equivalent of furniture that looks exactly like a human being. Think of the TV series "Humans" or the story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Phillip K. Dick which was made into the movie "Bladerunner".

The story: Detective Campbell is called to a crime scene, the viciously eviscerated body of a beautiful woman, but as the medical examiner beds over the figure in the alley, he scoffs. "It's only a syn
Annette Jordan
I was immediately intrigued by and interested in the blurb of this book. In a not so distant future, much of the world's more unpleasant jobs from manual labour to sex work are carried out by "Synthetics". They look and sound just like us, but legally, and to most of the world , morally too, they are much less than us, subhuman, merely things to be used and discarded. When detective Jason Campbell finds the mutilated body of a synthetic it sets him off on a path that will not only make him very ...more
*thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars.
This was a huge let down. It had everything going for it. The cover is amazing and immediately got my vote and attention. The description made me realllllly want to read this. Cyborgs 'artificial humans', robots, drones, androids, whatever you want to call them, are my number one favourite sci-fi story themes. AND it is also a crime and mystery story. This had EVERYTHING I wanted. It was
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
SINthetic by J.T. Nicholas is a dark story that covers some of the dilemmas that arise with scientific advancements.

From descriptions: "They look like us. Act like us. But they are not human. Created to perform the menial tasks real humans detest, Synths were designed with only a basic intelligence and minimal emotional response. It stands to reason that they have no rights. Like any technology, they are designed for human convenience. Disposable."

“Darkly engrossing, SINthetic shines a stark li
Taylor (TaysBookishThoughts)

SINthetic by JT Nicholas is an interesting and thought provoking novel. I will admit that I had thought of putting it down in the beginning but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. Instead of robots, sinthetics have been created to do the jobs that humans don’t want to do anymore. They look and act like us but do not live under the same laws as “real” humans. Someone is killing them and Detective Campbell wants to know who and why they are doing this.

This is an intriguing story that had m
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very, very much. Right up my alley: near future noir thriller.

Incredibly well-done first person narrative. I normally shy away from first person stories, but this one really resonated with me. I felt like I was experiencing the protagonist’s growth during the course of the story, which I normally have a hard time feeling when I read books of this style.

Great world-building, great characters, some really good action, especially towards the end.

It’s said often, but it held tru
The story line was interesting and I was excited to see where the story was going. I think it's been difficult for me lately to get into books where there are crimes to be solved and investigations or reading from the perspective a of a cop. I do believe this would have made an incredible movie, or a great episode in a TV show! There was lots of action near the end of the book and a happy ending. The author created an opening for a whole new world for the synthetics and I hope the world changes ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow start, rousing finish

I was very fortunate enough to win a copy of this eBook in a goodreads giveaway. I can't say that I hadn't thought about throwing in the towel and not finishing.
I probably won't end up reading the sequel because I like how this one ended. I'm glad I read it but it just hadn't been what I was looking for. I had trouble relating to and caring about the main character.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bright future with a dark under belly. This book explores human nature and how we like to ignore bad things if makes our life better.

I would recommend this book for anybody who enjoys Dystopian books.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Goodreads Giveaway Winner.

A couple of things I loved: The cover and the title, grabbed my attention instantly. Also, thought the blurb was interesting. But unfortunately the story just wasn't for me.
Nick Burdett
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Excellent book. Thought the theme was already done with the 'Humans' TV show but very much not the case. I was very excited to see how quickly the next one will be available. Looking forward to it immensely.
K. Counihan
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Story

Good for this genre. There are a few choppy parts where you scratch your head and think?? This would be from the several edits his editor made to improve the quality of the story. Overall I liked the book and will read the next book.
Cheryl Alesia
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GREAT read!

Fast paced, gripping storyline with well developed characters that you relate to. Well worth the read, and completely enjoyable story!
René Weise
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Loved it. Sometimes it reminds me on Blade Runner.
K Neal
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page Turner

Although this isn't my typical genre of choice, SINthetic kept me turning pages to see what was yet to come. I can't wait to start the next book.
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