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(Malfunction Trilogy #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  29 reviews
They Say the Ends Justify The Means

When Menrva, a geneticist in the subterranean city of survivors known as Bunker, responds to a call for help from Cowl, her former best friend, and Bas, a renegade cyborg, she makes a vital mistake and places all three of them in danger. As they struggle to escape City guards, cyborg soldiers, desperate scavengers, and ravenous aliens, th
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Published October 8th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services
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emrys merlin
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-published
Bumping it up to 5 after thinking it over a few days!

Malfunction is an absolute gem among books! It's been a long time since I've read a book with such complex characters, relentless suspense, and hard hitting themes.

The story is set in an alien infested city called the Bunker, a place that ensures its survival through human cyborgs programmed to combat such creatures. The creepy thing about it? The cyborgs are computer controlled by a bunch of gamers who think they're playing a simple alien sh
Erin Dydek
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: phoenix-fiction

Malfunction is a gritty yet enticing read that focusses on the relationship developments of three central characters, Menrva, Bas, and Cowl. Each uniquely flawed and carrying the burdens of the brokeness they bear. Set in an utterly dark and deteriorating setting—alien-invaded Earth—Purrazzi depicts humanity's struggle for survival with minimal resources and ravenous enemies. Her descriptions are often vivid and somewhat gruesome; the depth of despair among the citizens cast out of the Hub
E.B. Dawson
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Heart pounding. Smart. Emotionally moving.

J.E. Purrazzi is an author to be reckoned with. This book will plunge you directly into a very dark, post-apocalyptic world where it is much easier to compromise than do the right thing. Purrazzi is a bold writer and she's not afraid to examine the worst attributes of humanity, but somehow it always stirs in me a righteous indignation, and a passion to appreciate the beautiful, good things in my life. And maybe that was her intent all along...
Faye Fite
I have so many emotions after reading this. What an amazing novel. Full review coming soon.

Malfunction is an amazing, heart-wrenching novel that packs a huge punch. Not only is it full of action, but it's full of thought. That is a rare and beautiful combination.

Purrazzi's writing style works to build a dark, gritty world that grapples with many intense moral issues, most of them centering around the value of human life. While very dark, all of these issues were handled in a thoughtful, realist
Beth Wangler
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me so many feels.

I absolutely loved it. J. E. Purrazzi's characters, especially main characters Cowl, Bas, and Menrva, are beautiful and lovable, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a time when I've cared more about characters. At one point, I wanted to crawl inside the story to give the main characters cookies and wrap them in cozy blankets, which has surprisingly never happened to me before. The dystopian, apocalyptic world Purrazzi created is amazingly vibrant and realistic. I rea
Hufflepuff Book Reviewer
"The way her hands trembled told a story that words failed, but she didn't pull away." This is the passage that began to change my perception of the entire novel!

Confession here: I disliked Malfunction on my initial reading until about the 40% mark. There were several reasons for this—but I think that I disliked it primarily because I kept getting annoyed with Cowl and Menrva for their constant, mean-spirited bickering. I found that I could not identify with the struggles any of the characters,
Hallie Jenkins
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: road-trip-books
Review coming soon
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Earlier this year, I was able to read Revelation, a prequel novella to the Malfunction series. Because of that, I was already somewhat familiar with two of the protagonists in Malfunction, and because I loved them so much, I was eager to read this book upon its release.

The story takes place in a bleak, dystopian/post-apocalyptic future. Earth's surface has been overrun by aliens known as Wreckers, forcing humanity to migrate underground and try to survive with limited resources. Meanwhile, Biobo
S. M. Holland
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Reading sci-fi is normally not my jam, but this book sucked me in from the beginning until the end. The action scenes are brilliant, and you are always kept on your toes. The world Purrazzi has created is dirty, gritty and full of surprises.
I would highly recommend you reading the prequel novella first, it’s the perfect introduction to this world.
I still have a book high.. so good!
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Malfunction is a gritty sci-fi novel set in a post-apocalyptic future. Dangerous aliens have destroyed the surface of the earth, leaving what's left of humanity to borrow underground, build a new society, and plan for a better future. The City, run by an authoritarian shadow government oversees everything, but wealth disparities have never been greater. Menrva is a brilliant geneticist working for the City to better understand the alien DNA. When her childhood best friend
Shannon Hiner
Malfunction, by J.E. Purazzi is a bio-punk sci-fi dystopian New Adult adventure for the mind and soul. (try saying that ten times fast!)

Don’t let my over-categorization turn you off though, if you enjoy character-driven plot, high-stakes intensity and and excellent world-building, you are in for a treat with this one.

I’m not much into sci-fi myself; my eyes glaze over at the technical stuff, jargon and science of it — Really, I’m much more of a ‘generalized explanation of the fantastic’ sort of
Katelyn Buxton
Jan 14, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
I wasn't able to finish this one for personal reasons, but this story had a fascinating story line and I love Purrazzi's writing style. ...more
Brie Farmer
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can I say giving me a new perspective on a genre as a whole! I don't want to get to spoiler so this will be sort and simple. Like I have said on my twitter I write low Sci-Fi Romance, normally easy to understand and only kinda more advance then today tech. This is because 80% of the time I dislike books based on the real world time and I love High Fantasy Medieval time frames hence why I write kinda further ahead or in the past only. Super high tech Sci-Fi often loses me, confuses me, and slows ...more
Janelle Garrett
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know the feeling you get when you read something so deeply profound you leave wondering if you will ever be the same?

I'm not being melodramatic, here. Really, I'm not. Malfunction crosses the sci/fi, dystopian genres - it has the feel of Wool but the entertainment of Red Rising, and manages to address themes in a deeper way than either of those previously mentioned books (IMO, that is).

I previously reviewed Revelation, which is the prequel novella to this book. However, they don't have to
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie
Wow. This was awesome.

Each of the three main characters are so distinct from each other, and all the dynamics are great- Menrva and Cowl, Menrva and Bas, Cowl and Bas, and all three of them together.
Malfunction balances a close, character-driven story with huge, world-changing events surprisingly well. I wasn’t expecting it to be so focused on characters, but most of the book follows the more personal struggles of Bas, Menrva, and Cowl, while building the larger world in the background.

The on
K.L. + Pierce
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where to start?

I haven't read a lot of cyberpunk, but Malfunction is a great introduction. In a post-apoptotic
Earth, the reenactment of humanity is hiding out from aliens called Wreckers. The City's main priority is survival. But what that survival means isn't what everyone thinks, and it directly impacts our three main characters.

Speaking of which, all three are awesome. Menerva is a geneticist who comes off a bit cold and distant at first, but she probably feels more deeply than the other two
Robert Nugent
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Malfunction was a step into rarely-tread territory for me. As a reader of primarily medieval fantasy and history, Sci-fi/Cyberpunk is a genre I don't spend much time in, if at all. Right off the bat, I can say that I am beyond grateful to my past self for stepping outside my comfort zone to read this book.

Malfunction does a lot of things right. There's excellent world-building, though avoids massive information dumps. The story benefits tremendously from a small cast of fleshed out characters, p
Cayla Huffman
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the characters in this book. Bas was my favorite (probably because he's a gentle giant). My heart ached for him as he struggled with his self worth and PTSD. Cowl's sarcasm is perfect and I loved how protective he was of Bas. His humor not only helped him deal with his problems, but helped inject some lighter parts to a darker book. I felt so bad for Menrva and what she's been through and I appreciate how her circumstances didn't stop her from still having a gentle and caring side ...more
Rapier Reviews
Jan 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
Malfunction is a fast-paced, post-apocalyptic sci-fi where humans face extinction. The world has been stripped of its atmosphere. Humans live underground in a strict society. Dangerous aliens live on the surface devouring any that would venture up. Scientists conduct questionable experiments on humans with alien genes and tech in an effort to survive.

The story follows three people: Menrva, a geneticist; Cowl, an outcast; and Bas, a Cyborg. Together they discover a terrible secret that the City
Alex Tamburro
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

So I finished this a little while ago, but I wanted to let it sit. I typically don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi because for some arbitrary reason, “Tech Fantasy” doesn’t always click with me. So I had a bit of trouble getting into it at first but it’s definitely a character-driven story which helped me a lot. Bas, Minerva, and Cowl are real in my head, which makes the ending all the more devastating.
No spoilers but I am offended that I have to
Mary Emma Sivils
Jan 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing This story was powerful.

It's definitely not a book for everyone. There was more coarse language than I cared for. Violence was prevalent. The plot dealt with some pretty heavy topics.

But it was so good, guys! I loved the worldbuilding. The action and suspense made it hard for me to stop reading. And the relationships between the characters were just so raw and full of depth that I couldn't help rooting for them even when they made some dumb choices. (Ok, I'll admit that the romance in
Melissa Matos
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a brutal and heartrending post-apocalyptic powerhouse of a story. I was addicted from the first chapter, meeting the wounded, flawed characters with determination and sass. I am looking forward to following these characters through the trilogy, to see how they continue to make the hard choices to save the people they care about, and blow away anyone who tries to hurt them. You are going to want to read the next one, this has a satisfying but leading ending.
Hailey Smith
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JE Purrazzi is a very talented writer. Cowl, Minerva, and Bass are amazing, complex characters. I couldn’t pick a favorite if I wanted to. The pacing was never slow and the world building amazing. The themes were interwoven excellently.
This is one of my favorite trilogies so far and I cannot wait until the third book comes out.
Emily Anne
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ok so this isn't my typical read , and yet I was glued from page one! It's a gritty, apocalyptic story that really makes you think about the worst and best in humanity. The characters were well written .I loved how self aware and willing to recognize their own weaknesses they were; something I honestly found refreshing.

There is some swearing, that might be a problem for some readers.
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
WOW, talk about a cliffhanger. This was an intriguing book. I haven't decided if I'll continue on, as it's pretty brutal. ...more
Bethany Fehr
I was sad to stop reading this book in the middle. I really wanted to keep going and get to know the characters better and explore the story world and see if everyone makes it out alive, but I found the amount of swearing distracting enough for my tastes that I decided not to continue. I appreciated the creativity of the cyber-/bio-punk elements of the story world, I found the plot compelling, and I enjoyed the relationship-building moments between the characters (especially the ones involving B ...more
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