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Sour Fruit (The INC Trilogy Book 1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Onion is snatched. She wakes up chained to an armpit of a river city, earmarked for a skin-trader called The Toymaker. Surrounded by a creeping rot she has just three days to escape before the sold sticker becomes a brand.

Forced into a knife fight with a world that has just pulled an AK47 on her, all Onion has to fight with is; a sewer for a mouth, a rusted up moral compas
Paperback, 266 pages
Published August 16th 2018 by Unbound
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MissBecka Gee
Well, that was fantastic.
Onion, Rhea and Jacob are a bunch of fun to follow around and eavesdrop on their conversations.
They curse, poke fun and are super weird. All things I like to have in close friends.

"Rhea warned me, "curiosity killed the cat." Well, since I'm not a metaphorical pussy I should be good."

The story itself is interesting and well paced with lots of action, sassy characters and strangeness.
What more could you want in this dystopian world?
I am super excited that this is only the
Rylee Richard
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Initial thoughts:

The story begins much like one of Luis’s stories in Ant-Man, but instead of his Michael Peña’s American accent, Onion sounds more like Eggsy from Kingsman (prior to his My Fair Lady transformation).

The bulk of the story is a flashback told by Onion to what seems to be a psych doc in the midst of some kind of evaluation. The story is broken up by her small conversations with him and on occasion, a side-story (though the stories are relevant, it’s my opinion that the girl has a to
Patrick Kincaid
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eli Allison’s vibrantly realised post-apocalyptic genre-busting debut isn’t set in 2017—or, at least, not the one we lived through—but it shows all the energy that city displayed while it was the UK city of culture. Only, turned to the bad.

It may be set in the near future, or it may exist in an alternative now. Some technology is beyond us (an extraordinary regenerative drug, drones with advanced AI), but the pop culture references (Doctor Who!) are instantly recognisable, at least to the reade
Robin Bonne
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sour Fruit is set in a speculative, somewhat bizarro, dystopian world. Onion/Sweet Pea is a teenage girl living in the UK in a not too distant future where citizens have been segregated into two social classes, the INC (people with citizenships that follow strict laws and are under surveillance) and the VOIDs (the poor, the sick, slaves, refugees, sex workers, anyone who fails the Citizen Suitably Test, etc.). She was raised as an INC, but is thrown into the world of VOIDS when she loses her INC ...more
Aug 21, 2018 added it
The overall feel of Sour Fruit is dark, crazy, wildly imaginative. The world is described in baffling snatched as the protagonist, Onion, tries to unravel the fast-paced events that keep happening to her in a dizzying rush. Onion had to first unravel the strangeness of the situation she finds herself in, and then begin to make her way through it, out of the danger, back into control of her own destiny. It is a quest.

There is plenty of action. Full on and pacy. It’s exciting, and it’s funny. It’
Ste Sharp
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sour Fruit feels like a Black Mirror double-bill that’s just downed a litre of Sunny Delight. The e-number buzz is fluorescent throughout as you leap into a visceral dystopian future I couldn’t tear my eyes away from.
The main characters are as vibrant as the writing, with a heroine you back from the beginning and a host of other characters you either despise or support with a passion.
A line which stuck in my mind was “Energy bars taste like hamster bedding and depression” which gives a feel of
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
Sour Fruit by author Eli Allison is an awesome, adult fiction/sci-fi read that takes the imagination to many places. The characters are really well thought out and the plot itself is well structured. A really fun book!
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of Sour Fruit in exchange for an honest review.
Hélène Louise
I was very curious about this book and haven't been disappointed. The dystopian context is interesting and very well outlined by the story: absolutely no infodump, the immersion is immediate and the comprehension gradual.

As a result the first 20% were easy to read but I had the feeling of a nightmare. Then gradually the world begins to unfurl and clear up, till the end, where nearly all the mysteries are unraveled (we even find about Onion's real name!), leaving just enough suspense for future d
Karen Mace
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
With the world we live in currently in a 'little bit of a mess' I wondered how this dark, dystopian novel would play out on the pages and I have to admit to being impressed with how quickly I adjusted to life in this world of the VOID's who have nothing, and the citizens who have rights! This is a messed up world that Onion finds herself part of, and therefore there are a lot of messed up characters throughout! And that appealed to me! They weren't perfect, they were often very sweary (I do like ...more
Miles Hudson
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian Hull. That may sound like a tautology, but the imagined future in Sour Fruit is more real than many of us might want to believe. Eli Allison’s speculative fiction novel follows the misfortunes of a teenage girl kidnapped to be trafficked.

Initially, I thought that the book was almost a set of short stories with the same two characters passing through each setting and interacting with a different group of characters in each one. Whilst that is the case, Allison has done a good job of fin
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To Hull and Back

As you might guess from the pun in the title above, Sour Fruit is set in and around Hull. It is Hull (and Kingston-Upon-Hull) - but most definitely NOT as we know it. Sour Fruit's Hull is set in a dystopian, but not too distant future. Like most of the best Sci-Fi , Sour Fruit's possible future is not too difficult to extrapolate from our own present. Eli creates a veritable hell-on-earth showing where some of today's attitudes and dogma might lead.

I'm sure you're thinking "Gee,
Evie Moore
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sour Fruit is a dark, at times laugh-out-loud funny and thoroughly enthralling page-turner. The protagonist is a young girl who finds herself in an awful, human-trafficking nightmare that she must escape from. I was gripped from start to finish. I empathised with the characters, their interactions and language are very well crafted and believable, and I found myself almost holding my breath at some of the more edgy scenes.
I would highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the next instalment
Laura Jones
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read Sci-fi but after reading the reviews thought id give it a go... and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Loved the fact it was a female heroine, loved the rudeness,loved the wrongness. Just came back from a girly holiday couldn't put it down ...more
Sean Talbot
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful and unique book
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightfully irreverent!

I can't wait to find out what happens next!
S. Naomi Scott
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Onion thinks she’s tough, but then she gets snatched from her foster home and finds out she’s not as tough as she thinks. Kidnapped by the de facto head of Kingston’s seedy underworld and promised to a trafficker known only as the Toymaker, she’s dragged around a city of non-citizens by Reah, the two of them chained together by circumstance and the explosive device implanted in Onion’s neck. Now Onion has three days to figure out an escape route, and all she has going fo
Steph Warren
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this novel, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Sour Fruit took me a little while to get into, as the story is told by Onion and we are pretty much thrust straight into the action with her, stumbling to keep up with the patois and slang of an entirely new societal structure.

However, once we regain some sense of orientation (poor Onion takes a lot longer to find her feet!) then…WOW!

This is Is for adults; a twisted Oliver Twist;
Azriel  Green
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gritty, Grim and Gorgeous.

Sour Fruit is quite the perfect name for this astonishingly vivid book. Throughout reading this book, pretty much all in one go, I had the impression of neon colours masking something rotten. 

The dystopia we find ourselves in with Onion is a strange and brutal one, but so incredibly immersive. Onion, a fiercely unbowed trafficked orphan, makes her way through situations that will make you flinch while reading as she encounters characters so fully fleshed out you'll hal
Karen Cole
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Onion is a teenage girl who has spent her life being moved from care home to care home. It's not much of a life but at least she understands it - until she is kidnapped and taken to Kingston, where the population given VOID status are forced to live. This is a Britain in which those people deemed not worthy of their Identity Nano Certificate - immigrants, criminals, anybody who fails the Citizen Suitability Test - becomes a VOID. Children are raised to fear and hate the VOIDs; they're scroungers ...more
J.D. DeHart
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inventive and amazing, Sour Fruit does dystopian fiction a little along the lines of Anthony Burgess, and stands on its own too.

This is a book I wish I had written...but I’m glad I got to read it.
Alexandra Turney
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a wild ride! I kept thinking it would make a good graphic novel, or even a computer game - Eli Allison is also an artist, and it shows. It's a very visual book, full of colours, action, violence, bodily fluids...The review that says "Sour Fruit feels like a Black Mirror double-bill that’s just downed a litre of Sunny Delight" pretty much sums it up.

In Sour Fruit Kingston upon Hull is a dystopian wasteland, where the foul-mouthed teenage heroine, Onion, has to fight for survival. It's a
Sarah Brown
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Desperation is a commodity as valuable as gold” is one of the many great lines in this book and sums it up perfectly. A disturbing dystopian world where life is traded as a commodity makes for a dark but gripping read. This book is a treat for the imagination with the writer’s ability to conjure up a sinister future that at the same time seems possible.  The richness of the story is enhanced through a delicate balance of complex emotions from helplessness to hope, misery to humour and hatred to ...more
Natalie Reeves
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mark Bowsher
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The world of Kingston upon Hull at some time in the future is wonderfully grim and exciting and full to the brim with amazing characters. Every line is full of life, excitement, wit and thoughfulness. As a Doctor Who geek I enjoy the subtle references too! A wonderfully crafted novel full of wit and beauty against an enjoyably dark and visceral backdrop.
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Onion is snatched. She wakes up chained to an armpit of a river city, earmarked for a skin-trader called The Toymaker. Surrounded by a creeping rot she has just three days to escape before the sold sticker becomes a brand.

It's Onion's anger that propels us through the disorienting opening scenes, as Onion is thrown from one crisis to the next (think out of the frying pan into the fire and then into the volcano, followed possibly by the sun) and the reader tries to figure out what's going on. Oni
Rich M
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Typically, I am one for reading words, many words, many books. I’m not so much one for writing; the novel in me hasn’t escaped as yet. However here I am penning, or rather typing my first review for any book.
I found Sour Fruit, the dystopian world, the characters and the story line edgy, gritty, darn right rude and above all refreshingly different and original. To some degree it put me out of my comfort zone for a short while. However, it soon had me hooked, line sinker and all! I ended up readi
Sara Wingfield
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Posted to on 11/1/19-

The plot, in a nutshell: A teenage girl is abducted from her children’s home and wakes up in an eerie new world, an urban hell where it’s citizens are called Voids and are treated worse than rats.

The things I loved about it: It’s a dark humoured dystopian thriller, one of my my favourite literary combinations. The world building is fun but grim, and has a bit of a Hunger Games feel in that it is fantastical but you really wouldn’t want to wake
Mrs Deborah Knowles
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not generally my first choice genre but with such a striking cover it had to be worth a try. The beginning was quite hard to read but I kept going and I am so glad that I did. By page 30ish I was absolutely griped. Meals went unmade, washing piled up but I had to find out what happened to Onion and Rhea. I read nearly the whole book in one sitting but then I put off reading the last few pages because I didn't want it to end. By the end so many of my questions had been answered but then s ...more
Robert Welbourn
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to get into, but that's always the way with sci fi - there's so much info thrown at you. But once you find your feet, sci fi books can go either way. This one went a very good way. I really got on Onion's side, and felt what she was feeling. I felt her sadness, anger, betrayal, it was written so well I couldn't help it. The story is fantastic - I could barely put the book down such was my need to know what was going to happen next. I'm so gla ...more
Wayne Skelding
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read, I would highly recommend. The night party scenes were my favourite. As an avid traditional sci-fi reader this was a little out of my wheelhouse but I am really glad I read it.
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Eli Allison tells people at parties that she's a writer, but she mostly spends the day in her knickers swearing at the laptop. She lives in Yorkshire, works in her head and does not enjoy long walks on the beach or anywhere, in fact she gets upset at having to walk to the fridge for cheese. ...more

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