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The Sin Soldiers

(Fragments #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Red compound makes them angry. Yellow exhausts them. Blue drives them into a state of ravenous addiction. The thief Kai knows about the chemically controlled soldiers of the Eastern forces and their savage, deadly nature. When a robbery attempt at Club Seven goes wrong, Kai is captured by a handler and his bestial soldier-boy. She wakes up inside the military base with no ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Parliament House Press (first published July 18th 2019)
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Em (Diversify Your Shelf)
4.5 Stars

I chose to read this book because I find that sometimes sci-fi can get rather repetitive and this seemed very different than the usual. I thought it would be a fun read and I was wrong: it was brilliant and completely engrossing.

I try to pay attention to if books include marginalised groups and this had a Black woman as the main character with a gay brother. So the book had lots of diversity without seeming forced (and by forced I mean using stereotypes not when there is more diversity
Candace Robinson
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the darkness of this world and I mean, sins? Awesome! The characters were well developed and the story well written!
Marta Cox
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
I was very intrigued by the title and synopsis of this YA sci fi book. The idea is that compounds could induce such strong reactions that actual chemical changes could occur within the brain leading the patient ( victim ?) exhibiting strong behaviours that mimic some of the so called deadly sins . Red for wrath and uncontrollable anger, yellow for sloth which in reality was a truly strong sedative and then there’s blue the truly scary addictive mixture . Set in the future on what appears to be a ...more
Tracy Auerbach
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
So, obviously biased, as it's my book, but I'm super excited about The Sin Soldiers, and hope that you enjoy jumping into this world as much as I enjoyed creating it!
There are deadly compounds, Soldiers who have been controlled all their lives and have nearly lost sight of the people they might have been, and there is love and friendship. There is action and a slow burn as Kai becomes immersed in the broader world and struggles to figure out who the good guys are. And there is hope, as we get to
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow! This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved the world the author created and the idea of the crystals associated with the 7 deadly sins. Kai was pretty likable, she cared for her brother but also formed attachments with her roommates and would do anything for them. I especially loved the bond between Kai and Finn and the idea that people can undergo a lot of bad things, but remain themselves. The pacing on this was great, we rotated points of view which kept things interesting ...more
Kristal (Midwest_Reader)
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an incredibly unique story. The first two chapters were slow but then it took off and I read til my eyes hurt. The story ended more complicated than the beginning and I can’t wait to see how this plays out! For fans of dystopian societies, enemies to lovers, and super solider programs.

*ARC received by Netgalley
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s
This was where all the magic happened; where ordinary people were transformed into slaves and monsters

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2 / 5

The Sin Soldiers has a cool concept and it hooked me at the start, but unlikeable characters and a confusing setting left me unsatisfied.

Kai still held out hope somewhere in the back of her mind that some way, somehow, the compound wouldn't work on her. Not her.

In Kai’s world, soldiers are injected with crystal compounds to give them certain traits that are useful in waging war. Captured
Alysa H.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was somewhat entertaining, though amateurish and a bit nonsensical. I liked the idea of child soldiers being engineered and given different substances for different desired results, but the details as written didn't always make sense. The writing was clunky. The characters were sometimes sympathetic but also thin, their motivations inconsistent. The plot details were by turns simplistic and convoluted. The world-building was quite lacking; e.g., this takes place on a different planet, human ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I was provided an electronic ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

In The Sin Soldiers, author Tracy Auerbach, utilizes her background as a science teacher to bring the dystopian science fiction tale to life.

The world that Auerbach creates is one in which crystals are inherently powerful. Different crystals are used as power sources and others, in the form of compounds, are used to create the Seven Soldiers. Though the basis of the process is lef
Scott Sanford
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it for anyone interested in a quick read with an interesting premise. The Sin Soldiers does a good job of using its sci-fi roots to explore how addiction and adolescence can be powerful factors in shaping and altering personalities. Because of the well crafted setting, the rapid changes and swings in the characters’ personalities throughout the middle and later stages of the story help to not only advance the plot, but also serves as a unique form of wo ...more
Juri (Tomes and Thoughts)
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
As usual, thank you to NetGalley and The Parliament House publishing for providing me an ARC of The Sin Soldiers by Tracy Auerbach. ✨🌸

This took me too long to finish reading but this was a very satisfying read for me! I never expected to like sci-fi books since I never got attached too easily as most tend to dump a lot of info but this was a surprising read!

Now, on to the review! First: the Good.

- World building was so damn atmospheric! Interesting planet with a power system that was fresh and
Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, reviewed
I did really enjoy this book. The concept was interesting and well executed in my opinion. I'm definitely interested in picking up the sequel to see where the story goes.
A couple of caveats to my enjoyment of this book though... one, there wasn't enough worldbuilding and I was often left wanting more. We know that they're on a different planet and it's been 1000 years since their ancestors left Earth, however we aren't given a layout of the planet's geography, the city plan, or the layout of the
C. Lewis
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book with the cover in mind. It just drew me in. A book about a compound causing people to embodied the 7 deadly sins!!!! WHAT!!!! But it was so much more. And while it didn't have all seven, it had enough! I loved the characters. Kai and her brother Dex had to be my favorites. Although I was a bit partial to Charlie even when he was (spoiler). What can I say, I like some disturbed men. LOL! The society was something out of a nightmare and I really can't wait to get my hands on ...more
Meg Ripley
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, dnf2019
An entertaining introduction to a sci-fi, dystopia series. The book has a very creative approach to the characters, the world etc.
It was slow at first, but it picked up the pace later on. By the time I got to the last few chapters, I was excited to see how it will end.
I'd definitely want to get totally immersed in this world.

*A copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fresh take on the dystopian genre with interesting psychological aspects. The characters’ motivations were clearly influenced by the chemicals they were forced to take, so it was cool to see changes in their personalities as they occurred.

The book opened as a slow burn, getting to know the daily routines of the soldiers, and the pace picked up toward the end. The book sets the scene nicely for the next two in the trilogy, and I’m excited to see what happens next.
Chante Jacobs
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an arc of The Sin Soldiers by Tracy Auerbach from NetGalley. All opinions are honest and my own.

So the whole concept of this book was so interesting to me and that was the best part of this book to me. The pacing was a little weird and the characters were not that likable. The writing style also through me off a little bit..
Aliza Atik
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great!!! It had compelling characters, a strong plot, and enough narrative tension to keep me up reading past my bedtime - what more can you ask for! I like how some plot points are resolved but with enough tension to have me looking forward to the next book in the series. Definitely recommend!!
Aug 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
i was told there were hacker gays here
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgally-arcs
You can find my complete review of The Sin Soldiers here:

Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Sin Soldiers is a really really difficult book to read. And, I think that’s a really good thing. The Sin Soldiers is a dystopian novel that is frankly scary simply because it’s quite plausible. The story kicks off from 0% and revolves around four characters, Kai, Finn, Charlie and Tessa. These teen
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This genre is completely out-of-character for me, but I’d been trying to branch out and was so glad I did. I couldn’t put Sin Soldiers down. I found Kai’s relationships, both with other characters, and within the various aspects of her world to be so compelling.
Rach A.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Mahnoor  Waqas (she.reads.too.much)
**Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review**

Man, this book was an eyesore to read. I felt myself zoning out a lot during the extra long and unnecessary descriptions and it was a burden to finish it. The blurb sounded so interesting but the book itself was a whole level of meh.

This world is set on another planet where the authority rests in the hands of the Scientists Council who drug soldiers with different substances to make them more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

-The characters were some of the best I have read in a long time and I loved getting to know them. I already want the next book so I can join them again.
-The story was original and I loved the concept and slowly learning about the world and what was going on. It started out slower but built as it went on till close to the end where I was so pumped to be reading the book and wanted to be in the world as much as possibl
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting beginning to a YA Sci-Fi series. Auerbach's story talks about a world where the Eastern Forces soldiers are altered by compounds of different crystals to behave in distinct ways. Kai, the protagonist gets captured and pulled into the world of the Seven Soldiers.

I like the pacing of Auerbach's story, and love the moral ambiguity tied to characters. The leads and supports aren't inherently good or inherently evil, they are products of their decisions and the decisions of others. I
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had great character development. I felt like I knew the characters and I felt myself rooting for or against them. I loved the idea of the crystals and how the whole development of the seven sins plays a role. The author really drew me into the story right from the beginning and had me wanting more. The relationship between the characters was not predictable and their back stories were so interesting and well-developed. I felt like I was watching a movie, and now I can’t wait for the se ...more
Jamie Coudeville
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were parts that I liked (characters, possible deeper history) but the politics were really confusing. Which, I guess, was kind of the point. But I like knowing who are the good guys and who the bad. And there were multiple undefined parties here that confused the hell out of me. But I'm intrigued. Hopefully, the wait for book 2 won't be too long. ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Theme: A new world Sci-Fi surrounding the forced addiction of soldiers to the deadly sins- mainly glutton, sloth and wrath.
Nature of Review: NetGalley provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Release Date: The Sin Soldiers was released on July 23/2019 and is available for purchase on kindle, as well as in paperback on Amazon and B&N.
Warnings: I found the harshest themes in this story were violence, forced institutionalization and mainly the harsh reality of death, addiction and c
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
It's a very interesting Science fiction world that Auerbach introduces the reader into.

A world where the general public are kept under control by the so-called Seven Soldiers. These "soldiers" are criminals and bad people that embodies the human sins. They are used both as a scare tactic, as well as an amusement for the citizens that can pay for it. But the twist is that the soldiers are drugged into this state by a chemical extracted from crystals and different colored crystals give the user d
Feed me! This book made me hungry. Kai spends way too much time hungry in the first place, but once forced into the military drug regimen, her hunger gets ramped up. Now she’ll do nearly anything for some food and she’s not the only one. Other teenagers are in the same boat.

Addiction is the main theme of the story, though it’s limited to food and alcohol for the most part. The soldiers do develop a dependency on the the drugs to feel normal, which makes them more controllable. As believable all
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Tracy Auerbach is an author of science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. As an avid reader with a vivid imagination, she chose to study film, English, and education, and went on to teach and write STEM curriculum for the New York Department of Education. This helped to polish her writing skills and ignite her passion for science fiction and fantasy.

Her first scholarly article, published i

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  • The Crystal War (Fragments #2)
  • The Hollow World (The Fragments Series Book 3)

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