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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Grace's nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate "Vegas Vacation" to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against ...more
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Published August 15th 2018 by Words Matter Publishing
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InD'tale Magazine
“Hamartia” is a fantastic science fiction mystery thriller filled with twists and turns, madcap escapades, and romance!

Read full review in the 2020 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Cal P.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book and am leaving a voluntary review. This opinion is entirely my own and is in no way influenced by outside parties.

Hamartia blends an interesting concept with extraordinarily well-developed characters to deliver an engaging, emotional read. It’s another step into the Sci-Fi genre for me, and another positive experience. In Hamartia, Grace Dartmouth makes a horrible discovery: her nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying of metagenesis, a
Michael Drakich
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book directly from the author (who signed it) at the Ad Astra conference in 2019.

I was intrigued by two aspects of the novel. It is written in first person, present tense, something not too common in the literary world. And it was going into dangerous territory, crossing science fiction with religion.

From the onset, I could tell the work to be well written with a voice that focused on emotions, not actions. The author takes full advantage of the writing style to delve deeply in
Roxie Prince
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and more on my blog at Hey, Roxie Reads.

‘Hamartia’ by Raquel Rich
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Finished on May 24, 2019
$4.99 on Kindle | $15.99 in Paperback

Grace’s son is dying of Metagenesis. Slowly and painfully, his soul is being taken from him. Desperate to save him, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial that will send her back in time to save her son’s soul. Accompanied by her former best friend, Kay, Grace heads to Las Vegas ei
Scott Pinkowski
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel, Raquel Rich tells the story of Grace Dartmouth, the mother of a nine-year-old boy who is suffering from Metagenesis, a disease that is ravaging the late 21st century populace. The horrible disease first tears a person's soul from their body and then kills them, thus forever ending the natural chain of reincarnation for the afflicted individual. When Grace gets the nod to participate in a secret clinical trial that holds a shadow of a hope to save her son's life, she's taken o ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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*book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I haven’t read all that many Sci-Fi novels in my time but I might have been converted by this book! The best thing about this book is the originality, the author has created a world where souls that have been reincarnated too many times start to die of old age. Leading to a mother’s journey to save her son. The story itself is good and I enjoyed the use of foreshadowing. I
Alisha Wells
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
More like a 3.75 rating.
BUT this was a rollercoaster of a ride and I am shocked. This is a very very clever novel! I want book 2!
Review coming soon on my blog
Literary Portals
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What Made Me Read It I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The blurb sounded intriguing with a mix of time travel, reincarnation and soul cloning so I decided to give it a go.
The Plot In the near apocalyptic future of 2080, where the world is no longer separated by countries, languages and laws but wealth alone, humanity is threatened with extinction by a devastating epidemic known as Metagenesis: old souls who have lived for many lives are ripped from their bodies and
G.J. Griffiths
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, ya, sci-fi
When I started to read ‘Hamartia’ my initial reactions were: OK, here comes yet another dystopian novel, and then I thought, Oh no, it’s written in the first person about souls and it involves time travel! None of which I usually like or can believe in. But the plot appeared intriguing so I continued reading - and I was so pleased I did. The author’s ability to build realistic characters and dialogue kept my involvement and curiosity going from start to finish, although I found the abrupt ‘hook’ ...more
Rosetta Overman
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story had a lot of depth. From the very beginning it came out asking the questions no one ever wants to think about, let alone face having to answer. Grace is a beautifully flawed character in her stubbornness and determination, traits normally found desirable and mostly positive. I love how Rich was able to write her in such a way that the nobility of her original cause is twisted by the factors elsewhere in the story. Kay is another great character, her motives questionable enough that an ...more
Steph Warren
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Hamartia is a dystopian sci-fi novel featuring a plague of the soul and time travel.

The main character is Grace and we follow her viewpoint as she embarks on a quest into the past to steal a soul to save her dying child. Grace is under unbearable pressure from the very start of the novel and as the plot progresses she makes selfish, misguided or impulsive decisions that serve to embr
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hamartia successfully blends time travel with reincarnation with the interesting concept that souls can be harvested. In the futuristic city of Hamartia, Grace Dartmouth learns that her nine-year-old son is afflicted with metagenesis, a disease in which a human’s soul is gradually leached from its body, leaving the body to die. To save Jordon, she journeys to circa 2000 Las Vegas to harvest the soul of her soulmate to implant into her son. There, she intersects with familiar souls hidden in new- ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Hamartia: A hero or heroine who possesses a fatal character flaw, leading to their tragic downfall.”

Graces’s nine-year old son is dying. The Metagenesis will tear his soul from his body first, then it will kill him.
Grace is so desperate for a cure that she agrees to take part in an ilegal clinical trial cloning souls. With her best friend they embark in a trip to the past to find the right soul, she will have to decide between letting her son die or killing her husband.
Hamartia is an intriguin
Likely Story
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
The story follows Grace as she travels back in time to try and save her son's soul and keep him alive in her timeline but what Grace didn't agree to was that she has to pick who dies; her son or her husband.
This book had such a refreshing and unique premise. It had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure everything out but the ending just left me wanting more. For my full review click here:
Aditi Agarwal
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hamartia is a science fiction book driven by a strong plot. The story and main characters captured my attention from the first chapter. It’s an emotional story about a mother’s love and how she travels back in time to save her son. Overall, it is a unique, fast-paced, thought-provoking, and emotional read. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hamartia is the debut novel of Raquel Rich. This sci-fi offering mixes science with the idea of reincarnation in an unimaginable way. Yet, Raquel does it with flair.

Hamartia is one of those novels that takes readers to places where the impossible is possible. The main character, Grace, is faced with the potential death of her son. However, she is presented with an alternative method of treatment. This treatment requires her to go back in time to find a live donor soul to save her son, Jordan.

Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cover Design- The cover of Hamartia is colorful yet simple. It's not overpowering, but intriguing enough to catch your eye. That is the first step in selling your book. A reader will pi k up a book that catches their eye and read the back blurb. 5 stars
Concept- I haven't read science fiction before, however that doesn't away from Hamartia. I found the idea of this book unusual and exciting. The idea of not only reincarnation, but a soul eventually reaching a time limit was intriguing. Throwing t
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
This is a clever novel set in dystopian 2080 when people live in shipping containers! There were elements that I found quite amusing – they were sent back to 2000 with a pager and in the worst outfits you could possibly imagine! There are bits that don’t add up to the 2000 we know – like the lack of technology and the need to use phonebooks and phone boxes but had this been the case it may have made Grace’s journey far too easy!

The story will bring out all sorts of emotions. You find yourself ba
Gordon Long
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has a nice basic premise; in a future world of reincarnation, it seems that the universe has run out of souls. People — many people — are dying because their souls expire. Grace is offered the chance to save her dying son by travelling back in time and stealing him a soul. The catch, she finds out, is that the soul comes from her ex-husband, about whom she still has mixed feelings. This intertwining of external and internal conflicts gives the plot a good basis to start from. The confl ...more
Gemma The BookCosy
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
O.K so Science Fiction is not my favourite genre and I normally avoid reading books that fall into this category. However, I was rather taken with this book which surprised me. I found the writing easy to comprehend, the concepts easy to follow and not too alien or unbelievable.

The situation that Grace finds herself in is heart wrenching and then to face a further dilemma of sacrificing one person to save another is mind blowing. Who would you save? I loved the setting of the novel and enjoyed t
Nikki Mitchell
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The very first chapter places us directly in the midst of the action. We have very little knowledge of what is exactly going on, but we readers do get a sense of urgency and desperation. Grace is obviously embarking on a dangerous and potentially fatal journey all for the sake of saving her son’s life… But will she even succeed? I can’t wait to find out!

Raquel Rich blends futuristic sci-fi and a familiar-setting urban adventure into a novel that keeps its readers on the edge of their seats, wait
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first thought as I finished this book was “Bloody hell, what a ride!” quickly followed “How do I review this?” It is quirky, clever and overwhelmingly unique. Time travel is difficult topic to get your head around and the addition of the theory of reincarnation should have made this novel complicated but it is told in a way that makes perfect sense. The descriptions of how Grace goes back in time are vivid and highlights the strength of Raquel Rich’s imagination. The pace quickens as the hunt ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a unique story about time travel and reincarnation and I absolutely loved it. Grace’s 9 year old son, Jordan, is dying from Metagenesis. This disease will tear his soul from his body and then kill him. Grace will do anything to save him, so she takes part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. She travels back in time with her best friend Kay to Las Vegas in the year 2000 to find a soul to clone and save Jordan’s life. Jordan is fighting for his life while Grace is gone, and it is a ...more
Shannen PotterwatchUK
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Willie Handler
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I met the author at a book fair over the summer. We connected so I bought her novel to support her. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the book but I gave it chance.

It turned out to be the best book I've read this year. Well deserving of my five star rating.

Raquel has woven a complex and compelling story touching on time travel, immortality, family devotion and intrigue. She did everything right in this novel - strong characters, a plot that keeps your guessing with many twists and turns, sharp dial
Mark Reynolds
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I may be late to the party, but who cares. What a party this is.

Think of the last story that you read, or anything you’ve watched on TV, in which the very life of a character was threatened due to the loss of a limb, or contraction of a virus, or in some cases, by anything that they had nothing to do with. You’ll be thrilled to know that Hamartia, by Raquel Rich, is like that in a couple of obvious ways, but more importantly, beautifully unlike it in others. I’m proud to award this work five sta
Denise Belt
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jordan is dying from Metagenesis, a disease that will remove his soul from his body and kill him forever. Grace is desperate to save her son and agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial to clone souls. Grace, along with her best friend Kay, agree to travel to Vegas, eighty years in the past to find Grace’s soulmate to be cloned to save Jordan’s life.

From the moment Grace and Kay arrive in the past things seem to go wrong, from the clothes they are wearing to the money they were sent with
Stacy McWhorter
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What would you do if you had to choose between your 9-year old child, your soul mate husband, and quite possibly the fate of the human race? This book made me question if I know the answer to how I would react in that situation.

I couldn’t put this book down. I devoured it in just 2 sittings (it would have been one if I wasn’t traveling).

The time travel isn’t perfect, but the characters are rich and
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like time-travel stories (just bought an anthology of them), and this was a fun read, even though I'm probably too old for the target audience. The story starts with a good pace and keeps going. The main character, Grace, is likable, as are a number of other characters, especially her friend Kay. There's some mystery mixed with the sci-fi and the author makes an effort to be scientifically accurate along the way. I hope the author writes more good stuff.

I really appreciate the free copy
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have found my new favourite author. Loved her writing! What an excellent read, full of unexpected plot twists at every page turned. I couldn't put the book down. I loved the characters, especially Kay. She is so funny. I cant wait for the sequel. ...more
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