Review: Killer T by Robert Muchamore

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Killer T by Robert Muchamore
Published by: Hot Key Books
Released: 6th September 2018
Page Count: 377 pages
Edition: E-Arc
Rating: 3/5 *
Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Our world is about to change in ways we can barely imagine. KILLER T is a novel about growing up in that world. 

Harry and Charlie are teenagers whose lives are shaped by a society that's shifting around them. He is a lonely Brit in his first term at a Las Vegas high school. She is an unlikely friend, who gets accused of mixing a batch of explosives that blew up a football player.

The two of them are drawn together at a time when gene editing technology is starting to explode. With a lab in the garage anyone can beat cancer, enhance their brain to pass exams, or tweak a few genes for that year-round tan and perfect beach body. But in the wrong hands, cheap gene editing is the most deadly weapon in history. Killer T is a synthetic virus with a ninety per-cent mortality rate, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they'll release a vaccine.

Terrifying. Romantic. Huge in scope. A story for our times.

Thoughts

Harry and Charlie are two teenagers living in futuristic Las Vegas. Harry is a lonely Brit in his first year at high school and Charlie is a misunderstood diamond in the rough who gets accused of mixing a batch of explosives that injured a high school football player. Both Harry and Charlie are drawn together at a time where gene editing technology is starting to boom. With a lab in a garage anyone can beat cancer, get that perfect beach body or enhance their brain power. However, in the wrong hands gene editing is the most deadly weapon in history. Killer T is a man made virus that could wipe out ninety per cent of people, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they'll release a vaccine. 

I was drawn to Killer T  for two reasons: 1) the cover just stood out to me and 2) the concept of gene editing in a futuristic world just fascinated me. I went into it feeling rather positive, however, it fell short for me and disappointed was how I ended up feeling to a certain point. This book really wasn't what I expected it to be.

It took me a very long time to get into the story, firstly. The story itself starts years before the actual plot kicks in and this in itself made it a very slow burner and I did find myself getting bored and willing for something exciting to happen. The action doesn't actually kick off until you are over halfway through and by then I was screaming for some excitement. Mind you, once the plot kicked in I was ever so slightly hooked.

There are a few time skips throughout Killer T starting from when our protagonists are young teens up until they are in their early twenties. I can definitely understand why this was necessary as we get to see the rise in gene editing throughout different years. This interesting element was one of the reasons I didn't stop reading and it was great to see how our main characters developed over the years.

Harry, as a character was one that I liked for a while and then ended up disliking..a lot. At first I found him to be a sweet, outcast who just wanted to live his dreams..which is okay. However, as his character got older he turned into this unlikeable older teen. He let his wealth rule his personality and he didn't treat any of the females in his life with any respect. I especially didn't agree with how he treated Charlie at times and felt like she could have done better.

Charlie, on the other hand I LOVED! She was such a bad ass female character from the beginning. You could tell she wanted to fight for what she believed in and she was such a fierce friend and sister. Yes, she was flawed to a point but I think that's what made her a fully rounded character. I found myself connecting to her on so many levels and yet again it's great to see a kick ass female protagonist in YA.

Killer T was a pretty underwhelming read for me. A lot of important features throughout the book weren't explored as much as they should have been, which led to many unanswered questions when the book finally ended. The concept behind it was great but I just think it could have been tackled in a totally different way.


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  1. It was a shame you found it a bit underwhelming, but I actually get where you're coming from when you say that. I loved Charlie.
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    1. It was a bit disappointing as I had high hopes for it. Charlie was one of the main reasons I kept on reading. Her development was amazing! :)

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