What's your life worth on the open market?
In this sexy, gritty future-noir, debt collectors take your life energy and give it to someone more "worthy"... all while paying the price with black marks on their souls.
Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat and jackboots—he's just in it for his cut, ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, people who will make the world a better place with their work and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's girls keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone—a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.
"Quinn has a way of writing heart-breaking characters."
"You'll be holding your breath, looking over your shoulder, and begging for more."
Originally written as a serial, LIRIUM is Season One of the Debt Collector series and contains the complete story of Lirium. There are five planned seasons, each from the perspective of a different debt collector.
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Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into royal fantasy romance and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French, and featured in several anthologies.
She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity.
See her website for free stories, trailers, and links to social media.
SUE’S OTHER BOOKS
young adult science fiction
• Defiance (Prequel to The Legacy Human)
• The Legacy Human (Book 1)
• The Duality Bridge (Book 2)
• The Illusory Prophet (Book 3)
• The Stories of Singularity #1-4 (Novella Box Set)
• Awakening (Stories of Singularity #5)
young adult science fiction
Open Minds (Book 1)
Closed Hearts (Book 2)
Free Souls (Book 3)
Mindjack Short Story Collection (Book 4)
Locked Tight (Book 1)
Cracked Open (Book 2)
Broken Wide (Book 3)
The Locksmith (Book 4)
THE ROYALS OF DHARIA
sweet royal romance
• Third Daughter (Book 1)
• Second Daughter (Book 2)
• First Daughter (Book 3)
• The Debt Collector: LIRIUM (Season One)
• The Debt Collector: WRAITH (Season Two)
The collected edition of Quinn's digital serial isn't groundbreaking, but it is fast-paced and just original enough to make its trope-heavy plot more interesting than it should be. In a by-the-numbers near-future class-driven dystopia, Lirium is one of a handful of human beings called debt collectors, people with the power to drain someone's potential future life force and to transfer that life to others. The government collects life from debt-ridden people to give to the entitled, while mobsters use debt collectors for generally sleazy purposes. Elena, an attractive prostitute with hidden depths (one of many neo-noir clich s), leads Lirium to discover that even the government side of collecting might be more than it seems. When he meets and falls for gorgeous collector Ophelia, he is quickly drawn even further into a conspiracy that involves the government and the mob. Quinn fills her book with plenty of violence and sex while dodging most questions about the science and setting. (BookLife)