The Phlebotomist Review

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About the Book

War brought the Harvest. Willa Mae Wallace is a reaper.

To support herself and her grandson Isaiah, Willa works for the blood contractor Patriot. Instituted to support the war effort, the mandatory draw (The Harvest) has led to a society segregated by blood type. Hoping to put an end to it all, Willa draws on her decades-old phlebotomy training to resurrect an obsolete collection technique, but instead uncovers an awful truth.

Patriot will do anything to protect its secret. On the run and with nowhere else to turn, Willa seeks an alliance with Lock, a notorious blood-hacker who cheats the Harvest to support the children orphaned by it. But they soon find themselves in the grasp of a new type of evil.

Review

You guys, where do I even begin with this book? Like wow, it was the atmospheric dystopian sci-fi I didn’t know I needed in my life. And then add in the amazing female characters throughout and it’s truly just a drool worthy book. I mean, that cover should be reason enough to pick this book up, but the story was just so much more than I ever expected.

So, one of my goals this year was to read more sci-fi. It’s just one of those genres that seems to be hit or miss with catching my attention but I have been DETERMINED to love this genre. However, when I find sci-fi books that mix in a little bit of fantasy they become some of my favorite books ever. And then add in some dystopian, which seems to pair perfectly with sci-fi, and I’ll be obsessed. So, The Phlebotomist quickly caught more and more of my attention as it started to tick off more and more of my “what I like in sci-fi” boxes.

Now, this book is extremely atmospheric. So some things will become clearer the more you read and some of your questions may never be answered. But this is one of my favorite styles of writing. I love a book that leaves me reeling and thinking. One that might make a lightbulb go off in my mind weeks later. Because I think that’s what makes a book a lasting one!

About the Author

Chris lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, daughter, and a fluctuating herd of animals resembling dogs (one is almost certainly a goat). He writes short stories and novels, “plays” the drums, and draws album covers for metal bands. As a lawyer, he goes after companies that poison people.

Chris’s short fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from Metaphorosis, The Molotov Cocktail Magazine, Ghost Parachute, The Ginger Collect Magazine, Tales To Terrify, Trembling With Fear, Ellipsis Zine, Defenestration and others.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*