Convergence by Michael Patrick Hicks

An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist20942135Memories are the most dangerous drug.

Jonah Everitt is a killer, an addict, and a memory thief.

After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie. Xie is a profiteer of street drugs, primarily DRMR, a powerful narcotic made from the memories of the dead. With his daughter, Mesa, missing in post-war Los Angeles, Everitt is forced into an uneasy alliance with Alice to find her.

Mesa’s abduction is wrapped up in the secrets of a brutal murder during the war’s early days, a murder that Alice Xie wants revenged. In order to find her, Jonah will have to sift through the memories of dead men that could destroy what little he has left.

In a city where peace is tenuous and loyalties are ever shifting, the past and the present are about to converge.  – Goodreads.com

 What a dark, riveting, and grim world the author has created in this dystopian sci-fi novel.  And what a backdrop for this compelling, complex, and fast-moving story filled with action, suspense, and an interrogation sequence that was 24’s Jack Bauer-worthy.

Jonah Everitt didn’t have an ideal life before his world was thrown into chaos, but he loved his wife and daughter and I appreciated the glimpses the reader is given of his ‘normal’ life.  Those flashbacks allowed me to see how Jonah learned to adapt to his environment and become a survivor, while simultaneously trying to keep his family together as his daughter became increasingly distant.  Jonah is a strong protagonist with many flaws, but also very vulnerable, which makes him completely human and entirely believable.

I enjoyed the sci-fi aspects of this story and thought the idea of people being able to relive some of their memories when they chose could give them a momentary reprieve from their horrific circumstances.  On the flip side of that, the idea that someone else could go through your memories, learn your deepest secrets, strengths and weaknesses, was chilling.

If you’re looking for unicorns and rainbows, this isn’t the book for you.  The atmosphere of Convergence is bleak, gritty, and hopeless for the most part, but this was a captivating and exciting read with some excellent descriptive writing.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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