Henry Jekyll was a brilliant doctor, a passionate idealist who aimed to free mankind of selfishness and vice. He’s also the man who carelessly created a race of monsters.
Once shared secretly among the good doctor's inner circle, the Hyde drug was smuggled into mass-production - but in pill form, it corrupted its users at the genetic level, leaving them liable to transform without warning. A quarter of the population are now clandestine killers – ticking bombs that could detonate at any given moment.
It's 1903, and London has been quarantined for thirteen years.
Son of the city's most prominent physician and cure-seeker, seventeen-year-old Elliot Morrissey has had his own devastating brush with science, downing a potion meant to remove his human weaknesses and strengthen him against the Hydes - and finding instead he's become an empath, leveled by the emotions of a dying city.
He finds an unlikely ally in Iris Faye, a waitress at one of the city's rowdier music halls, whose emotions nearly blind him; her fearlessness is a beacon in a city rife with terror. Iris, however, is more than what she seems, and reveals a mission to bring down the establishment that has crippled the people of London.
Together, they aim to discover who's really pulling the strings in Jekyll's wake, and why citizens are waking up in the street infected, with no memory of ever having taken the Hyde drug...
Heart-eating monsters, it turns out, are not the greatest evil they must face.
Copy of the book was provided by author in exchange for honest review.
Look at that gorgeous cover! It was first thing that I noticed about it and made me to fall on my knees when I saw it. I just love it! You all know how I adore when the book has great cover :D
It was my fault that it took me soooo long to read it. The book was interesting but my job drives me mad and lately I don't have so much time to read books as I used to.
I liked the setting and the story. Characters were strong and independent, thinking about future and about making a change but, like always, there are that other, older generations that want to stop all that.
Iris is strong and interesting character and I liked her very much. She's brave and knows what is purpose of her life.
I liked Elliot too and all the feelings he was describing. They were all well written and it was great part of the story.
I recommend this book to everyone who likes paranormal things situated in history.
My rating on Goodreads: 4 stars :)