Sci-Fi Novella: The Cure

ARC Review: The Cure by J.R Knight

Title: The Cure
Author: J.R Knight
Pages: 130
Publisher: The Knight Life
Publish Date: August 14, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis: Welcome to Metravā.
The year is 3433.
Here are some things you need to know:
Run by the governmental body, Peār, Metravā is inhabited by U-mans, a genetically modified race of humans who do not sleep, who work fifteen hours a daāy, and who are fused with their U-chip at birth.
Everyone is the same, everyone blends in, and no one stands out.
That is until Knijä Taū is born.

I received a free copy of this novella via the author in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way. 

When I first read the synopsis for The Cure, I was intrigued immediately. It sounded like something right up my alley, and I wanted to read it. A dystopian, sci-fi novel that took place on a separate planet, sign me up!

I was entranced as soon as I started reading The Cure. It hooked me from the beginning to where I just had to keep turning the pages.

I don’t expect much from self-published novels. Some of them are good but I’ve rarely read one that I loved.

The Cure blew me away. 

The formatting of the book was odd yet intriguing. It was taken from thoughts and translated into our language, so there were a few odd words (hence the dictionary in the back of the book). I just found that to be incredibly cool and original.

I loved the world of Metrava though it sounds terrifying to be constantly surrounded by technology. The setting sort of reminded me of Fahrenheit 451. I really liked how descriptive the world was and how you could just see the corruption.

Everything in this book seemed so thought out and so well planned. Props to Knight for writing such a solid world.

The characters did fall a bit short. 

Granted they are for a futuristic society where the U-mans are taught to blend in and don’t think for themselves. I felt as if they weren’t as well written as they could of been. Knija didn’t stand out a lot from the U-mans although she was a human (when she wasn’t blending in). You didn’t really see her dealing with her emotions and struggling to hide them, which I would have liked.

The Cure is a novella. It’s not a complete story and you don’t get to see what happens next. I’m not a fan of novellas because they are never enough. I would love a complete book of The Cure. The world was just amazing, I would love to explore it more.

The Cure was a quick, addicting read that leaves you wanting more of this dystopian world Knight has created. I wish there was more so that I could definitely read it, but I will be reading more of Knight’s work in the future.

About the Author

J. R Knight is a Melbourne based writer, blogger and author. He enjoys lethal amounts of caffeine, long bubble baths, delicious smelling candles, his partner and his little cats Leo and Mercy. Committed and driven to his writing career, J. R Knight's ambition is unstoppable, his passion undeniable and he can’t wait to conquer and capture the world one story at a time.