What's your life worth on the open market? A debt collector can tell you precisely. Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, 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.
The nine episodes of the Debt Collector serial are collectively 125k words or about 500 pages. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. For more info about the Debt Collector serial, see DebtCollectorSeries.com Contains mature content and themes. For young-adult-appropriate thrills, see Susan's bestselling Mindjack series.
Delirium - Debt Collector 1
Agony - Debt Collector 2
Ecstasy - Debt Collector 3
Broken - Debt Collector 4
Driven - Debt Collector 5
Fallen - Debt Collector 6
Promise - Debt Collector 7
Ruthless - Debt Collector 8
Passion - Debt Collector 9
Debt Collector Season 1 on Amazon
Debt Collector (Episodes 1-3) on Amazon
Debt Collector (Episodes 4-6) on Amazon
Debt Collector (Episodes 7-9) on Amazon
The Debt Collector Official Webpage
The Debt Collector Facebook Page
About the Author
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling young adult SF Mindjack Trilogy. The just-released Debt Collector series is her more grown-up SF, meant for ages 17+. Susan grew up in California, got a bunch of engineering degrees (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering) and worked everywhere from NASA to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). She designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist," but she mostly sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets paid to make stuff up. All her engineering skills come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mindpowers, future dystopic worlds, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. For her stories, of course. Just ignore that stuff in the basement.
Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle.
You can find her on Facebook way too often. Or you can reach her the old-fashioned way: email@example.com
The Mini Reviews
I'm actually a huge fan of Susan Kaye Quinn, so when I saw she was doing a blitz, I knew I had to sign up. I first stumbled upon her work when I was looking for cheap ebooks on Amazon, which lead me to her Mindjack series. For some reason I haven't read the third book in that series yet, but the first two books were absolutely wonderful. As for the Debt Collector series, I've only read the first episode so far, but I absolutely loved it.
As soon as I saw the premise of this series, I knew it was something I would be interested in; so I was very excited when I found out I won a copy of this from a giveaway the author was holding. Susan Kaye Quinn always delivers on interesting premises, as I learned in her Mindjack series. Even though Delirium was completely different from the Mindjack series, it was equally absorbing.
This first installment in the Debt Collector serial follows Lirium as he collects a dying man's debt and goes through his post-transfer ritual. Lirium has a way that he goes about his days, but all of this gets knocked upside down when he meets Apple Girl.
Delirium may not give a lot of insight into who the characters are, due to its length, but it starts to show the world they live in as well as their motives. I can’t wait to continue on with this serial and find out more about the world as well as the characters.
Overall, Delirium was a great opening for the Debt Collector series, earning 5 stars from me. I highly recommend getting season one of the Debt Collector series - especially at such a great price of $0.99 for all 9 episodes!
WHY WAS THIS NOT THE ENTIRE NOVEL?????? As someone who is impatient with just about everything, I am crazy upset that I don't have the other 8 episodes of this to read right now. When Kiersten first sent this to me I wasn't expecting anything too spectacular, but honestly, Delirium surpassed my expectations and more.
The idea of "debt collecting" seems complex but Quinn explained it really clearly in the first forty pages: she was concise, but informative. As Kiersten said, it was too early to see who the characters really are, but I'm excited to get to know them. Lirium's job of transferring energy from the dying is interesting and creative - I've never read anything quite like this. The dark world Quinn has created intrigues me, and I cannot wait for the next episode. Without any deadly cliffhangers, Quinn leaves us wanting to know more in a way that doesn't make me want to die of the feels (thanks for being so considerate Quinn, you're awesome, ily). Delirium was fabulous, 10/10 would recommend - 5 stars.