Set in a world still reeling from the discovery of transhumans, MERGE charts the loves, the betrayals, and the struggle for survival as transhumans are rounded up and sent to live in ghettos. Tensions are high, riots are brewing. The human race is about to come undone.
Written collaboratively by AM Harte, Kit Iwasaki, MCM, and Yvonne Reid, the thirteen-story series will follow four distinct, stand-alone storylines, and will be published in quick succession between May 28–June 18. Only by reading the final instalment will you understand how the stories merge.
The blog tour sponsors include: A Bit of Dash; All-Consuming Media; Attack of the Book; Black Sun Reviews; Bookittyblog; Books N Beans; Full Moon Bites; Reviews by Molly; The Next Best Book Club; and The Pen & Muse.
About 1889 Labs
1889 Labs is an independent publisher dedicated to producing the best strange fiction conceivable by the human brain. Catering to a specific demographic of men and women between the ages of 3 and 97, we print everything from kids books to serious stories for adults. Our goal is to bring you on an amazing adventure onscreen and off. We hope you’ll take us up on the offer. For more information and our full list of titles, visit http://1889.ca.
For the Merge Blog Tour I read three stories by Yvonne Reid. I loved Yvonne Reid’s stories: “A Long Way Down,” “Evil, True Evil,” and “The Beggar’s Run.” The world created by Reid is so tantalizing and each story reveals a little more, gives the reader a little more information. Being transhuman seems like a big pain, if not a problem, but I if I had to be one I would be a large cat or perhaps a nifty sea creature.
“Long Way Down” introduces us to Harrison, a bounty hunter, and how he hunts his prey, which happens to be in broad daylight. He has no reason to hide, but Janice, the woman he has come to collect, has every reason to hide. The story introduces us to transhumans and the disease that causes it. I get the impression there is no cure so those in power are trying to do damage control, hence the ghettos where the transhumans live, which is reminiscent of the ghettos the Jews lived in. Although he acts like a hard ass, Harrison is a good guy and does seem to care about the transhumans he is tasked to bring in. I can’t help but wonder what got him to this stage. The ending was a kick in the gut and foreshadows Harrison’s other adventures.
"Evil, True Evil"
Once again, Harrison is on another job, this time seeking a young boy. The story brings up the question of how much remains of the human mind when the transhumans are in their animal form. What makes us us? A little more about the world is revealed and the reader learns about fringe groups that want to kill transhumans instead of sending them alive to the ghettos. Harrison cares about the young boy and does so at his own risk. More bad luck for Harrison and another gut kicker ending.
"The Beggar’s Run"
All stories will be available for purchase on 1889 Labs' website.
There are two separate giveaways listed below. The first giveaway is for the chance to win an ecopy of Reid's story "Evil, True Evil." The other giveaway is a chance to win an iPad, which is the grand prize, and ecopies of the MERGE stories. Good luck everyone! :) More information about the giveaways is below:
- anyone who comments on this post enters the ebook giveaway PLUS the grand prize giveaway for an iPad
- any comment on other blog tour posts count towards the grand prize giveaway
- any tweet with #merge1889 counts as an entry
- any Facebook post tagging the 1889 Labs fb page counts
- AND... subscribing to our newsletter on http://1889.ca/merge is worth FIVE entriesa Rafflecopter giveaway