A Modern Successor to 1984
5 out of 5 stars
I don’t write hyperbolic titles, so I mean it when I say that this is a modern successor to 1984. The parallels are uncanny and I enjoyed that some of the main thoughts/feelings that Nephilim had were literal quotes from Orwell’s book. Behind Blue Eyes ticked all of the boxes I was looking for in a book and more. It was brutal in the best ways possible, a cyber-punk/noir look into our future, mixed with all the things you love about a well-written dystopian mixed into one.
I’ve actually had my eye on this one for a while and I’m glad that I finally got a chance to read it, even if that chance came after the second one was released. The good news on that front is that I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out to figure out what happens and what the future holds for the characters in this one.
I think some of my favorites parts, other than the similarities to 1984 were just the “human” elements. As the story progresses and changes, the way that Nephilim learns, adapts, and most genuinely feels. I think getting to grow with her as a character really helped turn this story from a good one to a great one.
Overall, I thought that Behind Blue Eyes was excellent. And because of that, I’m mad at myself for not picking it up sooner. Anna Mocikat will be an author that I will be on the lookout for now and definitely captured my heart with the story, the character building, and the overall “feel” of Behind Blue Eyes.
In a future world ruled by warring mega-corporations, cyborg Nephilim believed she was fighting a righteous cause.
As a powerful, genetically and cybernetically enhanced elite soldier, her brutal and violent life is not truly her own – until one day, a simple glitch separates her from the grid.
For the first time in her young life, she is free…and she has doubts. Doubts that bury deeper into her psyche when she meets Jake, a mysterious, 100 percent bio-human.
He opens her neon-blue eyes to the lies she had been exposed to all her life. Questioning everything she has ever known, Nephilim resolves to take a stand. To hold on to this freedom, she has miraculously discovered. But can one person, no matter how strong, beat an all-powerful system of oppression? Soon, Nephilim finds herself hunted by her own people in a deadly game of survival….
For fans of Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, and Altered Carbon!
Behind Blue Eyes by Anna Mocikat
Narrator: Sean Duregger
Series: Behind Blue Eyes #1
Published by Spectrum Audiobooks on May 12th 2021
Genres: Science Fiction
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