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Rise and Run
August 20, 2018
Rise and Run by RJ Plant BooksGoSocial Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 13 Feb 2018
Rise and Run is a dystopian thriller that shows R J Plant’s potential as a writer. The premise is an interesting take on the Jeckyl/Hyde duology. Felix is a genetically engineered chimera with two distinct and competing sets of DNA. Medication suppresses his brother Conor. As his adoptive father, Rian’s enforcer, Felix is tasked with infiltrating GDI and protecting Kaitlyn, a scientist in their employ, from death threats. Felix quickly discovers the situation is a setup when the leader of GDI infects him with a lethal, fast-acting virus. Conor is forced to take control, and must ally with people he doesn’t trust in the hopes of finding a cure and preventing GDI from destroying what’s left of humanity.
The novel’s biggest flaw is that it ends rather suddenly. The issues raised are far from resolved, and there is little indication of when the next book in the series will be released. This may trouble some readers. What Rise and Run does have in abundance is action. Between traveling and fighting, not much space is left for development of other aspects of the plot. Still, I liked Rise and Run. It isn’t perfect, but it is intriguing enough for me to want to know what comes next.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Rise and Run from the publisher and NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Felix and Conor Quinn are brothers at odds. After starting life as a less-than-ethical government experiment, the brothers now share the same body. When their adoptive father, illegal trades mogul Rian Connell, receives a tip that his niece is in danger, he sends Felix to track her down. The assignment brings up bad memories for Felix. It also threatens to bring Conor’s dark secrets to light—secrets that necessitate the manufacture of a drug to suppress his genome.
More pressing problems arise once Felix finds Kaitlyn. He soon realizes that Government Directive International (GDI)—one of the last governments of post-War 2042—has disturbing plans for him. By the time Felix realizes that Kaitlyn was only bait to lure him in, it’s already too late. GDI’s Agent-in-Charge doses Felix with a lethal, fast-acting virus, bringing Conor to the surface.
Immune to Felix’s virus thanks to his genomic difference, Conor must take up the mantle of uncovering the secrets of his past … before they get everyone around him killed. Every instinct tells Conor to run like hell, but in the end, his only choice may be to outsmart GDI. Or bring the organization crashing down.