Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Electrify His Heart
Author: Alana Ankh
Series: Microchips & Purity #1
Heroes: Uriel Noah/Raze Hartman
Genre: M/M Sci-Fi/Futuristic/Post Apocalyptic
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 10, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: It is the year 2441. A deadly virus has swept over the planet, short-circuiting cybernetic implants, killing billions. In the aftermath, the newly formed state of Eden is led by the one newborn that survived that dreadful day, Uriel Noah of the House of Zion—the Guiding Light. Unbeknownst to all, Uriel lives in a gilded cage, deprived of basic affection, used as a pawn, craving freedom and love.
Cyborg Raze Hartman is the leader of the resistance. His kind—cyborgs with a high cybernetic coefficient—were hit hardest by the virus, the few survivors crippled and enslaved by the purist system. Struggling to keep his father alive, Raze resorts to investigating the Guiding Light, the symbol of cyborg oppression. What he finds changes his life, and Uriel’s.
After sneaking into a purist ceremony, Raze sees past Uriel’s facade of strength and aloofness. He sees the lonely young man behind the mask of the Guiding Light. The instantaneous attraction between them is literally electric. But a chasm separates them, as wide as the difference between flesh and metal, and the secrets of Uriel’s past may be the undoing of them all.
Twenty years after a deadly virus attacked all cyborgs, the world has been reborn and led by the only newborn who’s purely human and survived the virus. Uriel Noah of the House of Zion is considered the Guiding Light, a healer and savior to all those who survived… except to the resistance, who are skeptical of the power Uriel is said to possess. Raze’s father is dying and the only person who could possibly save him is the very person the resistance believes is a fraud – Uriel. His plan is to kidnap Uriel but when he learns that Uriel is nothing but a prisoner himself, Raze’s plans change from kidnapping to saving the man that could be the cause of the cyborg oppression. When Uriel and Raze start to uncover deception after deception, will they be able to find a way to not only save Raze’s father but other cyborgs, as well?
Oh man! I have no idea what to say about this novel! I’m going to freely admit that the first thing to catch my attention of this book was the cover. I mean, look at it! It’s gorgeous and intriguing. Then I read the blurb and I went from intrigued to “Gotta have this now!” So when I got it, I immediately started it. I’m not going to lie, I adored the story. I got so caught up in it that I stayed awake until 4 a.m. to read it. I just loved the depth to the world and how it felt like a sci-fi setting but also felt a little like a futuristic and post-apocalyptic story as well. I loved that genre crossing. Then there’s the enemies to lovers aspect where Uriel is this pure, innocent human being and Raze identifies everything evil and wrong in the world. They are drawn to each other, though, and complete each other in ways no one thought was possible.
Uriel is, as I said, pure and innocent. He literally cannot be touched by anyone but his guardian. Even the cyborgs he helps can only touch his hair. He’s had a very sheltered and lonely life with barely any affection. He’s naive and sees the good in people and will do anything to help anyone. He’s soft-hearted but also determined and sometimes stubborn. He fights for what he believes is right and will even sacrifice himself for the greater good. Raze, on the other hand, is the leader of the resistance and believes all that Uriel stands for is a farce. He’s jaded and, some would say, angry but he’s also determined, too. He’ll do anything to save his father and keep his people safe. I loved that they were polar opposites but also that they had the same beliefs and such a great connection, physically and mentally. I just loved them together. The soft savior meets the hardened resistance leader *sigh* I couldn’t get enough of this story. I loved just about every minute of it; every character; every twist and turn; every crazy and sometimes complex minute of it!
I really, really loved this book! My only niggle is that it was a little hard for me to understand how Raze’s father was still alive after two decades. I mean, if everyone above a certain level of CC was killed, how was it that Raze’s father survived because it seemed to me that the affects of the virus was all instant and it would have taken time to get him set up on a life preserver but how was that possible when everyone with that capability (including the machines) were affected? Plus, I’m really curious on how old Raze was when it all happened because he seemed to be a teenager before the virus hit but then seemed so young (or at least late twenties) the rest of the story.
Overall, this was a fantastic novel. I was sucked in right from the start and just absolutely adored this world and the characters. I loved that it dealt with so many cyborgs and the after affects of the machines being crippled but also the corruption and deception within the purist system. I loved both Raze and Uriel because they were complete opposites but worked so well together and I loved the twists and turns that happened throughout the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series because I just know I’ll be in for another wild ride!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*