Today’s review is for Shay West’s Organ Reapers.
I was gifted Organ Reapers back in October and read it almost straight away and yet here it is over half a year later finally appearing on Dewey Girl. It’s been a long old slog to get back into blogging, everyone.
This book was just alright. I wanted to really like it but ultimately and to cut a long story short it was lacking a good editor. The concept was there, if a little confused at times, but the writing needed tweaking and the plot had a few kinks that should have been talked through.
Organ Reapers is a fantasy mixed with crime fiction rather like Kat Richardson’s Greywalker. It attempts to blend two worlds together in one plot; this world as we know it and that of a more primitive alternative dimension (maybe?) where selected members are sent to harvest organs from other worlds for the benefit of their own people.
Eli Robinson is a detective a pretty good one but not exactly personable; he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders which he relieves with booze and copious frowning. He and his new partner, (whom he is assigned to despite his “I work alone” attitude) Ava are on the case of a murder involving the extraction of some of the victims vital organs.
Tani and Keena are amongst the perpetrators. Don’t worry, I’ve not spoiled the book for you, we learn this pretty quickly. Their story covers the duty they feel towards their families, superiors and the gods of their world to carry out their jobs, and the conflict they feel about the criminal nature of their actions.
Eventually both couples are thrown together to bring a stop to the crimes that are happening on Earth and that’s where the story begins to improve but still there remains a lot of improving to do.
What the novel suffers from is the scope that it is trying to cover. I’m inclined to believe that it should have been a series rather than one single book. There are things that we learn about each character that lack detail and as such seem almost irrelevant. Likewise, there is little to no explanation of how certain major decisions are put into action; they happen just because or through ominous “connections” that would have benefited from further exploration.
Finally the novel’s conclusion seems to happen just like that and certain revelations are made without any detail as such they seem like throw-away plot devices where I think that they might have been intended to be twists in the tale. As a reader I was left feeling wholly unsatisfied because it’s not like I didn’t like the story, if I hadn’t liked it then I would have stopped reading, I just felt like it ought to have done a better job of explaining itself.
All in all I’m awarding Organ Reapers a disappointing 3.5 out of 10.