Two troubled homicide detectives race to find a serial killer in a town filled with surgically reformed murderers, in this captivating near-future SF thriller.
In a small religious community rocked by a spree of shocking murders, Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville find themselves surrounded by suspects. The Children of Christ have a tight grip on their people, and the Solme Complex neurally edit violent criminals - Subjugates - into placid servants called Serenes. In a town where purity and sin, temptation and repression live side by side, everyone has a motive. But as the bodies mount up, the frustrated detectives begin to crack under the pressure: their demons are coming to light, and who knows where that blurred line between man and monster truly lies.
File Under: Science Fiction [ Pure & Savage | Hard Boiled | Bright Spark | Finding Serenity ]
"Part traditional police procedural, part exploration of redemption and the possibility of change, The Subjugate cleverly and apparently effortlessly builds a future world that is both engaging and utterly terrifying."
- Kaaron Warren, award-winning author of The Grief Hole and Tide of Stone
"An intelligent, believable future wrapped around an intriguing mystery."
- Kylie Chan, bestselling author of the Dark Heavens trilogy
"The Wire meets Blade Runner in this enthralling near-future crime thriller."
- Nathan M Farrugia, USA Today bestseller
Praise for Amanda Bridgeman
Aurealis Award finalist 2014 for Best Science Fiction Novel for Aurora: Meridian
Tin Duck Award finalist (Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation) for Best Long Written Work in 2016, 2017, 2018
"Bridgeman does not just build up her characters, but punishes them, and the thrills are all the more visceral for that."
- Aurealis Magazine
"Incredibly vivid and bursting with tension."
- Just A Guy That Likes To Read
"Nail-biting edge of the seat action and suspense that I expect from much more seasoned writers. The tension that Bridgeman maintained here was brilliant."
- Adventures of a Bookonaut
"The tension was kept high throughout the story and it's pretty nail-bitingly scary at times! The characters themselves are interesting and their relationships and banter are what made this story a really enjoyable read."
- The Oaken Bookcase
"A taut story of conspiracy, violence and hidden terror that reminded me strongly of Alan Dean Foster's novelisation of the movie Aliens."
- Uncertain Tales
"As I've come to love from her books, Bridgeman builds tension through the action of her characters and points all the pieces of her plot toward a finely explosive finish... This is the kind of smart scary story that gives me a book hangover. I recommend you pick up a copy and get ready for the ride."
- West Coast Book Reviews
"This is hard sci-fi with heart. The characters are well developed, have realistic conversations and relationships and I found myself really caring about what was happening to each of them - something that doesn't often come with militaristic science fiction."
- Tea in the Treetops