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Husk - J. Kent Messum
Husk
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It’s the all too near future, and eternal life is a commodity only available to the ultra-rich. Billionaires pay top dollar to exist in a virtual world once their bodies have failed them. However, this foray into immortality is not all it’s cracked up to be. Anyone who cheats death only wants to... show more
It’s the all too near future, and eternal life is a commodity only available to the ultra-rich. Billionaires pay top dollar to exist in a virtual world once their bodies have failed them. However, this foray into immortality is not all it’s cracked up to be. Anyone who cheats death only wants to live again, itching to interact with the real world.

Young and handsome Rhodes is a Husk renting himself out to the wealthy who pay to inhabit his body while his consciousness sleeps. During these sessions some clients indulge in hard drugs, promiscuous encounters, and dare-devil behavior, all to feel the rush and pleasures of being alive again. Husking is a highly illegal and guarded secret, relegated to the black market. The penalties are severe, but the money and perks are extremely lucrative.

After repeatedly Husking for one particularly demanding client, Rhodes begins to suffer the mental toll for losing himself in his work. When strange schizophrenic visions and panic attacks start, he tries to get out of his cast-iron contract, but his employers won’t relinquish their asset. As the body counts rise, disturbing questions emerge, leading to grisly clues about his whereabouts while on the job. Finding himself pursued by the police and shadowy operatives, Rhodes begins to search for answers. It isn’t long before he learns the true cost of Husking…
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B07CHJB3X6
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 274
Edition language: English
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Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it
4.5 HUSK by J. Kent Messum
HUSK was a fast paced, science fiction, political, mysterious, horror-show and I loved it! Let me set the scene. We're in NYC at some point in the future. The political landscape is a mess. The Occupy movement has relocated from Wall Street to Central Park and has grown beyond all expectations. Ou...
Figgy O'Connell
Figgy O'Connell rated it
0.0 Husk
I was sold on the suggested appeal for lovers of Lauren Beukes, and then I read the blurb. OMG I need this book in my life, NOW.
Bob @ Beauty in Ruins
Bob @ Beauty in Ruins rated it
4.0 Sci-Fi Review: Husk by J. Kent Messum
Proving that he's not just a one-trick pony, and that Bait was no debut fluke, J. Kent Messum manages to successfully imbue an old science fiction trope with new life (pun intended) in Husk.Set in a not-too-distant future, Husk finds humanity on the brink of self-annihilation. The people of the Unit...
From Dark Places
From Dark Places rated it
4.0 Husk by J. Kent Messum
In the future, death doesn't mean the end for everyone, if you have the readies, your memories and your very essence can remain for as long as you see fit or until your computerized sanity finally flips and initiates a master reset. Mapping of the brain makes copying the human mind a reality that is...
Steph's Books
Steph's Books rated it
I don't read much science fiction but Husk appealed because it sounded so different. Rhodes is a 'husk', basically he is willing to rent out his body to people who are willing to pay. When he starts to experience flashbacks and minor injuries he feels less happy about his career. Other members of th...
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