Hamartia by Raquel RichHamartia by Raquel Rich


byRaquel Rich

Paperback | August 15, 2018

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Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband, she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague.

Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.

Raquel Rich is an English language teacher and writer. She loves to travel, suntan, walk her dog, and is obsessed with all things Beauty & the Beast. She despises cold weather, balloons, and writing about herself in the third person but noticed all the real authors do that. Raquel recently left (ok, got let go from) a career in the tra...
Title:HamartiaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.77 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.77 inPublished:August 15, 2018Publisher:Words Matter PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1947072927

ISBN - 13:9781947072923


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands Down Must Read of 2019 AH-MAZING! Phew. Took my breath away and I can’t wait for the sequel! Please don’t keep us waiting long. I couldn’t put this book down and stayed up until 4:30 am reading it - it was one of those. So much love for the characters and Grace’s voice that rings clear as a bell in my head. Read. This. Book. If you read nothing else this year, read this.
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Buy this book! Thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. Well thought out story line, believable characters and fast paced plot made for an enjoyable read. Looking forward to the sequel.
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel! Hamartia is a very well written and compelling novel. It is a story that will get you thinking about the after-life and the life you live. Looking forward to the sequel!
Date published: 2019-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A desperate roller coaster ride through time... In her debut novel, Raquel Rich tells the story of Grace Dartmouth, the mother of a nine-year-old boy who is suffering from Metagenesis, a disease that is ravaging the late 21st century populace. The horrible disease first tears a person's soul from their body and then kills them, thus forever ending the natural chain of reincarnation for the afflicted individual. When Grace gets the nod to participate in a secret clinical trial that holds a shadow of a hope to save her son's life, she's taken on a desperate roller coaster ride that involves time travel, soul cloning, intrigue, ethical dilemmas, and sacrifice. Truly a strong point of Rich's storytelling is the vivid detail that the memorable characters are brought to life in—all through Grace's first person narrative. Assisted by her newly reconciled long-lost-friend Kay, Grace must try to compete her mission while navigating a place and time 80 years in the past (Las Vegas in the year 2000). Grace's journey is an highly emotional one, and Rich brings you along for every bit of it. From the conflicted and confused feelings Grace has for her estranged husband to the anguish and helplessness that she bears for not being able to be there in person for her ailing son, you're with her every step of the way. Time travel stories are always fraught with paradox, but Rich is able to pull off hers without it becoming too complicated or convoluted. The key is she keeps revealing just enough to move the story along. The result is a third act that unravels in a satisfying conclusion that will springboard you into her upcoming sequel, Deus Ex Machina. The book moves along at a blistering pace. The short chapter length will keep you turning the pages and telling yourself, "OK, just one more chapter before bed..."
Date published: 2019-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a ride Loved every minute of this book and it left me wanting more.
Date published: 2019-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Futuristic Aspects as well as the Nostalgia! The very first chapter places us directly in the midst of the action. We have very little knowledge of what is exactly going on, but we readers do get a sense of urgency and desperation. Grace is obviously embarking on a dangerous and potentially fatal journey all for the sake of saving her son’s life… But will she even succeed? I couldn’t wait to find out! Raquel Rich blends futuristic sci-fi and a familiar-setting urban adventure into a novel that keeps its readers on the edge of their seats, waiting to find out which shoe will drop next. Throughout the novel, there are a plethora of mini-cliffhangers, keeping the suspense taught… Thus leading me into many a sleepless night; I just had to keep reading! Not only is the main storyline intriguing and a mystery in and of itself, but all of the minor arcs have their own little mysteries as well. This definitely allowed me to completely sink into the novel, losing myself within its characters and the setting of Las Vegas in the year 2000. The dialogue in Hamartia is honestly some of the best I have read yet. The humor is undeniable and each character has their own colloquialisms and distinct attitudes that they proudly display in their conversations with others. Much of the relationship between Grace and Marc (her husband) is through one-sided phone conversations, but even so, Rich is able to develop a dynamic, substantial relationship between a man and his damaged (ex) wife. Every single one of the characters have been fleshed out completely, each with their own unique mannerisms, beliefs, and even humor (hilarious humor!). As such, I cried when sadness and tragedy befell one of the characters, laughed as someone told a joke, blushed when romance came about, rejoiced when someone gained a small win. They became my second family, and I would rush home just so that I could continue their story. What I really enjoy from this novel is that there is both inner conflict as well as the grander, more normal outer conflict. Grace is not only on a journey to save her son’s life, but to save her own life as well. She must battle with the grief and guilt she feels over her father’s death, must learn to reconcile her feelings towards her (ex) husband, and must work together with a long-lost (ex) best-friend. As she searches for her son’s match, all of these emotions keep popping up, hindering the search, ultimately showing that she must fix herself before she can ever have a chance at fixing her son. But what does that mean for her son, Jordan? Is she even capable of saving him? Of murdering the many to save the one? I did not give this novel 5 stars, simply because I think it–at times–explains too much. It does not leave as much for the reader to decipher as I would like. Meaning that actions and emotions are bluntly explained via the narrator or a character’s thoughts (or occasionally through dialogue) rather than through the characters themselves showing us why they did or thought something. But that being said, I am excitedly awaiting the sequel, Deus Ex Machina to be published!
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book!! Raquel Rich is an amazing writer and Hamartia is one of the best books I have ever read. A page turner from start to finish, with a pace that makes you want to keep reading as you stumble upon surprising twists and turns in every chapter. In this compelling story, Grace, a mother whose only goal is to save her son, starts off with a good intention that turns into a series of bad decisions that could have an impact on the entire world, when she is faced with hard decision a parent is unable to make. The characters in this book are well presented, their feelings vividly described which makes the reader involved as they anticipate what’s next. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast pace book that is hard to put down.
Date published: 2019-01-02

Editorial Reviews

"Rich spins an ambitious and imaginative concept into a plot that’s full of fantastically complicated twists. . . . Throughout, the narrative raises and resolves questions at a brisk pace, making for a compelling page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews