Literature / Peacebreakers
Peacebreakers: The Rise and Fall of My Better Half
is the first novel by Mindy Mackay.
In post-renaissance Europe, a brutal genocide was carried out against mutants, resulting in the decimation of the species. 20 Minutes into the Future
a revolutionary faction called the Paralysis has emerge to enact the mutants' revenge. The leader of the revolt, Isabella Sordeno, returns from the dead
and leads the stumbling organization on the path to a bloody coup d'etat of Canada
Among Isabella's followers is disillusioned hit-werewolf Kiera Graves, who at first wants nothing more but to drink booze
and murder humans
for the rest of her days. That's until she falls in love with her comrade, Jackson Solomon, an intellectual "prison-addled" psychopath who is determined to save her from her destructive little self. As she becomes closer and closer to the man who has known misery in its deepest and purest forms
, she must reevaluate the way she lives her own life, all the while dealing with a Stalker with a Crush
and the species barrier, as relations between mutants and aristocrats are not often tolerated in mutant high society. Just as victory seems imminent, Kiera learns from a local prophetess that Jackson is fated to die at her hands.
Readers with weaker stomachs are advised to stand clear.
Contains examples of:
- A God Am I: Isabella pretty much admits to having a God complex.
- Agony Beam: The first thing Isabella does once she is resurrected.
- Ax-Crazy: Pretty much the entirety of the Paralysis.
- And the Fleischer staff, and militant humans...let's face it, this universe borders on violent dystopia.
- Black and Gray Morality: The Paralysis is a combination of the evils of cult-mania and corporatism, headed up by a sadistic megalomaniac and populated by murderous psychopaths, but since the Scandinavian Confederation as an even more sadistic fiend at its forefront and conducts ruthless experiments on people, it's all OK.
- Catch Phrase: "Hey chickadee!"
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Fleischer and everything that goes on inside it.
- Like remember the time when Veronika gave Jackson cancer?
- And then dug it out with a fucking SWITCHBLADE?
- Or the time she ripped out his kidney?
- Or her torture of an unconscious Isabella with a Pear of Anguish?
- Contrived Coincidence: Chamika and Vance just happened to meet each other after they'd already met in prison. Neither remembered who the other one was, and both still dwelled on their love interest in prison—having no idea they were the same people.
- Meaningful Name: Kiera Graves: everything she touches, romantically, dies. Check it. Jackson Solomon: slow decay of moral values, destroyed at the hands of a woman... are those Biblical allusions?
- Murder the Hypotenuse: This is how Kiera and Jackson decide to handle Kiera's Stalker with a Crush.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Veronika.
- "There's no real justice in this world..."
- Nightmare Fetishist: Kiera, in a most literal sense. Not only is she incredibly turned on by the horrific scars Jackson received while being tortured in prison, but she thinks his haunting, traumatizing nightmares are endearing and "cute".
- Opera Gloves: Granted, Kiera has a good reason for using them.
- Room Full of Crazy: Most of the cells in Fleischer, with poetry written on the walls in blood by crazed inmates.
- Spanner in the Works: Kiera, when she accidentally unleashes a horde of zombies to not only bring Isabella's empire to its knees, but kill her own lover and pretty much break the world.
- Surrounded by Idiots: How Dustin feels about the organization in the short time he's in charge.
- The Cassandra: Anabelle. Jackson convinces Kiera that Annabelle is wrong about his impending death, but as examples have proven, Anabelle is never wrong.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Kiera at the end of the story. Somehow, when nothing could impart morality onto her, the death of her lover did the trick.
- Wrong Name Outburst: Kiera's boyfriend Kenneth from the first few chapters, after she gets his name wrong twice. (First she tried Evan, and when that wasn't it, she guessed Danny.) Their relationship came to an end within seconds of this.
- Zen Survivor: Jackson. The guy gets tortured mercilessly in a death camp and just kind of lets it slide for the rest of the book without exerting any vengeance. Possible Fridge Logic?