The most controversial work by New York Times best-selling author Piers Anthony.
Killing children is an ugly business, but the alternative is so much uglier. Abner Slate just watched his five-year-old daughter Olive kill his wife and son. Olive is a sopath. Born without souls, sopaths are children who will lie, cheat, rape, and murder to get what they want. There's one in every family these days, destroying America's heartland from within. After murdering his daughter in self-defense, Abner is taken in by a secret network of sopath victims called Pariah. Through Pariah, he meets other sopath victims who band together to form a temporary nuclear family. But the sopath threat is getting worse, and soon their quaint little neighborhood is overrun by murderous, drug-running children. Now, on a mission for Pariah, Abner and his makeshift family must travel across the country to a mysterious town that contains a secret powerful enough to stop the sopath crisis. Instead, they find the most seductive and ruthless sopath of all. Her name is Autopsy, and she would like to add Abner to her slave collection. The old morality is dead. Now the sopaths will stalk the Earth.
©2011 Piers Anthony, This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I believe myself to be a person with an open mind and when I read sci-fi, particularly stories of futuristic, or alternative worlds, I'm willing to take risks. An example of this is the novel "A girl with all the gifts." Yes, children are monsters in that story and it's a kill-or-be-killed world that made no exception for age or gender, yet somehow I felt there was a logical explanation to this type of behaviour. The Sopaths doesn't even compare, it's one of the worst novels I have ever read in my life. Please be warned that this is bordering on kiddie porn with no subtleties about it. I found the story more and more offensive as I tried to get through it and I couldn't find a single saving grace, not even the writing, which is as bad as the story. I've tried to return this audiobook, but they're making me call a number to do so. If they'll make it hard for me to return it, I'll make sure then to leave this review as a strong warning to anyone thinking of reading this novel, because if you have an ounce of decency you'll find yourself feeling sick to your stomach as I did.
I tried to like this, the premise was great and I love the author.
however, the dialog is awful, the characters are not well developed except the main sopath in the story and the narrator just didn't do it for me.
Everything felt rushed and nothing felt believable.
overall I am happy I finished it but this could have been so much better.
This was a hard book too stomach. although the premise was a good idea of soulless children comma the book was atrocious. The the story itself was flat the characters are not believable. the idea that police would let people kill people there were children and not do anything and that the rest of the world didn't know anything about these murders children was very unbelievable. the worst thing though was all of the five six and seven year olds wanting to have sex with grown men the author sounds like a pedophile the book was like a train wreck so I did finish it hoping it would get better. It did not and I feel dirty having read it.
The idea for the story line is good , could be really interesting but this was poorly written. Also, it seemed to be a thinly veiled attempt to write about young girls obsessively attempting to seduce grown men. This portion of the book seemed less important to the story but was given a great deal of attention...
Not sure what to say. Definitely a different type of read. Has a few things that I found hard to listen to. The young age of the Sopaths made me want to stop a few times. I did finish it though. Quite disturbing.
Don't waste your time and money. The only good thing this book could achieve is to be used as a bad example of plot, premise, dialogue and narration. Ugh. To the author: you may be successful now but that doesn't mean everything you ever wrote is golden. Shame on you for letting this pedophile/serial killer fantasy be published.
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