Docile by K.M. Szpara
Publication Date: March 3rd 2020
Blurb: There is no consent under capitalism
Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.
To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future.
Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.
The cover for Docile dropped Monday so I can finally publish a Waiting on Wednesday post of my single most anticipated book of 2020! Words cannot describe how excited I am for this book.
Tor.com Publishing has been teasing us for a goddamn week in the lead up to the reveal and it had me on tenterhooks. The cover didn’t disappoint, I love it so much.
I’ve loved the short stories Szpara has written so I cannot wait for a full length novel.Not to mention how enticing that blurb is. The early reviews are only increasing the anticipation. And that tagline? 🔥🔥 Bring on March 2020 for the love of god.
Is Docile on your TBR pile?
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