In the future, telepathy is no longer a fantasy; it's a job. Gina- just Gina- is a woman with no future, trying to make her living along the Street of Eyes, where people go to hire the desperate and the suicidal for their unique services. She is one of the sellers, the new underclass, who use "third eye" or "Spice" - a powerful drug that gives them the ability to read minds- as their way of making ends meet. The drug has only one downside - it drives the user insane.
Gina no longer cares about the risks and is content to go on the way she has for years, not knowing fate has something very different in store for her when she accepts a mysterious job from an unusual buyer. Before she knows it, Gina finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery, hunted by gangs and madmen, consorting with hackers and assassins, and all the while trying to keep her mind from coming apart at the seams.
Street: Empathy is the first volume of the acclaimed online series STREET.
I enjoyed this story. Gina is a likeable character that stumbles into trouble early in the story, kicking off a series of events that gets the ball rolling. There's a good balance of her actions having an impact and times where there are circumstances beyond her control despite her efforts. She meets some interesting characters along the way, Bomber and Rat having the most impact. I thought they were pretty well written and developed characters.
The dystopian world created by the author was interesting to explore through Gina's eyes. The narrator did a top notch job with the voices and storytelling.
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