The Sins of a Master Race by Matthew Tysz is the third installation of, what is assured by the author to be, a five book series. This book does not standalone well, if you have not read the first two books then I advise you to turn back and do that now. In this book, Ashley and Scholar are visited by a hooded man who has a job for them. The job is simple, go to the scene of a crime and solve the murder, afterward kill the one responsible for the crime. Giving them a diamond, the hooded man tells them there is much more where it came from, if they continue the job after they get to the scene of the crime. If they do not wish to continue, then they can keep the diamond and walk away with no guilt. After accepting the job and the diamond the two set out, once they reach their destination though there are a few nasty surprises waiting for them. On the path to seeing the job through to the end, they will learn of a much bigger and more dangerous problem that is heading their way. The more they learn, the more unsettled Scholar becomes, as the threat looming begins looking similar to what Cognito warned him of with his lasts breaths of life. Follow them as they go deeper into the unknown to discover more about the threat and how to stop it. On their path, they will need the help of old acquaintances and new ones as well to ensure the wellbeing of the future of the planet.
I have read both the first two books of this series and this one did not disappoint; I give it a 4 out of 4-star rating. Just like in all of his other books, Matthew Tysz sets up the scene perfectly with the emotion practically oozing off every sentence. The setting is described so well you feel as if you are really there, experiencing everything that the characters are. If the characters are tensed and awaiting something, then so are you. The book was well written with no awkward pauses or parts that seemed to drag on forever. The pace kept to a quick and easy flow throughout the book, without hiccupping or stopping. The cousins that are introduced, Maron and Aurora, both have unique personalities and their mission adds more spice to the story. A spice which, I am sure, Scholar and Ashley could have done without.
My favorite thing about this book was that, even with the bad things happening all around them, Ashley keeps his sense of humor. For example, below are two of my favorite lines from the book. One is some of the practically famous banter between Ashley and Scholar, while the other is between Ashley and a newly introduced shape shifter called Jasper.
"I f**k told you we shouldn't have come in here!"
"Well, once we're out of here, you'll have all the leverage you need the next time I'm about to do something stupid. See? Things are looking up for you."
"Hey, Jasper!" I shouted across a few clusters of people. "Why don't you go woman and give us a little strip show!"
Most on board the ship were aware of Jasper's gift by now.
Jasper shouted back, "I need to turn woman for that?"
These are only two of the many quotes from the book I loved for their humor, most of the other ones revealed spoilers so I couldn’t pick them. It says something about the author when they can seamlessly insert humor into the darkest books and if this book is nothing else, it is dark. Matthew managed that perfectly in every single one of the books so far and I hope to see more of it in the next two books. Another thing I loved about this book was a new character, Jasper. Jasper is a shape shifter who has his own wry sense of humor but when he is in the same place as Ashley then the fun really happens. These two together make the perfect combo of sass and sarcasm. If they are given enough scenes together I could see them becoming just like Ashley and Scholar with their banter.
There wasn't anything I didn’t like about this book. The grammar and spelling were on point, as I already said the sentences flowed effortlessly, and the characters were perfect. The old characters had internal struggles to push through, specifically Ashley, and the new characters fit into the story as if they were there from the beginning.
I would heavily recommend this book, and the other two before it, to any fans of post-apocalyptic themes, Sci-fi or thrillers. This book is a mix of all three of the before mentioned genres and anyone would enjoy reading it, as long as you have an iron stomach for some imagery in the books. If you have a weak stomach or a closed mind, then this is not the book for you!