Bite is K.S.Merbeth’s debut novel. I like debut novels… that sense of discovery, of something new happening? It reminds me of my days reading submissions for Black Gate, discovering unpublished writers like James Enge, Todd McAulty, and Harry Connolly. And that’s a great feeling. Also, I flipped through the first few pages of Bite, and was impressed with the writing. So all in all, Bite has a lot going for it. But what really sold me was that quote on the back cover: “A full throttle, sand-in-your-eyes, no holds barred ride through a Mad Max-style wasteland.” That’s a killer hook, right there.
Bite is a thriller with a cast of quirky and deranged characters set in a world nearly destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Booklist says it’s “Filled with dark humor, wit, and a realistic dystopian setting… Think Carl Hiaasen thriller set in a Mad Max world.” The Eloquent Page keeps the comparisons a little more topical for gamers like me: “If you enjoy movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, or games like Fallout 4 and Borderlands, then Bite is the book for you.”
Bite was published by Orbit on July 26, 2016. It is 409 pages, priced at $9.99 in mass market paperback and $6.99 for the digital version. The cover was designed by Lauren Panepinto.