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by Chris Panatier

THE PHLEBOTOMIST by Chris Panatier

In a near future where citizens are subject to a mandatory blood draw, government phlebotomist Willa Wallace witnesses an event that makes her question her entire world…

To recover from a cataclysmic war, the Harvest was created to pass blood to those affected by radiation. But this charitable act has led to a society segregated entirely by blood type, and donors are rewarded for compatibility, meaning that whoever can give to the most, gets the most back.

While working as a reaper taking collections for the Harvest, Willa Wallace chances upon an idea to resurrect an old collection technique that could rebalance the city. But in her quest to put this in motion, she instead uncovers a horrifying secret that cuts to the heart of everything...

Chris Panatier lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, daughter, and a fluctuating herd of animals resembling dogs (one is almost certainly a goat). He writes short stories and novels, "plays" the drums, and draws album covers for metal bands.

Praise for The Phlebotomist

"A clever, inventive fantasy with a horrific twist that explores whether we are more than the sum of our parts." - Tal Klein, author of The Punch Escrow

"Exciting and genre-challenging debut." - R.W.W. Greene, author of The Light Years

"This is a layered, post-apocalyptic book you won't escape from easily, and one which left me genuinely squirming in my seat." - Gemma Amor, Bram Stoker Award nominated author of Dear Laura and White Pines

"A compelling dystopian thriller that presents a fallen world and proceeds to dissect it with sanguine enthusiasm using its refreshingly unconventional heroes." - Indrapramit Das, author of The Devourers

"Equal parts fascinating and horrifying, and never not entertaining." - Dan Hanks, author of Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire

"This book will take root at the base of your brain, threading its tentacles into your spinal cord and requiring you to keep turning pages until the bloody end." - Jessica Hagemann, author of Headcheese

"Chris Panatier knocks it out of the park with The Phlebotomist. A post-apocalyptic science fiction novel that-for once-doesn't include a love triangle, a trio of moody teens, or zombies. Amazing, right?" - Sci Fi & Scary