Review of Malfunction by J.E. Purrazzi

Author: J.E. Purrazzi

Title: Malfunction

Series: Malfunction Trilogy (book 1)

Genre: Cyberpunk

Publisher: Indie published

Rating: Mint




Amazon synopsis:

They Say the Ends Justify The Means

When Menrva, a geneticist in the subterranean city of survivors known as Bunker, responds to a call for help from Cowl, her former best friend, and Bas, a renegade cyborg, she makes a vital mistake and places all three of them in danger. As they struggle to escape City guards, cyborg soldiers, desperate scavengers, and ravenous aliens, they find in each other something they never expected: family.

During a battle, an attacking cyborg manages to overcome her programming just long enough to deliver a cryptic message. The trio is forced to decide if they will risk death – or worse, capture – to seek out the truth about the City, or if they will fight only for themselves.

This fast-paced, gritty first book of the Malfunction Trilogy introduces a future caught between destruction and oppression, where Menrva and her friends must decide if the ends justify the means.


Malfunction is an amazing, heart-wrenching novel that packs a huge punch. Not only is it full of action, but it’s full of thought. That is a rare and beautiful combination.

Purrazzi’s writing style works to build a dark, gritty world that grapples with many intense moral issues, most of them centering around the value of human life. While very dark, all of these issues were handled in a thoughtful, realistic way that I greatly appreciated.

Characters, themes, writing style, and world-building all flowed together seamlessly in this novel. The characters are all very flawed people, but they all have unique arcs and backgrounds that play into the plot. Each character had a clear, distinct voice that never pulled out of deep POV. An incredible feat given that, to stay in deep POV, Purrazzi had to convey complex concepts (such as genetics, tactical strategies, and PTSD) in an accurate manner. This is possibly the best display of deep POV I’ve ever read. Seriously amazing.

Suffice it to say that Purrazzi’s Malfunction is stellar in every way. If you enjoy gritty action, thought-provoking themes, and incredible character and world building, read this novel.

Note: This book contains mature material such as swearing, violence, and general darkness. All of this was presented in a realistic, thoughtful manner that I found thought-provoking and tasteful, but just a heads up for any of you younger readers.

Have you read Malfunction or any other books by J.E. Purrazzi? What did you think? Let’s talk in the comment section below!

Rating criteria:

Mint > Good > Fair > Poor


  1. J.E. Purrazzi is a fantastic author! Her recent short story “Stealing Life” (in the Phoenix Fiction Anthology) is one of my absolute favorites. It is stunning. I also adore her short story “Topside” which is available for free when you sign up for her newsletter.

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