I'm looking for the name of a book, the remembered details are:
-I read this book some time between the years 2010 and 2015. -The copy of the book was an A5 (?) paperback in poor condition, English language, found in a shared secondary-school/college library.
The designer "party drug" viruses could cause a group hallucination of almost any specific thing or character - at one point, the protagonist realises that he must have inhaled an infected sample because he could clearly see a "blue fairy" or pixie of some sort flitting around his apartment.
- Protagonist made designer virus samples for use as mind-altering drugs.
- He lived in a cheap apartment.
- His fridge was filled with bottles of a discontinued brand of a possibly cinnamon flavoured soda.
- The Soda was named 'Faggio' or similar
- Blue-skinned genetically engineered humanoids were kept as pets and gladiators
- IIRC, the festival time we see a Blue-skin is in a train station - it is the pet of a wealthy woman.
- At one point wealthy humans with guns and armour fought unarmed Blue-skins for sport.
- One blue-skin is described as having a ridge on top of their skull in order to anchor the enlarged muscles needed to use their "prognathous jaw" in combat.
- There is a squad of genetically modified accelerated-growth clone soldiers
- They are muscular and bloodthirsty but their voices sound like overgrown hormonal 14-year-olds.
- There is a little girl who displays disturbingly mature and manipulative behaviour
- she initially controls the protagonist through threats of accusing him of sexually molesting her.
- She is somehow involved with the MegaCorp
- Later it is revealed that she was some sort of experimental prodigy.
- Victims of a virus have formed a massive swarm
- They try to infect the uninfected by forcible fluid exchange
- One news reporter was dragged down by a mob and forcibly kissed by a 'hag' or 'crone'.
- The Werewolf or 'Loup-Garou' is a soldier who has had artificial bloodlust implanted in him by some perhaps surgical means.
- This is a problem because he is a deserter and the system is malfunctioning, causing him to commit violent acts uncontrollably.
- Later in the book, references to a sort of Fairyland begin.
- This is where the weirdest of engineered life congregate and aggressively prevent themselves from being discovered by regular humans.
Does anyone know this book?
(P.S. bless the editor/s for making sense of my rambling. Thank you.)