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Product Details

  • Series: Angry Robot
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857660047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857660046
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Moxyland does lots of things, masterfully, that lots of sf never even guesses that it *could* be doing." - William Gibson, author of Neuromancer

"The world Beukes has invented is both eerily familiar and creepily different." - Cosmopolitan

"This fast-paced sci-fi trip has intriguing characters, big ideas, a new lexicon and... serves as a global warning." - GQ

"You don't have to be an SF aficionado to love this novel that is fast, brimming with original ideas and deadly serious." - Mail & Guardian

"George Orwell's 1984 meets Bladerunner. Lauren Beukes breaks new literary ground with effortless hipness." --Margie Orford, author of Like Clockwork

"...full of unselfconscious spiky originality, the larval form of a new kind of SF munching its way out of the intestines of the wasp-paralysed caterpillar of cyberpunk." - Charles Stross

"A technicolor jazzy rollercoaster ride into a dazzling hell." - Andre Brink

"Beukes's stunningly original sci-fi thriller chills and thrills to the last breath" - Heat Magazine, South Africa (July 2008)

"Lauren Beukes bleeds her characters of color as effectively as the smear masks they wear for anonymity, not for simple provocation, but to warn of the self-replicating nature of segregation." - Brendan Byrne, The Brooklyn Rail

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[Moxyland] is recommended for what might very well be the emergence of a major new science-fiction author. -Alan Cranis, www.bookgasm.com

"After the first hundred pages, I would have to say that reading Moxyland is like riding backward very fast in a convertible." - J. Robert King

"Go and read Zoo City and Moxyland by Lauren Beukes – someone took cyberpunk from the toy box, dusted it up and spanked it to shape for the new millennium." -Janos Honkonen, Vornasblogi

About the Author

Lauren Beukes is a writer, TV scriptwriter and recovering journalist (although she occasionally falls off the wagon).

She has an MA in Creative Writing, but she got her real education in ten years of freelance journalism, learning really useful skills like how to pole-dance and make traditional sorghum beer. For the sake of a story, she's jumped out of planes and into shark-infested waters and got to hang out with teen vampires, township vigilantes, AIDS activists and homeless sex workers among other interesting folk.

When she's not tutoring her baby daughter (aka the queen of eeeeeeevil) in practical ways to take over the world, she also writes books, short stories, magazine articles and TV scripts various.

Her non-fiction book, Maverick was nominated for the Sunday Times 2006 Alan Paton Non-Fiction Book of the Year competition. The author lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

More About the Author

Lauren Beukes writes books, comics for DC Vertigo, movie scripts, TV shows and occasionally journalism.

She won the Arthur C Clarke Award and The Kitschies Red Tentacle for Zoo City, a gritty phantasmagorical noir about magical animals, pop music, refugees, murder and redemption in the slums of inner city Johannesburg. She is currently adapting the novel as a screenplay for Oscar-nominated producer Helena Spring.

Her debut novel, Moxyland is about a neo-corporate apartheid state, bio-engineered art, nano-branding, cell phones used for social control and terrorism.

The Shining Girls, out May/June 2013 is about a time-travelling serial killer.

She recently made her comics debut in the Fables universe with a Fairest mini-series called The Hidden Kingdom with art by Inaki Miranda. The six issue arc follows Rapunzel travelling to Tokyo to confront a dark secret from her past.

She also writes for kids TV shows including Florrie's Dragons and Mouk and co-created South Africa's first half hour animated show: The Adventures of Pax Afrika.

She's a recovering journalist, who has covered everything from wannabe teenage vampires to township vigilantes and directed a documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands about South Africa's biggest female impersonation beauty pageant, which won Best LGBT at the Atlanta Black Film Festival.

She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and daughter.




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It is a story in which the concepts are well executed and creative.
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Author did a good job portraying a scary dystopian future in south africa that devolves from our present.
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I don't want to give anything away, so I am just going to say that you should read this book.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kat Hooper VINE VOICE on November 15, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Every once in a while a novel comes along that's touted as new, exciting, daring, meaningful, poignant, fresh, full of big ideas, etc. That's what I've heard, so that's what I was expecting and hoping for in Lauren Beukes' novel Moxyland -- especially since it has a nice blurb from William Gibson and has been compared to Neuromancer.

Moxyland takes place in a futuristic (2018) Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town setting is unique, and I was hoping to explore it a bit, but Beukes did not make use of her setting -- Moxyland could have taken place anywhere. This Cape Town of the not-too-distant future is a police state run by big corporations where the police control people through government-approved cell phones. Software on the phones lets the police punish citizens by tasing them or cutting off access to their bank accounts and credit lines. In Cape Town, we meet four young adults:

Kendra is an art school dropout who has become an advertisement for a soft drink company. They pumped her up with biotechnology that makes her healthy and beautiful and gives her some of the attention she craves, but the biotech also makes its brand name glow through her skin and gives her a constant craving for their soda. Toby is a vlogger whose wealthy mother ("motherbitch") has just cut him off because he spends all his money on drugs, girls, and expensive clothes. Eager for the website hits that prove people are paying attention to him, he spends his days walking around Cape Town looking for cool stuff to livestream to his vlog. Lerato is an AIDS-baby who was raised in a corporate/government orphanage.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robin L. McLaughlin on February 13, 2012
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Before I say anything else I'll state that I think Lauren Beukes is a talented writer. She is clever and insightful, her worlds are clearly imagined and internally consistent, and her characters have distinct voices. But, there are some things that really didn't work for me in Moxyland.

There are two main issues that made Moxyland more of an average, ho-hum experience than a compelling page turner. The first is the characters. There are four POV characters, rotating by chapter: Kendra, Lerato, Toby, and Tendeka. Toby is loathsome, Lerato self-absorbed, Tendeka too easily manipulated, and Kendra too naïve and clingy. In other words, I didn't really like any of them, and Kendra was the only one who really garnered any amount sympathy from me.

Buekes not only made the choice to use multiple POVs, but to also use first person, present tense with all of them. This can make for confusing reading, especially when you pick up the book and don't necessarily remember at first which character you were following when you were falling asleep while reading the night before.

The other issue is that while certain aspects of the book were interesting, I never had a clear idea where the story was going, which meant that my attention frequently lagged. Buekes did a good job of weaving all the disparate character threads together, and there were a few surprises. But surprises work best when the reader was expecting something else.

In this case Buekes never built any expectations in me. The plot often felt unfocused, and at times rambling. For instance, there were some extensive gaming sessions covered in detail, which I can appreciate as a gamer. But they didn't really add anything to the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan N. on May 10, 2010
Moxyland, by Lauren Beukes, is a pulsating journey through a near-future corporatocracy where most aspects of society appear under the surveillance and control of an inflexible governing entity, seeming equal parts intelligence gathering, law-enforcement, and corporate oligarchy. It takes place in 2018, mostly in South Africa, but like any great novel, its story transfers across boundaries and cultures, finding resonance anywhere people find themselves increasingly surrendering their autonomy to a creeping 'corporate-state megacomplex.' Moxyland follows the lives of four young principle characters (along with about a dozen of their friends, enemies and associates) who's worlds variably intersect in interesting ways, increasingly so as the novel progresses. It is written in an engaging 'four-voices, first-person' style, with each new chapter being told in the present by one of the four main character-narrators. Each speaks with a particular style, attitude, rhythm and lingo, adding richness and complexity to their narratives. Beukes breaks ground by achieving a seamless blending of cool and novel lingo, occasional Afrikaans slang, and in the case of one voice, an appealing conversational familiarity with the reader, often addressing us as if we were his mates. The unpredictable 'rotation' of narrator order as the chapters progress - not knowing who is coming next - further increases the reader's sense of tension and uncertainty, in a story already brimming with suspense and intensity. Toward the end of the book, there is more rapid cycling of narrators, with some chapters only a couple of pages long; as the suspense and nervousness build, you too may find yourself covering paragraphs with your bookmark to keep your eyes from looking ahead. Moxyland is that kind of book.Read more ›
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