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Cog Paperback – July 13, 2013
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Geren Ryder, the head of a major international corporation, is felled by a sudden and inexplicable ailment. His son disappears, apparently having stolen billions of dollars from the company. Ryder’s daughter also vanishes, accused of stealing money as well. Taking the corporate reins is a man no one really knows: Ryder’s son from a long-ago affair. Now Ryder’s daughter, Nicholle, has only a handful of days to find out why she and her brother have been framed and who’s responsible (although most readers will have no trouble figuring out the who, if not the why). This is a perfectly readable sf thriller, but it’s marred by a rather-too-predictable story and Wright’s distracting tendency to use clumsy futuristic names for her characters (Perim Nestor, Edor Fol, Neer Bol). The author has done a good job creating a believable future society and its new technologies, but the overly familiar corporate-thriller frame is a serious drawback. --David Pitt
From the Author
I associate this book with moving, because as I was writing it for my master's thesis at Seton Hill University, I moved. And when my current publisher wanted me to edit it for submission, I was in the process of moving. So if this book has the feeling of being constantly on the go, I attribute it partially to moving. However, even during this tumultuous process, I had fun writing it, and I hope you have fun reading it.
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K. Ceres Wright does an excellent job revealing the Cog world, a world where people are continually connected, a world where drugs are chemical and programmable, and a world where human traits of greed, jealousy, cruelty and revenge have not been erased by the advance of technology. We learn more about Nicholle's abilities and her past as she flees for her life while trying to discover the reasons for her situation and the people behind it. The journey take some unexpected turns and reveals that Nicholle, nor anyone else in the excellent novel, are what they seem on the surface. Ms. Wright delivers an exciting, gritty and thought provoking tale which pulls the reader along breathlessly to the end. A fine debut by a talented new writer.
After a good 6 months of only reading urban fantasy and bizarre alternate history, COG was a refreshing palate cleanser of pure science-fiction. Wright crafts an intense family/corporate drama set in an immersive near-future world. The world-building is never intrusive, but is woven into the story so that the reader can learn through context rather than the dreaded info dump. Beyond the cyberpunk-infused world of holographic art, brain-connected computers, and flying cars, there are also great subtle touches such as inflation rate and robotic hall closets!
This novel is stocked with fantastic, fleshed-out characters. As much as I enjoyed the protagonist Nicholle's story arc and dramatic back story, I will also admit to wanting more screen time with Thia, one of the villains. It seemed odd to me at first that Nicholle's brothers had such similar goals, but there turns out to be a damn good reason for that.
COG is a fun, fast-paced adventure. It's definitely a self-contained book that doesn't necessarily need a sequel--but that doesn't stop me from wanting one anyway!
Strong characters drew me in immediately. Usually when I move into an unfamiliar sub-genre of Sci-Fi I need some time to adapt but not this time. I was drawn in immediately and was sad when it had to end.
Although the main characters were great I was actually intrigued most with a few of the sub-characters Arn, Trenar and Cor. I see big potential there for more stories! I would love to see more from Ms. Wright in the future.
In my best Oliver Twist voice.. "Can we please have some more???" HA!
To echo another.. Bravo Ms. Wright! Bravo!
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