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- File size : 727 KB
- Print length : 246 pages
- Publisher : Desperate Measures Press; 1st Ed. edition (September 2, 2016)
- Publication date : September 2, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B01KY3LXHQ
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,508,284 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Earth is shot to hell, corporations control everything, people are under the thumbs of massive, city-controlling computers, and her people, "Genetics" or "Geeks" as they're called, are completely enslaved... and they don't mind it.
I like to think of this as a sort of deconstruction of the cyberpunk genre - it has all the elements, after all - but instead of telling us a rousing story of adventure and "rule of cool" shenanigans, Mr. Frater uses his world to illustrate the futility of trying to save humanity when it doesn't really want to be saved.
I noted in this book that the most effective tactic that our Heroine used to stop evil was to simply not assist it when compelled to - more of a passive resistance technique.
When she tries to actively fight evil in any way throughout the book, she finds herself crushed with minimal effort. And she is told, SEVERAL TIMES, "This is just the way things work - don't be stupid, you're lucky to have gotten as far as you have - play. Ball."
There's one infodump in the book, which was completely unnecessary by the way, but there was one instance of really good worked-in worldbuilding - two characters are talking, and one says to the other
“You know,” she said, “I had access to history books in Tartarus. I know what the world was like before megabrains. The world got hot. The water dried up. Food stopped growing. People used bullets as money. The cities turned into deserts. The die-offs.”
And in the context of the conversation, it made sense - they were having a debate about something, and as a salient point one of the characters brought up history. This is a great example of how to work world-building into your narrative. Had I not been actively making notes to present later for this review, I wouldn't have noticed it as world-building. It would've just been a fact in my head about the world. Very smooth.
All in all, I'd say a great book, but only for a very specific kind of reader - the kind of person who has read Snow Crash, Neuromancer, and every other staple of the Cyberpunk genre would really appreciate this - but don't let it be your intro to the genre. It's too bleak.