- File Size: 4866 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press (April 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CBNLPGV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So, is Drones any good? Yes, yes it is. It is a big departure from his usual work but I have to say that's not a bad thing. It reminds me very strongly of the movie STRANGE DAYS starring Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett. The premise of Strange Days was about the sharing of memories as the new drug of choice in the future. Drones is a related concept about the sharing of emotions as a soon-to-be-legalized drug.
Garrick is a Drone, which in the future is basically a junkie who allows himself to be milked of emotions in order to get money as well as feel the bliss of complete oblivion. Garrick doesn't actually WANT to feel emotions but instead wants the privilege of being numbed as is the side-effect of being harvested. He goes through life in a complete daze and occassionally has sex to get his endorphins up as well as sell that emotion. Garrick used to be a soldier but he's really running away from the pain of his lost daughter. One day, Garrick finds out his dealer has been murdered and he's now irrelevant as the companies are producing their own emotions without the need of Drones.
This is an excellent cyberpunk novel and has some nice parallels to the War on Drugs, legalization argument, pharmaseutical handling of opiods, PTSD, and just being a good story itself. It's not a happy story and Garrick isn't a particularly charismatic lead given he's a degenerate burnout but it's a fascinating one and just decent sci-fi.
The plot was fast paced, characters well fleshed out - there's terrorist plots, dodgy dealers, soul-sucking social media and trips to the moon :)
I particularly liked how a description of a different emotion (& the subsequent sale-ability & use of such an emotion) topped each chapter - each one gave me pause, reflecting on how I experience such an emotion.
Without info dumps, Hayes takes us on a journey of high tech that contrasts sharply with our base human emotions. Seen through the eyes of the protagonist, we learn the plot through his experiences, his motivations, and the details of the world around him. The world building is tight and focused and the dialogue is deeply engaging. This is a highly entertaining book that will leave you pondering all the ‘what if’s’ of invasive technology being used in human brains, and the story will stick with you long after the last page.
Highly recommended for those who love unique SciFi and character driven stories.
Suddenly, emotion harvesters all over the world are being murdered, taken out by professional hit squads, leaving James and drones like him without anyone to take their emotions, and he has to find out why, and how he can rid himself of all the emotions boiling within.
Drones is a fast paced novel that will catch and keep your attention right to the end