Necrotic City Paperback – November 24, 2017
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- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Paperback : 394 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1947948037
- Publisher : Lyken Publishing (November 24, 2017)
- Product dimensions : 6 x 0.99 x 9 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,244,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But then everything changes around Adrian. After a devastating altercation, the Hero division is dissolved, he is reassigned to a privileged, self-centered corporate executive, and then because of what he sees and reports, Adrian must flee to the lowest tiers of the city where only the most desperate of the credit-less must go.
What makes this book so very fascinating (besides the Dantean parallels) is the keenly observed social ills—which are clearly our very own in this day and age, taken to their natural conclusions. From social mores, to credit indenture, to social stratification, to the indifference of each level of society to any below it, to the complicit press, Lydecker has portrayed a world we can instantly identify as an offshoot of today’s trends. And it scared the hell out of me.
The ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel or series, and I am looking forward to Adrian’s further adventures!
I only had a couple of nags. One was that at times the very descriptions that strengthened the story in some places weighed it down in others, going on for so long the narrative slowed to a crawl. The other was that the story itself was longer than it needed to be. There were too many dead end plot threads that only served to show the MC doing what the MC does. But I feel there needs to be a balance between story and character development. Show me what the character does but make it a valuable part of the story as well.
All that said, this is a really strong read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I highly recommend to all, especially fans of sci-fi and dystopian novels.
Adrian is a Company Man, a Hero with the pre-built, programmed instructions to save others, genetically grown by the same company responsible for these dystopic conditions. Heroes help others, in particular, Jumpers, that have no where else to go when their credits run out. Jumpers jump from the heights of the city, and Heroes must do whatever they can- including jumping after them themselves – to save them.
While seemingly altruistic, the reader soon realizes there’s a darker purpose to saving those who would end their lives on the streets below. Everybody can serve The Company, even in death, so long as their remains remain intact. But, when the cost to maintain the Hero force is insufficient to the amount of nutrients preserved by their heroic deeds from their daily duties, the Hero programmed is scrapped by The Company, and Adrian is left adrift, bouncing from one dangerous situation to the next.
While the setting is immersive, the characters felt real, and the reader feels thrust into Adrian’s plight, I felt his character arc was a little flat, with real no objective in sight. Adrian is reactive throughout the story. Even as a Hero, he has no choice but to respond as events unfold, it’s in his programming. As a drifter, he stumbles from one encounter to the next, often having to be saved time and time again with no real agency of his own.
As a Captain America-type do-gooder, he’s unable experience any significant change in character. He ends the story pretty much the same as he started – a story that simply ends as his encounters draw to a close. I would have liked to have seen him a bit more perceptive and a bit smarter at figuring things out and I expected the story to wrap back around to the set-up given in the beginning, but I assume that’s for a later book. Still, if you don’t mind a fairly mild and unengaging character reacting to a mostly listless story, Necrotic City does offer up some strengths. It’s a story mixed with a strong setting and solid sci-fi elements. At its core, Necrotic City provides a glimpse into a startling cyber-punk world that could easily become our own. 3.5 Stars rounded to 4.
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The city at the centre of the action, and its inhabitants, are controlled by the faceless ‘Company’ and the amount of credit it allows each citizen, based on their usefulness to the Company. Hundreds of thousands of people are forced into poverty when the all-important credit rating is withdrawn for whatever reason is given, even trivial events that would not merit such drastic action.
Into this mix steps the ironically-named Hero, real name Adrian, who is one of hundreds of Heroes employed by the Company to look after the citizens. His job is to use his augmented body and senses to rescue anyone requiring help, most of them people trying to jump to their deaths from the skyscrapers they inhabit or where they work.
The scene is set for a fast-paced, engrossing tale in which Adrian becomes ever more embattled and jaded by his dealings with the Company and the Enforcers it also employs, the privately-owned equivalent of a police force.
The book is one of the best I’ve read in the past two years. The world that the author has created draws the reader in. Characters are fleshed out and attract empathy, making me worried about their fates. The nightmarish world that Adrian inhabits feels as though it’s real. The use of upcoming and credible advances in technology and medicine is clever. The writing and descriptive passages are exceptional, and I can see this making an excellent film. The author is certainly one of the stars of the self-publishing world.
We follow Adrian--a genetical produced human--through the levels of the city that form the world for its citizens. As you might expect, those on the highest tiers live in luxury while those below suffer. Adrian's designation is Hero to the populace, and his dedication to that ideal fuels our adventure.
The read was very easy--Lydecker is not prone to overwriting--and I found the plot and characters clearly written. The pace is not fast, although there is plenty of action, but this gives the reader time to absorb the world they're presented with and adds a sense of the decay of this realm.
If I was to be critical--and I'm reluctant after greatly enjoying this book--there is room for more description to give greater atmosphere. Although we clearly see Adrian and others struggling with their world, I didn't feel enough depth or growth in their emotions or character.
... but really, ignore that detailed critique--I've been analysing books for far too long. This is a great story; engaging and entertaining. You'll not be sorry for investing your time in being introduced to the world of Necrotic City and I'm sure you'll be keen to follow Adrian on his subsequent adventures.
I would be doing you and the author a dis-service if I didn't show you its value with anything other than a 5-star rating.