- File Size: 427 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books (June 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 21, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJIEO16
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniels paints a vivid picture of Shea's life in this rough world. Despite the bleakness of her situation, Shea has no desire to leave the NCS. At the very least, she can keep her independence here. She regularly clashes with drunken bar patrons and ruthless thugs, sometimes getting severely injured, and yet she takes her punches with her head held high. She truly isn't afraid of anything--not the goons, not the government, not the ongoing hardships of her life.
Shea eventually joins forces with Boss's right-hand man, Quinn Knightly, to find out what Danny's master plan is and get rid of him before he takes over the NCS. Some of the most captivating scenes in Non-Compliance are the dialogues between these two characters. Whereas Shea is a tough-talking smart aleck, Quinn is the strong-and-silent type who prefers to communicate via growls.
Her narration is straightforward, blunt, and sometimes curt, as though she wants to get her point across to the reader without wasting her breath on whining or flowery descriptions. Even in her internal monologues, she doesn't say much about her emotions, and yet her meanings are clearly conveyed by the context.
Through her eyes, the reader is shown a fascinating possible future in which comfort is the price one must pay for independence and true freedom is virtually non-existent. Non-Compliance plays on the well-known tropes of cyberpunk, such as invasive technology and a rebellious protagonist, and adds its own spin through Shea's unique voice. The futuristic technology fades into the background, and it's treated as a given fact of the setting rather than the center of attention. By zooming in on one woman's life, it allows the reader to experience the novel's world in an up-close-and-personal manner, making for an engaging and absorbing story.
[This is a condensed version of a full review on my blog, Zigzag Timeline]
In an America of the future people are provided with almost everything and all they have to do is allow the government to insert a chip into their neck with all their information. People who refuse this are called Non-Compliances and shut off in a ghetto called a sector.
Shea Kelly along with her friend Wynne Myers live here. Shea works as a bartender, bouncer and Jill of all trades. Wynne is a stripper. At least this is what they want people to believe, they also are hackers for hire who will break into the system and turn items people have requested into things that they really want or need. Things are going good until a new mobster moves in and tries to take over from Boss, the mobster who runs this sector and thus the story begins.
Ms Daniels, in this her first book (which is hard to believe) has written about a world of the future. Her development of her characters and locations and life are vivid enough that you can see them in your mind. The character and situations are believable and you start to care about them. I have read that there is another book coming with these characters. I hope this is correct as I will be waiting in line for it to see what happens next.
I enjoyed this book enough that although I received a copy I also bought an e-copy for my reader as I am sure I will want to re-read it to see if I missed anything the first time through.
This is not about survival, but about change. Shea and her friend have day jobs in the compound and appear to be regular people, except for their moonlighting, where they are hackers for a price. The sector needs surplies and is often short-changed unless the girls step in and alter things just a little. All this finishes when a new wannabe mobster tries to take over the patch of an existing 'protection' squad. What happens next is thrilling! See for yourself.
Although I am not too sure what the outside world looks like, the sector is well drawn to the point where it is easy to visualise the scenes as they unfold. The characters are very real. Bad people also have some good points and good people have some bad ones, as it should be for that touch of realism.
Great read. Highly recommended.