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Wanted and Wired (Tether) Mass Market Paperback – April 4, 2017
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This book gripped me from the first paragraph. And then Heron came on the page. Heron, Mari’s infallible back-up. The technology-enhanced guy who is so obviously in love with her and so hopelessly aware of her prejudices against post-humans.
Wanted & Wired is a page-turner where everyone has secrets, sometimes even from themselves. It’s set in near-future world with a tech-western Firefly feel (just in case all the other goodness wasn’t enough for you). This is a book that will ignite the synapses of a whole-organic brain and cause even a post-human heart to fall in love.
I can't wait for the next book. Highly recommended!
Right from the first scene, Wanted & Wired hits the ground running and immerses the reader in its futuristic dystopian setting, where terms like whole-organic and post-human have nothing to do with fancy grocery stores.
Not since my college Science Fiction English class have I had so much fun with futuristic urban sci-fi (okay, let's just call it cyberpunk). Wanted & Wired invoked so many fond memories of the greats—like Asimov, Gibson's Neuromancer, even Ghost in the Shell—and invited me to snark along with Mari's obvious affinity with some very famous space pirate captains. Wanted & Wired fair shivers with a Wild West vibe that breathes life and vibrancy into an already brilliant story world. You can hear it in the turn of a phrase, the peek of a crinoline underskirt, the twang of the Texas-secessionist accents.
And holy hell, this book packs some serious action sequences. About thirty percent in was one that had me grinning like a fool, with a Knight-Rider-meets-the-Avengers-meets-Firefly flair, and I'm pretty sure I actually fist-pumped when the scene careened to victory. Flashy cars are one thing—one thing I covet so very hard—but said sexy machine hardwired into a human brain and handled with finesse and utility... and some seriously lethal mods? Oh my. I think I may have a new hero crush. Heron is that perfect, killer combination of cool under pressure, crazy smart, uber confident, unpredictably lethal, and heart-wrenchingly vulnerable. Mari is his polar opposite in everything except dealing in death, and she owns her sexuality like few other female leads in the romance genre. Neither of the main characters loves killing, but they're willing to do it to protect each other. Mari is a sniper with zero compunctions about taking out a mech or clone, and she's as dangerous with her god-given limbs as she is with her favorite toys. She also has a deep-seated aversion to anything bio-mechanically enhanced, and Heron definitely falls under that heading.
It takes a lot of something special to lure me away from chain reading romances, but Heron and Mari and the world Ms. Jackson has built around them are just fascinating. I'd read a whole series dedicated to Heron's youth, just watching him grow up, come into his own, become this incomparable, alluring other.
Wanted & Wired is an adrenaline-inducing sci-fi adventure that skips across a canvas splashed with primers of Wild West, sophisticated-steampunk flair, and even space pirates of a sort (but the kind who spend as much time running black ops on the ground as holed up in their cozy mercenary space plane). All things that, on their own, wouldn't really appeal to me, but this story world is addicting and all kinds of creative. Like so many of the sci-fi classics, Wanted & Wired wrestles with the philosophical definition of humanity: What defines 'human'? Where does 'machine' begin? How comfortable do we trust ourselves to become with tech before we lose our sense of self, control over our own destinies? This story is steeped in diversity—racial, bio-mechanical, sexual, sub-genre—you name it, and Wanted & Wired just might have it.
Straight up, you won't find many stories like this in the romance market right now, although I wouldn't be surprised if the Tether story universe inspires a thriving new cyberpunk romance sub-genre. Any romance or urban fantasy reader who gets the warm fuzzies thinking about Star Wars or Firefly or Isaac Asimov will adore Wanted & Wired, be sucked in right from the start and beg for more when it ends. Me? I'm excited to see what's coming next for Mari, Heron, and all their precious things.
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I love a book with really interesting world building and WANTED AND WIRED has a really fun semi-dystopian future world with...Read more
'Wanted and Wired' by Vivien Jackson is book One in the "Tether" series. This is the story of Heron and Mari.Read more