What's really going on? Who's really in charge? You have NO. F***KING. IDEA.A frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable, this novel follows the lives of four narrators living in an alternative futuristic Cape Town, South Africa. An art-school dropout, and AIDS baby, a tech-activist and an... show more
What's really going on? Who's really in charge? You have NO. F***KING. IDEA.A frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable, this novel follows the lives of four narrators living in an alternative futuristic Cape Town, South Africa. An art-school dropout, and AIDS baby, a tech-activist and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone's got to stand up to Government Inc. - whatever the cost. Taking hedonistic trends in society to their ultimate conclusions, this tale paints anything but a forecasted utopia, satirically undermining the reified idea of progress as society's white knight.File Under: Science Fiction [ Digital Natives | Corporate Wars | Future | Teenage Riot ]
Publish date: August 31st 2010
Publisher: Angry Robot
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Urban Fantasy
, Speculative Fiction
, Near Future
This was my first Lauren Beukes novel as well as my first Angry Robot title. While I was blown away by the quality of the writing (first person present tense that didn't drive me up the wall -- except when Toby was narrating, but that's because he's a wanker), everything else ranged from just okay t...
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes It starts with a shot. As soon as the needle pricks her skin, Kendra’s bloodstream is flooded with corporate-sponsored nanobots that will invade her system and harmonize with it, protecting her from disease, clarifying her skin, and even making her literally glow. They w...
I ended up reading two of Beukes' books in fairly short order, but the first one last. They're not in a series, so that isn't the issue. What is is how assured her debut novel is. It really took my breath away, and the ending was so stunningly well-realized and dark as hell that it knocked me for a ...
Moxyland is a little difficult to get into at first. You're just tossed in Lauren Beukes' s fictional world of extreme corporate branding and government and police abuse of power and technology that was supposed to benefit us. At first you don't think anything is happening. Then you realize that yo...
More of a 3.5.I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this one. It’s set in the (all too) near future, and corporations have just started hiring up-and-coming artists to be walking advertisements for them. The kids are injected with nanotechnology that keeps them healthy and young, but their ...