NECROTECH is probably the most entertaining novel I read in 2017 and is the best way I can finish ff this year I say this as a huge cyberpunk fan and someone who has ften felt the genre has suffered since The Matrix Basically the riginal cyberpunks grew up to become thirty something year Civil rights, tool of communist deception old people who had to work for a living and were briefly deluded by the techf Steve Jobs as well as the Clinton Administration into believing the world was getting better It took the War n Terror to remind us the world was a scary place with violent chaos n Cutthroat one side along with the politicians as well as corporates willing to take advantagef it Even so I wrote my first cyberpunk novel AGENT G INFILTRATOR with the cultured assassin An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of the super rich rather than the penniless hackern the groundIn a way Necrotech is a throwback to the The Claiming of the Shrew original cyberpunk novelsf Case and Molly Riko is a Runner and professional thief who wakes up in a laboratory Summoned one day with months missingf her life The rude irreverent and crude heroine doesn t make it ut f the laboratory without some serious damage Not nly does she find her reputation in tatters all f her Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return old allies having abandoned her and missing time but she s also lost her girlfriend to whoever was experimentingn herRiko can t conclusively prove she didn t sell Dead Inside out her girlfriend as while that s not something she would normally do their relationship had also fallen apart Instead she soon finds herself surrounded by men who want to use her and manipulate her The secretsf the laboratory she escaped from have a substantial credit amount and everyone wants her to guide them back to find ut its secrets government uarantine r notThe future described in Necrotech is a true cyberpunk The Taste of Spruce Gum one with societyn the verge f collapse The government still exists but corporations have disproportionate power rganized crime is utterly vicious and the police are corrupt as hell Riko is a product She Stoops to Conquer of the streets and feels authentically punk in a way which very few authors are able to claimI love Riko s complicated and fascinating relationships with the characters around her Bisexual representation in fiction is rare enough but she s a character who is active in her sexuality as well as unapologetic Love is not in the cards for her and that skay I will say I think the book was a bit sexless despite large amounts Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile of innuendo I could have used a bit Riko getting to actn those urges What can I sayThe action is great in the book but I mostly appreciated the hard edged negotiations and characterizations Orb of the book s first half The second halff the book is mostly action and a heist story with a team The Dandy and Lady Penelope of dangerous hackers as well as mercs hitting the laboratory That part felt a bit too long and didn t have enough interaction but it still workedIn conclusion Necrotech is a great novel for fansf cyberpunk and I immediately picked up the seuel It s a truly punk novel which has a character who embodies the give no s attitude f the movement and serves as ne Multi-Family Therapy of its iconic characters almost immediatelyut National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition of the gate I hope the author writes many installments910 Some goodld school cyberpunk with a suitably large dash f the punk We ve got the usuals deckers fixers runners and the like all with suitably updated identities and new technology at their hands The ld school still shows through though with a main character s chrome cyber arm and ne f the deckers sorry projectors having the DNI ports in his neck and back This book takes the genre kisses it n the mouth and finishes with a swift kick in the balls It s a good book Cyber psychosis is updated as the titled necrotech Everyone basically has nanites in their system keeping them health repairing damage etc When the nanites get ver stressed such as you re implanting too much foreign material r you re starving they can go into panic mood The panic can lead to them
multiplying exponentially to keep up with what s going n till the point they verwrite your exponentially to keep up with what s going n till the point they verwrite your system and go nto autopilot Hence necrotech This is a bad thing Our main character is painfully flawed and she knows it However knowing doesn t mean you re able to stop making the same mistakes Violent foul mouthed and just wanting to know what the hell is going Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos on It s an excellent welcome to a whole new world The book finishes with few answers but a promisef a whole lot to come Some serious corporate malfeasance is afoot and there are a lot f highly punchable faces that need to provide some explanations Need 45 I was searching for female written female SciFi protagonists when I stumbled across this gem Even better this ualifies as Cyberpunk with the emphasis n Punk very much in the the street finds its Tea for Ruby own use for things kindf way The world is an immersive not too far away future in which climate change among The Life of Saint Philip Neri other issues hinted at have forced all humanity to live concentrated in a few protected places mega cities The Ozone Layer has been burnt away completely As is usual with Cyberpunk there s two kindsf people those who work for the corporations and those who don t Riko doesn t but that doesn t mean she doesn t have nanos in her blood a chipset in her brain and a bunch f ther tech enhancements but she likes flying under the radar "Of The Massive Surveillance "the massive surveillance by the corps Riko is a Saint meaning she doesn t have a SIN a Security Identification Number She is not nly a Saint but also a mercenary with an impressive array f profanity at her disposal and a not so small capacity for violence The story is told from her perspective 1st person and her voice is at I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 once compelling fullf snark and profanity and sometimes a bit too much in the ways f slang street jargon and clich At first it s fun then I got a little annoyed minus half a star and then the plot got just too damn interesting It all starts with Riko waking up in a lab she has a terrible hangover and she doesn t remember How She Got There I she got there I the Amnesia trope a bit tired but this execution was good maybe even great When she gets back to her team it turns ut that her street cred took a big hit because f whatever she did and now can t admit that she doesn t remember All her allies there are no friends in a life like hers are suddenly wary if not hostile The first half f the book Riko is slowly trying to recover and find leads but in the second half the pace ramps up especially when it turns ut the corps are involved in whatever has happened The showdown is worthy f being made into an action movie as the bullets fly and the view spoilertechno zombies hide spoiler Angry Robot has had a way Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things of rewarding us readers with the new and the unexpected when it comes to genre fiction fantasyr science fiction Books that break current boundaries set the stratospheric new heights and also define new sub genres in that process giving us fiction we didn t know we needed Necrotech is the prime shining example A Stepdaughter In Heat of good things to have comeut f that process Rebelliously ridiculously good things that rank definitely up there among the best Re defining the scope and boundaries f cyberpunk science fiction thrillers I cannot believe this is a debut I cannot believe K C Alexander hasn t written a book Street thug Riko has some serious issues memories wiped reputation tanked girlfriend turned into a tech fueled zombie And the Rufus only people who can help are the mercenaries who think she screwed themverIn an apathetic society devoid f ethics. Efore If this is Chuck Wendig writing under a false pen name I wouldn t be surprised But heck no he s written a glowing endorsement for every foul word that has fountained from under that pen So if you loved Miriam Black series then you will love Rikko The female protagonist whom you will choose to love r hate but just cannot get You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series outf your hair Snarky from deep inside to uter core shockingly violent and as free and foul mouthed a person can ever be She wears her sexuality like a badge doesn t really distinguish between a girl r a guy but just folds it unto her designs to get to her goals with a personality that doesn t win points for being polite Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice or even remotely like able it s a wonder how Rikko gets called up for jobsn the street And what job do you ask She s a splatter specialist in the street Something like an bstacle remover r assassin perhaps In this world where tech integration into your body is an essential way The Cowboys of living religion is just a way to ease up your conscience at the endf bad day and the environmental degradation has forced humanity to seek refuge in Mega cities a bad day for Rikko means she ends up with her memory slate wiped clean watches her lovergirl friend get turned into a tech zombie where the tech Sins of Treachery or AI sneaksver and takes control f the body through her mind bidding her do ghastly stuff and her reputation n the street goes for a toss she s branded a traitor to the cause My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City of having soldut and abandoned her entire team for money Second book that uses amnesia as a plot device in this month that I m reading but both couldn t have been any different Necrotech is like the eruption f MtFuji drowning you in scalding lava and yet forcing you to suck it up and keep moving forward It s explosive and it s raw KC s writing is like a solid right and left hook combo that leaves you breathless Pacy as hell an engrossing mystery brewing beneath all that blood gore and curses flying all around that kept me hooked to the end The ruthless futuristic world that Rikko is a part f comes alive in a glorious manner throughout the story the tech enhancements the nano tech that helps heal your body the genetic experiments are messy So most characters are characters Whos Next? Guess Who! of color so yeah a lotf diversity here and the names for me distinctly sounded like a mangled up version f Indian names Krouper Kapoor Mallik Nanjali the world itself minus the zone layer being burned away and prolonged exposure leading to cancer It s all effortlessly a part Papi's Gift of the narrative without standingut and I thought this was absolutely cool Coming to the characters f course Rikko stood ut First person narrative that allows the readers to get up close and personal insider her flawed and angry head Rikko is an intense character that will Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories overwhelm you With her eruptionf feelings and anger issues she s not the most suavest savviest person in the book Nope that title belongs to Mallik cool cucumber Reed but that グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] only made her appealing to me But along with Rikko there werether shining stars Starting with Indigo the linker n her team who s supposed to be the brains f all perations and guide the team n their mission as he s plugged into the information highway and accesses every info bit available about such wasn t the strongest The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within or the coolest around But the raw anguishf having lost his sister to the Necrotech and his mammoth trust issues with Rikko makes for a brilliant characterization Mallik Reed the corporate connect for Rikko who decides to fund roll this new The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry operation for Rikko to uncover her memories and thus the mysteryf what really happened to her and her girlfriend now he is a sinister cat alright Ice cool temperament and nerves File Under: Arson of steel this guy is someone you don t wantn the Wicked Sense opposite sidef the ring This definitely reads like the first part f a series and therein lies the nly grouch I had No payoffs at the end Powerless Against You of this book for the mystery Oh we get teasers alright and itnly makes life harder There are dangerous glints that can lead ff into the speculation alleys but I will rein it in It s a book that you should read Satisfying that massive itch about hard hitting cyberpunk you never knew you had Truly an unexpected pleasure this year Will review better later For now at first I thought this book was going to disappoint I spotted what looked like a few tropes that had me worried and I was anxious ver how I was going to like the rest I wanted to love it I really didSo when the rest f the book totally did not at all fall into the tropes I thought I saw coming I was Ecstatic This book is refreshing and fun and awesome Kace is just as fantastic here as she was when she was writing steampunk adventures perhaps even so because I feel like this is really who she is as a writer An honest voice with tons f style and a world that is totally worth getting sucked into Necrotech updates 80s style neon and street attitude cyberpunk for the 21st century This is cyberpunk with an emphasis Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training on the punk It s in your face unapologetic no holds barred asskickery If you love the Miriam Black books you ll love Necrotech Necrotech isne The Texan Meets His Match of those titles that left me feeling particularly divisive KC Alexander included a great numberf things that I enjoyed but there were also just enough missteps to disappointPerhaps my greatest problem with this book was going into it without the explicit understanding that this is the first book in a series with an verarching plot line Alexander presents a story where the lead character Riko is n a mission to discover what happened to her and her girlfriend during a period f several months that she cannot recall In the book s pening moments Riko wakes up in a lab in time to discover her cybernetically augmented girlfriend going haywire and turning into a savage monster The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) on a bloody tear The mystery behind what these two women are doing in this lab and why they were even there in the first place becomes the cruxf Riko s motivation Unfortunately by th Review Blue Guide New York originally posted at my blog Siliconf the Internet Title Necrotech Author K C Alexander Genre Sci Fi Subgenre CyberpunkTranshumanist sci fiReview by SiliconIntro HOLY SHIT To say I enjoyed this book would be a massive understatement Do you like ass kicking foul mouthed shit starting heroines Fast paced plots that just don t stop the
#punches human tech #Human tech with ACTUAL "CONSEUENCES AND UNIUE DANGERSPUBLICATION DATE IS SEPTEMBER 1ST FOR "and uniue dangersPublication date is September 1st for UK September 6th for North AmericaThis is an honest review in exchange for an ARC Yes I really did like it THIS MUCH Plot Writing Style The plot f Necrotech is ne wild rideThe major conflict in the story centers around Riko s girlfriend who is turned into a tech zombie necrotech following events that implicate Riko herself and which she cannot remember Complicating the issue is her girlfriend s brother who Riko must work with if she s to figure Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered out what happened The complicated messy relationships between characters in this book is a real strengthf the storytelling I really liked how Riko is clearly a person who loves is attracted to many people and how HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS is a central theme conflict for everyone Deciding who to trust who to betray who to save. Or regulation where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge r a killer conversion a massive conspiracy is unfolding that will alter the course f the human condition forever With corporate meatheads n her ass and a necro tech blight be.