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Necrotech This book unapologetically throws cyberpunk into a sweaty m nage trios with AI madness and Cthulhu cum tech zombie foul mouthed insanity The resultant gun slinging, two fisted, ass kicking action is non stop, as is the main character s incredibly, incredibly self sabotaging bad attitude NECROTECH is so full of four letter jabber it makes PULP FICTION sound like a church sermon Seriously, if you re even remotely offended by Tourette s level cursing, this one isn t for you.We start out with a This book unapologetically throws cyberpunk into a sweaty m nage trios with AI madness and Cthulhu cum tech zombie foul mouthed insanity The resultant gun slinging, two fisted, ass kicking action is non stop, as is the main character s incredibly, incredibly self sabotaging bad attitude NECROTECH is so full of four letter jabber it makes PULP FICTION sound like a church sermon Seriously, if you re even remotely offended by Tourette s level cursing, this one isn t for you.We start out with a familiar amnesia trope, and truth be told by the end of the book we don t really get the answers Want to knowYou ll need to get the second book in the SINless series I don t think there s a release date at this time, so be warned But don t let that corrupt your software so much that you avoid this tale The main character, Riko, is a walking disaster of overconfidence and simultaneous self doubt The tension between her two sides usually results in her using her bionic arm to punch some poor fucker in the mouth Sometimes this results in said poor fucker s head exploding Short answer be very, very careful about what you say when you re talking to Riko.Alexander s prose is solid She s got some very poetic work in there, as part and parcel of the non stop blood and gore She plays with established grammar structure a bit, with the end result being a unique style I think I d now recognize her writing anywhere.Fun book Get some Necrotech updates 80s style neon and street attitude cyberpunk for the 21st century This is cyberpunk with an emphasis on the punk It s in your face, unapologetic, no holds barred asskickery If you love the Miriam Black books, you ll love Necrotech. Review originally posted at my blog Silicon of the Internet Title Necrotech Author K C Alexander Genre Sci Fi Subgenre Cyberpunk Transhumanist sci fiReview by Silicon.Intro 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 integration with ACTUAL CONSEQUENCES and unique dangers Publication date is September 1st for ebook UK, September 6th for Review originally posted at my blog Silicon of the Internet Title Necrotech Author K C Alexander Genre Sci Fi Subgenre Cyberpunk Transhumanist sci fiReview by Silicon.Intro 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 integration with ACTUAL CONSEQUENCES and unique dangers Publication date is September 1st for ebook UK, September 6th for North America.This is an honest review in exchange for an ARC Yes, I really did like it THIS MUCH Plot Writing Style The plot of Necrotech is one wild ride.The 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 out what happened The complicated, messy relationships between characters in this book is a real strength of 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 makes up a big part of how everyone interacts.Shit just keeps hitting the fan Everything Riko does to try and fix the situation has consequences, positive and negative The world of the story is tightly integrated, and Alexander does a great job giving us essential information through action sequences and really keeping tension up the whole time This is a first person POV book, so when Riko doesn t know something we don t either It s tough to make this work with an amnesia driven central conflict, but I think it was well done Amnesia isn t my favorite plot device, but for this story it worked If you see this XKCD and think I d like to read that You will enjoy Necrotech This is one of the fastest paced books I ve read, which packs punches both physical and emotional Setting Humanity has become concentrated in cosmopolitan mega cities due to massive environmental degradation whee, it s the future , and depends on nanotechnology to survive.The way tech and humanity is integrated in this novel is really unique I liked the way that tech upgrades came with a significant danger and cost the possibility of being overwhelmed by your tech s needs and becoming a mere vessel for it to operate Very creepy I think the way that tech and environment meshed was well thought out and has interesting implications for example, nanotech removes the possibility of cancer, so people pulse themselves with straight radiation to disinfect the extremely dubious water coming out of their showers People can connect and talk to one another through tech based psionics wired into their brains, but this comes at the cost of also being constantly assaulted with visual and aural advertisements.It s a very dystopian, post climate crisis environment and a very interesting use of universal nanotechnology Characters Yessssss Riko She s the best.Riko beats people up, she swears loudly and frequently, she screws up and pulls herself to her feet again, she asks for help when she needs it and powers through when she doesn t She s a FORCE She s the kind of heroine I ve wanted to read for a long time but rarely actually GET Usually when you have protags like this, they end up needing A MAN to come save them somehow Riko is self sufficient and would probably significantly fuck you up if you suggested that She needs help, but she doesn t need to be saved.I really enjoyed how flawed and human K C Alexander writes Riko She s not an emotionless machine She cares for people and for her reputation When she screws up and hurts someone else, she feels guilt and regret Sometimes she screws up BECAUSE she feels so guilty it makes her rash and punch something she shouldn t Riko has fears and joys that are just so centrally REAL that she really comes alive off the page Plus I deeply enjoyed watching her beat her enemies up I would not want to get in this woman s way She s not the most conniving or intelligent character on the page, and THAT S OKAY That s better than okay, actually, it shows how she has significant challenges to face that she genuinely needs others for.There s a great variety in characters presented in this book, who are all very different, yet need each other to survive and solve problems Diversity Riko has had a long and sometimes complicated love life, and is bisexual LGBT rep is casual and inclusive in this novel, and I really appreciated that We frequently see Riko make passes at both men and women throughout the story, and there s absolutely no fanfare or big deal made out of who she s attracted to by any other character.Riko is an amputee who uses a prosthetic metal forearm and hand In a lot of SFF, loss of a limb is often swiftly compensated by something that functions the same, if not better However, while Riko s arm definitely is advanced tech, it s not the same as if she d never lost the arm It feeds data back to Riko in a series of statistics about whatever it s touching, and she must interpret them rather than feeling as she does with her other hand It has drawbacks and strengths that play uniquely into how Riko navigates the world I felt this was excellently done.Genetics is messy in the world of Necrotech People can take pills containing genetic material from other human ethnic groups which augment their abilities and change their physical appearance.While this makes it complicated to evaluate racial diversity in the book, I was very happy with the many characters of color we got to see, and who play important roles This is definitely not one of those the future is white type scifi books I was happy with the diversity in this book Conclusion You need this damn book There s a longish excerpt posted here by BN if you want to see for yourself If you don t like swearing you won t like this book, but you d also probably not be reading my blog SO READ THIS BOOK Necrotech is one of those titles that left me feeling particularly divisive K.C Alexander included a great number of things that I enjoyed, but there were also just enough missteps to disappoint.Perhaps 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 overarching plot line Alexander presents a story where the lead character, Riko, is on a mission to discover what happened to her and her girlfriend during a Necrotech is one of those titles that left me feeling particularly divisive K.C Alexander included a great number of things that I enjoyed, but there were also just enough missteps to disappoint.Perhaps 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 overarching plot line Alexander presents a story where the lead character, Riko, is on a mission to discover what happened to her and her girlfriend during a period of several months that she cannot recall In the book s opening moments, Riko wakes up in a lab in time to discover her cybernetically augmented girlfriend going haywire and turning into a savage monster 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 crux of Riko s motivation Unfortunately, by the time we reach the end of the book s 400 pages there s been zero resolution Riko does get moved into a new and interesting place, which is a plus, but the story itself lacks any sense of closure The characters, and readers, are left in largely the same place they found themselves at the outset, with the central mystery unresolved We had some neat developments and a few interesting scenarios along the way, but the trip itself ultimately felt largely pointless and this left me disappointed.On the bright side, Riko is a cool heroine, and I have a soft spot for foul mouthed, temperamental, tough women Riko is a particular type of mercenary known as a splatter specialist, and with her gruff, violent, no prisoners attitude, and big bionic arm heroines don t get much tougher Necrotech is a violent book, with nearly non stop action At a certain point, though, the action does get to be a bit too much and a bit too tedious Alexander doesn t slow down enough to really allow her character much in the way of introspection or growth, although there are some nice moments between Riko and the other characters Her flirtatious side carries a definite charm, which made virtually any scene between her and a corporate secretary named Hope fun and engaging I could have gone for a fewof those moments, and Riko becomes muchinteresting when she s placed in situations far removed from her usual elements.Make no mistake, Riko s usual elements are gritty and violent Alexander does a great job building the world her characters inhabit, and I liked the concept of necrotech, a computer virus that hijacks people s implants and turns them into the cyberpunk equivalent of a zombie, quite a lot It s a scary, gruesome, and highly intriguing idea, and one that I look forward to seeing the author develop in future books.While Necrotech was not the stand alone title I was hoping for, and leaves far too many plot threads dangling and unresolved to placate me, I am still invested enough in this world, and in K.C Alexander as a storyteller, to see what comes up next Note I received an advanced review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley Angry Robot has had a way of rewarding us readers with the new and the unexpected when it comes to genre fiction, fantasy or 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 of good things to have come out of that process Rebelliously, ridiculously good things that rank definitely up there among the best Re defining the scope Angry Robot has had a way of rewarding us readers with the new and the unexpected when it comes to genre fiction, fantasy or 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 of good things to have come out of that process Rebelliously, ridiculously good things that rank definitely up there among the best Re defining the scope and boundaries of cyberpunk science fiction thrillers I cannot believe this is a debut I cannot believe K C Alexander hasn t written a book before 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 or hate but just cannot get out of your hair Snarky from deep inside to outer 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 or 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 or even remotely like able, it s a wonder how Rikko gets called up for jobs on the street And what job do you ask She s a splatter specialist in the street Something like an obstacle remover or assassin, perhaps In this world, where tech integration into your body is an essential way of living, religion is just a way to ease up your conscience at the end of 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 lover girl friend get turned into a tech zombie where the tech or AI sneaks over and takes control of the body through her mind bidding her do ghastly stuff and her reputation on the street, goes for a toss she s branded a traitor to the cause of having sold out 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 anydifferent Necrotech is like the eruption of Mt.Fuji, 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 of, 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 of color so yeah, a lot of diversity here and the names for me, distinctly sounded like a mangled up version of Indian names Krouper Kapoor Mallik Nanjali the world itself minus the ozone layer being burned away and prolonged exposure leading to cancer It s all effortlessly a part of the narrative without standing out and I thought this was absolutely cool Coming to the characters, of course Rikko stood out 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 overwhelm you With her eruption of 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 only made herappealing to me But along with Rikko, there were other shining stars Starting with Indigo, the linker on her team, who s supposed to be the brains of all operations and guide the team on their mission as he s plugged into the information highway and accesses every info bit available about such, wasn t the strongest or the coolest around But the raw anguish of 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 operation for Rikko to uncover her memories and thus, the mystery of what really happened to her and her girlfriend, now he is a sinister cat alright Ice cool temperament and nerves of steel, this guy is someone you don t want on the opposite side of the ring This definitely reads like the first part of a series and therein, lies the only grouch I had No payoffs at the end of this book for the mystery Oh we get teasers alright and it only makes life harder There are dangerous glints that can lead off 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 over how I was going to like the rest I wanted to love it, I really did.So when the rest of 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 mo 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 over how I was going to like the rest I wanted to love it, I really did.So when the rest of 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 evenso, because I feel like this is really who she is as a writer An honest voice with tons of style, and a world that is totally worth getting sucked into 4.5 I was searching for female written female SciFi protagonists when I stumbled across this gem Even better this qualifies as Cyberpunk with the emphasis on Punk, very much in the the street finds its own use for things kind of way The world is an immersive not too far away future in which climate change among 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 Cybe 4.5 I was searching for female written female SciFi protagonists when I stumbled across this gem Even better this qualifies as Cyberpunk with the emphasis on Punk, very much in the the street finds its own use for things kind of way The world is an immersive not too far away future in which climate change among 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 kinds of 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 of other tech enhancements but she likes flying under the radar of the massive surveillance practiced by the corps Riko is a Saint meaning she doesn t have a SIN a Security Identification Number She is not only a Saint but also a mercenary with an impressive array of 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 once compelling full of snark and profanity and sometimes a bit too much in the ways of 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 find the Amnesia trope a bit tired but this execution was good maybe even great When she gets back to her team it turns out that her street cred took a big hit because of 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 of the book Riko is slowly trying to recover and find leads but in the second half the pace ramps up especially when it turns out the corps are involved in whatever has happened The showdown is worthy of being made into an action movie as the bullets fly and the view spoiler techno zombies hide spoiler splatter A word on diversity Riko is bisexual, stares at every butt and flirts with anyone she finds attractive and that s quite a few people But neither her gender, nor her mixed race or her missing arm replaced by a diamond steel appendage are the big themes of this story The cast to me at least seems diverse because in this future world everything is mixed up.I do enjoy reading kick ass female protagonists and especially those who don t swoon into the arms of any guy who yanks their chains If you like cyberpunk give this a read Review also on my BlogForcontext the author has written about this book on Scalzi s The Big Idea Necrotech Street thug Riko has some serious issues memories wiped, reputation tanked, girlfriend turned into a tech fueled zombie And the only people who can help are the mercenaries who think she screwed them overIn an apathetic society devoid of ethics or regulation, where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge or a killer conversion, a massive conspiracy is unfolding that will alter the course of the human condition forever With corporate meatheads on her ass and a necro tech blight between her and salvation, Riko is going to have to fight meaner, work smarter, and push harder than she s ever had to And that s just to make it through the dayFile Under Science Fiction Viral Hitman Renegade Nano Shock Swear On Your Life Some good old school cyberpunk with a suitably large dash of 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 old school still shows through though with a main character s chrome cyber arm and one of the deckers, sorry, projectors having the DNI ports in his neck and back This book takes the genre, kisses it on the mouth, and finishes with a swift kick in the balls It s a good book Cyber psychos Some good old school cyberpunk with a suitably large dash of 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 old school still shows through though with a main character s chrome cyber arm and one of the deckers, sorry, projectors having the DNI ports in his neck and back This book takes the genre, kisses it on 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 over stressed, such as you re implanting too much foreign material or you re starving, they can go into panic mood The panic can lead to them multiplying exponentially to keep up with what s going on till the point they overwrite your nervous system and go onto 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 on It s an excellent welcome to a whole new world The book finishes with few answers but a promise of a whole lotto come Some serious corporate malfeasance is afoot and there are a lot of highly punchable faces that need to provide some explanations Need NECROTECH is probably the most entertaining novel I read in 2017 and is the best way I can finish off this year I say this as a huge cyberpunk fan and someone who has often felt the genre has suffered since The Matrix Basically, the original cyberpunks grew up to become thirty something year old people who had to work for a living and were briefly deluded by the tech of Steve Jobs as well as the Clinton Administration into believing the world was getting better It took the War on Terror to re NECROTECH is probably the most entertaining novel I read in 2017 and is the best way I can finish off this year I say this as a huge cyberpunk fan and someone who has often felt the genre has suffered since The Matrix Basically, the original cyberpunks grew up to become thirty something year old people who had to work for a living and were briefly deluded by the tech of Steve Jobs as well as the Clinton Administration into believing the world was getting better It took the War on Terror to remind us the world was a scary place with violent chaos on one side along with the politicians as well as corporates willing to take advantage of it Even so, I wrote my first cyberpunk novel AGENT G INFILTRATOR with the cultured assassin of the super rich rather than the penniless hacker on the ground.In a way, Necrotech is a throwback to the original cyberpunk novels of Case and Molly Riko is a Runner and professional thief who wakes up in a laboratory one day with months missing of her life The rude, irreverent, and crude heroine doesn t make it out of the laboratory without some serious damage Not only does she find her reputation in tatters, all of her old allies having abandoned her, and missing time but she s also lost her girlfriend to whoever was experimenting on her.Riko can t conclusively prove she didn t sell 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 secrets of the laboratory she escaped from have a substantial credit amount and everyone wants her to guide them back to find out its secrets government quarantine or not.The future described in Necrotech is a true cyberpunk one with society on the verge of collapse The government still exists but corporations have disproportionate power, organized crime is utterly vicious, and the police are corrupt as hell Riko is a product of the streets and feels authentically punk in a way which very few authors are able to claim.I 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 s okay I will say I think the book was a bit sexless despite large amounts of innuendo I could have used a bitRiko getting to act on those urges What can I say.The action is great in the book but I mostly appreciated the hard edged negotiations and characterizations of the book s first half The second half of the book is mostly action and a heist story with a team 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 worked.In conclusion, Necrotech is a great novel for fans of cyberpunk and I immediately picked up the sequel It s a truly punk novel which has a character who embodies the give no s attitude of the movement and serves as one of its iconic characters almost immediately out of the gate I hope the author writes manyinstallments.9 10

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