on Nov. 20, 2017 :
So full disclaimer, I know the author and I was one of the first people to read Tarmage City. And I absolutely loved it!
Tarmage City introduces a dark, dreary post apocalyptic existence with decrepit buildings, an economy fueled only by the gaming corporations and Rumuila – a potent homemade liquor. Tarmage City follows Kayt, a game developer striving for excellence while trying to get that ever elusive promotion (I know that feeling).
As this is more of a novelette length I don’t want to give away anything. But what I will say is that Tarmage City explores the morally corrupt behaviour of mankind (something all of us have experienced one way or another). I find myself relating to Kayt in a number of ways, especially on keeping your integrity and moral convictions in an ever changing society and how to deal with unfairness. Kayt is very likable, but you will find some of the supporting characters just as interesting.
In my opinion Nolte has two strengths in her writing, her ability to convey the world with the associated technologies and her interesting characters. Tarmage City is a character-driven story which reads without difficulty, something I’ve not always found in science fiction.
One of the major things I like about Nolte’s stories (Yes! I’ve read them all, even the ones she’s still busy with) is that there is always some moral dilemma or human behavioural aspect she explores in our ever changing socially isolated, technologically addicted and morally corrupt society.
If you enjoy novels similar to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eight Four, then Tarmage City is for you. :P
(review of free book)