Just finished reading this, and all I can say is WOW!!! A dark but entertaining read that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. 10/10 loved this book and will read again!
Eerily reminiscent of things going on today, Necrotic City is about a vat-grown peacekeeper who gets put through the wringer for trying to do right by the people he was created to protect.
Adrian is more of a good guy than the dark, brooding antihero people might expect out of a cyberpunk novel, but he's tough and persistent. I found myself really liking him. Enforcer-Lieutenant Hardy reminds me of certain NCOs I've known: a miserable sadistic self-righteous bragger with an ego the size of Texas. I cheered out loud when (oops, redacted for spoilers)!!
There's a diverse cast of supporting characters comprised of Adrian's fellow heroes, young programmers and hackers, a stealthy sentient AI, subversive doctors, and a band of gritty rebels carving out a living on the abandoned tiers below the Company-controlled portion of the city.
Lydecker's characters and the city in which they live are richly detailed and chillingly believable. His depiction of corporate rule and widespread poverty is grim but extremely realistic. In addition to being a grippingly entertaining read, Necrotic City is a cautionary tale. This could be us in a few hundred years.
I haven't enjoyed a dystopian/hard SF novel this much in ages. If you haven't read Necrotic City, you really should!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)