on April 13, 2014
It's strange to me that I haven't yet written a review: I've been trying to get people to read this book for months. Believable, relatable characters, a protagonist who's a lesbian of color with a disability, thematic elements of transhumanism and what it means to be constantly connected, sharp politics, and things going boom. It's difficult to categorize, because the structure is of a police procedural and murder mystery, but the politics of the situation are inescapable and the science fiction elements are integral without ever stealing the spotlight from the characters.
As a long-time reader of the comic, I was already in love with the world, but this expands it exponentially and stands quite happily on its own.
on April 25, 2014
This book, aside from the frequent explosions, demonstration of research, and excellent representation, reminded me of what I love about making things. It's a sharp examination of the ways we're unprepared as a country for some of the new and scary technological realities we're faced with, but also of the ways people can be kind, and creative, and actually try to do good and make things better.