Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
autonomy (Jude Houghton)
Author: Jude Houghton
Publisher: Kristell Ink
Publication Date: July 28, 2016 (paperback & e-book)
Unlike me last abandoned sci-fi novel, this one went a lot better. I finished it! The story is set on post-apocalyptic Earth. The environment has been trashed and Autonomy runs the world. Their goal – making choices based on economic stability. The greatest resource on Earth happens to be humans because they are expendable and therefore exploitable. The book blurb frankly doesn’t do the book justice. The novel takes place beginning in 2035 and ending in 2060 with some gaps.
The story starts following the Boa family, part of the poor class. The first scene is heart-wrenching and immediately drew me in. This personal look into the Boa family gradually widens into multiple viewpoints from all different walks of life as the story continues.
Contrasting with the Boa family are the Eborgersens, part of the Elite ruling class. Of course life isn’t all fun and games for the rich either. That is what makes this novel so compelling. The expansive time frame, multiple points of view, changing politics, revolutionaries, and plot twists kept me hooked. Every time I had to put the book down, I was grumpy and impatient to get back to it.
There are several characters that get more focus in the book. Tristan and Pasco Eborgersen and the Boa daughter, Balmoral, are the folks whom the story centers around. I loved all three in different ways. Balmoral is kickass but makes plenty of mistakes. Pasco started out annoying and grew on me. Tristan is just plain nuts.
The only major complaint I had with the book was the ending. The book began to piss me off at 96% when the book’s final Big Secret is revealed. I just thought it was stupid. However other people loved the ending so don’t take me word for it. Give this book a try. I am still super glad that I read it and would recommend it to sci-fi lovers.
If ye want to read another take on this novel, check out this review by sarah @ Brainfluff.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Kristell Ink!
The publisher’s website has this to say about the novel:
Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They never should have met, and now they will rip the world apart.
What happens when ninety percent of the world lives on skaatch – a jellyfish and insect composite?
What happens when mankind spends more time in alternative life sims instead of in the “real” world?
What happens when economic interest is the sole determinant of global decision making?
What happens when a single secret is discovered that calls into question everything we have ever believed?
Welcome to the Autonomy. Welcome to your future.
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