Teaser Tuesday – 4th October, 2016

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:
Escapology by Ren Waromescapology
p. 220: Heng heaves forward, staring.
“Hive? You’re going in to Hive?” He seems genuinely concerned, which is a thing. Heng doesn’t much care for Shock. No one of sense does.
Shock shrugs. “For my health.”
“Flim? Or breathing?”
“Make a wild guess.”
Heng pulls a face. “Ouch. My condolences.”

BLURB: Shock Pao is the best. In the virtual world the Slip there’s nothing he can’t steal for the right price. Outside the Slip, though, he’s a Fail – no degree, no job. So when his ex offers him a job, breaking into a corporate databank, he accepts—it’s either that, or find himself a nice bench to sleep under. Amiga works for psychotic crime lord Twist Calhoun so when Shock’s war comes to her, it’s her job to bring him to Twist, dead or alive.

I’m really enjoying this sharp-edged cyberpunk adventure. Warom has woven a vivid, detailed far future where the stakes are high. Shock, who has slid from the fast-track, glowing corporate future that was mapped out for him, is trapped by his brilliance in Slip and by tangling with the wrong girl. This complicated anti-hero nevertheless has me rooting for him, along with the other damaged characters Shock intersects with. The writing is gritty and lyrical – an impressive debut novel.

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35 responses »

  1. Yes, the plot if fairly twist already – though everyone seems headed for hell in a handcart right now… I’m hoping at least a couple of these difficult characters are spared! But it is an engrossing read. I really liked the backstory of your main character:)

    • It is science fiction in an urban, dystopian landscape, with compressed, punchy prose and themes to do with a virtual reality and artificial intelligence – Bladerunner, the film is an example of a cyberpunk film…

  2. Your teaser is definitely a tease. Here’s one from BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue
    spoiler alert: It’s near the end of the book. (I should post a review tonight.)
    “He wanted no more of life in a roach filled apartment in a Harlem neighborhood of fried chicken joints, storefront churches and funeral homes where young men in cornrows and saggy pants perpetually lingered outside, mourning one of their own and carelessly spitting in his direction.”
    (The American Dream???)

    • It seems to be a growing ongoing problem, which makes me very sad. I grew up in an era where this sort of shutting down of opportunity was supposed to be a thing of the past:(

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