Genre: science fiction
Length: 513 pages
Setting: various points on a future Earth
Interest: It was a random book on my Kindle that fulfilled a letter in my author challenge. You can get the book yourself at ManyBooks.
Summary: Jen, Samantha, and Cookie are activists working together to hack into corporate computers. They live in a world where advertisers rule, Echelon monitors all internet and mobile traffic, there are portals that can instantly transport you anywhere, and everyone has a microchip in their spine for identification and monitoring purposes. They are trying to open people’s eyes to the corporate control over everything, but are labelled as terrorists because of their actions. Dan Sutherland is a bounty hunter tasked with bringing Jen into custody, but she’s also being hunted by Raven, a cyborg who wants to kill Jen, and Esteban, who wants to turn Jen into a sex slave. Esteban captures Jen, and Dan tries to find her. In the process, he learns that the material used in portal technology is unstable. They all get into Uniforce (the company hiring the bounty hunters), kill the upper management, and put Jen’s father in charge of the corporation.
Final thoughts: This was a book that tried to do too much. I liked the world and the premise that corporations had essentially taken over all the public and government functions. The bounty hunter plot was nice – who was going to get Jen first? The by the book Dan or the crazy cyborg Raven? The problem was, we had about four other subplots running around as well – some revenge, sex slaves, a conspiracy to hide a technological problem, infighting at Uniforce. It was a bit too much to shoehorn into one story. A fair amount of blood, sex and violence as well.
Title comes from: The lack of freedom people in society had and the power of the corporations.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 95/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge, and a T in my A-Z Reading Challenge author challenge (19/26)