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Company Town av Madeline Ashby
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Company Town (utgåvan 2015)

av Madeline Ashby (Författare)

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New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. As such, she's the last truly organic person left on the rig--making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline? Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city's stability and heightens the unease of a rig turning over. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa's front door. Company Town has never been the safest place to be--but now, the danger is personal. A brilliant, twisted mystery, as one woman must evaluate saving the people of a town that can't be saved, or saving herself.… (mer)
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Titel:Company Town
Författare:Madeline Ashby (Författare)
Info:Angry Robot (2015)
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There was a whole lot I really liked about this book. Set in Canada - in Newfoundland, with characters who have Newfie accents! Lots of people of colour, including our protagonist, Hwa. Lots of ladies, including Hwa. Disabled protagonist (Hwa has Sturge-Weber Syndrome, which causes a facial birthmark and seizures among other things). Respectful portrayal of sex workers. Great sci-fi setting. The writing was really engaging...I know it took me 8 days to finish it but that's just because I didn't have a lot of time to read this week! I was really invested in Hwa's life and really wanted everything to work out for her!

So - some spoilery things that I didn't love so much:

Despite the respectful portrayal of sex workers, they still were forced into some common tropes in that they were murdered to cause pain and story development for our protagonist. I don't think any of the sex workers that we met who were Hwa's clients/friends/family survived to the end of the book.

I was also kind of sad that Hwa got "fixed" at the end (even though she was also kind of sad about it). It was nice to read about someone with a disability who was super badass and strong, even though she kept putting herself down about it. Hwa's relationship with her mother kind of solidified her self-esteem but to look at her through Daniel's eyes, her strength and the way she carries herself are really her defining features. It would have been nice for her to start to value her strength and confidence and accept her disability as a part of her strength and awesomeness and not feel shitty about her birthmark, instead of just being cured. I don't know if there's going to be a sequel or anything but it would still be nice to imagine all of that!

Finally, I didn't really care for the ending. It was fine, I understood it, but it seemed a bit tacked-on that all of a sudden there was an inter-dimensional being who was the villain all along. I mean I liked his motivation but up to then there wasn't any indication of alternate timelines existing in this sci-fi universe or hints that it might have something to do with that? I mean I guess alternate timelines don't seem plausible until someone shows up from one but it felt a little of whatever the opposite of deus ex machina is. Diaboli ex machina? Anyway later there was still a deus ex machina with sexually transmitted blood nano-bots which I was fine with because I really didn't want Hwa to die. But none of the ending really diminished my enjoyment of the book!
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  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
Reading this is like going through my own personal evolution, one story stage at a time. :)

I had to throw out practically all of my expectations at different stages of the novel. Hell, I even thought this was going to be a YA-ish SF, but no, it's a lot more than meets the eye.

It starts out as a biology-twist to a cyberpunk premise, where the biology-only character, Hwa, is an anomaly to all the tech around her. :) Turn her into a bodyguard, have her look into strange murders, and then, above all, keep adding new SF concepts... and the tale fleshes out into something almost unique. It's definitely quite beautiful and strange.

It touches upon beauty and the theme of always putting in extra effort, which I really enjoyed, and the twists are truly fun. :)

Family dynasties, indeed. :)

I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep my eye open for now on for more of this author's work. :)


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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Another of those fairly eye-opening near-future sci-fi novels that makes you wonder just how far from this kind of technology and world we really are. Hwa was a terrific, kick-ass, and fully-realized protagonist. *Heart-clutch* Ugh, her relationship with her mother. Unique setting, tons of action, bio-technology: pretty much exactly what I'd expect from Madeline Ashby at this point!

Thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the review copy! ( )
  allison_s | May 25, 2020 |
Maybe I wasn’t reading closely enough, but I think there are still parts of the plot here where I don’t even really understand what happened. There were too many bad guys, I think, and the stuff about serial killers felt like it was maybe an intentional red herring. I think it also jumped around too many times. There were a lot of times where the protagonist should have died and was surprised to find herself alive after some ambiguous amount of time had passed. There were some really interesting ideas here, and I wish the book had focused more on those rather than... well, just the lack of focus. ( )
  livingtech | Mar 18, 2020 |
I discuss this book in the context of Canada Reads 2017 and provide a brief review here

Action packed page turner with a tough female lead and a Newfoundland accent :)

The book has an interesting underlying theme - what does it mean to be human? When everyone has modifications, where do you draw the line between human and machine?

I enjoyed this book from start to finish, and I'm looking forward to reading more work by the author. ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
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New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. As such, she's the last truly organic person left on the rig--making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline? Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city's stability and heightens the unease of a rig turning over. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa's front door. Company Town has never been the safest place to be--but now, the danger is personal. A brilliant, twisted mystery, as one woman must evaluate saving the people of a town that can't be saved, or saving herself.

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