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The basic premise revolves around the release from prison of a woman who had been put away for 20 years for computer hacking. What she emerges into is a nightmare incarnation of her worst fears. This is dystopic vision of the future; but sadly, the dystopia simply does not work. The result is an overly ambitious attempt that simply becomes over the top in terms of inconsistencies.
Throughout there are simply too many things that don't make sense. Prison life is going to result in the healthiest organs, really? Someone invents antigravity for the sole purpose of creating mobile servers to escape detection, really? There's antigravity, but we're still transplanting organs, really? Wealthy corporations maintain standing armies to hunt down transplant victims, really? People rebel by intentionally infecting themselves with leprosy, including their children, really? Computer geeks develop ritualistic quasi-religions, really? High tech, enormously expensive nursing homes maintain pre-thawed organs at the ready (just what I'm looking for: an 85 year old kidney), really?
Even if all this seems plausible, we are still presented with our heroine who developed the program that put her in prison, but it's still out there doing its thing after 20 years. No one has been able to find it, seriously. And its thing is to just collect data. This is the ultimate macguffin. Somehow after 20 years of this dystopic world, the "data" this program has collected will open people's eyes to the truth (as if they need computer output to see the world around them). And for all these years everyone's been waiting for this woman to reveal the code word to release this kraken of a data deluge. Encryption specialists must have been eliminated early on.
Rebecca's nemesis is also guilty of pure stupidity since she could have had her prey multiple times, but dragged things out until she manages to escape. The final denouement is unsatisfying. Towards the end, I was rooting for the transplanters to win.
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First off, the cover art of the book is completely miss leading. There are no Cyberpunk Gunmen or street Samurai anywhere in the book. In fact there are very few instances of combat at all. Most of the "Cyberpunk " flavor of the book is nothing more than a generous helping of techno buzz words like "Warez" and "Logic Bomb" without any of the in depth follow through to show the author has any real understanding of the subject matter. The lead character of the book is a complete disappointment. The character fails to live up to the authors build-up in so frustrating a fashion it becomes a struggle just to finish the book.