Published by: Grimbold Books
Publication date: July 29th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Science Fiction
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 are two strangers, who never should have met, and now they will rip apart the world.
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.
Once you get used to the jargon and the discombobulated feeling of not knowing what’s going on around you, hang on for a ride that will have you reading up past your bedtime. Classically deprived of the lushness of typical life, this dystopian tale winds down many roads and as such can be a bit confusing at times. Though there are some big questions unanswered by the end, the author certainly gives you enough to keep you interested. Though YA in genre, I found that this was rather refreshingly free of the condescending or trite nature which seems to be plaguing this age group of books as of late. I was drawn more to Balmoral than Pasco, and was hoping to see some character growth continuing throughout but overall this was a fast paced and engrossing novel. IF you like action in your science fiction and coming of age stories, this one will be right up your alley!
Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realising an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. Working across the globe in fields as diverse as journalism, data entry, sales, management consultancy and babysitting, Jude has partially succeeded in putting an English and History degree from Oxford University to good use. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.