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Street thug Riko has some serious issues — memories wiped, reputation tanked, girlfriend turned into a tech-fueled zombie. And the only people who can help are the mercenaries who think she screwed them over.In an apathetic society devoid of ethics or regulation, where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge or a killer conversion, a massive conspiracy is unfolding tStreet thug Riko has some serious issues — memories wiped, reputation tanked, girlfriend turned into a tech-fueled zombie. And the only people who can help are the mercenaries who think she screwed them over.In an apathetic society devoid of ethics or regulation, where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge or a killer conversion, a massive conspiracy is unfolding that will alter the course of the human condition forever. With corporate meatheads on her ass and a necro-tech blight between her and salvation, Riko is going to have to fight meaner, work smarter, and push harder than she’s ever had to. And that’s just to make it through the day.File Under: Science Fiction [ Viral Hitman | Renegade | Nano Shock | Swear On Your Life ]...

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necrotech Reviews

  • Bradley
    2019-03-10 04:55

    What a great surprise! I've read a lot of machine-aug SF and dirty dangerous streets fiction to get a little jaded and ho-hum, but this one has a great flavor from start to finish.It's all about the voice... and this woman (both the author and the MC) is wickedly delicious. Do you like awesome insults? Snark? The whole UF feel all wrapped up in a shiny dangerous nano package that can eat you from the inside or completely destroy you with a complete corruption of the software? How about being on the other side of the law, running jobs wherever you can... or how about landing yourself in so much damn trouble that your street cred and therefore your life is about to be landed in the bottom of a sewer somewhere?It's CyberPUNK, yo! This is more than a traditional but dressed-up-to-be-modern cyberpunk novel. This is cyberpunk for a brand new generation, with the feel of the neon spiky hair without an actual hair-job meant to poke someone's eye out. :)Did I mention this had delicious dialogue and text rolls under some of the best throat-punches in the business?Well, it does. :)

  • Scott Sigler
    2019-03-19 03:43

    This book unapologetically throws cyberpunk into a sweaty ménage à trios with AI madness and Cthulhu-cum-tech-zombie foul-mouthed insanity. The resultant gun-slinging, two-fisted, ass-kicking action is non-stop, as is the main character's incredibly, incredibly self-sabotaging bad attitude. NECROTECH is so full of four-letter jabber it makes PULP FICTION sound like a church sermon. Seriously, if you're even remotely offended by Tourette's-level cursing, this one isn't for you.We start out with a familiar amnesia trope, and truth be told by the end of the book we don't really get the answers. Want to know more? You'll need to get the second book in the SINless series. I don't think there's a release date at this time, so be warned. But don't let that corrupt your software so much that you avoid this tale. The main character, Riko, is a walking disaster of overconfidence and simultaneous self-doubt. The tension between her two sides usually results in her using her bionic arm to punch some poor fucker in the mouth. Sometimes this results in said poor fucker's head exploding. Short answer: be very, very careful about what you say when you're talking to Riko.Alexander's prose is solid. She's got some very poetic work in there, as part and parcel of the non-stop blood and gore. She plays with established grammar structure a bit, with the end result being a unique style — I think I'd now recognize her writing anywhere.Fun book. Get some.

  • Silicon
    2019-03-21 02:43

    Review originally posted at my blog: Silicon of the InternetTitle: NecrotechAuthor: K. C. AlexanderGenre: Sci-FiSubgenre: Cyberpunk/Transhumanist sci-fiReview by Silicon.Intro HOLY. SHIT. To say I enjoyed this book would be a massive understatement. Do you like ass-kicking, foul-mouthed, shit-starting heroines? Fast-paced plots that just don't stop the punches? Human & tech integration with ACTUAL CONSEQUENCES and unique dangers?Publication date is September 1st for ebook & UK, September 6th for North America.This is an honest review in exchange for an ARC. Yes, I really did like it THIS MUCH.Plot & Writing StyleThe plot of Necrotech is one wild ride.The major conflict in the story centers around Riko's girlfriend, who is turned into a "tech zombie" (necrotech) following events that implicate Riko herself, and which she cannot remember. Complicating the issue is her girlfriend's brother, who Riko must work with if she's to figure out what happened. The complicated, messy relationships between characters in this book is a real strength of the storytelling. I really liked how Riko is clearly a person who loves & is attracted to many people, and how HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS is a central theme & conflict for everyone. Deciding who to trust, who to betray, who to save makes up a big part of how everyone interacts.Shit just keeps hitting the fan. Everything Riko does to try and fix the situation has consequences, positive and negative. The world of the story is tightly integrated, and Alexander does a great job giving us essential information through action sequences and really keeping tension up the whole time. This is a first person POV book, so when Riko doesn't know something we don't either. It's tough to make this work with an amnesia-driven central conflict, but I think it was well done. Amnesia isn't my favorite plot device, but for this story it worked. If you see this XKCD and think "I'd like to read that!" You will enjoy Necrotech. This is one of the fastest-paced books I've read, which packs punches both physical and emotional.SettingHumanity has become concentrated in cosmopolitan mega-cities due to massive environmental degradation (whee, it's the future!), and depends on nanotechnology to survive.The way tech and humanity is integrated in this novel is really unique. I liked the way that tech upgrades came with a significant danger and cost--the possibility of being overwhelmed by your tech's needs and becoming a mere vessel for it to operate. Very creepy. I think the way that tech and environment meshed was well thought out and has interesting implications--for example, nanotech removes the possibility of cancer, so people pulse themselves with straight radiation to disinfect the extremely dubious water coming out of their showers. People can connect and talk to one another through tech-based psionics wired into their brains, but this comes at the cost of also being constantly assaulted with visual and aural advertisements.It's a very dystopian, post-climate-crisis environment and a very interesting use of universal nanotechnology.CharactersYessssss Riko. She's the best.Riko beats people up, she swears loudly and frequently, she screws up and pulls herself to her feet again, she asks for help when she needs it and powers through when she doesn't. She's a FORCE. She's the kind of heroine I've wanted to read for a long time but rarely actually GET. Usually when you have protags like this, they end up needing A MAN to come save them somehow. Riko is self-sufficient and would probably significantly fuck you up if you suggested that. She needs help, but she doesn't need to be saved.I really enjoyed how flawed and human K. C. Alexander writes Riko. She's not an emotionless machine. She cares for people and for her reputation. When she screws up and hurts someone else, she feels guilt and regret. Sometimes she screws up BECAUSE she feels so guilty it makes her rash and punch something she shouldn't. Riko has fears and joys that are just so centrally REAL that she really comes alive off the page. Plus I deeply enjoyed watching her beat her enemies up. I would not want to get in this woman's way. She's not the most conniving or intelligent character on the page, and THAT'S OKAY. That's better than okay, actually, it shows how she has significant challenges to face that she genuinely needs others for.There's a great variety in characters presented in this book, who are all very different, yet need each other to survive and solve problems.DiversityRiko has had a long and sometimes complicated love life, and is bisexual. LGBT+ rep is casual and inclusive in this novel, and I really appreciated that. We frequently see Riko make passes at both men and women throughout the story, and there's absolutely no fanfare or big deal made out of who she's attracted to by any other character.Riko is an amputee who uses a prosthetic metal forearm and hand. In a lot of SFF, loss of a limb is often swiftly compensated by something that functions the same, if not better. However, while Riko's arm definitely is advanced tech, it's not the same as if she'd never lost the arm. It feeds data back to Riko in a series of statistics about whatever it's touching, and she must interpret them rather than feeling as she does with her other hand. It has drawbacks and strengths that play uniquely into how Riko navigates the world. I felt this was excellently done.Genetics is messy in the world of Necrotech. People can take pills containing genetic material from other human ethnic groups which augment their abilities and change their physical appearance.While this makes it complicated to evaluate racial diversity in the book, I was very happy with the many characters of color we got to see, and who play important roles. This is definitely not one of those "the future is white"-type scifi books. I was happy with the diversity in this book.ConclusionYou need this damn book. There's a longish excerpt posted here by B&N if you want to see for yourself. If you don't like swearing you won't like this book, but you'd also probably not be reading my blog. SO. READ THIS BOOK.

  • Michael Hicks
    2019-03-23 01:50

    Necrotech is one of those titles that left me feeling particularly divisive. K.C. Alexander included a great number of things that I enjoyed, but there were also just enough missteps to disappoint.Perhaps my greatest problem with this book was going into it without the explicit understanding that this is the first book in a series with an overarching plot line. Alexander presents a story where the lead character, Riko, is on a mission to discover what happened to her and her girlfriend during a period of several months that she cannot recall. In the book's opening moments, Riko wakes up in a lab in time to discover her cybernetically augmented girlfriend going haywire and turning into a savage monster on a bloody tear. The mystery behind what these two women are doing in this lab, and why they were even there in the first place, becomes the crux of Riko's motivation. Unfortunately, by the time we reach the end of the book's 400+ pages there's been zero resolution. Riko does get moved into a new and interesting place, which is a plus, but the story itself lacks any sense of closure. The characters, and readers, are left in largely the same place they found themselves at the outset, with the central mystery unresolved. We had some neat developments and a few interesting scenarios along the way, but the trip itself ultimately felt largely pointless and this left me disappointed.On the bright side, Riko is a cool heroine, and I have a soft-spot for foul-mouthed, temperamental, tough women. Riko is a particular type of mercenary known as a splatter specialist, and with her gruff, violent, no-prisoners attitude, and big bionic arm heroines don't get much tougher. Necrotech is a violent book, with nearly non-stop action. At a certain point, though, the action does get to be a bit too much and a bit too tedious. Alexander doesn't slow down enough to really allow her character much in the way of introspection or growth, although there are some nice moments between Riko and the other characters. Her flirtatious side carries a definite charm, which made virtually any scene between her and a corporate secretary named Hope fun and engaging. I could have gone for a few more of those moments, and Riko becomes much more interesting when she's placed in situations far removed from her usual elements.Make no mistake, Riko's usual elements are gritty and violent. Alexander does a great job building the world her characters inhabit, and I liked the concept of 'necrotech,' a computer virus that hijacks people's implants and turns them into the cyberpunk equivalent of a zombie, quite a lot. It's a scary, gruesome, and highly intriguing idea, and one that I look forward to seeing the author develop in future books.While Necrotech was not the stand-alone title I was hoping for, and leaves far too many plot threads dangling and unresolved to placate me, I am still invested enough in this world, and in K.C. Alexander as a storyteller, to see what comes up next. [Note: I received an advanced review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.]

  • Michael Underwood
    2019-03-07 06:47

    Necrotech updates 80s-style neon and street attitude cyberpunk for the 21st century. This is cyberpunk with an emphasis on the *punk*. It's in your face, unapologetic, no-holds-barred asskickery. If you love the Miriam Black books, you'll love Necrotech.

  • Stephanie Embry
    2019-02-28 07:29

    Will review better later. For now: at first I thought this book was going to disappoint. I spotted what looked like a few tropes that had me worried, and I was anxious over how I was going to like the rest. I wanted to love it, I really did.So--when the rest of the book totally did not at all fall into the tropes I thought I saw coming, I was Ecstatic. This book is refreshing and fun and awesome. Kace is just as fantastic here as she was when she was writing steampunk adventures; perhaps even more so, because I feel like this is really "who she is" as a writer. An honest voice with tons of style, and a world that is totally worth getting sucked into.

  • Sachin Dev
    2019-03-22 06:45

    Angry Robot has had a way of rewarding us readers with the new and the unexpected when it comes to genre fiction, fantasy or science fiction. Books that break current boundaries, set the stratospheric new heights and also define new sub-genres in that process, giving us fiction we didn't know we needed. Necrotech is the prime shining example of good things to have come out of that process. Rebelliously, ridiculously good things that rank definitely up there among the best. Re-defining the scope and boundaries of cyberpunk science-fiction thrillers. I cannot believe this is a debut. I cannot believe K C Alexander hasn't written a book before. If this is Chuck Wendig writing under a false pen-name, I wouldn't be surprised. But heck no, he;s written a glowing endorsement for every foul word that has fountained from under that pen. So if you loved Miriam Black series, then you will love Rikko. The female protagonist whom you will choose to love or hate but just cannot get out of your hair. Snarky from deep-inside-to-outer-core. shockingly violent and as free-and-foul-mouthed a person can ever be. She wears her sexuality like a badge, doesn't really distinguish between a girl or a guy but just folds it unto her designs to get to her goals - with a personality that doesn't win points for being polite or even remotely like-able, it's a wonder how Rikko gets called up for jobs on the street. And what job do you ask? She's a "splatter" specialist in the street. Something like an obstacle remover or assassin, perhaps. In this world, where tech-integration into your body is an essential way of living, religion is just a way to ease up your conscience at the end of bad day and the environmental degradation has forced humanity to seek refuge in Mega-cities, a bad day for Rikko means she ends up with her memory slate wiped clean, watches her lover/girl-friend get turned into a "tech-zombie" (where the tech or AI sneaks over and takes control of the body through her mind bidding her do ghastly stuff!) and her reputation on the street, goes for a toss - she's branded a traitor to the cause of having sold out and abandoned her entire team for money. Second book that uses amnesia as a plot device in this month that I'm reading - but both couldn't have been any more different. Necrotech is like the eruption of Mt.Fuji, drowning you in scalding lava - and yet forcing you to suck it up and keep moving forward. It's explosive and it's raw. KC's writing is like a solid right-and-left-hook combo that leaves you breathless. Pacy as hell, an engrossing mystery brewing beneath all that blood, gore and curses flying all around that kept me hooked to the end. The ruthless futuristic world that Rikko is a part of, comes alive in a glorious manner throughout the story - the tech-enhancements, the nano-tech that helps heal your body, the genetic experiments are messy ( So most characters are characters of color - so yeah, a lot of diversity here and the names for me, distinctly sounded like a mangled up version of Indian names. Krouper = Kapoor? Mallik ? Nanjali!) the world itself minus the ozone layer being burned away and prolonged exposure leading to cancer - It's all effortlessly a part of the narrative without standing out and I thought this was absolutely cool. Coming to the characters, of course Rikko stood out. First person narrative, that allows the readers to get up close and personal insider her flawed and angry head - Rikko is an intense character that will overwhelm you. With her eruption of feelings and anger issues, she's not the most suavest, savviest person in the book (Nope - that title belongs to Mallik 'cool cucumber' Reed!) but that only made her more appealing to me. But along with Rikko, there were other shining stars. Starting with Indigo, the 'linker' on her team, who's supposed to be the 'brains' of all operations and guide the team on their mission as he's plugged into the information highway and accesses every info-bit available about such, wasn't the strongest or the coolest around. But the raw anguish of having lost his sister to the "Necrotech" and his mammoth trust issues with Rikko makes for a brilliant characterization. Mallik Reed, the "corporate" connect for Rikko, who decides to fund-roll this new operation for Rikko to uncover her memories and thus, the mystery of what really happened to her and her girlfriend, now he is a sinister cat alright. Ice-cool temperament and nerves of steel, this guy is someone you don't want on the opposite side of the ring. This definitely reads like the first part of a series - and therein, lies the only grouch I had. No payoffs at the end of this book for the mystery - Oh we get teasers alright and it only makes life harder. There are dangerous glints that can lead off into the speculation alleys but I will rein it in. It's a book that you should read. Satisfying that massive itch about hard-hitting cyberpunk you never knew you had. Truly an unexpected pleasure this year.

  • Sontaranpr
    2019-03-20 00:35

    Some good old school cyberpunk with a suitably large dash of the punk. We've got the usuals - deckers, fixers, runners, and the like all with suitably updated identities and new technology at their hands. The old school still shows through though with a main character's chrome cyber arm and one of the deckers, sorry, projectors having the DNI ports in his neck and back. This book takes the genre, kisses it on the mouth, and finishes with a swift kick in the balls. It's a good book. Cyber psychosis is updated as the titled necrotech. Everyone, basically, has nanites in their system keeping them health, repairing damage, etc. When the nanites get over stressed, such as you're implanting too much foreign material or you're starving, they can go into panic mood. The panic can lead to them multiplying exponentially to keep up with what's going on till the point they overwrite your nervous system and go onto autopilot. Hence, necrotech. This is a bad thing. Our main character is painfully flawed and she knows it. However, knowing doesn't mean you're able to stop making the same mistakes. Violent, foul mouthed, and just wanting to know what the hell is going on. It's an excellent welcome to a whole new world. The book finishes with few answers but a promise of a whole lot more to come. Some serious corporate malfeasance is afoot and there are a lot of highly punchable faces that need to provide some explanations. Need more.

  • Yashima
    2019-03-14 08:32

    4.5* I was searching for female-written female SciFi protagonists when I stumbled across this gem. Even better: this qualifies as Cyberpunk with the emphasis on Punk, very much in the “the street finds its own use for things” kind of way. The world is an immersive not-too-far-away future in which climate change (among other issues hinted at) have forced all humanity to live concentrated in a few protected places - mega cities. The Ozone Layer has been burnt away completely. As is usual with Cyberpunk there’s two kinds of people those who work for the corporations and those who don’t. Riko doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have nanos in her blood, a chipset in her brain and a bunch of other tech enhancements ... but she likes flying under the radar of the massive surveillance practiced by the corps. Riko is a Saint - meaning she doesn’t have a SIN - a Security Identification Number. She is not only a Saint but also a mercenary with an impressive array of profanity at her disposal and a not-so-small capacity for violence. The story is told from her perspective (1st person) and her voice is at once compelling - full of snark and profanity - and sometimes a bit too much in the ways of slang, street jargon and cliché. At first it’s fun, then I got a little annoyed (minus half a star) and then the plot got just too damn interesting ...It all starts with Riko waking up in a lab, she has a terrible hangover and she doesn’t remember how she got there. I find the Amnesia trope a bit tired but this execution was good - maybe even great. When she gets back to “her team” it turns out that her (street-)cred took a big hit because of whatever she did and now can’t admit that she doesn’t remember. All her allies - there are no friends in a life like hers - are suddenly wary if not hostile ...The first half of the book Riko is slowly trying to recover and find leads but in the second half the pace ramps up especially when it turns out the corps are involved in whatever has happened. The showdown is worthy of being made into an action movie as the bullets fly and the (view spoiler)[techno-zombies (hide spoiler)] splatter ...A word on diversity. Riko is bisexual, stares at every butt and flirts with anyone she finds attractive and that’s quite a few people. But neither her gender, nor her mixed race or her missing arm - replaced by a “diamond steel” appendage - are the big themes of this story. The cast - to me at least - seems diverse because in this future world everything is mixed-up.I do enjoy reading kick-ass female protagonists and especially those who don’t swoon into the arms of any guy who yanks their chains. If you like cyberpunk give this a read ...Review also on my BlogFor more context the author has written about this book on Scalzi's The Big Idea: Necrotech

  • C.T. Phipps
    2019-03-03 04:51

    NECROTECH is probably the most entertaining novel I read in 2017 and is the best way I can finish off this year. I say this as a huge cyberpunk fan and someone who has often felt the genre has suffered since The Matrix. Basically, the original cyberpunks grew up to become thirty something year old people who had to work for a living and were briefly deluded by the tech of Steve Jobs as well as the Clinton Administration into believing the world was getting better. It took the War on Terror to remind us the world was a scary place with violent chaos on one side along with the politicians as well as corporates willing to take advantage of it. Even so, I wrote my first cyberpunk novel (AGENT G: INFILTRATOR) with the cultured assassin of the super-rich rather than the penniless hacker on the ground.In a way, Necrotech is a throwback to the original cyberpunk novels of Case and Molly. Riko is a Runner and professional thief who wakes up in a laboratory one day with months missing of her life. The rude, irreverent, and crude heroine doesn't make it out of the laboratory without some serious damage. Not only does she find her reputation in tatters, all of her old allies having abandoned her, and missing time but she's also lost her girlfriend to whoever was experimenting on her.Riko can't conclusively prove she didn't sell out her girlfriend as while that's not something she would normally do, their relationship had also fallen apart. Instead, she soon finds herself surrounded by men who want to use her and manipulate her. The secrets of the laboratory she escaped from have a substantial credit amount and everyone wants her to guide them back to find out its secrets--government quarantine or not.The future described in Necrotech is a true cyberpunk one with society on the verge of collapse. The government still exists but corporations have disproportionate power, organized crime is utterly vicious, and the police are corrupt as hell. Riko is a product of the streets and feels authentically punk in a way which very few authors are able to claim.I love Riko's complicated and fascinating relationships with the characters around her. Bisexual representation in fiction is rare enough but she's a character who is active in her sexuality as well as unapologetic. Love is not in the cards for her and that's okay. I will say I think the book was a bit sexless despite large amounts of innuendo. I could have used a bit more Riko getting to act on those urges. What can I say.The action is great in the book but I mostly appreciated the hard edged negotiations and characterizations of the book's first half. The second half of the book is mostly action and a heist story with a team of dangerous hackers as well as mercs hitting the laboratory. That part felt a bit too long and didn't have enough interaction but it still worked.In conclusion, Necrotech is a great novel for fans of cyberpunk and I immediately picked up the sequel. It's a truly punk novel which has a character who embodies the "give no ****s" attitude of the movement and serves as one of its iconic characters almost immediately out of the gate. I hope the author writes many more installments.9/10

  • Mark
    2019-03-23 05:49

    Brutal, calculated, and violent This is cyberpunk done right. The world is reminiscent of bleak cyberpunk of the 80s. There's nothing pretty about the world because we've screwed it all up, the corps are in control, and nothing is alright. K C Alexander has written the best cyberpunk I've read in the past decade. In fact I had been avoiding the genre for at least five years and only picked up Necrotech on a whim. I was quite prepared to be disappointed but the let down never came. I'm completely amazed at the harshness that I feel has been absent from the genre. If you've ever enjoyed cyberpunk then don't pass up this one.

  • Matthew Marchitto
    2019-03-20 02:27

    They weren't kidding when they said Necrotech reads like a punch to the gut. This book is relentless in the best way. Necrotech has all the cyberpunk themes I love. Opulent corporate wealth versus the down and dirty world of the runners. And as you'd expect, the corps basically control the government.Riko is a great character, broken in all the worst ways but still one of the best at her job. There's a constant sense that she's in it only for her self, except when her friends are involved--unless they get in her way. One of my favourite aspects of Riko is her inability to communicate her emotions. This kind of trait usually frustrates me, feeling like a way to pad out conflict, but it is such a well developed part of her character that I was nodding along thinking: of course she wouldn't tell them that.When shit hits the fan, it hits hard. And it's great.I loved this book from beginning to end. If you're looking for a cyberpunk read that'll get its cybernetic hooks in you, definitely check out Necrotech.

  • Liz Neering
    2019-03-19 06:46

    Riko is just the unrepentant, angry, vicious bitch I needed right now. She takes a beating and keeps going. She lives fiercely, and on her own terms. She defends her companions tooth and nail. She makes mistakes and owns the consequences. So must we all, now more than ever.

  • Ian
    2019-03-10 06:46

    NECROTECH is Killjoys starring Miriam Black, hold the space and magic, add in a side order of crazy-WTF cybernetics. It's crass, violent, and gloriously, unapologetically fun.

  • Regan
    2019-03-24 05:44

    Reads like Resident Evil turned up to eleven with no fucks to give. You've got a street thug who had established herself the hard way waking up to find that where she's used to being full of piss and vinegar, now she's got a big, fat hole in her memory and all these irritating feelings. In addition, somewhere in that hole is the reason that she's got a dead teammate and a crew that wants her dead. Riko's tough, but that dynamic hurts to read. She copes by kicking the shit out of people who get in her way.Competing brokers (information, tech, bodies, etc) and mega-corporations add to the mystery and up the stakes, and while the worldbuilding is layered and complex it doesn't bog the story down. Necrotech reads fast. The action is complex and delivered in an almost cinematic fashion. Nothing comes easy, not from Riko's opposition and definitely not from her friends. I really liked that aspect. Nobody rides in to drop the magic knowledge that Riko needs to figure out her fucked up situation, and nobody helps out for old times sake.While there's just enough back story to show in part why Riko is the way she is, Necrotech is queer, profane, angry Riko's origin story. I expect the next book will be positively psychotic.

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-03-24 02:33

    I got to page 47 and found all kinds of excuses not to pick up this book. I'll give it a try at some later date.

  • Beta
    2019-03-19 00:46

    I had very high expectations because of this: I was very disappointed at first. The main character is clearly female (and good at that). A badass fighter, a casual fuckbuddy with no gender preferences, tough and full of dirty jokes. Maybe I don't expect a certain behaviour because of "parts", maybe I've read enough books with exactly that kind of heroine, maybe I just missed some hints here? Whatever, it was a solid cyperpunk novel with a poor start, but a very exciting second half and a semi-satisfying end. There were too many open questions but, yes, it says SINless 1, so maybe no. 2 will happen. Zen it. *biggrin* My new favourite phrase.

  • Perry
    2019-03-04 04:28

    I...didn't expect this book to hit me nearly as hard. I can't tell if I was just fascinated by the HARD edged female protagonist that acted a lot more...I dunno. On the edge? Over the edge? Than I expected her to? Or if it was something else, but I got sucked into this one really hard. LoveLOVED the worldbuilding. All that stuff about nanoshock, necrotech, the corporations and the difference between living in the slums and living in C-land? Loved it. Can't wait for book 2.

  • Burgoo
    2019-03-18 00:45

    It's not that this is a bad book per se, but it was not one that I could really connect with. Too much like the OG cyberpunk stuff, but without the shock of the new.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-23 07:31

    Placeholder review but short version is I LOVE IT

  • Lisa
    2019-03-06 04:54

    Review here!

  • Adrian Collins
    2019-03-16 01:38

    Originally posted on Grimdark Magazine. Review by GdM staffer Durand Welsh.While Necrotech is ostensibly cyberpunk, its darkness and violence are enough to earn it a place in the grimdark sci-fi category. The protagonist, Riko, is a violent, vulgarity spewing “splatter specialist” in a dystopian near-future. She’s got moral ambiguity and her world is a gritty urban hellhole where the tech in your body is as likely to turn you into a monstrous abomination as it is to give you the edge on your competition.Riko earns her keep doing criminal jobs on a freelance basis. When we first meet her, she’s freshly awoken in an unfamiliar corporate laboratory, has a couple of months of missing memory, and is surrounded by armed paramilitary guards. Shortly afterwards, she sees her girlfriend, Nanji, going full “Necro”, a process where a person’s nano-enhancements go feral and turn their owner into a ravenous zombie. The evidence points at the laboratory having experimented on Nanji and caused her death.Riko escapes and returns to the relative safety of the criminal underground. Unfortunately, one of the members of her usual team is the brother of Riko’s girlfriend, and now they think Riko is responsible for her death. And given that she woke up in a corporate lab and has a chunk of time missing, no one on the street is inclined to trust her. Needing to regain her all-important “cred”, a sort of street status that influences everything from the fee a freelancer can command to their chances of getting murdered, Riko sets about demolishing her way through all and sundry in search of answers.Necrotech by K.C. AlexanderNecrotech makes much of the protagonist’s snarky attitude and full-frontal approach to life. This is further pushed home by the first person point-of-view, so the narrative is all Riko all the time. Riko is independent, opinionated, violent, pervy and confrontational. While this sounds hip and cool, I have difficulty sympathizing with Riko’s character. My lack of sympathy is only in part due to her snarkiness, her constant predilection to beating people up for little reason, and the near constant stream of expletives that colours both her dialogue and internal monologue. After all, what grimdark reader doesn’t have a soft spot for a disagreeable protagonist? The deeper problem is that Riko completely lacks resourcefulness and common sense.For example, there’s a scene where she’s awaiting airborne extraction from a city block infested with “Necros”. After the extraction team repeatedly ask her for her position so they can extract her, she takes to launching angry, smart-ass expletives at them because she doesn’t know her location. Take almost any situation in the novel and Riko charges in and does the dumbest thing imaginable. She creates conflict for no discernible reason other than it’s in her nature, and her whole personality seems the converse of the skilled operative we are expected to believe that she is. As another example, leading up to her incursion into Necro territory, we are lead to believe that time is of the essence. Riko wastes time joking around and goof balling rather than doing anything that logic demands. Details such as these are cartoonish and at odds with the gritty details and violence.The plot logic is also wobbly at times. At one point, she obtains help from a corporate patron of sorts, a well-connected man named Malik. Malik cops an inordinate amount of snarkiness and overt threats from Riko. Yet, he is unfazed and provides her the resources on what appears to be a very sketchy payoff. She never questions the risk/reward logic of him helping her and, despite his help being essential to everything she wants, she continues to insult and threaten him at every juncture. In reality, it is difficult to imagine anyone sensible giving their time and resources to a street-level mercenary such as Riko, much less doing so when she’s behaving like a spoiled child.It’s this lack of credibility that makes the gritty, violent aspects difficult to swallow. Riko spends so much time smart-talking that she’s impossible to accept as anything but a parody. She makes so many unsubstantiated threats that after a while it becomes comical.I also find it weird that Riko would be totally perturbed by certain violent situations and then display completely different, nonchalant thought processes for other violent situations. In one scene, she has a shotgun held to her head and seems to think nothing of it, but later she freaks out about a slew of dismembered Necros. Or she’ll be in the middle of a desperate situation, death around every corner, and she’s eyeing her surviving team member’s cute backside. Huh?Despite the sci-fi setting, the profanities and the level of violence, the voice itself has a very urban fantasy feel. Riko has the self-consciousness of an insecure urban fantasy protagonist, dissecting anything and everything about herself in any given moment of the day. This is especially evident at the beginning of Necrotech where, between every action, there seems to be two lines of introspection. Unfortunately, Riko’s voice isn’t engaging enough to win me over and the gratuitous self-reflection detracts from the plot.Riko’s focus on several potential beaus causes the novel to take on even more urban fantasy overtones. Not that I’m necessarily against this, but somehow it didn’t all quite mesh together for me. The sex/romance angle never really gets off the ground, while the narrative pace is frustrated by Riko’s self-absorbed inner voice. To be honest, given the amount of sexual innuendo and swearing, I expected at least one sweaty sex scene. Alas …The ending isn’t a cliffhanger, but it primarily paves the way for book two and doesn’t resolve many of the questions asked at the outset. Anyone expecting a full resolution to the big questions posed at the beginning – what happened during Riko’s missing time and why she and Nanji ended up in that laboratory – will have to wait for later installments.On the plus side, Necrotech is an easy read that doesn’t shy away from expletives, violence and sexual innuendo. I daresay I haven’t seen the c-word used that many times in any novel. There are plenty of fight scenes, copious amounts of hard-bitten attitude from the protagonist, and a plot that – Riko’s self-indulgent monologues notwithstanding – motors along at a respectable pace. On the down side, my biggest gripe is that I find Riko’s character annoying, and so I have difficulty investing in her story. If you’re a sci-fi reader who desperately needs a grimdark fix, then this may be worth a look. Otherwise, I recommend you take a try-before-you-buy approach.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-24 07:35

    Originally published at Vampire Book Club and based on a copy provided by the publisher.In the world of Necrotech, everyone has nanos that allow them to survive the pollution and radiation in the city. When children are conceived, their nanos carve a SIN, a social identification number kind of like a VIN number on a car, into their brain. The SIN provides them access to jobs and health care, but also allows them to be tracked and monitored. Some people choose to have their SIN removed and live off the grid. They are called SINless, or saints, while the rest of the world are sinners.The SINless often augment their bodies with bio-technology that allows them to be better at their jobs. For example, someone might have a chipset that allows him to be a faster hacker or a cybernetic arm that gives her extra strength. Such modifications are illegal because they carry the risk of going necro. If too many modifications are made, the technology can overwhelm the remaining human parts. The tech takes over, effectively killing the person and creating a zombie obsessed with whatever that tech’s primary function was. That zombie is called a necrotech.Mercenary Riko wakes up in strange lab with no weapons, no clothes and no idea how she got there. She escapes, but not before watching her girlfriend go necro. Riko returns to her team for help, only to discover that they all believe she betrayed them and she’s been missing for months. With her reputation destroyed, Riko will have to turn to a new ally for help. In an action packed adventure, Riko and her new team battle rival corporate armies and hordes of necros to uncover a conspiracy.I love Riko! She’s comfortable in her skin and unapologetic about her skills and her desires. She challenges traditional gender expectations with her job as a mercenary, her graphic language, and her self-professed “horndog behavior.” But what I love is that no one around her wants her to be any different. (I also thought the way her worldviews race as a cosmetic option was interesting.)I don’t think I’ve ever seen a story with so much bio-tech set on Earth. The ever-present virtual ads and neon tattoos also remind me of movies set in space. That’s not a criticism, just to say that if you like Dark Matter or Killjoys you should check out Necrotech. Or if you like zombie killing action. Or badass, foul-mouthed heroines.There are still a lot of unanswered questions at the end of Necrotech. I’m looking forward to more of Riko’s baddassery (and her innovative cursing) as her story continues.

  • Rachel Noel
    2019-03-22 01:36

    *Free book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is definitely not for everyone. There is an intense amount of colorful language, even more colorful metaphors and violence. That being said, I loved this book! I read all 400+ pages in one day, never wanting to put the book down. If I'd had the right soundtrack playing in the background, I probably would have read it quicker. This is one of those books that hooks me in quick and keeps me guessing. Even after completing the book, I'm as in the dark as the main character. I have my theories, but I'll have to wait until I can get my hands on the next book.I'll admit I'm not as well versed in the cyberpunk genre as I'd like to be, but if the world they're in is like this one, I'm definitely adding more to my TBR. I love seeing all the different ways authors can think of for how technology will integrate itself into our lives, and even our anatomy. The only reason Riko is able to survive as much as she does is because everyone in this world has nanobots in their blood stream that repair damage, provided they're given enough energy to do so.Of course, there are consequences for having too much tech. At some point (different for each person) a human becomes more tech than human and the tech takes over and turns the person, essentially, into a fast zombie. These are Necrotech and they are scary. Some of the descriptions made me think of Japanese horror movies. At least one or two scenes left me feeling genuinely terrified.The best part, for me, was that I only knew as much as Riko, the narrator, knew. I have some theories, about what happened and what will happen, but, just like Riko, I have no certainties. I am very eager for the next book to come out to either confirm or rebuke my theories. I was left guessing on a lot of things, in a good way. Plus, by having the book from Riko's perspective, we get to see just how badass she really is. I was rooting for this woman the whole way, downsides to her personality and all.Once again, this book is not for everyone. Those that are okay with strong language and violence, however, and are looking for a cyberpunk mystery or thriller story will definitely enjoy this. I happily give this book 5 hoots and am already chomping at the bit to get the next one!

  • Fraser Simons
    2019-03-24 04:45

    This book gives you exactly what you'd expect from the back of the book. It's a cyberpunk action thriller. The protagonist, Riko, wakes up with time missing and has to unravel the mystery of what's happened to her. It's gritty, it's vulgar all the time. And it's extremely fun. Riko is fleshed out very well. She's a walking, talking mess of contradictions and her humanity shines through brilliantly in a world filled with high-tech cybernetics, nano machines, and augmented reality. She gets beat down, she reacts believably, sometimes shedding her rough exterior when warranted and her internal monologue always satisfied me and never de-protagonized her. There's some very human moments that come to mind easily, while always maintaining that she's come from the streets and worked her way up for her street cred. The fiction has great pacing and shifts between these moments and some great action sequences seamlessly and leaves some questions open for the next book. This felt like a great blend of 80s cyberpunk made relevant again with both updated tech but also a female protagonist. It could easily make a great action movie (with Angelina kicking ass). I need to reiterate it's pretty great having a believable, conflicted bad ass woman that's depicted really well in cyberpunk fiction. It's sometimes hard to come by and It's a small thing that makes a lot of impact on the fiction. I also loved that she was bi-sexual, but in the way that clearly wasn't there just because men find it hot. There's no obligatory woman on woman action that comes with the tag sometimes, and her thoughts about what she likes in people always originate outward from physical appearance. It really does make a huge difference for the story for me.

  • Russell Collins
    2019-03-20 05:48

    Did you play Cyberpunk RPGs in the '90s? Alexander has captured all the glorious brutality of the genre. Each character is either an unstoppable force or an immovable object and they clash in bursts of violence over a backdrop of earthy, raunchy greed. It's not really the book for you if you're looking for science fiction as an exploration of the human condition, but if you're here for guns, cybernetic weapons, and streams of profanity, this -right here- is your book.

  • Josh Storey
    2019-03-23 04:51

    Necrotech puts the punk back into cyberpunk. Rude. Vulgar. Flipping two metal middle fingers in your face while simultaneously kicking your teeth. Then, when it's over, you say, "Thank you, ma'am. May I have another?" Zen it? Good. Now go read it.

  • Brandon
    2019-03-19 06:35

    A thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced cyberpunk thriller. One of those books that throws you in the deep end on the first page, turns on the wave machine, and the ride continues from there. I look forward to more books by this author.

  • Philip
    2019-03-21 03:34

    A gritty, dark, fast-paced cyberpunk tale with a kickass female lead? Count me in. Great writing, great story, looking forward to reading a sequel.

  • Matt
    2019-03-22 01:54

    A lot of people have said a lot of good things about this book.Allow me to say another. NecroTech rocks. Buy it, read it, thank me later.