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ISBN: 9780765382900
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Tor Books - May 17th, 2016

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Taking place in a near futuristic world on an offshore oil rig somewhere near Canada we're thrown into New Arcadia, a place where bioaugmentation and genetic engineering from even before birth is a part of nearly everyone's lives. It is on this oil rig that we meet Jung Hwa, a kick ass half Korean woman with sturge-weber syndrome, a disability that can cause seizures and glaucoma along with many other health issues.
Hwa is one of the few truly 'organic' people left on the rig, but does not let this or her sturge-weber get in the way of life. Hwa is a bodyguard for a sex workers union, and quite possibly the best one on the rig. It is because of this talent that Hwa is recruited by the CEO of the company who now owns New Arcadia as the personal bodyguard for his young son, who has already had threats made against his life. But when her friends from the sex workers union start turning up dead, Hwa is pulled into a conspiracy more dangerous than she could imagine.
I really immediately fell in love with Hwa as a character. It's awesome to see a disabled female protagonist, but Hwa is so much more than that too. She's a very strong person, she has a very unique view of this world as an 'organic' person in a world where that isn't common and her voice throughout the novel is the perfect mix of sarcasm, seriousness and cursing.
This book is a well written sci fi noir that seems part Blade Runner, part Terminator and maybe even a little Mad Max Fury Road. If any of these things interest you I highly recommend you pick up this book and start reading ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams.

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