A science fiction novel set in a post-cyberpunk world, struggling with the rise of corporate gangs and untamed technology.
The Bluezone: Somewhere deep within this last bastion of democratic society, segregated from the chaotic slums and destitute refugee camps, lurks a technology that could either push civilization further into the abyss or bring forth its salvation.
Struggling to save his innovative hybrid techno-finance company from malign threats leftover from twenty-two years of severe economic depression, a young uberman ends up fighting for his life against ruthless enemies.
Corporate Banksters are increasingly adopting unscrupulous strategies and tactics. Dangerous slumlords have infiltrated every facet of the economy and run their gangs like small quasi-nations.
Rebellious artificial intelligent entities, which may or may not believe the human world actually exists, are going rogue. In addition, the Bluezone government, so obsessed with asserting its authority, is willing to risk all-out civil war.
Not that James Tucker, a war veteran and corporate Uberman by the age of nineteen, and a staunch proponent of alternative economic theorems, minds putting his life on the line. At stake, are the destruction of his country, the disillusionment of his fans, and the prospect of betraying a promise he made to his daughter.
THE BLUEZONE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN
There are a lot of things about this book that I can’t even begin to give a succinct explanation about, such as zoids and hypergoblins, which are technological entities that assist or inhibit humans during their daily lives. Imagine that your cell phone earpiece was sentient with a personality of its own, but wasn’t quite sure the human world existed. I’m sure you can see how this could become a problem given the gang situation in this story and yet that explanation probably isn’t detailed enough to really give you an idea of what these little gizmos can do.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It kept me on my toes and was definitely an original piece. I have yet to read another story like this one.