I have to say the title does not do this book any justice at all, in fact it might just be detrimental to the book, it is in fact a subtle reference to something in the story.
I was pulled in and initially interested in reading this book because of the way the author described it as a Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Noir. Who can say no to that kind of description?
Saru is a strong main character with a devil may care attitude and an even stronger survival instinct. She is stuck between a rock and a hard place, when she is asked to find a young girl. Someone who will eventually determine the salvation of humankind or perhaps the destruction. At this point it could go either way.
This is the kind of book I like to discover. The kind of gem you trip over whilst reading through a load of other books. Futuro has a lot of potential and his dystopian tale is quite visionary. He also manages to take a pop at our society in general and the way technology controls the new generations.
It has become ingrained in our lives, in a way it has taken over us, our children and the world. In this story Futuro takes it more than just a step further. Technology rules and controls. Alternate forms of life and tech sit inside the heads of the remaining healthy humans.
It is complex, intriguing and innovative.
I think it would have been better to add a glossary at the beginning to explain the words, places, people and in general the strange sci-fi/tech/fantasy creatures, as opposed to the page of name pronunciations. Then again any possible description by the author couldn’t be worse than what I imagined the etzi actually look like.
I am looking forward to seeing where Futuro takes this story, and whether he can keep up the pace, both from a creative and plot point of view.