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Thrilling and thought provoking Like a Boss is an amazing scifi novel
June 20, 2016
Like a Boss Windswept Book Two by Adam Rakunas
Angry Robot Books Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date: June 7, 2016
Like a Boss surpasses Adam Rakunas's first novel Windswept - a surprising feat to accomplish when you consider just how good a novel Windswept is. The series has everything that makes for a scifi classic - a richly imagined world, a plot that is thrilling and thought provoking while successfully commenting on current issues, a diverse well developed cast of characters, and that touch of magic that comes from an author gifted with eloquence and imagination.
The universe in which Like a Boss is set is controlled by a conglomerate made up of 3 giant corporations. Everyone is born into corporate indenture. Every part of life is dedicated to either increasing corporate revenues and efficiency or consuming the products in accord to corporate dictates. Life, death and everything in between are dictated by the Big Three. It's no surprise that a number of people are willing to risk jumping ship despite the dangers posed.
Life on Santee Anchorage is hard, but it works, as Walwa is dependent on the planet's exports of cane and rum. But the black stripe that blighted numerous cane fields offset the balance. Padma Mehta isn't a hero. She is just a woman who wants to do her job each day and know that the rum distillery she owns is staying in production. The last thing she expects is to find her workers deserting and the Coop threatening to buy her out. On top of everything Evanrute Saarien who tried to kill her is out of prison amassing a following. Whispers of "strike" are flowing through the city. The Union president wants Padma to stop the strike, but something smells, and it isn't the freshly pressed cane. Between struggling to unravel conspiracies and keep Santee's population from killing each other, Padma has just about all she can handle - and that's before the bombs start.
Like a Boss is very different from the run of the mill scifi adventure, but don't let that stop you from picking up this amazing read.
I received a copy of Like a Boss from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
In this breathless and hilarious followup to Philip K Dick Award-nominated Windswept, former labor organiser Padma's worst nightmare comes true: she gets yanked out of early retirement. After buying her favourite rum distillery and settling down, she thought she'd heard the last of her arch nemesis, Evanrute Saarien. But Saarien, fresh out of prison for his misdeeds in Windswept, has just fabricated a new religion, positioning himself as its holy leader. He's telling his congregation to go on strike, to fight the system. And unfortunately, they're listening to him.
Now Padma's summoned by the Union president to help stop this strike from happening. The problem is, she's out of practice. And, the more she digs, the more she realises this whole strike business is more complicated than the Union president let on…