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Implanted by Lauren C. Teffeau Angry Robot Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 07 Aug 2018
Implanted rests on a unique premise - data can be encoded and stored in a person’s bloodstream. The world of Implanted is divided into the haves and the have nots. The haves, the affluent, educated and implanted live in the luxurious upper levels of the domed city. The have nots, the poor, the working class and those without implants live on the lower levels, struggling. The area beyond the dome is only now beginning to have the means to support life and the prospect of Emergence has created tensions around the city. Blackmailed into giving up her former life and becoming a blood courier, Emery finds herself in a difficult situation. The data drop she is assigned is rigged, some want the data others want it destroyed, and there is only one person she can afford to trust.
Implanted has a decent plot, but it feels more like a New Adult Sci Fi novel than a Cyberpunk thriller. Emery’s whinging can get a bit irritating, as does her tropic reluctance to connect with Rik. All in all though, the novel is pretty good as long as you know what you are getting into.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Implanted from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The data stored in her blood can save a city on the brink... or destroy it, in this gripping cyberpunk thriller
When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she's cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new employers exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink of Emergence - freedom from the dome - but not everyone wants to leave. Then a data drop goes bad, and Emery is caught between factions: those who want her blood, and those who just want her dead.