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Machinehood (2021)

– tekijä: S.B. Divya

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Set 75 yrs in the future the line between humans and machines has blurred in this look at a very real possible future for us. A not very good future. The science is spot on with some great action. Sure to please SciFi fans. ( )
  JJbooklvr | Sep 18, 2021 |
This was an interesting story set nearly 100 years in the future. The world building was pretty good, extending a lot of currently trends to something of an exaggerated evolution. For example, we now have swarms of micro camera drones everywhere that follow people like pig pen’s dust cloud, completely eliminating any expectation of privacy (unless you use more tech to sweep and secure your space). This makes nearly everything you do a public performance … so it is important to always look you best, because the ever present “tip jar” (which seems a lot like a cryptocurrency wallet) doesn’t fill itself. The more extreme the stunt or performance, the better. Sort of like the “Truman Show” but for everybody. News is “curated” by verified experts in something like a reputation economic … combined with a more prevalent “gig” economy for the rest of us. Clothing can dynamically change and Blox (smart metal) can warp into different objects as needed. Bio-Hacks are pretty much routine; although genetic [expression] based pills have replaced the more physical/cyborg modification … in fact, you can cook up most of the pills you need in your kitchen. Then you have rocket clubs, that apparently can launch stuff up into orbit just for fun … or to supply the orbital colonies. Finally, you get to the tech that in the foundation of the story … we all have access have Weak Artificial Intelligence (WAI), with the Holy Grail being a Sentient Artificial Intelligence (SAI). Enter the Machinehood; the AI/Robotic servants that do most of the work now, leaving may people struggling to compete. After the initial assassination, the story settles into a Blade Runner type story while the protagonist tries to figure out who the machined is and how to stop them from shutting down the pill pushers … which apparently leaves humans vulnerable to malicious virus hacks (yes, real viruses). While I won’t want to actually live in it, I found it a lot of fun trying to figure out how the heck we could get there (and for the most part the logic was easy to follow).

The protagonists were all very relatable for me, but nothing really special. They start off pretty jaded and never really change or grow much. The personal drama can be a little off sometimes (and does trend into political issues a bit), but for the most part, I though the drama was limited and didn’t impact the story that much. Over all, I would give the characters a 3.5 and the world building a 4.

I was given this free advance reader copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
#JourneytotheCross #NetGalley ( )
  Kris.Larson | Sep 13, 2021 |
This is set in a not-too-distant future where everyone struggles to work in a gig economy and a lot of people make money by live-streaming their entire lives and collecting tips from viewers. The Machinehood is a terrorist organization of half-human half-AI cyborgs who want the world to liberate AIs from human control.

This was okay I guess? I kind of failed to form any opinion about it. I didn't particularly like or dislike any of the characters, I wasn't particularly invested in the storyline but I also wasn't annoyed by it so I read it all the way through. I dunno, sometimes a book just fails to make an impression one way or another. I also happened to get sick in the middle of reading it [vaccine side effects - whee] and didn't read for several days, so maybe I lost the flow.
  Gwendydd | Jun 20, 2021 |
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Machinehood by S.B. Divya is a science-fiction story about the way legal drugs, artificial intelligence, and big corporations can inherit the future. Ms. Divya is an award nominated writer, this is her first novel.

In the year 2095, Welga Ramirez is an ex-special forces soldier, now working as a bodyguard. Additionally, Welga is about to retire and move to an off world space station with her boyfriend. Welga’s client, however, is killed. In a world where people don’t usually die in a violent way this is an especially big issue.

The Machinehood, a terrorist group which is attacking pill funders that all humans use seem to be behind the killing, wanting to stop pill production. The operative Machinehood sent is part machine, part human which no one has seen before.

The world building in Machinehood by S.B. Divya was, for me, the highlight of this book. Humans are reliant on pills, which everyone can make in their kitchens. The pills can help you be stronger, or faster, or smarter, for a period of time.

Humans need these pills because they must compete with robots for work. It is a fierce way to make a living, nevertheless humans augment themselves in a way which will damage their health in the long term.

The financial system of a gig economy and total lack of privacy are also an equally important aspect of this world building. People have a “tip jar” and accordingly stream themselves via drones. Since Welga, the protagonist, has an exciting job and gets tipped well (they try not to be too violent), but others struggle. They even broadcast themselves having sex, without reservation, hoping for tips. It’s a generally gloomy future.

Ms. Divya captures all the nuances of science-fiction which, specifically, I find fascinating. How people eat, sleep, bath, communicate, commute as well as other such mundane, everyday activities.

This is a very will written story, sci-fi or not, it is a concise story with compelling characters and world building. The power struggle within the pages shows a scary, disturbing, and quite believe path for humanity. ( )
  ZoharLaor | May 11, 2021 |
Divya, S. B. Machinehood. Saga Press, 2021.
It would be easy to dismiss S. B. Divya’s first full-length novel, Machinehood, as a tech thriller that invades the narrative space of Tom Clancy and William Gibson. But that would be underselling it. It is a much more character-driven novel than Clancy or Gibson usually manage. Protagonist Wellga Ramirez is a retired government agent working as a bodyguard in a gig-based economy where bodyguards are online media stars depending on electronic tips. She faces one set of crises after another as she is drawn back into the black-ops world, a world that threatens her marriage, addicts her to various performance-enhancing drugs, makes her rethink her relation to technology, and brings her to the cusp of a spiritual biotech and computational posthuman singularity. Divya, who has degrees in computational neural systems and in signal processing, knows her tech and neuroscience well enough to make some scarily shrewd predictions about our late-21st-century life. Will we treat the weak artificial intelligences (WAIs) in our bots, wearables and implants as people, pets, or non-sentient objects? The Machinehood of the title is an organization promoting civil rights for WAIs. Will religions like Buddhism extend the do-no-harm ethic to bots? Will your ability to succeed in college depend on the pharma you take? Add all that together with gender-bent multiculturalism, corporate government, space-based religious organizations, and a califate with its own position on the role of technology and you have a tasty dystopia with utopian possibilities. A strong four stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Apr 4, 2021 |
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