I’ve been listening to a lot of Die Antwoord lately because as a late-30s, married Hispanic male who only drives Japanese imports, I’m obviously their target demographic. Like every single one of my friends, I hadn’t heard of Die Antwoord until I saw them in Chappie. Then I checked out their music and got seriously hooked. Now I can’t stop watching their videos and blasting Doos Dronk every time I get the weepies. Wait, no, that doesn’t sound right. It was while listening to Doos Dronk for the 117 thousandth time that I boarded a train of thought that went straight to HateMyself-ville. I’ll explain.
Fascinating twist on an old theme. The idea of robots and humans coexisting in some crazy future isn’t new. But this book explores some of the more interesting social implications that this would mean if it were really to occur. And it does this, all while including plenty of action and Verastiqui’s trademark willingness to bring up the taboo. I’ve read both of the author’s previous books and was able to get an advanced copy of this one. There is fighting (lots of fighting), espionage, and the threat of genocide woven throughout the book.
An Engrossing Story. As always Verastiqui spins an exciting tale that is hard to put down at times. While full of the twisted cyber/synthetic sexual pathos we have come to expect from Verastiqui this tale has some really surprising plot twist. Having read all his books I find this to be his most mature to date, wrestling with anxiety, obsession, why we love and as always what it means to have humanity or be human. If you are new to Verastiqui I suggest reading Perion Synthetics prior to reading this.