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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,529 ratings  ·  275 reviews
What's really going on? Who's really in charge? You have NO. F***KING. IDEA.
A frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable, this novel follows the lives of four narrators living in an alternative futuristic Cape Town, South Africa. An art-school dropout, and AIDS baby, a tech-activist and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as impor
Paperback, 314 pages
Published March 2012 by Angry Robot Books (first published 2008)
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7.11.14: I am shell shocked. I love and hate this book at the same time, I hate it because of what it is but I love it because of how it was put together, the story woven from four different threads into a whole. A full review is to come but for now, crap, for now I'm going to curl up in a ball and stare at a wall and think.

The Review:

rating: 4.75/5 (rounded up)

I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. I love her use of a futuristic slang. It was a bit difficult to get into it fo
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Every once in a while a novel comes along that’s touted as new, exciting, daring, meaningful, poignant, fresh, full of big ideas, etc. That’s what I’ve heard, so that’s what I was expecting and hoping for in Lauren Beukes’ novel Moxyland — especially since it has a nice blurb from William Gibson and has been compared to Neuromancer.

Moxyland takes place in a futuristic (2018) Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town setting is unique, and I was hoping to expl
It starts with a shot. As soon as the needle pricks her skin, Kendra’s bloodstream is flooded with corporate-sponsored nanobots that will invade her system and harmonize with it, protecting her from disease, clarifying her skin, and even making her literally glow. They will also make her a part of a new viral ad campaign for the soft drink Ghost, give her an unquenchable craving for the product, and brand her with a ghost logo that glows beneath her skin. In Kendra’s world, selling one’s soul an ...more
Ben Babcock
Corporations are legally people—how long before they become nation-states? Some of them own islands, or indeed, virtually entire countries. I’m not as pessimistic as some about our short-term survival odds in the coming century. Sure, we have problems, but we’ll muddle through—somehow. Yet if I had to pick which chilling dystopian vision of the future I feel is most likely, the corporations-own-us-all future is the one I’d choose. It’s feudalism all over again, baby—party like it’s 1214. Corpora ...more
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
Before I had even finished Moxyland I was trawling GoodReads for more of the same, which should give you some indication of how thoroughly I enjoyed it. Beukes has seamlessly meshed current technology, pop culture and existing societal issues, set it in a future dystopian South Africa and arrived at genuinely entertaining and thoroughly believable read. I found myself Googling elements of the story all the way through to see which were based in reality, and was equally impressed and horrified to ...more
I really wanted to like this book. It was recommended to me on Amazon, and sounded so promising.

Instead, by the second chapter I was resigned to hating it, but determined to finish it anyway as a matter of principle.

My first and greatest annoyance with Ms. Beukes's debut novel is her insistence on overwhelming her reader with jargon and manufactured slang, so that one is forced to translate as one reads. Some authors can pull this off without making it a distraction from the story; Ms. Beukes h
Now THIS is good cyberpunk. Definitely reminiscent of genre classics like Neuromancer and Snow Crash, with the updated tech of contemporary books like Little Brother... but believe me, this ain’t Young Adult. Moxyland, set in future South Africa, has all the hallmarks of a good dystopia: government control, believable surveillance methods, lots of designer drugs, even a virus epidemic. Lauren Beukes is a phenomenal world-builder, and I found her speculation of what the near future will be like b ...more
Lauren Beukes has an affinity for social commentary and a worldview that I find intriguing. Her novels Moxyland and Zoo City are both set in South Africa, which is a locale that I know very little about. Beukes' novels alone have piqued my interest in the culture and politics of South Africa. Both are set in a hi-tech future that is grim, and both have morally ambiguous characters that make questionable choices to survive in a society gone rogue despite governmental efforts at control.

Lauren Beukes has written something new with Moxyland. To say this is not cliched, and to realize this you would need to read Moxyland.

It is a future where the cellphone is indispensable, as much a part of your life as your driver's license, social security number, and bank account. In fact, it is all these things then some more. It is also a riot control device. Beukes has crafted a almost dystopian society of relative simplicity that conceals moral complexity.

There's the cops and their nanote
I'd like to say I liked this book, but that was a huge disapointment because honestly I was ready to love it. I was really impressed with Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls last year, it was one of the best books I read in 2013, so I was really looking forward to loving this one, specially because of the cyberpunk aspect of the story.

The book is narrated from the points of view of the four main characters: Kendra, Lerato, Tendeka and Toby. And I think for me this was the main problem. She changed
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This might be one instance where an audiobook has the potential to lead a reader (listener) into confusion more than reading the print might do. Moxyland is read by Nico Evers-Swindell, best known for his portrayal of Prince William in the made-for-tv movie William & Kate. While he does a good job with the voices and South African accents, the intertwining stories are hard to keep up with, particularly with the way the reader is dumped right into the center of everything already going on.

yeeessss...interlibrary loan comes through to save the day.

a wonderful, zany, dystopia set in cape town, but really, could be anywhere now. Oh sure, south Africa is way ahead of usa in mobi use, and everyday terror, and in vibrant art and striving for a better "rainbow" world, but the basic premise is the same: corporate oligarchy is NOT the way to run a country or society, nor is transgenic police dogs or corporate tattoos. Bad things are gonna happen if you let toys-r-us run a muck. haah. and
A Superb Debut Novel worthy of comparison with William Gibson, Pat Cadigan and John Shirley's exceptional early Cyberpunk

Not since early cyberpunk from the likes of William Gibson, Pat Cadigan and John Shirley, have I read a cyberpunk speculative fiction novel as engrossing and as spellbinding as Lauren Beukes' "Moxyland". Think William Gibson and Pat Cadigan on crack, with Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" on speed, and you'll have a most splendid visual conception of Beukes' fast-paced literary s
Nov 08, 2011 Alice rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like cyberpunk / Little Brother / dystopic nerdcore
Recommended to Alice by: Riona
3.5 stars.

In order to really review this book properly, I need to read it again, but I can't imagine I actually will. This is a packed, jacked up, Red Bull-d out fanzine of a novel, owing serious debts to Stephenson and Gibson, in the vein of 2000s anti-corporate dystopic fiction like Jennifer Corporate and Feed (the latter is one of my all time favorites). (Sidenote: I've always wanted to teach a class on anti-corporate fiction, mixing, like, No Logo with marketing literature and Cory Doctorow
This is the story of the future - set in South Africa. The timeline isn't clear, yet with clues you find it's past 2018.

This is the story of Tendeka - a man living on the fringe of society, poor and wanting to make a difference in his life and the lives of others. Tendeka is trying to make a difference with protests and things are beginning to get a little...past control.

There is Kendra, a young woman who has just discovered photography with an old-fashioned film camera, which is now obselete. S
Eclectic Reader
Moxyland is one of those rare books where a single string of stars is inadequate to properly rate it. It requires more stars, with explanations.


Big ideas drive science fiction. Moxyland is jam packed with big ideas that kept me reading. In fact, the discovery of the next "that's a neat concept" was all that kept me turning pages for the following reasons.


Splitting the point of view among four characters made the book more difficult to read. Multiple POV's are okay, bu
Simon Logan
This is a book I was guided to by a friend who highlighted similarities in themes in my own work and as soon as I read the blurbs about it I knew I wanted a copy. I ended up having to wait several weeks for it to arrive so I'd hyped it up considerably in my own mind before actually starting on it. Did it live up to the hype? Almost.

First off the positives. I'm a sucker for alternative settings (I always seek out foreign horror films above western ones) and so reading a scifi novel set in South A
...I've just scratched the surface of the many ideas Beukes has poured into this novel. There are strange, and very unethical, forms of advertising, comments on narcotics, elaborate new forms of entertainment and dubious techniques of law enforcement and crowd control. Most of it seems disturbingly plausible, and all of it technically possible. Where the cross genre novel Zoo City contains a dominant fantastical element, Moxyland is a chillingly realistic view of the possible future. One that, d ...more
This is a near-future cyberpunk-based dystopia set in South Africa where four people from disparate spheres of life are drawn together in a web of mystery and intrigue.

This was a free book that was in the con pack at Eastercon, and it's not one that I would have picked for myself. It's brutal, packs a punch and realistically disturbing. It postulates a society where having your phone locked as punishment means more than just not being able to make calls. The society is rigged so that public tran
I ended up tracking down a copy of Moxyland (I'm not sure if it was released in the US or if it's still in print in the US, I had to order a copy in some godforsaken way) because Lauren Beukes second novel, Zoo City is getting a lot of hype but the synopsis of Moxyland made it sound more like something I would enjoy.

Anyway, holy shit this book was amazing. Decently color-blind character portrayals (eg: nobody has "coffee-with-cream colored skin" but you do learn things about characters' backgro
Eliza Victoria
The book opens with a young photographer agreeing to become a sponsorbaby for the beverage, Ghost. She receives an injectable tech that circulates in her system and attaches to her cells. The Ghost logo will appear like a luminescent tattoo on her skin. She will crave for Ghost for as long as she lives.

This is her world. The city is drowning in advertising. Everyone is dependent on their phones for money and identity, and even the simple task of opening a door. To be without a phone is to be a d
I loved the idea behind this story. It's constant online connection taken to its extreme form showing just how clear the divide between the haves and have-nots is. In a utopian society, everyone would have free and easy access to the internet. In this society, access is determined by your social class and your social class, in turn, determines your access. People working for the corporations stay in their corporate areas with their high-tech gadgets and are well insulated from the problems the r ...more
Heino Colyn
This is the third novel by Lauren Beukes that I've read, and unfortunately my least favourite by quite a bit. I disliked every single one of the characters to the point where they frustrated and irritated me. But... maybe that was the point. The fact that it felt as if they all had the same voice left me double checking whose viewpoint I was sharing at times, and because I disliked them I had trouble sympathising with them. As a South African I am confronted by apartheid themed everything, every ...more
A solid, if derivative, piece of cyberpunk. I liked Moxieland, but mostly towards the end. For the longest time there didn't seem to be a story and I got tired of switching back and forth between unconnected characters. It's only when their witless lives finally collide that the story get interesting. The end is well-wrought, but hardly worth the lengthy buildup. I almost put this book down in the middle and it was only after that author won the 2011 Clarke award for her followup novel, Zoo City ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
The setting is Capetown in 2018, and if this is not an alternate history tale, technology and the growth of a corporate/government alliance will have to move very quickly in the next four years. Unfortunately this may not be an alternate history tale. Every technological innovation and fascistic development Beukes brings to her story is a plausible blend of the dreams we have of a fully wired world and a worst-case scenario for the same.

Beukes characters are mostly in their twenties and a mix of
Still wish Goodreads allowed half-stars in ratings--would have given this one a 3.5.

Almost a 4: good cast of characters, interesting and pertinent issues/ideas, plenty of action, all that good stuff, besides which I guess I have a soft spot for nanotechnology and that sorta thing in books. Definitely enjoyed reading it.

Down to 3.5/3 because I felt the ending was kinda abrupt--trying not to mention anything too spoiler-ish, but for the most part everything comes crashing down around the charact
Moxyland, Lauren Beukes's debut novel, does not have the intriguing fantastical elements of Zoo City or the heartstopping suspense of The Shining Girls , but it does have a terrifying vision of the future, a cyberpunk dystopia where technology is pervasive and used by the government to control its citizens. We see the world of Moxyland through four characters whose lives become intertwined since they are characters in a book.

Kendra, the most likable character in the book, is a photographer know
Not sure that I would outright recommend it, but it was an enjoyable read. The most notable thing was how little attention seemed to be played to plot until the end. Mostly it felt like unrelated characters stumbling through an average near-future existence until it all, very abruptly, gets turned sideways. Reminds me a bit of Doctorow: a sort of frantic flailing at current events jammed into a narrative that reads like it had too much caffeine.
I really wanted to love Moxyland, but ended up putting the novel down at around page 160.

Lauren Beukes develops some wonderful premises in this novel, but ultimately, I don't think she takes advantage of some of the best ideas. For instance, the novel takes place in South Africa, and I would have loved to see Beukes take advantage of the South African political spectrum and social culture for her novel, but I felt as if it were no different than any city in America. Beukes is a South African na
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Lauren Beukes is a novelist, scriptwriter, comics writer, TV writer and occasional documentary maker and former journalist.

She won the Arthur C Clarke Award and the Kitschies Red Tentacle for her phantamagorical noir, Zoo City, set in a re-imagined Johannesburg.

Her previous novel, Moxyland is political thriller about a consumertopia corporate apartheid state where cell phones are used for social
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