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Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
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Dec 02, 11

Read from November 24 to December 02, 2011

You think we're over-reliant on our phones? Learn how much more reliant we could become and how that reliance might be used to control us in the not-impossible future that Lauren Beukes creates in Moxyland.

Creepy corporates are Big Brother in the dazzling dystopia that Cape Town has become by the year 2018. As four vividly realised young characters pursue their disparate goals, branding reaches new extremes and video games move into the real world. Scary, funny, frenziedly paced and inventive.

Recently, someone suggested reading this author's brilliant second novel Zoo City first, as a way of preparing for the hectic kaleidoscopic whirl of drugs and vibey futuristic nanotechnology of Moxyland. Purely coincidentally, I did exactly this, but I don't think it matters. Moxyland engages from the first page.

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