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Equations of Life by Simon Morden
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May 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: cyberpunk, science-fiction

Equations of Life is the first novel of the 'Metrozone' series. Set in a near future where mankind is still rebuilding from a devastating global war as well as environmental catastrophe, London has become an overcrowded quasi-refuge for immigrants fleeing the destruction of their homelands. Samuil is a Russian math and technology genius with a dying heart who is sucked into criminal politics when he rescues a teenage girl from a kidnapping attempt. The girl also happens to be the daughter of the metrozone's most powerful Yakuza crime boss and daddy is working on a scheme to re-create the lost country of Japan using AI and virtual reality. When the benevolent crime boss is assassinated the AI goes on a rampage. Samuil uses his wits and friends to try and stop the destruction. The book is a light read but is lots of fun. I would highly recommend it to fans of Gibson or Stephenson who are interested in plots that develop at break neck speed.

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