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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,952 ratings  ·  447 reviews
This debut novel is a breath of fresh air. Beukes dares to look forward instead of backwards and the result is a high-octane, techno-savvy thriller that manages to deliver social commentary in a vehicle that is indubitably hip.
Paperback, 314 pages
Published March 2012 by Angry Robot Books (first published 2008)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”And it makes perfect sense. The process has to be managed. Fear has to be managed. Fear has to be controlled.

Like people.”

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As people have become more disconnected from reality and spend more and more time in game worlds and social media, these sites have become sanctuaries, more “real” than real life. In the process, people have become so much easier to manipulate.

It is all about who controls the spin.

And about apathy.

Corporations in this dystopia are more powerful than governments. Allegi
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who crave excellent dystopian fiction
Recommended to Jaidee by: a friend who insisted I read this when i told her i was craving dystopian
4.5 "dynamic dystopian DY-NO-MITE!!!" stars.

2016 Honorable Mention

My faith in dystopian literature is restored :)

Since high school I have been searching and yearning for books as good as 1984 and Brave New World.

This book came mighty damn close. This is Ms. Beukes' debut novel. She had previously been a South African journalist and many of you have read her The Shining Girls.

She is a writing dynamo. I am falling in love with South African writers this year. Earlier I discovered Malla Nunn who
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016-shelf
I really enjoyed this novel.

The setup was pure near-future SF with nice thriller/horror undertones, kinda a mix between Stross's Rule 34 with some vintage William Gibson, and finishing with a really nice twist. What was most scary about it was how realistic and how very *possible* it is.

But setup and plot is only part of what makes this book great. In the end, I can't help but think only wonderful thoughts about all the characters I got to live vicariously through. I've read Broken Monsters and
Althea Ann
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Upon finishing this book, I was in equal parts delighted (it rocks!) and dismayed: It was first published EIGHT YEARS ago and I didn't know about it until now? Luckily, it's just been reissued, so likely a lot more people will be discovering it. Hopefully, the marketing will be hitting the right target audience this time (the aesthetics of the covers this book has been issued with really don't fit the content well).

Basically, anyone who loves William Gibson should have this book forcefully shov
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am changing up my genres and trying new authors which was one of my reading resolutions for 2018. Moxyland takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, in a not-too-distant dystopian future. The story is told through 4 points of view, 2 men and 2 women. My major criticism is that one of the men (Toby) a dj/sorta you-tuber (but of course never called that)/gamer/cut off trust fund kid, uses "future-speak" slang words that I totally do not understand so I had a hard time following the story when he w ...more
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
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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
Megan Baxter
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up reading two of Beukes' books in fairly short order, but the first one last. They're not in a series, so that isn't the issue. What is is how assured her debut novel is. It really took my breath away, and the ending was so stunningly well-realized and dark as hell that it knocked me for a loop for a while.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can r
Kat  Hooper
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
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
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
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
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Review from Tenacious Reader:

Moxyland follows four storylines in this near future dystopia. Each perspective spotlights a different aspects of this world and culture. I really enjoyed each of the four characters, even if I didn’t feel quite as connected to any of them as I would have preferred. But then, I think this is the nature of the story. With the focus being divided, there is less material to really attach you to each perspective. Plus I think the
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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.

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.

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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nadine Jones
The way your brain works it's always rewiring itself; the layers of association tangled up with different people and places recontextualised by new experiences. You can map out a whole city according to the weight of memory, like pins on the homocide board tracking the killers movements.

Wow this book blew me away. It confused me at first and then it snuck up on me and I felt blind-sided when I finished reading. The ending was a little confusing, but that's okay. Life can be confusing, too. I'
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-africa
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
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
' You can't play nice by society's rules?
Then you don't get to play at all. No phone
No service. No life. p28

That's what life is like in this not so distant dystopian future. Worse...nobody really knows just whose in control and who benefits, but there seems to be no escape for any of the hapless protagonists who represent the various choices available to those growing up in a society with such a thin veneer against chaos.

LB is a frank, penetrating and saucy writer. I can't wait to dive in to mo
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-cleanup
I am a Beukes fan, but this was probably my least favority of hers. The world building was excellent but I couldn't get a handle on the characters. There were lots and they all seemed the same at the beginning. By the time I had them all untangled the book ended. What I like about Beukes writing is, pardoxically all of the diverse characters she manages to weave into a coherent story. This, one of her earlier books, shows her potential but doesn't quite blend it all together.

Even with my tepid
Anthony Vicino
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d been wanting to read this for awhile because the cover art looked nifty, but the reviews on Amazon weren’t terribly stellar so I was hesitant. One of Beukes newer books, Broken Monsters, however, has been garnering a ton of really great press recently, so I figured what probably happened is that Beukes has writing chops out the wazoo, but there was a fundamental flaw in the plot of this particular story.

I love dissecting stories and seeing what worked and what didn’t, so I hopped into Moxy L
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Marina Sofia
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably 4.5. A frighteningly plausible and highly inventive alternative reality for a South Africa and world just slightly more technologically advanced, in which the population is controlled through technology (and their addiction to it) and biological warfare can be easily unleashed on demonstrators. We alternate between four main narrators, each unreliable in their own way, but representing different strata of that society.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Corporations own countries, the worst punishment young people can imagine is to be unable to use their cell phones, people become billboards for corporations, and police are controlled by corporations. That’s the science fictional world of this novel, that the author intends to occur about ten years into the present, in Cape Town, South Africa.

There are four young people who are the protagonists. Toby is a trust fund kid, DJ, and vlogger. Tendeka plays video games, arranges protests and mural p
Eliza Victoria
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling novelist who also writes screenplays, TV shows, comics and journalism. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and have been optioned for film and TV.

Her awards include the Arthur C Clarke Award, the prestigious University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Prize, the Strand Critics Choice Award and the RT Thriller of the Year. She’s
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