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Windswept: Windswept Book One

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she's supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She's only thirty-three short. So when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosse ...more
Published September 1st 2015 by Angry Robot
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The Captain
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This be a lovely sci-fi novel that I read back in 2015 after randomly finding a copy in a local library. It is one of the books that helped bring me attention to the Angry Robot publishing house wherein I joined the Robot Army. Their books tend to be quirky and to my taste. In any case, at the time this book was a stand-alone and it can be read as such. But when I found out there was another book in the series, I was excited to have the chance to re-visit an old port.

And Santee is a great place
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, scifi
Subscription Warfare. Soul mining. Atmospheric licensing. Genetic focus grouping. With the Big Three companies practically ruling the universe, the corporate world has become a little more...forceful. Padma Mehta survived B-school, but after a turbulent few years as an indenture for WalWa, she decided to breach her contract and restart her life with the union. Years later, Padma is acting as a Union recruiter on a backwater planet mostly known for producing cane sugar and whiskey. All she wants ...more
Michael Underwood
Windswept does what only a few truly great Science Fiction novels dare accomplish - it's simultaneously a captivating adventure with action, suspense, and strong characterization AND a thoughtful work of sociological speculation, investigating labor rights, corporatism, colonialism, and more.
Charlie Anders
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tough union organizer just wants to retire and take over a rum distillery on a planet of sugar-cane farmers -- but first, she has to sign up a few dozen more union members in a corporate-dominated dystopian future. That setup sounds kind of grim, but it actually leads to a fun, zippy adventure with a lot of humor and a refreshingly fast pace. The tone is mostly pretty light and snarky, with occasional moments of darkness and nastiness. The plot is a bit bewildering at times, but the story pack ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I’m being completely honest, this one really surprised me.

I love science fiction books, yet I find myself thinking they’re often a case of hit or miss. Either every mark is hit or I’m left wanting something more. Of course there are varying degrees of the latter, but I often find myself reading books that fall into that category. More often than I’d like, science fiction books leave me wanting something more. This doesn’t stop me from reading more books in the genre, but it does mean I don’t
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Really really intersting settings.
Enjoyed the story a lot, but there were also too much Deus Ex Machina solutions I didn't like.

+1 Star for the graphic audio production.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

Publisher: Angry Robot

Publishing Date: September 2015

ISBN: 9780857664792

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.4/5

Publisher Description: Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she’s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She’s only thirty-three short. So when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevat
Wayland Smith
Padma just wants to run her Ward, make her numbers, keep the jobs filled, and get enough money together to buy into her retirement dream. It's a good plan, and not all that unreasonable. Among the complications are a rival boss who is great at stealing new recruits as they arrive on planet, a local scammer who swears he has a big score this time, and an ex-lover who is another rival boss.

A new crew arrives, deserting their corporate contracts, and Padma tries to get them to work for her. Everyth
Stephen Graham
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mix of action and world development. Great to see a nuanced view of a union; more nuance on the Big Three might also have been good but I recognize why not. It's clear that the world has major adjustments coming by the end of the book. Definite recommend.
Flunked the hundred page test. Kind of interesting set-up (see blurb) but I don't connect with the protagonist. Everything has an at-arms-length feel.

And this is an award winner?

The cover art is an indication of how amateur the whole business is.
Patrick Tomlinson
This book didn't have anything to do with Oklahoma. ONE STAR!
It's... okay. It's not bad, certainly not for a first book, but it also doesn't do anything great. The setting is intriguing in outline, but in practice is pretty much a standard 'poor slum' type area. There are a lot of action scenes, but none which really enthrall, and the characters are a bit by-the-numbers. You've got the Tough-as-nails-with-emotional-issues-and-a-grim-background female protagonist, you've got the Understanding-love-interest-with-a-shady-past, you've got the Plucky-sidekick- ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Windswept is Adam Rakunas’s debut novel. It’s a great mix of high-concept, discussing the roles and realities of labour and struggle in a spacefaring corporate future, and taut thriller – as our protagonist races against time to figure out what’s causing the city around her to fall apart, whilst dodging bullet and trying to find time to stop for a quick drink. It’s a book which has interesting things to say, and manages to express them successfully w
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction action fans, rum drinkers
Recommended to Skjam! by: Angry Robot sales table
Padma Mehta used to work for The Man. That is, WalWa, one of the Big Three megacorporations that own most of Occupied Space. She was good at her job, too, despite the shabby treatment she often got. Then Bad Things happened, and Padma Breached, breaking her indenture contract to join the Union on Santee.

Now Padma’s a Ward Head for the Union in Brushhead, one of the neighborhoods in Santee Landing. But now she has other plans–the owner of the distillery that makes Padma’s favorite rum “Old Windsw
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
This science fiction thriller was a true delight! It was fun, fast paced, and I adored the heroine.

Padma Mehta’s a crotchety union rep dreaming of retirement and her plans to buy a distillery. But for her dreams to come true, she needs to get thirty-three more people for her head count. Which means she needs to wait for thirty-three more people to fall from the sky.

Most of known space is controlled by three mega-corporations, who rely on the labor of indentured servants. But corporate life isn’t
Ian Mond
Fun and familiarity. These are the two opposing thoughts that cross my mind when I consider Adam Rakunas’ novel Windswept. In terms of fun the novel moves at an almost chaotic pace as Rakunas constantly ups the ante, never giving the reader or his protagonist Padma Mehta an opportunity to take a breath, to take stock of the situation. But there also a familiarity about the novel. Not the setting, the planet Santee where sugarcane is grown and harvested and where indentured slaves of the big thre ...more
Read my full review and see Read-alikes on The Book Adventures on September 4th.

Padma Mehta is a Union representative on a hardscrabble planet at the edge of the known universe. Her job is to recruit people who escape from passing spaceships owned by The Big Three corporations. (I'll explore in more detail why they jump ship in a bit). She's only 30-odd people from her huge bonus, which she plans to spend on a rum distillery that she will run after she retires. When she gets wind of a large num
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2010s
Disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

Windswept is a decent first novel. The writing style is casual, kind of like an urban fantasy, except no paranormal romances flourishing. Windswept refers to a brand of rum featured prominently.

Padma Mehta lives on a backwater planet. There are the Big Three Corporations who run the universe, controlling both people and products. People will sign up for indenture with the corporations, often to travel somewhere through space. Akin to leavi
Caroline Mersey
Windswept is the debut novel from Adam Rakunas. It's published by Angry Robot, who kindly gave me a review copy through NetGalley.

The novel follows Padma Mehta, a Union organiser who lives on a paradise planet at the outer reaches of the galaxy. The planet's main export is cane molasses, which is used as a fuel for interstellar spaceships. Life on the planet is hard, but it's better than a life of indentured labour working for one of the three major corporates that control most trade and indust
Kate Cook
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And I don't even like rum!
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Windswept, by Adam Rakunas is an interesting and original science fiction book that hits many of the right notes for me. It follows Padma Mehta, a labour organizer for a union on a remote planet whose main industries are sugar cane production and rum. She gets a hot tip that 40 corporate workers are about to "breach" their contracts and jump off a starship planetside. Padma races to compete with other union organizers, to try and make her labour quota and retire, however, the tip turns into a tr ...more
No. Umm just no. Perhaps if I were raised Union I would have liked this more. Or if any of the characters had been the slightest bit sympathetic. There were details in the corporate world that I aprreciated, mostly around our pov character's reference to B school. But mostly this was just incoherent dreck with hints of interesting bits here and there. Too weird and too confused. Readable but just barely.
G Blane Howell
A rollicking good time

Fast-paced, action packed with a cast of characters you'll love, hate, and recognize though they're all brand new. People are still people, even in the far off future on far off planets. Gotta hustle, gotta muscle, gotta have a drink now and again. A great time!
Laura Rakunas
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by:
Such a fun and exciting book! The colonial molasses-to-rum-to-slaves triangle reworked and rocketed across the universe to a backwater planet with labor issues and distillery problems, being dealt with by a protagonist like no other makes for a very GoodRead indeed! I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys excitement, interesting characters and the need to know what happens next.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
3* - 7,5 out of 10.

Interesting thoughts about corporate indenture, colonialism, labor rights, social classes and... the production of rum packed in a high action sci/fi adventure. I totally adored the oriental inspired worldbuilding.

S.J. Higbee
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a world where oil has gone and the fuel that now powers the galaxy is derived from sugar cane. This small scruffy outpost grows the stuff in industrial quantities and is sufficiently off the beaten track that a number of folks fleeing the encompassing control of the Big Three – the huge cartels that people are born into and become indentured to – are able to eke out a humble living while being free. However, once those new recruits hit the planet surface, events and Padma’s gritted blood ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I experienced this book through Graphic Audio, so that probably influenced my feelings a bit. Having all the actors and sounds effects does add a little more excitement (no, I'm not advertising for them).

This was a great book for me to read right now because most of the plot is circling around the political upheaval that occurs when it's no longer possible for anyone but the already rich to get ahead, but in space on a different planet. Plus the main character is actually older. I don't think it
Keith Beasley-Topliffe
Feb 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
The book started out confusing -- the whole reader dropped into a different world thing, trying to figure out what's going on. Then it became interesting, even exciting. And then it became just a great disappointment. The key to the disappointment was that almost every character was revealed not to be what he or she had seemed to be (including the heroine, Padma). This sometimes meant major changes in understanding what was going on. And it indicated that, despite advanced management training an ...more
Jordan Steinhoff
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
An enjoyable action romp about a Union rep trying to get to her goal of new members so she can retire.

But wait, that's not it. There's intrigue and espionage. Adventure and excitement.

It's all well paced and enjoyable but what prevents this from being a 4 star is the main.

Padma is not quite sympathetic. She talks a big game about doing the right thing by her members and looking out for people and so on but as the book moves on you see that she doesn't really do any of that except lip service unl
Mark Kielty
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd met the staff from Angry Robot at World Con in Dublin this year and was very intrigued with the type of stories they were producing. (The staff were super nice btw). They're a publisher that aren't afraid to be different and Windswept is proof of that.

In a world ruled by corporations (The big three) contracted by "the union" made for some very interesting worldbuilding that I haven't seen before. Because the world was so well put together, it gave the perfect platform for our characters to r
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