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Necrotic City

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  41 reviews
What would you do if you realized that the laws you enforce do little more than contribute to the suffering of the people you were created to protect?

In a dying city wracked by corruption and civil unrest, Adrian is about to make a discovery that will test his allegiance and alter his life forever. It’s said that every broken world needs a hero. Will this hero wind up as
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published October 22nd 2017
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Stjepan Cobets
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fan of Sci-Fi
My rating 4.7
The book Necrotic City by Leland Lydecker leads us to quite a dark vision of the future world. The city where the main character lives are in the company's full power. All residents are constantly monitored and everything is subordinated to the company. Residents depending on their credit power live in a large underground city and are deployed at different levels. Water and food are missing, especially in the poorest parts of the city. The natural environment is completely polluted
Dale Rutter
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A highly thought out and entertaining read!
The writing is gripping, the world building is engrossing and descriptive and the story itself is again gripping.
I was totally immersed into this book; the descriptions of the bleak dystopian future hell hole of a city sucked me straight into it as if I was there myself. The plot was familiar to other similar genre books I've read but yet, the writing made it feel different and set it apart from your average dystopian futuristic sci-fi book.
I would hi
William Collins
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I liked the idea of heroes a lot, they reminded me of super-soldiers from a sci-fi game, I particularly liked that citizens could signal them for help with an alarm, like how we phone the police. The fact that the hero name is juxtaposed by how many of the citizens don’t want their help is a nice touch.

Necrotic City did begin with a lot of world-building, but it didn’t detract from how engaging the story was in my opinion, the only flaw is that I didn’t feel a co
L.N. Denison
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know I shouldn't say this, but the place in which this book is set reminded me a little of the way Mega City One was set up. With its towering buildings and social discord attached to each area. The story follows Adrian, a synthetic being know as a hero. Heroes were placed to keep the people of the tiers safe. They were what you could call health and safety administers. Within the upper level tiers, Suicides and anarchy run wild, and Adrian find himself in some very awkward situations as the s ...more
Mary Woldering
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Necrotic City there are two types of cybernetically enhanced "Police": Peace officers known as Heroes who go about saving lives often at their own peril and Enforcers who see the rule of law is followed, often brutally.

The city itself reminds me of a Towel of Babel or giant Pyramid extending from the heavens where all is wealth illusion and comfort to beyond 50 where squalor, poverty and death are unimaginable.
The "company" which created Heroes like Adrian has decided Heroes are no longer
Melonie Purcell
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great read. I’m not typically a fan of dystopian fiction, but this author did such a brilliant job creating a rich world filled with tiny human intricacies, I couldn’t stop reading. The main character is a genetically modified, machine enriched sort of human whose entire purpose in life is to save everyone else. He is a little bit like Steinbeck’s Lennie in that he has a childlike trust in the world and he only wants to do good things. Regretfully, he learns hard and fast that the
Angelique Anderson
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

There is literally not enough good that I could say about this book! I could not put it down, the gritty scenery was believable and I felt so immersed in it. The rules of this world (twisted as they may be) th characters, it was just so magnificently done! The “Hero’s” of the book, and in their world were believable and the main character, Adrian was such a likable and believeable person, that it makes you wish you knew someone of his integrity and moral character in real life. His battles again
Jane Jago
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The eponymous city is rotting from the inside outwards and our hero, Adrian, who is coincidentally a genetically engineered Hero, is caught between the city bosses who own him and his own feeling for fairness and justice. It’s an allegory for our times, whose message about the evils of greed is well placed.

I liked: The whole concept, and the creeping claustrophobia engendered by the set-up. I also found the writing to be clear and lucid.

I didn’t like: The pacing seemed to me to be a bit peculiar
Rik Ty
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adrian is a man who wasn’t born. He was produced, created to be a protector of the public (something similar to a police officer) in an sealed city-state with a deteriorating eco system all its own. Instead of a government, the city/state is run by the company that originally owned it, and the citizenry is tolerated according to the value they bring to the company. Adrian is a member of the city’s Hero Division. As such, he is a perfect physical specimen, infused with special nano-augments, and ...more
S. Thomas
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adrian is one of the last heroes. People genetically enhanced by the company, in the city, humanity’s only safe haven from pollution, drought, and famine. Heroes will give their lives for any of the citizens, no matter if they are rich or poor. Except, the company who created the heroes and operates their group is drawing an ever tightening line around which citizens get protection. A system easy to enforce since the city is built on tiers with the wealthy on top and slums starting around the fo ...more
Brin Murray
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is science fiction of the good sort: speculative, this-is-how-we-could-end-up-if-we-don’t-watch-out scenario, great relatable central character AND the science is solidly believable without being in-your-face-uber-detailed boring. And I hate rubbish science (was a scientist originally here, back in the dark ages before found my vocation) – many many many dystopians fall down for me because the science or even basic economics of human existence as imagined in the story just don’t work. Not t ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was presented with Necrotic City and was intrigued by the title right away! I immediately submerged into its futuristic world and simply could not tear myself from the book till the last page was turned! Greatly mastered, this novel possesses the main characteristics of a dystopian future: independent thinking and freedom are restricted, the natural world is distrusted, while citizens are under constant surveillance.
The author gives the reader a unique opportunity to enter the futuristic world
Jason Nugent
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Tale Set in a Bleak World

Amazing tale set in a future, bleak world. As the Company controls the entire city and every aspect of daily life, the Hero Adrian emerges to help others and to find a better life.

I loved this book and can not recommend it enough! The author does a spectacular job of making the reader see and feel this ruthless and terrible city. The pace is fast and the characters are fleshed out.

Necrotic City is an entertaining read into a cautionary world we’d be best to avoi
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-in-2018
Necrotic City is a reminiscent of some great older Science Fiction Classics. It has elements of Logan's Run, Blade Runner and one other that I won't mention due to potential spoiling. While the elements that reminded me of these other stories were there, this story is definitely in a class of its own. Leland Lydecker weaves a fascinating tale of dystopia that the "hero" isn't even aware of until his ordered life ends and a new chaos he doesn't understand begins.

The entire story is told from one
Greg Alldredge
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully dark future:
I was impressed with authors Leland Lydecker’s “Necrotic City” Many times writers of science fiction put so much tech in it rolls readers eyes back trying to decipher the meaning, or they gloss over the details making the tech almost magical in their descriptions. You get none of that with Necrotic City. Set in a foreseeable future where your worth to the company sets your worth to the world, the book takes the reader on an exploration of what it means to be human.
I high
Jacqueline Simonds
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Necrotic City is like Robocop meets Dante’s Inferno inside a corporate-owned collapsing city-scape. Unlike Robocop, the main character, Adrian, is not a police Enforcer (those are actually pretty much the bad guys), but a safety Hero—a genetically engineered human dedicated to serving the populace. He does his job so well he is twice nearly killed saving people in the first few pages of the book.

But then everything changes around Adrian. After a devastating altercation, the Hero division is diss
Kameron Williams
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was well written and engaging.

I've been reading a lot of dystopian fiction lately, but this one definitely stands out as one of the most intriguing. It was dark, gripping, and often times upsetting. This is because the characters felt very real and three dimensional. I really felt for Adrian.

I've always been a firm believer that good fiction stays in your mind long after you read it. And to that standard, I have to say this was very good indeed.
Dan Allen
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A daring, dark and dangerous descent into the end game of a world raped by climate change and stripped of all but the shadow of humanity, in a city with all its finest creations. When I finished this book, I felt totally wrong for eating a half a cinnamon roll and indulging in a five minute hot shower. For me, the ultimate reading experience is finishing the novel and realizing you aren't the same person anymore.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" did that to me.

"Necrotic City" did that to me.

Top 10 reasons
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading this, and all I can say is WOW!!! A dark but entertaining read that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. 10/10 loved this book and will read again!

Eerily reminiscent of things going on today, Necrotic City is about a vat-grown peacekeeper who gets put through the wringer for trying to do right by the people he was created to protect.

Adrian is more of a good guy than the dark, brooding antihero people might expect out of a cyberpunk novel, but he's tough and
Chris Keaton
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a contained city built to survive a long ago apocalypse humanity lives in a towering city with the haves on top and the have-nots down below, a genetically enhanced and technologically modified human bred to protect and serve tries to do the right thing while figuring his place in the world.

Early on it starts with the Corporation covertly bringing down an apartment complex to recycle the valuable resources and removing some lower class people in the process. Our hero-actually his job title-d
Wayne McKinstry
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This dysopian novel is a combination of Animal Farm, Solyent Green and today’s headlines. The protagonist is an idealistic clone who very much believes in his role as a selfless helper of one and all. Of course, he gradually becomes disillusioned. Without making a spoiler, the story is how this man works to survive and find a place to live with good people.

I found this a most enjoyable read with very believable characters.
Shari Branning
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Kudos to Lydecker for keeping me reading today when I had far more pressing projects that I needed to be working on.

Adrian, genetically enhanced, lab produced property of the Company, was designed for the sole purpose of helping people. But now he's becoming obsolete. It isn't cost-effective to help people any more, but the same genetics that make him a super-human also supply him with a Hero-worthy, almost Golden Retriever-worthy, dose of loyalty, friendliness, and the need to help people. And
Christian Nadeau
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
Necrotic city plunges you straight into a detailed world where capitalism has been pushed to its limit. A world where society as we know it collapsed (you’ll read for yourself why) and out of the ashes, a city was built, run and ruled by “The Company”.

While most elements have already been seen in some form of others, the authors assembles them in a creative and never boring way. From the entertainment district of the 16th tier, passing by the lush garden on a skyscraper roof in the 5th to the ov
Scott Spotson
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Make no mistake about it, Necrotic City is a very bleak dystopia novel in the classic sense. There is a very sharp economic class division, and lower class citizens aren’t even provided with basic health, welfare, or shelter services—they’re just dumped and ignored, or beaten up by roving cyber-technology humans called Enforcers. Each succeeding economic class of humans upwards toward the very rich, the distinctions improve somewhat, but to go down or up one tier brings about marked differences ...more
Justin Coogle
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Necrotic City is pretty hype, not gonna lie. It's one of those stories that I would honestly prefer on the big screen or in a video game. This isn't to distract from Lydecker's writing skill, which is adept, but his universe really would be tempting in a more interactive medium!

The story is in a sort of futuristic dystopian society where resources are scarce and there is little green left. So what hope do we have in a character placed in a such a world? Well we have Adrian, a genetically amplifi
W.H. Mitchell
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Necrotic City by Leland Lydecker is a dystopian novel with cyberpunk overtones combined with the classic mythology of the Hero’s Journey and Dante’s Inferno. The main character, Adrian, is a genetically modified human known as a Hero with DNA altered so he’s literally compelled to help people. As the story begins, Adrian is a veteran who has survived longer on the job than most of his kind. However, like the police of today, he finds that much of the population in the city doesn’t trust him, eve ...more
J.M. Johnson
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely. The author creates a believable scenario in which a combination of higher Earth temperatures, loss of bees and other insects - which has an impact on food production - and a population increase that is out of control, leads to famine, severe pollution, and water shortages.

The city at the centre of the action, and its inhabitants, are controlled by the faceless ‘Company’ and the amount of credit it allows each citizen, based on their usefulness to the Company. Hund
Janet R Brienza
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Hero I always wanted to be! Who am I kidding? Adrian is the Hero I still aspire to be.

Adrian is a Hero, not just in the traditional sense, it is his job to be the good guy, to protect and serve, even if the price is his own life.

The dystopian world where he lives is one of tiers. The lower the tier, the more hopeless life is for its citizens.

Although he is synthetically engineered to see his job of law and order as black and white, Adrian, like his colleagues, suffers bouts of moral relativi
Scott Branchfield
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As you can probably tell from the title, Leland Lydecker’s Necrotic City is a dystopian novel. The hero of the story really is a hero; that is his job title. Heros are genetically engineered safety officers whose main job is to help people in need. But in this city there are way more people in need of help than there are Heros. The story is a cautionary tale about what happens when corporations control everything. When the bottom line is all that counts, humanity gets swept under the rug. A few ...more
Sam Fury
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will Adrian Survive the High-Tech World of the Future?

The high-tech future is highly polluted and law-abiding citizens (with enough credit) are kept safe inside a tiered-wall city. The more wealthy you are, the lower the tier, and the better your lifestyle.

"The Company" keeps everyone in check with "Heroes" and "Enforcers".

Adrian is a Company "Hero", genetically modified to be better than the average person in every way.

He loves his job and would do anything to help a citizen.

But the world is n
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Leland Lydecker is a writer, professional driver, and former airline employee. No stranger to the ins and outs of government and corporate corruption, his preferred writing topics are crime, extra-judicial justice, and the future of society. His interests range from the natural world, to space exploration, to technology and medicine with an emphasis on genetic engineering, cybernetics, and artific ...more

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