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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  59 reviews
The data stored in her blood can save a city on the brink… or destroy it, in this gripping cyberpunk thriller.
When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new masters exploit her rare condition which allows her to
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Angry Robot (first published August 2nd 2018)
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Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the get-go I was reminded of a direct mix of Nexus and Europe in Autumn.

This isn't a bad thing. I love neurotech and transhumanist stories and love spy fiction couched as Courriers. So based on nothing more than the blurb and a Netgalley interest, I tore through this book and quite enjoyed it.

Who doesn't like to do clandestine data handoffs through their blood, become invisible to all sensors, or otherwise erase your identity in favor of being a hardcore member of a spy network in a futuri
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, cyberpunk
I’m new to Cyberpunk. Sure, I saw Johnny Mnemonic and read Altered Carbon but that’s basically it. Not much. I have no idea why as I enjoy fancy advanced technology mixed with dystopian elements. Well, on the bright side, I have a lot to discover.

Implanted hooked me with the premise and unique concept of the hemocryption - coding data in the blood cells. Not only it’s imaginative but also infinitely cool. Here’s the quote explaining the process.

Aventine employs a proprietary hemocryption proc
The Captain
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

This was a fun read that I read in one sitting.  The story takes place in a domed city called New Worth where most of the society is implanted with a technological implant.  The story follows Emery, a college aged student, who is about to graduate and begin working in a mundane job dealing with data organization.  Only her extracurricular activities have caught t
Keith Chawgo
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I review multiple books a month and when I go through the list of books to review, I try to review from many different genres to try to mix it up. I am not a huge fan of science fiction as I tend to find the science tends to bog down the narrative or the science doesn’t’ quite work due to multiple authors not able to make a believable world that works. I also have difficulties with writing in the first person, as I find a lot of authors have difficulty writing in this narrative because ...more
Minerva Spencer
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Growing up during the Reagan years, I've long been a fan of dystopian stories. I love the ones that offer no hope just as much as I love the ones that do. That said, I stopped reading post-apocalyptic books a while back because I felt like I'd consumed everything the genre had to offer. But then a couple of months ago I read The Postmortal and decided to give the genre another shot. Boy am I glad I got my hands on IMPLANTED.

the only things I require in my sci fi (aside from excellent writing, o
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: this is a cookie cutter Young Adult bit of fluff, even though my book source categorized it as Adult. It even includes the dreaded “insta love” where people can have mind melds with their loved one simply by taking off their gloves and holding hands. That mind-linking ability is due to tech implanted in all of the “haves.” Of course, there is a class struggle and the “have nots” are considered outliers, outlaws, and undesirables, all because they don’t want or can’t have this te ...more
Kerys (The Everlasting Library)
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Note: I got a copy of this book through Net galley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and no one else’s.

At first, I honestly DID NOT EXPECT to like this book as much as I did but it was really interesting and I loved the whole idea! I thought Implanted might just be like other dystopian/ sci-fi books but it was really well executed and had a super engaging plot line! I mean, it's not just everyday you read a book on a person who carries secrets in their own blood?!?! AAG
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-own
I couldn't put this book down. I don't typically love sci-fi books. They sometimes contain interesting plots, but are often predictable and aren't always well-written. Implanted is an exception. I loved escaping in the pages of this adventure. It was a delight, and I can't wait to read what Lauren C Teffeau writes next! ...more
Tracy Zullo
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
A look at a potential future. Even in the face of disaster the power brokers are still working to create a caste system. I loved the heroine- her obsessive need to fix everything. She is paired nicely with a more realistic hero. Very cool world building - are we going to see more from this world?
Splatter Geist
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Implanted is a novel I’ve been waiting to read for ages, not only because it’s a science fiction novel, but because Teffeau has put her entire soul into this collection of pages. Previously I’ve written about authors who nearly bridge the gap on creating their own genres, I’ve written about authors who have created works of art and not just excellent literature, and now I’ll be talking about an author who has gotten it right to put her soul down in ink.

Touching on that fragile link we as humans
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Teffeau has created a unique view of a possible "fractopian" future - neither a dystopian world nor a utopian one, but a stratified society of many layers, including both positive and negative elements. "Implanted" is good read; it's a fast-paced novel, full of stunning visuals and exciting action sequences. It's guaranteed to keep you turning pages, and will take you inside a world like none you've ever seen.

Full review on Youtube:
Fraser Simons
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The data stored in her blood can save a city on the brink… or destroy it, in this gripping cyberpunk thriller.

When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new masters exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink o
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Implanted is a cyberpunk dystopian novel that also includes a thrilling mystery involving a cover-up, political struggles, environmental implications and even some romance. Emery Driscoll was a dynamic character who was incredibly intriguing, even though she tried to show an uninteresting exterior to the world. She never wanted to make waves but when her extracurricular activities were used against her she was forced to endure the unthinkable and her choices, or lack thereof, led her down a rabb ...more
Brian's Book Blog
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Teffeau Creates A Brilliant World

4.25 out of 5 stars

This is the second ARC I’ve gotten from Angry Robot and it’s another enjoyable read. Implanted tells the story of Emery. A typical college kid living in a dome near the city formerly known as Fort Worth. She’s been playing arcade games with a guy that she’s falling for and might even want to connect with him on a deeper level when everything in her life falls out of place. She’s thrown into a hidden and secretive world where her entire former l
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Pinky swear!


Implanted started off a little slow and weird. I was a tad confused by what was going on with Emery for the first chapter or so, although the backstory on what was going on did get explained later. You just get dropped into the story and it was a little jolting to begin with.

Once it picks up, it picks up. The plot is really interesting, if slightly
E.M. Tippetts
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emery has her whole life ahead of her, until she gets a message that she has to die. Not actually, physically die, but she's been drafted to work for a company that will require her to give up everything and everyone she's ever known. They will fake her death, and she is not allowed to refuse the offer. The reason is in her blood; she's got a condition that allows encrypted information to be stored in her blood cells, for a limited time, at least. She is to be part of an elite class of couriers, ...more
Reese Hogan
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a great cast of characters and a fun setting, Implanted was a fascinating exploration of the future of technology, connectivity, and social media dependency. I enjoyed the chilling but believable prediction that “Disconnects”—those who choose not to be outfitted with technology that basically turns your brain and eyes into an iphone—were shunned by society and had trouble finding jobs and making a living. The idea of needing to live under glass because the environment has gone so far downhi ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Implanted is a post-apocalyptic novel with advance technology. The world building, especially around how the tech works, is pretty detailed. I think there was a lot put into this book and it could have, probably, been dolled out into two novels. However, I liked the plot and the characters.

I have a more in depth review here:
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
**Note: You can find this review along with some art I made of the book over on my blog at **

Implanted is YA cyberpunk with a very interesting premise. Emery lives in a dome city called New Worth, built on the remains of Fort Worth after climate change made the outside world uninhabitable. The city is built hierarchically, with three vertically-stacked districts: the Terrestrial District, the Understory, and the Canopy. The rich and powerful live in the C
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I am sure anyone reading this synopsis can tell, this book is set in such a cool future. Obviously, its a dystopia, but the best YA novels always are. The way the city is set up, though, feels all too real. Yes, its a domed city, and yes, the technology is futuristic – but the layers in the city and the separation of wealth and affluence from the grime of a dirt poor existence is literally represented by height. How cool is that?! The more affluent you are, the higher in the dome you live — b ...more
Faith Jones
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You don’t need to imagine a science fiction future where information is such a valuable resource that it has to be encrypted to move it safely between A and B, as that’s what we have now. You also don’t need to imagine that corporate espionage and hackers might be after their rivals’ trade secrets and will go to any lengths to get them. However, in a world where all communications channels can be intercepted and there are infrastructure blackspots that cables won’t provide a service to, the scie ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a new world. People are living in a dome because life outside is impossible. Most people have an implant. It makes life easier, it's quick access to all the information you could need. Some people would even kill just to get one because it's starting to become a luxury for the elite.

But Emery is just a typical girl who really enjoys simulation, and video games. This is where she meets Rik, so to speak. They know each other so well in the game world. They can connect through their implants
Christopher Cornell
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I read and provided feedback on an earlier draft of this book. On receiving a shiny new ARC, I was pleased to discover it's only been improved upon since then.

First and foremost, this is a rollicking adventure that entertains throughout. As with all good SF, however, it's also chock full of big ideas about our potential future--from environmentalism to the surveillance state to corporate governance. Come for the exhilarating ride, stay for a glimpse at one possible future.

I'm gl
JR Shaw
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story that is beautifully written. I immediately fell in love with the characters and cannot wait to read the next book in this series!
Kennard V
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Loved the concept of encryption in DNA. I would like to see more stories following these characters!
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where to start with this? I can tell you right now that if you're new to Cyberpunk, like I was, this is an excellent place to start. While I love Science Fiction as a general rule, sometimes it can feel a little inaccessible. Cyberpunk has always peaked my interest though, because of the mix between advanced technology and dystopian world building. I took the plunge with Implanted, and I'm so glad that I did.

Imagine a world under glass. A world protected from the outside elements because the wor
Terry Mulcahy
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
While the book is generally riveting, it starts out so slow I wasn't sure I wanted to finish. Most of Chapter One and Chapter Two work to establish the main character, and not much else. Sure there's violence imbedded in the main character, and a reason for it. There's a stranger in Chapter Two who wants to speak with her, and his insistence raises reasonable alarms, and she manages to get away. So, we know there's something coming, but in the meantime we are treated to emotions, and relationshi ...more
Tori (InToriLex)
I DNFed 45 pages in, I couldnt relate to the characters or get immersed in the story
For fans of speculative science fiction this book is a must read. A premise similar to The NIght Land (William Hope Hodgson) where the remaining population is broken into self contained city states (literally contained in a dome), with a long term objective of Emergence from the dome to the slowly reclaimed landscape of native earth. But the most fascinating part of this story is the integration of technology and culture and how that impacts individual lives. Similar to Neuromancer and Snow Cras ...more
Karen Whittard
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think that this is the future for dystopian fantasy books. I absolutely love things that make me stop and think and when I have finished reading the book. It stays with me. This is that kind of book for me. I throughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to more books from this author in the future.
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Lauren C. Teffeau was born and raised on the East Coast, educated in the South, employed in the Midwest, and now lives and dreams in the Southwest. She is a graduate of the Taos Toolbox workshop, a master class in writing science fiction and fantasy. Implanted (August 2018) is her debut with Angry Robot.

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“It's true connection has a cost...The messy infrastructure can barely keep pace with the demands of the implants place on it. Not to mention security risks., malware, and emotional bleed - the kind that incapacitates or breeds paranoia instead of bringing people together.
Drawbacks we blindly put up with in our search for efficency and escape.”
“That takes me by surprise. To willingly give up your implant? They make modern life bearable.

"Don't look so shocked. Implants aren't everything. It's not a weakness to want to separate mind from machine."

Weakness maybe not, but definitely outside the norm.”
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