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Repo Virtual

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  74 reviews
The city of Neo Songdo is a Russian doll of realities — augmented and virtual spaces anchored in the weight of the real. The smart city is designed to be read by machine vision while people see only the augmented facade of the corporate ideal. At night the stars are obscured by an intergalactic virtual war being waged by millions of players, while on the streets below peop ...more
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George Depends on what you're worried about. Take your pick of the following to trigger and/or revolt you as may be:

taboo words, moderate gore including tort…more
Depends on what you're worried about. Take your pick of the following to trigger and/or revolt you as may be:

taboo words, moderate gore including torture--none of it very detailed--sudden death, family breakup (backstory only), sibling rivalry, a non-binary (they/them) human character, an artificial intelligence (also non-binary, it), more than one homosexual pairing and mild descriptions of sex, a tattoo given, desperate poverty, indifferent corporate culture, Korean cultural hegemony, an amoral cult leader, frequent unrepentant infringement of laws and regulations, interracial everything, betrayal, ethnic food, philosophical discussion of personhood, ...(less)

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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4.0 Stars
It’s always a great feeling when one of your most anticipated books lives up to the hype! Repo Virtual was exactly the futuristic cyberpunk heist I wanted!

The world building in this one was absolutely fascinating. I loved how the virtual reality overlay that obscured, but did not completely, hide the poverty and crime of the world. The world just felt so real and gritty. I think this would be an excellent book to recommend for fans of the new video game, CyberPunk 2077.

Another one of
Jason Pettus
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dark, sci-fi, contemporary
The most frustrating thing about being a fan of a genre publisher, like I am with the science-fiction press Tor, is that for every amazing book they put out, we have to wade through ten mediocre ones, designed mostly for hardcore superfans who burn through a book a day and therefore have a much lower standard of quality than we do, essentially the literary equivalent of bingeing an entire season of Law & Order over a weekend because we're too lazy to get off the couch, and the show provides the ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In the city of Neo Songdo, a failed capitalist autonomous city-state that's located in Korea, Julius Dax "JD" makes his living in the real world as an on-call robot repairman and in the virtual world doing repossession jobs of digital property in a detailed online game called VOIDWAR. In the world of rampant climate change and political collapse an economy that's basically been taken over by robotic production makes it difficult for humans to make ends meet. All of which makes an offer from JD's ...more
Jul 25, 2018 marked it as anti-library
Shelves: arcs


Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Thousands of hours spent creating a universe for people to war over. Millions of people spending billions of collective hours fighting imaginary wars. Mining digital ore to build digital ships--every atom in the universe accounted for, artificial scarcity through detailed simulation. For eighteen years the simulation held. Children grew up inside it. They learned math through transactional trial and error. They learned spelling, comprehension, cusses and slurs through in-game chat channels.

It w
Mackenzie (bookish_black_hole)
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5

First things first (I'm the realest). Sorry, whenever I say that phrase, that lyric from Fancy always pops into my head. Anyway!! My point was I first wanted to focus on the premise - a heist? An AI? Yes. Two of my favorite things. I went into this book being pretty sure I would love it. Sadly I didn't quite LOVE it, but I still did enjoy it a lot.

The book is split into three parts, but I would say the split is more like two main arcs. The first is the heist part, which lasts a
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This was incredibly tightly plotted and a different take in the usual beginning of an AI. The characters were well drawn and I could visualize the world in its mix of poverty and VR overlay-so very satisfying! Oh and I also enjoyed the writing and the audio narrator was first class. So glad my GR buddy Lindsay mentioned this book. Highly recommended!
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The city of Songdo blurs the line between virtual reality and the real; a smart city designed to be viewed through a rig with all the trademarks of a corporate facade, complete with plenty of advertisements.
The population steals and hustles on the streets to survive while the Zero Corporation continues to control the world, both virtual and real.

Julius Dax (JD) is an online repoman trying to make ends meet.  In need of enough money to cover a knee surgery and pay off debts, JD can't turn down a
rachel ☾
Trigger warnings for (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Repo Virtual is a cyberpunk novel for our times, if I do it a disservice by calling it "cyberpunk." As many have noted, cyberpunk both hasn't aged well but is also stayed relevant, in tone if not always in detail, due to the continuing present our world has evolved into over the last 40 years since it began. Repo Virtual isn't your daddy's cyberpunk (that would be me, children). It sees the world that we live in now and turns it to "11."

MMO's? Check. Rampant late stage capitalism? Check. Degrad
Manuel Antão
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Cyberheist: "Repo Virtual" by Corey J. White

From where I sit, it seems that cyberpunk was replaced by steam punk, which became another form of cosplay, or in other words, just another excuse for the young folks to dress up and perhaps try on a corset. Anyhow, I'm sure there is more to it than that, I just don't pay that much attention. When I was a just plain punk, interactions with screens was limited to going to a seedy theatre that
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Cyberpunk seems to be slowly creeping back into current Scifi novels. This pretty much mashes up most of whats been done before into a more straight forward story of rebels or outcasts bringing down the mega corps. The action was great, the character representation was well done, however the story was a little cliched. I also found the villains to be one dimensional. Good but there's much better scifi being written. ...more
Samantha Eck
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Another DNF for me...this writing style was confusing and had me very lost more often than not. It's a shame because I really really wanted to love this one. ...more
Lisa Lynch
Repo Virtual by Corey J. White is a fun, kinda schlocky and mindless, cyberpunk action thriller. I think the synopsis (which I didn't read until after finishing the book) is a bit misleading, so I want to make sure people know a few things before jumping in:

1: Other than the opening scene, virtually (pun intended) no time is spent in the virtual world.
2: The heist is done and over 156 pages in.
3: A new protagonist, whose perspective we shift to, is introduced 1/2 way through the book.

I don't rea
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Repo Virtual takes the reader on an action packed cyberpunk adventure which is perfect for fans of William Gibson and Ready Player One. Part speculation on a very plausible future where multiple realities are controlled by a single Corporate Entity, part sci-fi thriller with a crunchy combination of technology and violence, with a backbone of philosophical questions around AI, Repo Virtual provides a thoroughly enjoyable ride from start to finish.

One of the biggest draws for me on a personal lev
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve read the Philip K Dick story where the guy has to swipe his way out of his own apartment, conning the AI into extending him enough credit to use his own john and thought, oh yeah, that’s exactly how the future’s gonna be, then you’ll understand when I say that White has built one of the most realistic futures I’ve ever read. Every scene is grounded and alive with sensory details that aren’t cynical, tropey, or preachy. They are absolutely believable and sensible and never separate from ...more
Kate ( Earth Heart's Pages )
3.75/5 Cyberpunk capitalist future with a baby AI and mellow queer characters doing a heist and rebel against the system? YES please.

I enjoyed this book a lot! The city feels very like walking through the cities in Altered Carbon (Netflix series) and you feel the weight and depression of the corporation ruling everything. The VR aspect reminded me of Ready Player One but was not played out extensively so it's just a nice nod to it.

I love the characters.
the non-binary revolutionary punk siblin
Liz (Quirky Cat)
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Repo Virtual through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Repo Virtual is the latest novel to come out of the mind of Corey J. White, and it is a piece of speculative fiction involving augmented realities, heists, and sentient software.

Julius Dax survives in a world of technology and danger by maintaining two jobs. One involves him repossessing ships online, and the other? Well, let's just say that in the real world, he's a bit of a thief. You do what you ha
Pile By the Bed
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Australian science fiction author Corey J White showed he could write science fiction action in his Voidwitch trilogy of novellas (Killing Gravity, Void Black Shadow and Static Ruin). Those novella’s were breathless in their pacing – short and sharp and yet anchored by some memorable characters. Repo Virtual, White’s first full length novel, takes some of the skills he showed in the shortened form and shows that he can apply them successfully over the longer form.
JD lives in Neo-Sogndo, a coasta
keikii Eats Books
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I hate money, I despise it. It has twisted a beautiful and creative species and turned us into a ravenous, all-consuming virus.

Repo Virtual was a very interesting book that was very easy to read and become a part of. I enjoyed the world, once I figured out what was going on. It also has a very diverse cast of characters and the story is fun and interesting, too.

Repo Virtual is about JD, who works as a Repoman for
Michael Hicks
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Corey J. White is an author that's been in my TBR thanks to the intriguing premise behind his Voidwitch novella series, and although I haven't gotten to those books just yet I certainly wish I had given how much I ended up enjoying Repo Virtual.

Man, I'm really glad I didn't dismiss this book as yet another run-of-the-mill litRPG knock-offs that have flooded the sci-fi market in the wake of Ernest Cline's nostalgia-based listicle, Ready Player One. White introduces us to his lead character JD via
Corey J, White, the author behind the Voidwitch Saga, brings an exciting and interesting cyberpunk world for readers to enjoy. Augmented Reality and other virtual technologies take center stage in this heist/escapism novel, and the main characters are full of idealism and philosophy, which are both questioned heavily in this book, which I particularly enjoyed. This title is chock-full of cyberpunk and science fiction tropes, but does just enough to stand out on its own. In addition, White does a ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was refreshing. Clearly told from the perspective of an AI (you read the jacket copy, didn't you? that's not a spoiler), the world we're show is (I think) a semi-logical extrapolation of what a big corporate entity would do to a city, had they this technology. I liked to tie in to MMORPG, even though it was mostly used as brief setting, and a slight macguffin towards the end. The characters were interesting, and engaging. The few "bad guys" had relatable (and to me realistic) motivations ot ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
3.5 stars. Cyberpunk set in Korea. Plenty of LGBTQ+ rep with gay, transgender and non-binary characters. It ticks all those boxes. But go into this expecting a major heist plot, you're probably going to be disappointed. It's not really that kind of a story. The actual heist only plays a minor role and the plot diverges into a different direction. The story was decent enough. I liked some of the philosophical elements discussed and the character relationships were pretty good. Overall it was an O ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
A neat book, which in some ways felt derivative but then in other ways felt really unique. Kind of like Ready Player One except like, good, because I didn't really like that book. The book summary kind of pitches it as a cyberpunk heist but I didn't feel like that was exactly accurate-- there was a heist at the very beginning and one at the very end, but the meat of the story in the middle was more about AI ethics and ecofuturism. I really liked the casual diversity that White brings in, and it ...more
Harrison Schweiloch
Repo Virtual by Corey J. White

I don’t know much about Corey J. White. Based on the back covers of his books, I can tell he lives in Australia and has good taste in hats. I first learned of his writing when he wrote a novella published by tor dot com publishing, Killing Gravity. I borrowed it from the library and thoroughly enjoyed the story of Mariam Xi, Voidwitch. The “space opera starring a mysterious woman with telekinesis” who didn’t know much of her past plot seemed like a 21st century remi
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Not sure whether to give 3 or 4 stars. I really liked parts of it, but sometimes it could get a little slow. The cyberpunk tropes are fairly up-to-date, but still tropey. The characters are very relatable. If you want a fun heist story that doesn't insult your intelligence, this is a good pick. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit-reading, fiction
I gave this one a try, but found no enjoyment in the first three chapters. I don't have any problem with sci-fi, but this book felt like a low-rent Ready Player One. I couldn't find anything interesting in any of the characters or any reason to keep reading.

Life is too short to slog through a bad book.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, arcs
Thank you to Tor for my first ARC!

Sci-fi, cyber-punk, heist centered action. Overall, I found the writing to be nicely done, but lacking in character development. This is especially seen with the main "villains" of the story. They did not feel very credible or threatening. I think the lack of connection to the characters was a major component to my lowering of my rating. They preformed their roles as characters and that felt like that was all. Oddly enough, I was most connected to the AI system
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Copy provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

7/10, rounded up.

I'm a little conflicted on how to review this book. So let's dive in, and see how we go. Repo Virtual (RV) is the story of JD, and how he finds himself at the centre of events which will define the city he calls home. RV is set in the nearish future, where VR is immersive and corporations have the power to control whole cities. As a whole, it's a very inclusive and diverse book; the setting is a multicultural city with pe
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