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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  60 reviews
A hacker is drawn out of hiding and into an epic geopolitical showdown in the frighteningly plausible conclusion to Eliot Peper’s critically acclaimed Analog Series.

When you’ve betrayed your revolutionary cadre, an off-grid fight club on a remote tropical island is a good place to hide—or die.

For notorious ex-hacker Emily Kim, the outcome of each fight makes little differe
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by 47North
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Bernard Jan
Breach. The third and the last Analog Novel by Eliot Peper is a worthy ending of the extraordinary technothriller Analog Series. Once again Eliot Peper proves his ingenious writing, giving us a strong heroine in ex-hacker Emily Kim, brilliant and intelligent dialogues and true gems—his descriptions I fell in love with ever since I’ve read his first book Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0 (The Uncommon Series).

Allow me to share three of Peper’s Breach gems with you:

“My dad told me this fairytale when I
Lucas Carlson
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eliot is quickly becoming my go-to author as he keeps putting out quality work over and over again, filling a new niche of near-future tech thinking person's novels. The balance of big ideas with characters you care about, action that thrills, and plot that twists keeps you engaged to the end. Bravo Eliot. Keep em coming! ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peper wraps up the Analog series with a non-stop technothriller. From illegal fight clubs to the last hurrahs of the global oligarchs, the story doesn't stop. But what's most important in Emily's story is how she finally finds a place and how Commonwealth can build on her skills to make the next step in its evolution from company to state.

These three novels chronicle the birth of a new world. It's painful, but ultimately glorious.


I've written a longer review of the entire series over
Realms & Robots
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breach, the third entry in the Analog series, gives us the story of the most mysterious character in the fictional universe, Emily Kim. The trials and tribulations of the Commonwealth mega-corporation continue to hold sway on the world order and the cast of characters from past books is at work to keep everything running. Breach is another great addition to the series, adding essential background information on the very person who started it all.

I’m obsessed with Emily Kim as a character. Honest
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If you’re not familiar with the Analog world that Peper has created – you are missing out. The world feels so insanely real it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

Something that I don’t think I noticed before this book is that Peper has this sort of poetic way of writing. Not to say the book reads like poetry (not at all) but it’s more of this refined read. There are no wasted words. I enjoyed that a lot and I almost want to go back to the othe
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books, 2019-books
Another outstanding novel in the Analog series! Eliot Pepper works wizardry combining the near-future, dystopian "Feed" with current hot-button issues (wealth inequality and re-distribution) in a way that's fascinating, fast-paced, highly intellectual and believable. Quite a high bar he's set for himself. Bravo! ...more
Jacob Chapman
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breach is a fantastic conclusion to the Analog saga, weaving all of the themes and characters developed in the first two novels into a satisfying conclusion. In many ways this entry in the trilogy feels much closer or more personal than the first two. We already know the characters and we've become acquainted with what drives them. The action is also substantially more personal and intense, much of it being violent close quarter combat. It gives the book something like the pacing of a James Bond ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breach is the third installment of Eliot Peper’s Analog Series. While some series get weaker as they go along, Peper’s story seems to grow, evolve, and strengthen with each new book.

In the future (intentionally similar to now), the internet has evolved into “The Feed” which connects all people, businesses, and countries. Those who control The Feed control the world in Peper’s view of this apocalyptic future. In the first book, Peper’s motley collection of heroes commandeered the feed in order to
Eric Walker
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breach by Eliot Peper is such a great book I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Not only does the writing paint vivid pictures of what is happening but it is a great end to the analog series.

For the final story in the analog novels, Eliot further weaves the prior books of this series together by bringing back prior characters that some may have forgotten. This time, however, the people who long ago were manipulating the feed are the only ones capable of saving it as an activist group is tr
Nick Greene
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Breach' has all the markings of an Eliot Peper novel: It's thought-provoking, exciting, and eminently readable. ...more
Andy Parkes
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reading
Book 3 in the Analog series. Apparently the final book but it's been left open enough it could go further. If it doesn't it's a satisfying place to end. What I liked most about this series was each book being told from the point of view of a different character. Diane was one of my favourites in the first book so was glad book two was hers. This one picks up with Emily. Major character from the first and is a good focal point for where the story goes this time around. Thread through the whole th ...more
Megan Forrest
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Breach is a great conclusion to a very interesting and enjoyable series. As a big fan of dystopian fiction, I love the exploration of the role of technology. What I like the most about Peper's construction in this novel (and in the series) is the humanity that endures within the characters, despite all of their flaws and their foibles. The real and gritty exploration of the world of technology and its potential for exploitation and political role is so relatable and frankly scary, as it is easy ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guilty dark redemption - normally the second "Empire Strikes Back" act, but with Peper we've had two fights for the path of light now followed by a more personal examination from the creator of Analog. It;s not an easy path for Emily Kim, she almost seems to boobytrap her own progress. All wrapped up in another great techno-thriller ...more
Laura Spiekerman
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic characters & plot, as usual with Eliot Peper's stories. And while the subject matter is probably what draws readers to this (a love of science fiction, interest in how technology might affect our lives & world), his writing is actually what's most attractive to me -- it's beautiful.
If his book in 2018 felt like the perfect read that year given our geopolitical circumstances, then Breach feels the same for 2019. Nice to have familiar characters but can also be read on its own.
CC Sanders
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to netgalley for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

The premise sounded amazing and i was so ready for a technothriller - I need a fresh dystopian world in my reading life and I was not disappointed. I was a bit on the fence because I had not read the first and second book in the trilogy, but hints online pointed towards not needing to, so I took the chance on it.
I dont think I was missing too much from the previous books as this one caught me up enough to u
Peter O'Kelly
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A review to consider (includes some series-wide plot details):
Brian Clegg
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are two sides to Breach - one excellent, the other so-so. We meet the so-so side first. This is the story of Emma Kim, aka Pixie, who has spent the last ten years or so as a fighter in a illicit fight club, risking death, apparently because she wants to die (yet somehow avoiding it for so long). This plunges us in with some action, certainly, but lacks any significant depth. However, the other side of the book is the story of Commonwealth, a former startup company now a sovereign state, th ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When we last saw Emily Kim, near the end of Bandwidth (volume 1 of the Analog series), she had been unmasked as having gone too far in manipulating people to achieve her ends, noble though they might have been. At the start of Breach (the third and concluding volume of the series), thirteen years have gone by, thirteen years during which Emily disappeared in shame into an anonymous (pseudonymous actually) and self-desctructive life as a competitor in a to-the-death fight club on a remote Philipp ...more
Peter Pereira
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a tough one to review on a few levels.

Breach is the third installment of the Analog series by Eliot Peper. And while I read both Bandwidth and Borderless, I must admit that when I started reading Breach I could not for the life of me remember much of what happened in the previous two books. That is never a good sign. I remember liking them, but a few factors place me with little recollection as to what happened before, as I started reading Breach. The biggest problem is that I had read t
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eliot-peper2
The scenario behind Eliot Peper’s Analog series is that the internet is directly connected to our brains. If you think that this is crazy, think again, as Elon Musk with his start-up company , as well as others, are working on making that a reality. Personally, the thought of being on the internet 24/7 is absolutely horrifying, but I grew up in an era where the most exciting technology was color TV and Pong. Nowadays, young people have grown up with the internet and have grown very attached to t ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book in this series. I had no premise of who the characters were, or anything about the world this is set in.
This book is considered a technothriller. Which I found is a perfect way to describe it. The underground fight clubs, the all absorbing feed. It had great a feel to it. Add the politics and this was an interesting dystopian picture.
I did not feel like I was missing much from the previous boo
Lars Fischer
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a nice touch, the Analog trilogy returns to its beginning for the final volume, while at the same time branching into new territory. We are back at the geopolitical hacking and social consciousness of Emily Kim from the first volume, and we're continuing the fast-paced if somewhat unlikely action of the 2nd volume. We get far more meat on the so far hazy figure of Kim, and her personal story develops in ways that are very surprising given her role in the first volume, but at the same time wor ...more
I won this book in a giveaway. I hope I'm not being unfair because I didn't read the first two books in this series first, but I didn't care for it all that much. It has its moments, but overall I was a bit disappointed.

There are some good action sequences in this book that I really enjoyed, and overall the story was decent, but for the most part I just didn't care. I largely came away feeling like this is yet another dystopian/sci-fi novel with a young, unrealistic, female protagonist that I re
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I was young, it was a thing to join or start a commune. A common thread in doing so was some idea of finding a better way. Turned out to be more complicated than easily imagined. People turned to self medication, and the word “hippie” turned to mean something far different than the original intention.
Tech gives us all kinds of power tools. More capacities. More learning curves. More choices. More room to be..., something, maybe somebody. Faster, farther reaching, more power.
More responsi
Andrea Hill
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the third book of the trilogy, which picks up a decade after the second book, and is from yet a third characters perspective.
I cared about the central character the least of the three books, maybe because I felt the least amount of empathy. I'd say she was perhaps the most flat character.
However, the book was saved again by the underlying questions and commentary raised through the book. Its hard to write this review without giving too much away, but even if I don't really understand
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very disappointing addition to the series. We have a suicidal pugilist, who is just a hair past being a relatable character. The majority of the book is spent wallowing in self-remorse, which is just a hair past being a relatable plot. By the time our heroine goes fight-club on us for the final time near the end of the book, I became a speed reader. There was a lot of material worth only a brief skim over.

"In Japanese art, kintsugi refers to the practice of repairing damaged pottery w
Edgar Guedez
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breach of Trust

Imagine a cloud com like Google that grows so much that its boundaries transcend countries and the world depends so much on it that it starts to dictate the rules for the world governance until it becomes a sovereign entity. That's Commonwealth!!
In the mid of it, Emily breaches the trust of her friends believing that it is rightful to use the feed to manipulate their beliefs in order to create new rules for the world. And in the process, she transformers into a complete, unapolog
Steven Mastroyin
In the afterward Peper talks about how the main character for this novel was always the inspiration for this entire Analog trilogy.

I just didn't like her that much.

To be fair, I'm generally not a fan of series where we move through a cast of characters and they each have these kind of serial adventures while the previous characters sit out most of the new chapter - meanwhile characters who recur seem to learn, well, not much. It feels too contrived to me in a lot of ways. This is a personal thi
Brian Ulczynski
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Set years into the future from Book #2, it shows what happens when The Feed continues to push changes that impact the whole world and how those clinging to power will try to keep their power and wealth. As all too often with books, I wish the authors would show a bit more of what the post-resolution world would look like. In this case, he provides a conclusion, but I was interested in seeing how that resolution would play out 1, 3, 5 years in the future. A b ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Eliot Peper is the author of Veil, Bandwidth, Borderless, Breach, Cumulus, True Blue, Neon Fever Dream, and the Uncommon Series. He's helped build technology businesses, survived dengue fever, translated Virgil's Aeneid from the original Latin, worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture capital firm, and explored the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang. His books have been praised by Pop ...more

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