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2039: following unprecedented floods, wild capitalism has turned the city of Manila into a technocratic metropolis. The vast majority of the workforce left unemployed by rising automation, unrest is quashed with limited ability.

An orphaned child getting slowly used to his full-body prosthetic befriends a young journalist who herself hopes to one day be fitted with similar
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Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published October 5th 2018 by Jean Chose
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Bharath
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
H+ incorporated by Gary Dejean is a science fiction novel packed with action right from the start. The story is good and incorporates a number of technology advances quite naturally in the flow.

It is the year 2039, and the story is based in Manila. The city is now a technology hub which is now finding its feet after devastating floods. The principal characters are – Morgan (a scientist working at H+), Chloe (her daughter), Jake (a young boy who has had body part replacements after an accident),
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Bradley
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a surprisingly fast and fun cyberpunk read, less concerned with the punk and more in tune with the cyber.

It's Cyborg City! Sort of. The town is built into a floating city where robotics flourished and the human element languished. Transhumanist paradise, only it's no paradise. The author gives us cool characters who either uphold the law, create the tech, consume the tech in a big way (cyborg boy!) or otherwise support those who must.

The details and scope are very important in this short
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Lisa Norris
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like looking into the future through the author’s eyes. He puts his own spin on the future culture and its gadgetry. The book follows a realistic thread of the natural evolution of events in the scenes it presents. There is not much in-depth storytelling, but if it is written as a script, then it is to be expected, but as a book, more descriptions would have been appreciated.

The premise of the book is well thought out. This can be seen by the way the author was able to conn
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Romain Dupuy
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was as well backer of the project, because i worked with Gary on some projects, and found his writing and ideas frankly great, especially in France, where science fiction always feels like second grade reading ( do frenchies know how speculative fiction predicted the wolrd of today...50 years ago. I would call it clairvoyance )

When i heard of the project H+ i jumped on the possibility of being part of the project and immediately backed it. When i got to read the script i felt immense potential
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Robert Mclaughlin
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read.

In a similar vein to authors I’ve read such as Richard Morgan and Greg Egan. H+ Incorporated explores a not too distant future dealing with how humanity is changed by technological advancement, while continuing to be topical in our present, with elements including global warming and the environment, corporate greed and misinformation, as well as scientific advancement for the benefit of others or for financial gain.

I only wish the book was longer. I would certainly love to hear more
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Karla
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a fast-paced Sci-Fi thriller with a fair amount of action. I enjoyed the new ideas and the plot. Set in a Manila of the future, humans have augmented their bodies with bionic prosthetics to various degrees. Many, are thanks to the company, H+. I should note despite the title, the background and strategy of the company are not very well articulated – a lost opportunity that would have fleshed out the story better. Some worthy ethical questions are brought up throughout (e.g. the use of th ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this novel and it fits much of the current Zeitgeist. Militarized police forces, casual violence, capitalism run amok, the double edge of technology which solves certain problems while creating others. It has the feel of a world not so distant in feel to our own. Good piece of fiction for the present definitely has an American feel even though the author is from France. Good work.
Gary Dejean
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yeah. I wrote this book. 100% biased rating.

Growing up in the 1990's I saw projections of the future which I thought were exaggerated. Now, we have handheld computers constantly connected to the whole of human knowledge, and everyone's acting like this is nothing. The capacity we have to normalize wonderful technologies is what drove me to write this book. It's an ode to scientific engineering, a testimony of love for the early adopters, and a concerned contemplation of how the market exploits t
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Dave Higgins
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dejean neither confines himself to the provably likely nor indulges in flights of fancy, creating a story that is both futurist narrative and cyberpunk thriller.

When disastrous floods hit Manila, political corruption let corporations buy not only an unfair share of safe ground but a tighter hold on government itself. Already reeling from the loss of family, friends, or homes, more and more ordinary citizens find themselves replaced by increasingly sophisticated automation. As slim consolation, t
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Elling Borgersrud
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This science fiction piece has some good sides, and some sides I don't like a lot.
The positive first: the world this takes place in, feels relatively real. It has some pretty good technological gizmos, and it is a rouch, capitalist society. It reads like a modern day cyberpunk story, not as far future as Altered Carbon, and perhaps not that heavy either, but maybe something in that direction. The central tech-theme is artificial prostetics: robot body parts, exo-sceletons, and stuff like that,
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Wendy
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
Set in the dystopian world of 2039 after a titanic flood devastated Manila, a city saved from a watery grave by a flood-proof platform and turned into a technocratic metropolis, rising automation has fuelled human poverty and the violence of social unrest. In this environment the story opens when ten-year-old Jake Patel, a boy with a full-body prosthetic and his father David befriend Chloe, a young journalist with a hatred for police authority, joining a techno workshop funded by her mother Morg ...more
Stephen
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: I read from an advanced review copy of this book sent to me by the author via Goodreads.

In the mid-21st century, Manila faced total destruction in the wake of hurricanes and rising seas, but rose to the challenge -- literally, by rebuilding upon floating platforms and throwing the doors open to foreign tech firms that wanted to explore the outer limits of what's possible with as little outside prying as possible. The result was an explosion of technological innovation, especially in the re
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Jennifer
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
There was much that I enjoyed about H+ incorporated. It was reminiscent, in good ways, of many other works of science fiction that I've enjoyed (Ghost in the Shell, Altered Carbon, Nexus, Snow Crash, Chuck, Lock In, , The Wind-up Girl, Deus Ex, etc) in terms of exploring themes of technology, body modification, and environmental disaster, but what I enjoyed more than the believable near-future science-fiction were the parts that focused on how people, as individuals, friends, lovers, and familie ...more
Jennifer
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jonathan Carter
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Disclaimer: The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my criticism of the book. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

An action-packed cyberpunk action thriller that is set in the Philippines, H+ Incorporated instantaneously lured me with its setting.

Gary Dejean did an astounding job in creating this book. His writing is extremely fluid and it just comes to you very naturally as if it's your blood flowing through your veins. I love the transiti
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Michael
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version of this book, which is unusual for me as I vastly prefer actual reading. But this was a great experience...the reader was very good! I finished it in only two sessions; a testament to the exciting storyline.
If you like Paolo Bacigaluppi’s books, then you will definitely like this one! Especially effective was the parallel point of views from the covert task force team as well as the main protagonist. The alternating views really yanked my emotions back and forth!
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Nathan
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Note: I received a copy of this book/audiobook from the author via Goodreads. I chose to listen to the audiobook which was very well produced and makes for a really good listen.

I usually read books for their big ideas and this one has a few of those notably about what it means to be human without a body. Most things in life change based on one's interpretation. In this case a young boy is given a robotic body after an accident which makes it hard for him to get along with other's his age. But ma
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James Welfare
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a bad read all in all. It was a fast buzz through some interesting takes on human augmentation in the traditional bionics, exo-skeleton and implants style. The concepts addressed were not examined in too much details and that added to the feeling that in the world the author had created, augmentation is simply accepted as matter-of-fact.
As to the plot, it is was very face paced with locations changing rapidly and smoothly. The characters were skilfully realised although I would have apprecia
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Jack Frye
Nov 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
I received a free copy of the book H+ Incorporated.
An honest review follows.
I did not know what to expect and pleasantly surprised by the excellent character development and scene settings. The plot flowed and the threads of different characters interspersed smoothly.
The quality of writing is first-rate enough to keep me turning pages. In the middle of reading this story, I was called away to do some work. As soon as I could I went back to finish the story.

I recommend this futuristic science-fic
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Cst
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
***Review copy provided by the author***

This is a good book. It could have been great, but ultimately it didn’t work out that way. It is made even more impressive by the fact that the author wasn’t writing in his native language, which is noticeable in a few places.

I liked the first half of the book much better than the second and in the end I felt that this story needed more time to develop. The first half introduces the characters, their situation and their world and it works astonishingly wel
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Martin M
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have recieved a free copy of the book in return for my honest review

Reading a book from a new author is always a surprise, as you never know what to expect. With that in mind, I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of writing in this novel.

I have found the story interesting, altough at times uncomfortable due to the fact that the main character was a young child who was forced into some serious and prehaps even deadly situations.

I would recommend this if you are interested in near f
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BL834
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A shortish book (at 118 pages, I'm guessing around 120k words), H+ nonetheless has a full plot arc and solid characters, though the world building is necessarily sparse.

Being in the cyberpunk genre of course it would make a fun movie as originally intended, but I could also easily see it being tightened up to a really sharp short story or a longer novel exploring each character's background a bit more in-depth.

Other than a few (extremely minor) odd word choices here and there I'd never guess t
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Scott
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought the plot, characters, dialogue and theme of this book were top notch. They were on par with some of the best sci-fi books out there. I really enjoyed it. Having said that there are a few things I should mention. The very complicated world is introduced really quickly in a blur that is slightly confusing as a novel (probably makes sense as a screenplay though). Also as other reviewers mentioned this book really needs a final edit to remove some of the non-standard English words and idio ...more
Jimbo
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This cyberpunk action thriller has some interesting ideas and some fun action scenes - it paints a vision of the future that I find mostly plausible and desperately wanted to enjoy. But it is sadly let down by poor craftsmanship. The book feels unpolished - in places like it hasn't even been proof read - with many typos, misused English idioms and clunkily constructed sentences. This is compounded by the fact that it is writte ...more
kenneth  h.  robinson
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Engrossing Action and Possibilities

Taking place in the future of electronics and mechanization, this tale of a boy and his father facing challenges and lethal danger keeps the reader involved.
Michael Taft
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A decent quick read for sci-fi fans, the book has some good concepts that could have been developed in to something truly great - instead this is a fairly light sci-fi with some Hollywood style action in the second part of the book.
Jeff
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written book that once again good and bad sides of technological advancements.
Ernest Hogan
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cyberpunk from France. A screenplay transcribed into fast-paced novel. Could hatch a whole new global cybergorehound genre.
Ichbinpla
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great novel, that would make an even better movie.

The premise is depressing but as the story goes on, and Jake learns to customize his body, I found it more and more uplifting. This is inspiring.
Nick de Vera
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pretty decent cyberpunk riff set in the Philippines
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Gary Dejean holds a PhD in Film Studies from University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) for his study of the representation of human suffering in international cinema. He's a teacher, writer and consultant.

In 2009, he became a founding member of the online Aesthetics review Proteus and assured the direction of publication from 2010 to 2013. He has since been occupying the position of treasurer of the
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