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The Velocity of Revolution

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Ziaparr: a city being rebuilt after years of mechanized and magical warfare, the capital of a ravaged nation on the verge of renewal and self-rule. But unrest foments as undercaste cycle gangs raid supply trucks, agitate the populace and vandalize the city. A revolution is brewing in the slums and shantytowns against the occupying government, led by a voice on the radio, c ...more
Published February 9th 2021 by DAW
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Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, science-fiction
Synopsis: The country Pinogoz has racist oppressors, implementing a harsh caste system. Out in the suburbs, people give "happily" their food and petrol for the oversea military, and starve thereby. 

Nália is a member of a Robin Hood like motorcycle gang who rob petrol from government trains. But Wenthi, a police officer, arrests her despite of her superior ability with her modified bike. 

Never before has anonye managed to catch those thieves, and Wenthi gets another chance to proof himself to his
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely rollicking, thoroughly unique dieselpunk fantasy! Maresca has crafted an intricate world with deep roots and populated it with amazing characters, each sympathetic and understandable even as their life experiences often place them at seemingly-irreconcilable odds with each other. The political and social nuance in the book is both enthralling and exciting, a web that will ensnare the curious and reward those willing to join Maresca on a high-octane ride.
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Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7arcs, 2021, coyer
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

So maybe I looked at the blurb for The Velocity of Revolution because there was a motorcycle on the cover.  I'd been aware of this author; the publisher had offered me other books but I didn't want to read them without having read earlier books in the series.  I'm uncertain as to whether this is a stand alone but I'd be open to m
~everyone uses motorcycles and it is always sexy
~monogamy??? never heard of it
~the mushroom goddess is in the radios
~all the radios
~the most mouthwatering tacos ever
~magic drugs
~when the system breaks you down, break the system

This is, without question, one of the best books of the year.

To start with, this is dieselpunk fantasy, which I don’t run into too often – the magic in Velocity is intimately and powerfully tied to speed, the kind of speed which can only be achieved with the help
Eva Müller
While reading this book, I assumed this was the first in a series. Because there was no way all these problems could be solved easily (or quickly). It is set in a (Mexican or more general Central-American inspired) place which has been colonized and where the (white) colonisers have built up a strict caste-system. The less indigenous blood you have and the whiter you are, the easier your life will be. People with mostly indigenous heritage live in slums and struggle to survive, leaving them with ...more
Lianne Pheno
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Une histoire assez classique, mais dans un sous genre original, le diesel punk. J’ai passé un bon moment dedans.

Nous somme sur l’ile de Ziaparr (qui est le nom de la capitale autant que du pays). Le pays a un passé trouble. Plusieurs fois colonisé sur quelques siècles, sa population est mixte et son passé trouble.
Lors de la dernière occupation, les colonisateurs avaient mis en place une pseudo indépendance et surtout un système de caste.
Tout en haut
A.R. Hellbender
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting story packed with conflict in a well thought out world. We follow a patrol officer going undercover to infiltrate a rebel cycle gang while sharing his mind with a captured rebel who hates him and what he’s doing, and that he’s using her knowledge to carry out his mission.
The story starts out with a lot of different things happening, and especially once Wenthi gets to the city there are a lot of different characters, to the point where it’s a lot to juggle. But the story reall
Henry Lazarus
Apr 08, 2021 rated it liked it
According to Marshall Ryan Maresca, Ziapar is a mult-conquered city with a controlling caste system. Poorer areas frequently don’t get access to food and The Velocity of Revolution (paper from DAW) is increasing. It’s a crowded city where motorcycles are easier to use than cars. There’s also a mushroom that allows close connection to other people. Wenthi Tungét is asked to go undercover to expose the heart of the growing revolution and connected via a special mushroom to a minor member of the re ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Fantasy / Dieselpunk
*Rating* 3.5


I am presuming that The Velocity of Revolution is the first installment in a new series and not a standalone because there is no way you can leave the book the way it ends, and not be expecting more. You really want to know what this book is about? Motorcycles, psychedelic mushrooms, and lots of orgies. Mostly motorcycles and mushrooms. The story is set in a (Mexican or more general Central-American inspired) place which has bee
This is an original, exciting, action packed, gritty fantasy. It took me a little bit of time to get into because there's so much world building to be done, but I think the world Maresca made is great. It feels fresh and original, and I like that it's Central American inspired and not another Western European all white world. The main characters are all brown skinned, and sexuality is super fluid for all the characters. A secondary character is ace, and everyone is pretty chill about it. Her fri ...more
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Feb 07, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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loyal officer has to infiltrate in a rebel gang? but he's struggling between right and wrong. justice and duty??? polyamorous? found family trope?? and it comes out in a few days?????? I'M LISTENING ...more
Brendan Coffey
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Diesel-Punk Fantasy

Marshall Ryan Maresca Creates a wonderful, fully-realized world here in one great book. Eschewing the bog-standard Ye Olde Magic Europe setting, he builds the world succinctly but with real depth, and explores a world with modern technology and a truly unique society, based on South American Culture. It actually reminds me of Fonda Lee's Jade City, not in the sense that the worlds are similar, but in the level at which tech and the settings magic are intertwined and de
Sage Agee
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books-read
I am going to keep this a spoiler light review since I have the ARC finished about a month before the book is out. If you’ve read the author’s other books (and I really recommend that you do!) this one has a very different style to it. There’s an early modern level of technology with radios, motorcycles and cars and trains. Perhaps 192os tech level... There’s really only one magic thing in it though so don’t expect the same high fantasy with magic everywhere stories as his other books.
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Feb 07, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
PW Starred: " Maresca (The People of the City) launches an exciting new series with this electrifying, genre-bending fantasy. The country of Pinogoz is divided by a harsh caste system. After Nália Enapi, an insurgent motorcycle gang member from the lowest caste, steals petrol from a delivery train, she is arrested by patrol officer Wenthi Tungét. To curb the growing insurgency in the city of Ziaparr, Wenthi is assigned to infiltrate the rebel forces, disguising himself as a member of the underca ...more
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had to let this book sink in a little before writing this review. Ever since I read A Murder of Mages, I have been a fan of Maresca. When I found out he was writing a book outside of the Maradiane sequence, I was excited. Even more so when I read the synopsis of it on Maresca's blog. The thing that stuck most with me is "motorcycle Jesus gang." I'm not sure why but that is how my friend and I proceeded to reference this book whenever it was brought up between us.

This book didn't disappoint. Th
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Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley Crew and The Way of the Shield. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology ...more

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