GoodReads Monday

This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your GoodReads TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then something interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read it. Got it? Okay let’s get started.

For this week’s pick I decided to see what was the shortest book on my TBR. September is always the worst month for getting through books. Mostly because of starting up school again, and being stressed and tired all the time. This year is no exception, but because of several things not in my control I am finding myself having to read really long books. So I thought I would look and see what I had that was short and while this was not the shortest, it sounded the most interesting right now.

Auxiliary: London 2039

by Jon Richter  4.12 stars 224 pages

The silicon revolution left Dremmler behind, but a good detective is never obsolete.

London is quiet in 2039—thanks to the machines. People stay indoors, communicating through high-tech glasses and gorging on simulated reality while 3D printers and scuttling robots cater to their every whim. Mammoth corporations wage war for dominance in a world where human augmentation blurs the line between flesh and steel.

And at the center of it all lurks The Imagination Machine: the hyper-advanced, omnipresent AI that drives our cars, flies our planes, cooks our food, and plans our lives. Servile, patient, tireless … TIM has everything humanity requires. Everything except a soul.

Through this silicon jungle prowls Carl Dremmler, police detective—one of the few professions better suited to meat than machine. His latest case: a grisly murder seemingly perpetrated by the victim’s boyfriend. Dremmler’s boss wants a quick end to the case, but the tech-wary detective can’t help but believe the accused’s bizarre story: that his robotic arm committed the heinous crime, not him. An advanced prosthetic, controlled by a chip in his skull.

A chip controlled by TIM.

Dremmler smells blood: the seeds of a conspiracy that could burn London to ash unless he exposes the truth. His investigation pits him against desperate criminals, scheming businesswomen, deadly automatons—and the nightmares of his own past. And when Dremmler finds himself questioning even TIM’s inscrutable motives, he’s forced to stare into the blank soul of the machine.

Auxiliary is gripping, unpredictable, and bleakly atmospheric—ideal for fans of cyberpunk classics like the Blade Runner movies, Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and the Netflix original series Black Mirror.

I’m not sure how this one got on my list, but boy does it sound good, especially now with the world as crazy as it is. I’m thinking it popped up in the you might also like section of Goodreads or Amazon when looking for another book and the cover caught my eye. Then that last paragraph that lists all of the things I like in my science fiction, cyberpunk, Blade Runner, Altered Carbon and Black Mirror certainly cinched the deal. Now I just need to find some time to read it!

Have you read this book? What do you think?

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