• Title: Escapology
  • Author: Ren Warom
  • ISBN: 9781785650918
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • Escapology Shock Pao is the best In the virtual world the Slip there s nothing he can t steal for the right price Outside the Slip though he s a Fail no degree no job So when his ex offers him a job breaking
    Shock Pao is the best In the virtual world the Slip there s nothing he can t steal for the right price Outside the Slip, though, he s a Fail no degree, no job So when his ex offers him a job, breaking into a corporate databank, he accepts it s either that, or find himself a nice bench to sleep under Amiga works for psychotic crime lord Twist Calhoun so when Shock s wShock Pao is the best In the virtual world the Slip there s nothing he can t steal for the right price Outside the Slip, though, he s a Fail no degree, no job So when his ex offers him a job, breaking into a corporate databank, he accepts it s either that, or find himself a nice bench to sleep under Amiga works for psychotic crime lord Twist Calhoun so when Shock s war comes to her, it s her job to bring him to Twist, dead or alive.

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    1. Posted at Heradas ReviewThis novel changed my perception of what modern cyberpunk could be. I have to apologize in advance because this is going to be a little long-winded and meandering for a review. In order to approach my feelings on Escapology, I first need to share some thoughts about genre and how it can inform expectation. Modern cyberpunk stories are operating in an interesting retro-futuristic narrative space these days. Cyberpunk had its big moment in the mid-to-late eighties, right at [...]

    2. Originally published at Risingshadow.Let me start this review by saying what a stunning cyberpunk novel Ren Warom's Escapology is. It's a gorgeous, gritty and weird glimpse into a brutal future world where things have changed a lot. It's an addictive and immersive debut novel for fans of fast-paced cyberpunk fiction, because it's everything that fans of the genre could ever hope to find in a single novel.Escapology is a fast-paced, furious and imaginative novel with an intriguingly brutal atmosp [...]

    3. (Originally on grinningedge/escapology.)Hundred pages in I thought this was heading for four stars, at three hundred pages I figured it might still make three, in the end it barely scraped two. And it's good it ended when it did; another couple hundred pages and I probably would've had to take it out back and set it on fire.A down on his luck drug addict hacker beats himself up over his poor life choices and pines for the one time in his life when he was happy. A hired killer with commitment iss [...]

    4. Escapology 5/5This book is really, really good. It took a bit to get acclimated to the writing style but once I did, boy was it ever hard to put down. I'm going to go into a spoiler free breakdown of some immediate thoughts and then write a couple spoiler stuff that was fantastic.Ren Warom has a fan now and her familiarity with cyberpunk tropes coupled with what must be some pretty in-depth personal knowledge make this book riveting. Everything that is a veneer in this book at the beginning beco [...]

    5. This is fantastic. After finishing Void Star, I was in the mood for some more cyberpunk and did the old "best new cyberpunk" Google. That led me to a Barnes and Noble list and this. Great world, great characters, amazing writing. I've got the sequel after Jeff Noon's latest, and will be looking forward to future works from Ren Warom.

    6. This is classic cyberpunk in many ways – a dystopian far future, where far too many people are crammed onto the remaining landmass in a megacity. The majority live in ghettos, crime is rampant and the brightest few are cherry-picked to be educated and work for the corporations, with a secure financial future ahead of them. Shock was once one of these chosen few, but couldn’t face the prospect of a lifetime of boring dead-end work ahead of him, so dropped out. Trouble is, he has dropped a lot [...]

    7. I have not tried cyberpunk since uni when I readoh that famous cyberpunk story! I can not remember the name now, but it's like super famous.Anyway, do be warned, it is not for everyone. It is very hardcore cyberpunk. I am not even sure I understood how one thing happened, but then I went all hello, it's a book, do not think too much. It's the future.Shock is *step back, how to explain this* Well he goes into the internet and steals stuff. But then you can do that today too, so that was easy. The [...]

    8. Escapology is a vivid, unique and engrossing work of dystopian cyberpunk.In a future where most of the lands we know have sunk, where survivors eke out an existence on "land ships' of floating islands, or the overcrowded, unforgiving city on the single remaining piece of dry land, run by either a rigid social order or vicious crime lords, dreaming of escape to the orbiting cities above, the characters try to carve out a life. The Slip, a virtual world of avatars and hacks contrasts and blends an [...]

    9. Weird sorta-kinda-cyberpunk. Written in present tense, and really wants to be a psychological novel. Cyber elements are really poorly explained, punk element is too wannabe-ish and tryhardian. The main character is a Korean FtM transgender, and somewhat inspired by Case from Neuromancer. He was too absorbed in self pity and his own drama for my taste. Also seemed really Mary (Garry) Sue-ish with his mad hacking skills and instant empathy he got from two other MCs. Two other main characters are f [...]

    10. About 20% into it, could not finish. It read like cyberpunk fanfiction, with about that level of character development (cookie cutter characters from various short stories). A few interesting ideas (land ships, for one), but execution majorly lacking. Also seemed to suffer from "Pink SF" syndrome, full of weird narcissistic romantic interludes instead of just plain old SF with characters following a plot - for example, we find out about 15% into the book that the main character is transgender. W [...]

    11. I have basically no capacity right now to review this book. It's the first true successor to Gibson, Sterling, Cadigan, Lewis and Shirley that I've actually read, I think, in the last ten or fifteen years. It's literally stunningly good, as in, I finished, and I sat there in awed silence.It has everything - incredible prose, a fast, tight, story, style and substance. Shock is a great character, as is Amiga. So are Puss (you get me?) and Shark. I understand that there will be sequels, and I am sq [...]

    12. Slick, fast-paced cyberpunk thriller, had me hooked from page one. The world of Escapology comes alive through the prose, the unique descriptions of the setting that good cyberpunk does so well really makes you feel like you're there, or that this is a book delivered to us from that world, rather than it being a story dictated to us that gives us an oversight but is still definitively of our world. I hope that some of that made sense, I'm not sure it did. It's a good thing, is what I'm saying.I [...]

    13. So it's been about four months since I actually read this book, and I have yet to write a review for it. Not because of indifference towards it, but because I loved this book so much. I finished it on February 6th, according to , and I have yet to leave the world of Escapology. I still think about my Shocking Boy (what a poor sap) and The Slip and giant floating landships. The sequel comes out next month, and I've had it pre-ordered since I finished the last one, and I'm just anticipating a phon [...]

    14. Apparently cyberpunk is not dead yet. It's been revivified, given some more bioware (the concept, not the company) and back with a vengeance for a decade that's looking disturbingly more like the eighties than anyone would really wish. Anyway, Escapology is the love child of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and Steven Hall's Raw Shark Texts. It has the hacker aesthetic, gray morality and skateboarding—sorry, blading aesthetic of the former coupled with the mind screwing, AI take-overing, quest aes [...]

    15. I really loved this book. The characters are developed wonderfully and in such a way that you really care about them in a very personal way. The writing is well defined and clear. The only issues I have is that the Queens should have been more threatening throughout the book and the islanders should have been more involved from the beginning. Other than that I have no issues.

    16. i won a copy of this book in the good reads giveaway, after reading other reviews clearly i am missing the point with this book or something, i personally didn't enjoy it, i could not get into to it, it took me far too long to work out what was going on, and when i did something else would happen that confused me again,

    17. I thought this was a fantastic read. I loved the detail she went into for the lead characters. The book as fast paced and kept me involved and wanting more.

    18. Loved this book. Post-apocalyptic cyberpunk with a woman and a trans man as main characters. Look forward to anything else from this author.

    19. I'm not sure where to begin with this review, but suffice it to say, ESCAPOLOGY is the best science fiction/cyberpunk book I've ever read. The crafting--the glorious, rich, simultaneously gritty and velveteen words Ren Warom put to page--is what stole the show for me. I've never read such eloquent, vivid, and thought-provoking prose. Seriously, every sentence is like eating a stick of butter. Sometimes I had to go back two or three times for extra licks to ensure I got every last morsel of meani [...]

    20. Escapology is science fiction as its finest. The story is built on various perspectives who are confined to a massive computer-like program called the Slip. Crime-lord Twist Calhoun has a hand in the system but can’t control his lust for more. Shock Pao, a miserable and insecure bum and Amiga, a selfish assassin are among the few who avoid pissing him off. They’re from entirely separate parts of the virtual world but fall similarly in the same race as everyone else to get their drive in the [...]

    21. 3.5 stars rated down for confusion from the writingThis was a very bizarre book. I'm not an avid reader of the cyberpunk genre; I don't even think I could really describe what cyberpunk is. I will say this book reads like really futuristic, society-changing, whacked out technology so enmeshed into human life it is actually literally impossible to survive without it. A lot of the concepts were really cool, like humans have a drive in their brain that works similar to a computer, allowing IM conve [...]

    22. Really well written cyberpunk. Very broken world, gritty and dark, all of the characters had decent levels of depth (based on "screen time") and they all had broken parts and dark pasts. Not all of the protagonists were black as night evil as well, there were variations there also. Good look at how gender change can affect someone's metal state as well. I'd like to see some short stories about some of the characters before the world changing events. Bit too depressing in places, but that might h [...]

    23. The setting, in a world that has been broken, is quite dark and gloomy. Most characters suffer, are sick, have terrible headaches. The plot unfolds well, but the part with the ships doesn't fit well. There is a lot of profane language, which I thought was a bit overdone. What I found difficult is that some concepts are not explained at all; primarily, what is 'Emblem', which plays a large role and ends up in the head of the main protagonist, Shock Pao? Perhaps I lack the necessary imagination. I [...]

    24. I actually couldn't get through the the first few chapters. Very techno jargoony. I gave it three stars though because it felt like it might get interesting once I got the hang of the jargon. I think part of my issue was that this was a library book and so I felt an inherent pressure to read it, which backfired. I may try again in the future.

    25. The first half to two thirds of this book is great fun. Chaotic old school cyberpunk/thriller spliced with a contemporary attitude. However the finale is a real muddle. I had very little idea what was going on towards the end, it seemed padded out for no obvious reason with a lot of repetition. Still, a promising debut and worth checking out if you are into the genre.

    26. I found this a difficult read. Despite an interesting story of an immersive internet, Slip, the characters' psychological issues made up the bulk of the novel making it more a treatise of how afflicted individuals suffer.

    27. Shock will go down in history as one of my favorite protagonists of all time. He's not exactly an anti-hero in the strict definition of the term, but he's certainly thrust into a hero role that he didn't ask for, and is pretty much just in it to survive and make a life. I love him.

    28. Entertaining read with lots of good cyberpunk themes and environments. Hopefully not my last purchase from the Dark Carnival bookstore in Berkeley, CA!

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