Author: Annalee Newitz
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 19 September 2017
Pages: 54 (Preview Only)
Format: eBook - EPUB
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.
Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.
And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned? (Goodreads Synopsis)
First off, I should make clear that this review is only based on the first 54 pages, which I received as a preview from the publisher via NetGalley. That said, the story and characters of Autonomous caught my interest from the start, and I enjoyed the world building which gave sufficient info to create a sense of time, place, and situation without resorting to huge info dumps. By the end I was certainly keen to learn what would happen next, and if I get the opportunity to read the rest of the book, I would like to do so. It's hard to rate without knowing how the story will progress, but judging solely on what I've read so far, I would give it four stars.