REVIEW: Autonomous, Annalee Newitz

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Autonomous features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine. A notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack’s latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America—a drug that compels people to become addicted to their work. On Jack’s trail are an unlikely pair: an emotionally shut-down military agent and his partner, Paladin, a young military robot, who fall in love against all expectations. Autonomous alternates between the activities of Jack and her co-conspirators, and Joe and Paladin, as they all race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic that is tearing apart lives, causing trains to crash, and flooding New York City.
DNF @ 29%
I'm sorry but I can't. I thought I could but I can't.
The slur that has just been used (so shockingly, so suddenly, so out of the blue) is just something that makes my stomach turn. In my opinion it's one of the most sickening words in the English language (and one of those that is able to inflict the most pain) and I can't wrap my head around the fact that a book set in 2144 would continue to have that word in its lexicon. I hope that my great-great grandchildren will not live in a world in which their sexuality/gender identity are still targets of such vitriolic hate that this word (and so many others like it) represents. I'm done
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review

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