Moxyland

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What's really going on? Who's really in charge? You have NO. F***KING. IDEA. In the near future, an art-school dropout, an AIDS baby, a tech-activist and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone's got to stand up to Government Inc. - whatever the cost.

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Overview

What's really going on? Who's really in charge? You have NO. F***KING. IDEA. In the near future, an art-school dropout, an AIDS baby, a tech-activist and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone's got to stand up to Government Inc. - whatever the cost.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Moxyland does lots of things, masterfully, that lots of sf never even guesses that it *could* be doing." - William Gibson, author of Neuromancer

"The world Beukes has invented is both eerily familiar and creepily different." - Cosmopolitan

"This fast-paced sci-fi trip has intriguing characters, big ideas, a new lexicon and... serves as a global warning." - GQ

"You don't have to be an SF aficionado to love this novel that is fast, brimming with original ideas and deadly serious." - Mail & Guardian

"George Orwell's 1984 meets Bladerunner. Lauren Beukes breaks new literary ground with effortless hipness." —Margie Orford, author of Like Clockwork

"...full of unselfconscious spiky originality, the larval form of a new kind of SF munching its way out of the intestines of the wasp-paralysed caterpillar of cyberpunk." - Charles Stross

"A technicolor jazzy rollercoaster ride into a dazzling hell." - Andre Brink

"Beukes's stunningly original sci-fi thriller chills and thrills to the last breath" - Heat Magazine, South Africa (July 2008)

"Lauren Beukes bleeds her characters of color as effectively as the smear masks they wear for anonymity, not for simple provocation, but to warn of the self-replicating nature of segregation." - Brendan Byrne, The Brooklyn Rail

"[Moxyland] is recommended for what might very well be the emergence of a major new science-fiction author. -Alan Cranis, www.bookgasm.com

"After the first hundred pages, I would have to say that reading Moxyland is like riding backward very fast in a convertible." - J. Robert King

"Go and read Zoo City and Moxyland by Lauren Beukes – someone took cyberpunk from the toy box, dusted it up and spanked it to shape for the new millennium." -Janos Honkonen, Vornasblogi

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455848799
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 2.81 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Beukes is a writer, TV scriptwriter and recovering journalist (although she occasionally falls off the wagon).
She has an MA in Creative Writing, but she got her real education in ten years of freelance journalism, learning really useful skills like how to pole-dance and make traditional sorghum beer. For the sake of a story, she’s jumped out of planes and into shark-infested waters and got to hang out with teen vampires, township vigilantes, AIDS activists and homeless sex workers among other interesting folk.
When she’s not tutoring her baby daughter (aka the queen of eeeeeeevil) in practical ways to take over the world, she also writes books, short stories, magazine articles and TV scripts various.
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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    hard and fast

    This is the new face of Cybperunk SF, clipping along without apologies, or stopping to make sure you're still on the bus. The four first-person narratives is a little disorienting at first, but once you get into the rhythm of the four voices if flows well. Like any good hard future some characters get what's coming, and some get caught under the wheels. Definitely worth reading.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    An intense story from start to finish

    I just finished this title last night and was afraid I wouldn't be able to post about it. Luckily for me, and all of you it releases in just two short weeks. Well unluckily for all of you as you will have to wait yo read it.

    Moxyland is an intense story of revolt that follows four characters who each narrate the tale in turn. The motley cast is introduced one at a time, switching chapter by chapter as their part unfolds. Ms. Beukes does an amazing job of distinguishing each by changing tone and style to fit the current lead.

    Moxyland is set in a future version of Cape Town, South Africa. Here your cell service pretty much proves your value. The worst thing the police can do to you is disconnect your SIM id making you pretty much cease to exist. If you go disconnect you're unable to get a cab, buy food, even get into your home. It would make life very difficult. This basically sets up the class struggle that is the central theme of Moxyland.

    The four key players, in order they are introduced are:

    Kendra, who is a photographer turned brand ambassador. She promos Ghost, a popular energy drink, with a nanobot infused tattoo on her left forearm.

    Toby, a socialite turned streamcaster. Constantly recording his life though his way too cool "Babystrange" coat. Which is made from an electronic cloth that will show off the images.

    Tendeka, our leading revolutionary who ties the revolt to many of the other characters. His idealism pushes him to always try to do a bigger shock to really wake up the masses.

    And lastly Lerato, a technical wiz who is more than anything motivated by power. Though that doesn't stop her from doing a favor or two for Toby seemingly just for the thrill of it.

    I really enjoyed this story because everything is never exactly as it seems to be. There are times when you think that you have a solid handle of who's doing what and Bam! Their motives or objectives are completely different. The characters each just pop off the page and despite jumping away from one every chapter or even every few pages at some points, you still find yourself attached to these people. Their lives seem very real, and most importantly the reality it's set in, the not so far off future... Well it doesn't seem so far off. There are details in this book that really set in because you can see that image of the future. It may be far enough away from reality to be fiction today, but the tone it sets really ends up being a bit horrifying.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves hard Sci Fi stuff. It pushes the bounds of current science, but not so far to be unrealistic. The stuff in here is just a little out of our grasp, but most of it could be here in five or ten years.

    Bottom line: Read this book. It's intense from start to finish and I don't think there is anyone out there who couldn't enjoy it... Unless you hate being entertained. Then well... I'm sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Seriously? That much jargon?

    I tried reading this and was encouraged when I saw parallels with Snow Crash, which I love. Let's examine this. Snow Crash tells a story with some interesting future jargon used to enhance the flow and speculate on the future development of language ("You can't rez what YT says.") Moxy Land reads like the transcript of conversations between various teenagers many years from now. It's constant, it's overwhelming, and frankly, it's irritating. I don't think I can even finish it. Shame.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Loved it!!!

    The book started out a little bit strange and hard to understand but as I read on, I got the hang of it. It was an awesome read. The writer captured my attention from start to finish!!!

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