Akuba is a low-level hacker for the city's wealthy, making just enough to keep her bills paid and her booze flowing. Her job is to scrub the social feeds for faces who don't want to be seen, hanging out at parties to guard the elite from errant social media statuses and incriminating photo posts. Not the most glamorous job, but she's getting by. When an old debt comes due early, suddenly she is the one who needs to keep her face out of the drones' omnipresent eyes. Thrown into the high-stakes world of international cybercrime, Akuba will have to outmaneuver unlimited surveillance, high-tech con artists, and an international hacker kingpin if she wants to survive. Every identity has a price in Glitch Rain.
|Publisher:||Apex Book Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)|
About the Author
Alex Livingston grew up in various quiet New England towns before moving to Buffalo, NY to study English at Canisius College. His fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Bastion, Quantum Fairy Tales, Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi, and other venues. He lives in an old house with his brilliant wife and a pile of aged videogame systems. Visit him online at galaxyalex.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Livingston takes us on a trip through a very cyberpunk world of smart phones, vids, apps, HUDs (Human User Devices), self-driven cars, extreme social media and camera-rigged security drones. All these things taken together do not allow anyone any privacy so, the protagonist, Akuba, is a hacker who can erase a person’s security and social media presence for a fee. This proves handy for people who can afford her, especially if the customer is planning an evening of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Akuba encounters a problem when a crime-lord and loan shark calls in all her markers. Now she must use her skills to avoid contract hits and get to the crime lord herself. While the plot is promising, most of the book’s efforts are spent on constructing the cyber world and the jargon used and less is spent on the chase and characters. On the other hand, Livingston sets up the basis for a follow-up sequel that will probably include a ‘grey man’ whose skills may be superior to Akuba’s. Stay tuned.