|Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM|
Benoit Chartier, author of the The Calumnist Malefesto, has finally given his fans another treat. His newest work has just been released - Red Nexus.
Once part of the Tokyo elite, Wen Harkwell lost his status when his mother died, and now he's forced to labor in the depths of the city, far from the easy life of the Heights, struggling to support his thirteen-year-old brother Sammy. By day he toils in a factory and by night he digs for scrap in the infamous Heap under the city. One night Wen is drawn to an old book he finds and risks taking it home - a quick decision with devastating consequences.
Soon after, Sammy is kidnapped, and when Wen turns to a friend and coworker for help, the two find themselves embroiled in a secret high-tech operation that will stop at nothing to maintain their ciphered code. When Wen realizes that the same corporation connected to his mother's disappearance is behind the attack, he knows he must do whatever it takes to save his brother - even if it means working for the enemy.
I am definitely one of the fans I mentioned earlier. Benoit Chartier is a fantastic storyteller. His scenes are rich in details, but they never get bogged down by them. It's very much like plugging in and seeing the story in your mind's eye.
Red Nexus is very reminiscent of a William Gibson novel. It's dark, dystopian, and the technology runs from rusty recycled maker tech to clean high end luxury. The cyberpunk is strong with this one.
There is lots of action. The story is constantly moving, and just when you get comfortable the rollercoaster takes a steep dive and there's nothing you can do but scream and laugh at the same time. Trust me, it will actually happen.
The best part though are the characters. Good guys and bad guys, their personalities are very well developed and their motives are never simply black or white. They have just as many layers as Tokyo does in Red Nexus.
I very highly recommend this book. If Benoit Chartier doesn't win an award for his writing in the future. I'll eat a bug. (yes, you can quote me)