NECROTECH Punk shocker
released OUT NOW! 380 pages | Paperback/ebook
Author KC alexander Publisher angry robot
It’s 32 years since William Gibson’s Neuromancer was published, and cyberpunk still hasn’t gone out of style. It’s a flexible subgenre with room for everything from provocative politics to trashy action, but Necrotech veers so hard in the direction of lurid shocks that it wears out its welcome fast.
It’s the tale of Riko, a tech-enhanced fighter in a dark future where cybernetic nanotechnology can spiral into “necrotech”, transforming people into killers. When Riko loses a chunk of her memory and her girlfriend becomes a necrotech victim, she sets off to find who’s responsible, and is soon neck-deep in trouble, intrigue and corpses.
KC Alexander throws in some interesting thoughts about technology and transhumanism, and there’s no shortage of gore and visceral action. Unfortunately, she also cranks up the bleak, noir-ish attitude to a cartoonish level, giving the narrative a selfconsciously “extreme” edge that rapidly gets both exhausting and unpleasant. Riko herself may be a violent, sweary bad-ass but she also lacks depth and nuance, meaning that despite Necrotech’s full-tilt pace, it’s hard to care about anything in the story behind the actionpacked fireworks. Saxon Bullock
KC Alexander previously wrote as Karina Cooper, under which name she penned steampunk urban fantasy.