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Equations of Life by Simon Morden

Equations of Life (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Simon Morden

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Title:Equations of Life
Authors:Simon Morden
Info:Orbit (2011), Edition: 1, Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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Tags:science fiction, dystopia, cyberpunk

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Equations of Life by Simon Morden (2011)



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An engaging story - not quite as polished as Curve of the Earth but still very good. I ordered the next two in the series while only halfway through this one! ( )
  rlangston | Apr 24, 2014 |
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The action in Equations of Life is virtually non-stop, from the moment when Sam Petrovitch makes the split-second decision to save Sonja Oshicora from being kidnapped by a rival mob, until the very end, where every character has been battered and bruised and significantly worse for wear. I could easily see this be made into an action movie, with some pretty awesome special effects: there are explosions, sentient machinery, train wrecks, car chases, gun fights, and more.

Sam is an interesting choice for an action hero -- in some ways, he reminds me of Matt Farrell from Live Free or Die Hard. Sam's a tech and physics genius with a bum heart; he's not the kind of guy you'd expect to go running for his life through an increasingly dangerous city just to prove a point. He's a loner whose sole friend seems to be a fellow PhD student named Pif, who focuses on her work with an incredibly strong single-mindedness. He's foul-mouthed and sarcastic and is, of course, harboring some pretty dark secrets. It's perhaps a bit easier to connect with Sam than your traditional lead in an action story because, despite the dark past, he's much more of an every-man, the kind of nerdy kid you pass in the halls at school and don't give much of a second thought to. ( )
  goorgoahead | Dec 4, 2013 |
so many strong women, still fails the Bechdel test ( )
  ansate | Jan 1, 2013 |
Probably the most interesting of the post apocalypse books I have ever read. Very interesting in as much as it deals with the collapse of society as we now know it in a unique manner, compared to other works of this genre. Story line is interestingand engages the reader as well, although in true Sy-Fy manner a stretch of the imagination is required to reach acceptance of the breakthroughs made by the protagonist and colleague concerning the nature of the universe, but that is what the sequels will be about (I guess). Really enjoyed it and now will have to hunt up those sequels! ( )
  dmclane | Jun 3, 2012 |
In a post-apocalyptic world, Petrovitch finds himself rescuing a woman from a kidnapping. After rescuing her, he discovers that she is the daughter of a mob boss. He then meets the girl’s father, a Japanese gangster, who is working on building a virtual Japan.

I have to admit that I found the book less than appealing. At times it seemed to be just one big chase scene, which works much better in the movies. I could see this book as a graphic novel or a short story, but the author never really explained enough about the world to capture my attention for a full length book. ( )
  JanaRose1 | May 18, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316125180, Mass Market Paperback)

Winner of the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award

Samuil Petrovitch is a survivor.

He survived the nuclear fallout in St. Petersburg and hid in the London Metrozone - the last city in England. He's lived this long because he's a man of rules and logic.

For example, getting involved = a bad idea.

But when he stumbles into a kidnapping in progress, he acts without even thinking. Before he can stop himself, he's saved the daughter of the most dangerous man in London.

And clearly saving the girl = getting involved.

Now, the equation of Petrovitch's life is looking increasingly complex.

Russian mobsters + Yakuza + something called the New Machine Jihad = one dead Petrovitch.

But Petrovitch has a plan - he always has a plan - he's just not sure it's a good one.

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Samuil Petrovitch is an anti-social Russian emigre in the overcrowded, decaying urban jungle of the London Metrozone. Going against his customary principle of "don't get involved," Petrovitch surprises himself one day by performing an uncharacteristically kind act, which results in his being propelled into a world of rival gang lords, exiled yakuza, crooked cops, crazed prophets, and gun-toting warrior nuns.… (more)

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