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Title:Autonomous
Authors:Annalee Newitz (Author)
Info:Tor Books (2017), 304 pages
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Judith "Jack" Chen is a pirae who reverse engineers patented drugs and sells them so that your average Joe and not just rich people can afford their drugs, releases a copy of Zacuity, which turns out to be highly addictive and have some pretty rotten side effects. She's in a race against time to figure out what's wrong with it before the big pharma company releases their official version to the public. Meanwhile, a bot named Paladin is teamed up with human Eliasz to find Jack and arrest her for piracy.

The plot goes back and forth between Jack and Paladin's stories while staying in third-person. This page-turning science fiction set in the 22nd century has some elements of dystopia and cyberthrillers, raising a lot of ethical questions both about ownership: can you - should you - have a patent on a drug and for how long? Who has the power to decide? And what happens to autonomy when people and robots can be owned or free? The ending felt a little rushed, but overall this was an entertaining novel by the founding editor of io9. ( )
  bell7 | Aug 1, 2017 |
Come for the Pirates and Robots. Stay for the hard hitting commentary about where we are & where we are headed. One of the best Science Fiction books I have read in a long time. So much to think about. Full review still to come. ( )
  JJbooklvr | Jun 23, 2017 |
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