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Appleseed Book One: The Promethean Challenge (edition 1996)

by Masamune Shirow

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"World War III is over, and nomad soldier Duenan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos struggle to survive in the abandoned cities and demilitarized zones of the post-war wasteland, the "Badside." Matters appear on the upswing, however, when they are found and brought to Olympus, an urban utopia and centerpiece for the reconstruction of civilization. Duenan and Bri join the Olympus' police, a force that seems hardly necessary in such a paradise. But, like in most pretty pictures, perfection is an illusion, and Olympus' peaceful facade hides a dark secret, a violent struggle between human and cyborg that could once again plunge the world into war... and genocide"--Cover of v.1.… (more)
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Title:Appleseed Book One: The Promethean Challenge
Authors:Masamune Shirow
Info:Titan Books (1996), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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Tags:!sold, fiction, graphic novel, manga, science fiction

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Appleseed, Vol. 01: The Promethean Challenge by Masamune Shirow

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After World War III, soldier Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos have been living in an abandoned city, making their plans for their future survival in Badside. They've been on their own for some time, so it's a shock to discover that there's someone else in their city, a hulking cybernetic machine who has been taking surveillance photos and monitoring the couple. Together, Deunan and Briareos take down the creature and open the battle armor. The girl inside it, Hitomi, has been sent from Aegis, the Central Management Bureau, to collect them. This is the first Deunan and Bri have heard of the end of the war, and of the new political organizations. Arriving in the new city of Olympus, the travelers find jobs with ESWAT (Extra Special Weapons and Tactics), and start to uncover the secrets of the utopian city.

Post-apocalyptic (WWIII), high school audience (some nudity), but overall not super interested in the rest of the series. Not my thing, i guess. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 29, 2013 |
World War 3 is past. Deunan Knute and cyborg lover Briareos are camped out in a ghost town of the wastelands. Events conspire and bring our heroes to the epic island city being rebuilt in hopes of reinciting peace with humanity. However, humanity is far from perfect and power-hungry officials plot to remove unwanted obstacles! (How vague can you get??) Deunan and Briareos are recruited by S.W.A.T. to disband terrorism, but they find that betrayal lies deep in the echelons of command. Who can you trust in such a place? Nobody! ( )
  chantienyee | Jun 12, 2010 |
A cyberpunk classic following the adventures of the soldier Deunan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos, who are recruited from surviving in a postapocalyptic wasteland to come to the apparently-utopian city Olympus, which is leading the reconstruction of the planet. Olympus has a significant population of artificial humans— clones, hybrids made from multiple genetic sources, and bioroids with significant after-evolution options— and the variations on the theme of humanity set the stage for many interesting possible conflicts. This volume is setting up a larger story, with our heroes clearly being embroiled in a larger scheme.

Some of the combat scenes full of powered armor can be hard to follow, but overall the tale has me wanting to see what happens next. ( )
  slothman | Sep 6, 2009 |
While Shirow's art is hit and miss with me, as some of his scenes can get a bit too cluttered, his storytelling isn't. A solid piece of action/cyberpunk. ( )
  mohi | Jul 5, 2009 |
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