- Pasta blanda: 216 páginas
- Editor: Rachel Watts (14 de febrero de 2018)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0648228207
- ISBN-13: 978-0648228202
- Dimensiones del producto: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Peso del envío: 218 g
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Survival (Inglés) Pasta blanda – 14 feb 2018
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The world has suffered economic collapse and multiple environmental crises. In a flooded city, Ava Murasaki is searching for her activist sister Sophia. Meanwhile, Valerie Newlin lives in the secure complex of the Scylla Corporation, the world's only remaining multinational. There, she finds evidence of something horrifying in the Corporation medical research data. Set in a searingly real near-future, Survival is a story of what people will face for those they love.
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Enter the two protagonists; Valerie works in the Scylla labs for the corporation and discovers an unspeakable secret about experiments carried out on unfortunates extracted from the general populace. Ava works at a bar in the Bosch. Her sister, Sophia has disappeared. She comes to suspect that Scylla have abducted her for their experiments. All her enquiries reach dead ends or dire warnings about her investigating further.
These two meet up when the unlikely pair are thrown together after the Scylla pay a visit to the bar where Ava works, looking for Valerie. Valerie escapes detection but it soon becomes clear they must both cover their tracks while trying to get to the bottom of their respective mysteries.
As they try to evade the eyes of Scylla’s almost omnipresent personnel, we are given a glimpse of the world in which they live. A local economy of noodle bars and squid fisheries supports the upper social classes while the poor try to eke out a living. The rich, meanwhile. ensconce themselves in their enclaves. This is a truly divided society.
The tale moves on to Ava and Valerie’s infiltration of the Scylla complex and their exposure of the Corporation’s experiments and machinations. To describe any more of the plot is to give away spoilers so I’ll leave it at that.
The author has created an immersive and absorbing world in which to place her characters, and this to me was the strength of the story. The plot itself is a bit Star-Wars like. There’s an evil empire/oppressive government and a woman who escapes with important data. There’s a resistance/activist movement too. But no death star. That said, there’s enough here to separate Ava and Valerie’s story from that of Skywalker and Leia Organa. Occasionally the motivations and decisions the characters make seem a little contrived but, to counter this there are enough surprises to keep the reader on their toes.
At first I found Ava and Valerie hard to differentiate between in terms of their character, but as the story developed they took on their own personas and had me rooting for them as the closing chapter came.
This first offering shows great promise and I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Rachel Watts in the future.