Auxiliary: London 2039

by Jon Richter

4 of 5 stars 2 ratings • 2 reviews • 3 shelved
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Auxiliary: London 2039

by Jon Richter

4 of 5 stars 2 ratings • 2 reviews • 3 shelved
  • ISBN10 1631610759
  • ISBN13 9781631610752
  • Publish Date 1 May 2020
  • Publish Status Active
  • Imprint Tck Publishing
  • Format Paperback (US Trade)
  • Pages 224
  • Language English


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Quirky Cat 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of Auxiliary: London 2039 in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Jon Richter is back, this time with Auxiliary: London 2039, a cyberpunk tale like no other. Portraying a world where everything real is meaningless, this tale explores the darker parts of human potential.

The year is 2039, and machines do all the heavy lifting these days. More than just the heavy lifting, really, as humanity is content to stay indoors and spend time playing in simulated realities. All while the largest corporations in the world move to grab more power for themselves.

Enter The Imagination Machine, aka TIM. TIM is what makes the world go 'round, almost literally. Without it, humanity would cease to exist. Or at least be forced to go back to doing things for themselves.

Only, there's a problem. Of course, there is. TIM may not be the altruistic and trustworthy intelligence that humanity would like to believe it is. A fact that becomes blatantly clear to Dremmler, after comes across a new case worth investigating.

β€œAll these interactions that infused modern human lives; behind them, a single entity, a massive, sprawling intelligence.”

Auxiliary: London 2039 is without a doubt one of the most unique science fiction novels I've read this year. I truly do mean that. This is a complex tale, one that wove multiple elements together to create such an expansive world – and plot.

I know the description hinted at several common science fiction tropes and elements. However, I think it's really important to note that Jon Richter managed to infuse these parts with lots of surprises, resulting in something that feels familiar – but reads as totally incomparable.

What really surprised me about this read is the main character, Dremmler. He's a classic, old school detective in a world full of technology and engineering. He stands out like a sore thumb, only in a good way.

He added such a strong sense of charm to this novel. It made it impossible to predict what was going to happen next, or what new element was going to be brought into the mix next. Because of that, it's really no surprise to report that I accidentally stayed up way too late reading Auxiliary: London 2039 (no regrets!).

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Detective Carl Dremmler and T Petrovic (ve/ver) are assigned the murder case of Letitia Karlikowska. They have the suspect, so it should be a wrap. But the perp is claiming his robotic arm was hijacked. Yikes! The case quickly morphs into more The two work under the radar as their captain tries keeping this case of the books. Think of the panic it could cause.

The world Richter created was realistic and immersive. It raised questions regarding scientific advancements and artificial intelligence while entertaining us with an action-packed case.

Dremmler was pulled from the pages of a Noir crime fiction novel. He is gritty, occasionally crude, and has a past that causes him anguish. He drinks too much, lives a solitary life, enjoys casual hookups and has a problem with authority. The author did a superb job of sharing his pain and past. I enjoyed how he threaded those details into the current case.

Secondary characters were detailed and unique. They helped create suspects, cast doubt and flesh out both our protagonist Carl and the world. All of this created a suspenseful and tight flow as the world-building unfolded seamlessly.

His partner is non-binary and referred to using ve/ver. The whole v thing threw me for a moment, but I quickly figured it out. We saw a cast of diverse characters that accepted at face value in this world. (at least they got something right)

This dark fiction is a blend of sci-fi, cyberpunk, and noir crime. I devoured Auxiliary: 2039 and look forward to more from this author. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer