Today I wanted to share some exciting news and just check in. If you’re curious to hear what’s been going on, or what’s coming up, stay tuned (and a giveaway reminder).
It is so rare to be given physical ARCs while being international. In the US there’s way more opportunities and people willing to send the book that sometimes I just pick them up when I’m home. But since I’m not sure where my life is taking me, job wise, I am coming to terms with being international for now. So I was OVERJOYED when I was sent two physical ARCs from Tor Books! This is beyond exciting for me since I love that publishing imprint. Hint if they ever need someone I will be their person, literally, call me up anytime and I’m on a plane. Which books did I get? Autonomous by Annalee Newitz and The Tigers Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera. So I am so excited for these and hope a few more Physical ARCs come my way. For me, being sent physical ARCs is a huge achievement for my blog and I am beyond excited that it’s finally happening!
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
I was granted access by Netgalley to a excerpt of the novel before I actually received my physical one and I wanted to let you know my initial thoughts.
I am beyond excited to read Autonomous. From the first sentence, it caught my attention. Whether it be cyborgs, robots, autonomy, I want it all. Newitz knows how to bring up current issues of artificial intelligence, free will, and similar issues in a fictional setting that is vivid. World building-wise, it shows, not tells us about the intricacies of the world in subtle ways. The writing has a clarity to it, a way that certain sentences cut through the plot to speak to something deeper: our universal need for purpose, for freedom.
I want to touch a little on the characters, I love that Jack is an Asian main character and her motivation and personality is fascinating. There’s a whole range of characters from human to cyborg and everything in between. And it is all one hundred percent interesting. Just from the excerpt alone, they are complex, full of history, and hiding secrets.
This excerpt is phenomenal and it leaves you with all the right questions at the end.