Offline by Lala

Review of Offline (掉线) by Lala (拉拉).


Ace hacker gets kicked out of the Matrix because he forgot to pay his broadband bill. There’s no one left in the world but a bunch of robots, and someone wants to extract his spine. He gets saved by a sentient window-washer and then goes on the run from the forces of a communications conglomerate run by a malevolent AI.

Like Lala’s Galaxy-award-winning Green Fields, this is a fast-paced adventure built around an interesting concept. It does drag a bit in a talky denouement, and the philosophical musings aren’t incredibly novel. But on the whole it’s a good read.