Offline by Lala


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.

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