Unity by Elly Bangs

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A dystopian future featuring nanobots and underwater cities. Aptly described as “evoking the grittiness of Mad Max and the idealism of Sense8”. Great commentary on what it means to be human with some transcendentalist undertones. Highly recommended for all science fiction/cyberpunk fans!

From the publisher: “Danae is not only herself. She is concealing a connection to a grieving collective inside of her body. But while she labors as a tech servant in the dangerous underwater enclave of Bloom City, her fractured self cannot mend. In a desperate escape, Danae and her lover Naoto hire the enigmatic ex-mercenary Alexei to guide them out of the imploding city. But for Danae to reunify, the three new fugitives will have to flee across the otherworldly beauty of the post apocalyptic Southwest. Meanwhile, Danae’s warlord enemy, the Duke, and a strange new foe, the Borrower, already seek them at any price.”

I really enjoyed Unity. The world building was superb, the two main characters were likeable despite their flaws, and the villains were unhinged and legitimately terrifying (looking at you, Luther, you incel mfer). It was both a fun and contemplative (but not heavy) read. Will definitely be recommending this one to friends, and I am very much looking forward to the next book by Elly Bangs!

Thank you to Tachyon Publications and Edelweiss+ for providing me with an advance review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Unity will be published in the US on April 13th, 2021.

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