Thursday, 18 August 2016

Review - Company Town by Madeline Ashby

Title: Company Town
Author: Madeline Ashby
Pages: 288
Publisher: Tor
Release date: 17th May 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 
Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline.

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse...?

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley*

Hwa is part of a dying breed - she's completely organic with no augments. She lives on a rig, working as a bodyguard for sex workers.
Then Hwa is offered the job of protecting the heir of the Lynch Corporation.
Hwa's friends also start turning up dead.
Who wants Joel Lynch dead?
Why is the serial killer targeting Hwa's friends?

I have mixed feelings about Company Town.
I thought that the idea of a rig being so big was interesting. So was Hwa being unique because she had no augments.
Hwa was a likeable protagonist and I felt sorry for her.
The plot was good but I wasn't gripped and I lost interest in a few places.
I felt that there were several parts of the book that were quite vague: how big actually was the rig? I presumed that it was city-sized because people used transport to move around but I don't remember reading any specifics. At one point Hwa went to a forest but the details were a bit sketchy as to where the forest actually was. What was Hwa's 'stain'? I presumed it was some kind of birthmark.
Some scenes felt like they were glossed over when they should have had more impact.

Overall this was a mostly enjoyable book but I lost interest in places.