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Moxyland [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Beukes
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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“full of unselfconscious spiky originality, the larval form of a new kind of SF munching its way out of the intestines of the wasp-paralysed caterpillar of cyberpunk.”
- Charles Stross

"This fast-paced sci-fi trip has intriguing characters, big ideas, a new lexicon… and serves as a global warning."
- GQ

- André Brink

“Tell your English teacher you want to read Moxyland or you’ll shoot up your school.”
- NAG Online


Bold, inventive, believable, deeply engaging and overtly, sublimely political, Moxyland will draw to itself a wide and appreciative audience

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055D8VCG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Lauren Beukes is a novelist, TV scriptwriter, documentary maker, comics
writer and occasional journalist.

She won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award for her novel Zoo City, set in a
fantastical Johannesburg where guilt manifests as spirit animal familiars. Her
previous works include Moxyland, a dystopian cyberpunk thriller set in Cape
Town under corporate apartheid.

She helped create South Africa's first half-hour animated TV show, URBO: The
Adventures of Pax Afrika, and has written kids animated shows for Disney
UK and Millimages in France.

Follow her on Twitter: @laurenbeukes

Photo © Casey Crafford

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the Next Revolution 11 Dec. 2009
By Diziet TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
One of the main themes of this book is summarized by a character we never meet, a name on a web message board:

"Call it mass-scale compassion fatigue or selfish genes or the obvious conclusion capitalism has always been headed for, but the reality is people don't give a flying f**k, they've seen all the old strategies before, they're tired and worse, they're boring, and if there's one thing our culture doesn't stand's boredom". (p126)

Couple a shallow, hedonistic society with the 'Politics of Fear', a dystopian near-future reminiscent of more recent William Gibson; set the whole thing in South Africa and you've pretty much got the scene.

Told in the first person by four characters - Tendeka the revolutionary, Lerato the disaffected programmer, Toby the post-punk would-be reporter and Kendra, photographer and 'trend-setter', I thought it was going to be a bit of a grind as the narrative switched back to cover the same events from each character's point of view. But it doesn't. Instead, each character takes up the story from the point at which the previous character left off. That's great - keeps the narrative going nicely - but it also seems to mean that the characters are, by and large, fairly interchangeable. Although each uses language in his/her own way, they're not really fully formed people.

The technology is, for the most part, scarily believable and I can easily imagine social control agencies (such as the SAPS - 'South African Police Service') very much wanting some of the gadgets portrayed. But in some ways, the book also looks back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - chillingly believable 24 Nov. 2009
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This was a great read - well paced, cleverly interwoven narratives, easy to visualise environment, and an element of technology that doesn't feel too far fetched or unrealistic.
It is probably this last point that made the novel work for me - from things like the BabyStrange camera/display unit coat, to the massively-multiplayer games (both virtual and real), and best of all the use of a haemmorhagic fever virus as a means of crowd control which is only fatal if you don't report to an immunity centre for treatment within 48 hours... so you get cured, but can easily be arrested - fantastic!

Saying all that, the blurb reads "What's really going on? Who's really in charge? You have No. F******. Idea." - implying that you're going to struggle to piece things together; now maybe I missed something (I'll know when I go back to read it again) but I didn't really come across any deep mysteries as it implies. The narrative threads linked together cleverly, and it gradually became clear that there were all manner of different shenanigans going on from all quarters - but all still perfectly understandable. No matter, it's only a story, and the blurb was probably written by a marketing bod who'd had too much wine at lunchtime and couldn't follow it all properly.

I was a bit concerned to start with by all the glowing praise on the covers and first page, as it makes me wonder whether the reviewers are friends, or have been coerced, or perhaps are all just jumping on the bandwagon - but fortunately in this case it is all well-deserved...

If you like this genre (or rather any one of the multiple genres that overlap to make this book!) then I'm pretty sure that you'll enjoy this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The near future, with sharp edges left bare 28 Nov. 2009
By Whitehatter VINE VOICE
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Not an easy or fluffy book to read this. It is set in the South Africa of the near future, prior to the coming singularity where man and machine are joined and corporate behemoths rule the globe.

Various characters tell their tales in chapter format as the story unfolds, of a society where technology has teeth and citizens are part of the advertising food chain. There is an undertone throughout the book that this story is set just prior to some seismic upheaval in science that will further blur the boundaries, but it isn't proving to be an easy birth as there exists both direct control and active resistance to corporations managing the lives of the protagonists. Mobile phones are the key to living in this evolving world, and they can bite back with pacifier circuitry resembling a taser that can be activated to stun the user.

If you like cyberpunk sci-fi, then this will definitely be up your literary street. For others, it isn't tech-heavy but does have a degree of futuristic street-slang which isn't difficult to interpret. Very snappily written, with those rough edges of the emerging society left beautifully bared and an excellent piece of work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister cyber Sci Fi - Superb! 30 Sept. 2009
By K. Moss
Sci Fi is not my normal genre but boy am I glad I chose to read this one. If you, like me, tend to prejudge based on previous experience of badly written visions of the future then please please PLEASE stop and read this.

The plot, set in the not-too-distant future, is centred around five young people who are disconnected from each other and reality. Beukes's novel amplifies today's angst about money, inequality, image and branding and creates a world that is both very familiar and very very frightening. In Beukes's world nobody need engage on a human level because the lines between reality and 'virtual reality' are blurred. The result is a world where society is manipulated by big corporations utilising technology to control and subdue the people. Only those who have something to offer the corporations, who know how to work the 'system' get ahead.

Very few of the books I read leave me thinking for days afterwards. This did. You will not be disappointed, but be warned - the nice guy does not always come out on top.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her other
Weird. Not as good as her other books
Published 28 days ago by Wonderwoman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking
Lauren Beukes' books are uniformly brilliant
I've never regretted buting and reading them
If you like strange futures and humanity struggling in dystopias, go for them
Published 1 month ago by Vernon DeLivres
3.0 out of 5 stars SF cyber-thriller that can't rise above two-dimensional characters
It’s the near future in Capetown, South Africa.

Kendra is a photographer who’s agreed to receive a nanobot injection that will alter her genetic structure, improving her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars William Gibson on the 21st century.
Lauren Beukes seems to be a natural successor to William Gibson. Story is set in the very near future - it sort of reminded me of the channel 4 original Max Headroom file, set 5... Read more
Published 2 months ago by EvilEdna
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Debut Novel worthy of comparison with William Gibson, Pat...
Not since early cyberpunk from the likes of William Gibson, Pat Cadigan and John Shirley, have I read a cyberpunk speculative fiction novel as engrossing and as spellbinding as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Kwok
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A new take on SA
Published 4 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars I also highly recommend Zoo City and The Shining Girls by the same
Excellently crafted near-future dystopic cyber-punk. I also highly recommend Zoo City and The Shining Girls by the same author
Published 5 months ago by S. Peake
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but confusing end
Amazing literary style especially for a debut. Read The Shining Girls first which I LOVED and the evolution in expression is clear.
Disappointed by the end of this one though. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Service fab: ) but unfortunately book is rubbish!
Service fab:)
but unfortunately book is rubbish!
Published 6 months ago by kcr owen-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Moxyland is a 'MUST'
This read is stingingly socially aware science fiction with living, breathing characters. It's hard to say what else it might be like because I am not aware that it is like... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Huddleston
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