Death, Cults, Corruption, Poverty, Exploitation,
This review is from: Necropath (Kindle Edition)
Set in an arcology in India, a telepath reads the minds of the recently dead to discover why people are dying and an off world cult is growing in power. The feel of near future india permeates the book. The book creates a compelling vision of corrupt, poverty stricken future india where people are used and chewed up. The main character isnt nearly as intersting as the orphans and human detritus who are the victims of human progress. The setting is excellent , the feel of a desperately cramped India, hot sweaty and full of the poor and trampled. The orphan secondary characters evoked images of Kiplings beggar children.
Its a near cyberpunky setting without the cyber and with lite psi thrown in. Necropathy, the reading of the minds of the dead is an interestigly original riff. The setting is rich and it reads a little like a detective novel. The climax is a little pedestian, but its an easy read.
I wouldnt categorise it as Hard sf. Its a little like much of the 60's sf with a modern veneer of desperation and poverty laid over it.