Welcome to the world of technician Nash Korpes, a claustrophobic dystopia where caustic rain burns the surface and fearsome creatures stalk the darkness. Within the tunnels and domes of the inhabited city states the human population survives on a diet of illicit liquor and Machiavellian manipulation of the masses.
The ruling classes have the power and medications to subdue and subvert the populace, especially the Diasporan underdogs that our hero, Nash, belongs to. Trapped between the racial hatred of the locals and the two-faced treachery of his supposedly caring doctors, Nash’s genius with electrickery helps keep him alive. Tall, awkward, blunt and gifted, he must craft devices that both satisfy his masters and secretly buoy his hopes of escape and revolution.
Brilliantly written with great characters facing impossible odds, The Korpes File is, I hope, the first of many gripping novels from the fevered pen of ‘green-eyed, ginger-haired, caffeine addict’ J I Rogers. When she is not pounding a smouldering keyboard, this Canadian author-artist is ‘hunched like a gargoyle over a spinning disk, forcing her frustrations out on hydrated silicates.’
I hope she can drag herself away from her creations of clay to write the next instalment as I am eagerly waiting to read it. Even if dystopian sci-fi is not your bag, you need to read this book. Highly recommended.