Review: Implanted

The data stored in her blood can save a city on the brink… or destroy it, in this gripping cyberpunk thriller.

When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new employers exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink of Emergence – freedom from the dome – but not everyone wants to leave. Then a data drop goes bad, and Emery is caught between factions: those who want her blood, and those who just want her dead.

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Implanted is a novel I’ve been waiting to read for ages, not only because it’s a science fiction novel, but because Teffeau has put her entire soul into this collection of pages. Previously I’ve written about authors who nearly bridge the gap on creating their own genres, I’ve written about authors who have created works of art and not just excellent literature, and now I’ll be talking about an author who has gotten it right to put her soul down in ink.

Touching on that fragile link we as humans cherish between ourselves whether it’s a bond we have with a parent, a friend, or a lover, Teffeau has focused a lot of her attention, and IMPLANTED’s general theme, around surviving in a world where not only has that link been severed, but what one girl will do to set things right again. Naturally, reading this quick summary you’ll think that there are literally hundreds of books in every genre positioned around the same idea, and maybe this one is no exception, but each story is different (even slightly) and each author has a right to put their own little signature or impression on it.

Implanted is undoubtedly the brain-child of a Glen Cook and Marissa Meyer novel and without a doubt Willaim Gibson.

If you wanted a fresh take on cyberpunk while waiting for CD PROJEKT RED to release their latest game, then by all means, Teffeau has given us the perfectly mixed cocktail of science fiction, romance, and drama that eases us into one hell of a ride.

You guys know me, the SplatterGeist does not do spoilers and I shall not break that vow (too many people know where I live and I like staying alive), but if there’s any reason to get lost in the 300-plus pages of Teffeau’s proudest work to date, or if you’re like me and this is the first time you’ve even heard of this lady, take the following declaration with the best intentions of reassurance:

Read it. Love it. Reread it.

Joseph Brassey is one of my new favorite authors, and if any of you have enjoyed my reviews about his last two books, then just know that Lauren C. Teffeau is another author whose books you can start collecting and keep your social life on standby.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of IMPLANTED for my honest review.

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