Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Moxyland by Lauren Beukes

Art-school dropout Kendra brands herself for a nanotech marketing program; Lerato, an ambitious Aidsbaby, plots to defect from her corporate employers; Tendeka, a hot-headed activist, is becoming increasingly rabid; and rogueish blogger, Toby, discovers that the video games he plays for cash are much more – the narrators of Moxyland are on a collision course that will rewire their lives and the future of Cape Town. Moxyland crackles with bold and infectious ideas, connecting a ruthless corporate-apartheid government with video games, biotech attack dogs, slippery online identities, a township soccer school, shocking cellphones, addictive branding, and genetically modified art. A frighteningly persuasive high-tech fable for South Africa.

Well, as I mentioned previously, I got my hands on a signed copy of this gem while I was in Cape Town. And I loved it :) It was such a zany read ... in a peculiar set-in-the-future way it reminded me of Eastern Standard Tribe. Can't wait to get my hands on Zoo City now. Oh, and I *definitely* want a Moxy-doll too :)

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