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A terrific little novella with elements of human cyber enhancement and the lived experience of being an illegal immigrant in the US Marmeg is of Filipino descent and living as an unlicensed person in

A terrific little novella with elements of human cyber-enhancement and the lived experience of being an illegal immigrant in the US. Marmeg is of Filipino descent and living as an unlicensed person in the US like most of her family. In this US of the future you need a citizen license to access any of society's infrastructure and it costs a lot of money to get one. (A background piece early on shows politicians trying to make it more expensive). She's under huge pressure from her mother to give up on her dreams to be an enhancement engineer and to become more cyborged. But instead, she enters a wilderness race for the cyber-enhanced, using enhancements that she's salvaged, repaired and programmed herself in the goal of winning enough prize money to get herself a future and to buy her youngest sibling his citizen license.This is terrific. Marmeg's drive to become better is palpable, and she faces huge obstacles including her wonderfully supportive (not!) mother. There's interesting perspective as well from the anti-enhancement people that she encounters, who initially start making sense, but then show some really disturbing moral choices.I'd love to read more in this world.Bestseller Runtime Author S.B. Divya are Books The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg s Tour de France Rich thrill seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top of the line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day long race across the Sierra Nevada.Marmeg Guinto doesn t have funding, and she doesn t have support She cobbled hThe Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg s Tour de France Rich thrill seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top of the line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day long race across the Sierra Nevada.Marmeg Guinto doesn t have funding, and she doesn t have support She cobbled her gear together from parts she found in rich people s garbage and spent the money her mother wanted her to use for nursing school to enter the race But the Minerva Challenge is the only chance she has at a better life for herself and her younger brothers, and she s ready to risk it all.Runtime is S B Divya s exciting science fiction debut.. S.B. Divya Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Runtime book, this is one of the most wanted S.B. Divya author readers around the world. . Good Book Runtime If you’re looking for a fun, bite-sized book snack in between larger reads then look no further - S.B Divya’s Runtime is the literary doughnut you are hankering for.It’s small, satisfying, and occasionally a little too sweet, but this novella goes down very, very easily.Divya sets her story in a convincing American dystopia, where citizens are classed on whether they are native born and registered (in which case they get access to health, education, etc.) or unregistered, in which case they are left with the support services of Darwinian selection.Unregistered residents can pay to become legitimate, but the vast cost is beyond the means of most, leaving them stuck in an impoverished underclass. Into this hellish (but not implausible) mess comes Marmeg Guinta, an unregistered coder and tech-wiz with an insufferable (and one-note) mother and a couple of neer-do-well brothers. Marmeg’s life is at a crossroads where she is balancing her passion- getting a real tech degree, becoming registered and making a new life – and the pressure her mother is putting on her to gain an aged care qualification that will guarantee her regular work, but never allow to escape poverty.In her techie travels Marmeg has accumulated a host of black-market implants that allow her to interface with exoskeletal enhancements, and over time she has gathered discarded and unwanted gear which she has fashioned into a working super-parkour suit, a suit which could be her ticket to a better life.In a desperate shot at success she has decided to enter the Minerva Sierra Challenge. A brutal, day long race through the Sierra Nevada mountains that can make superstars of its winners. The catch is that she will be competing with wealthy, sponsored athletes in the latest gear, equipment that makes her own recycled exosuit look like a blunderbuss at a laser cannon convention.Spending the last of money she buses to the start line of the race with a bag of spare parts and begins her gruelling trek across the mountains, where she will test herself, her ethics and what she will sacrifice to her desire to win.Runtime is a fun read. The pages flash past, and the story Divya tells is engaging. The novella has a bit of a teen fic vibe, from the age of the central character through to the triumph-of-the-poor-kid and stay-true-to-your-values messages the story imparts, so don’t expect anything particularly dark or horrifying, or a grim ending. It verges on being a tad saccharine at times, but in saying that, grim endings and dark stories are common in SF, and if you need a break from the grind of heavier books Runtime is the reading treat for you. Divya writes well, and tells a good story, ending her narrative at the point when, like any good purveyor of sweet treats, she knows her customers will be left wanting more.

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  1. If you re looking for a fun, bite sized book snack in between larger reads then look no further S.B Divya s Runtime is the literary doughnut you are hankering for.It s small, satisfying, and occasionally a little too sweet, but this novella goes down very, very easily.Divya sets her story in a convincing American dystopia, where citizens are classed on whether they are native born and registered in which case they get access to health, education, etc or unregistered, in which case they are left [...]


  2. Divya paints a very interesting world with a few strokes Through the eyes of Marmeg, we see the raging social inequalities held in place, surprisingly by both sides Dualities seem to be everywhere people benefiting from the system and those who don t, people with exoskeletons and opting for a neutral gender and those firm against any technology In fact, most characters in this novella see things one way or the other, black or white, and this is where Marmeg shines in her refusal to follow this, [...]


  3. A terrific little novella with elements of human cyber enhancement and the lived experience of being an illegal immigrant in the US Marmeg is of Filipino descent and living as an unlicensed person in the US like most of her family In this US of the future you need a citizen license to access any of society s infrastructure and it costs a lot of money to get one A background piece early on shows politicians trying to make it expensive She s under huge pressure from her mother to give up on her d [...]


  4. I read all of Tor s novellas, which is a good thing because I otherwise might have missed out on this gem by S.B Divya I would never have picked up a story about a cyborg endurance race on my own, but I m glad I read this one Runtime is a marvel of world building and character portraiture wrapped around a perfectly executed straightforward plot and just the right amount of smart but not overbearing social commentary It s a near perfect use of the novella length, and I cannot wait to see what S.B [...]


  5. There s some interesting stuff in this novella, but it felt underdeveloped It never caught fire, and so often didn t fulfill its promise Certain things are given a cursory nod, when it would have been great to hear read .


  6. I received a signed copy of this novella from the author during Nebula Weekend.Divya s novella is fine scifi an underdog tale of a cross country runner with an exoskeleton built out of scrap parts Marmeg is a heroine you can truly root for, someone who works with black market goods out of necessity to survive, but keeps her eyes on the prize of college and a better life beyond The world building here is really something This is a future America with frequent body modifications and an unsettling [...]


  7. I received this as an egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This was a pretty interesting story of a young woman entering a race using an exoskeleton suit , hoping to win and use the prize money to better her life and her family s It tackles some ethical questions about cheating and doing the right thing even when it means it might hurt you.It was enjoyable and I thought the use of language was strong, but the story didn t go as deep as I wanted it to I would love to read [...]


  8. Small book about the US having a caste system and one woman s attempt to get out of hers Kind of heart breaking toward the end with a nice HEA happy every after.


  9. Well, fuck me This was way too short I was loving this and digging this world and so ready for what was going on with gender and then it stopped Apparently this was just a novella Damn But regardless, this was excellent Loved the setting, loved the shit about immigrants and naturals and citizens, loved the gender stuff Want , please.


  10. The main character is born in a no win situation, attempts to escape to a maybe win situation, is trapped in another probably win situation it just requires giving up their ethics by situations beyond their control, and chooses to lose for the sake of their ethics And thus, wins It s also a fun and interesting piece of SF, with registered citizens having all the benefits of the future, our character s family having almost none, and the determined struggle to get to the point where they can help [...]


  11. This was a pretty quick read and tangled with some neat topics around body modification, cyborgs , gender, and doing the wrong things for the right reasons I really loved Marmeg I wanted this to be longer, tho Ah, Tor novellas, you re really digging in on that always leave them wanting shtick Fangirl Happy Hour discussion fangirlhappyhour 2016


  12. Full review coming Rock solid 3.5 stars Divya s story takes the hackneyed premise so common to the YA dystopian genre have not partakes in a grueling competition to better her and her family s mobility and actually uses it for the purpose of meaningful cultural commentary.


  13. Listen to me ramble about exoskeleton suits, a cyborg adventure race, and the consequences to winning a race no matter the cost or means to do so youtube watch v 6320M


  14. How this is a nominee for a Nebula makes we shake my head till dizzy Great basic idea, weak execution, glaring unresolved plot points and a surprisingly wasted ending There are better novellas written that deserve their nominations.


  15. S.B Divya s RUNTIME is a superb old school cyberpunk novella with a vital and youthful energy about it Following the story of Marmeg, a young runner entered into the Minerva Sierra Challenge, a teched up mud run of sorts, it s a fresh take on a suddenly booming sub genre that tips its hat to classics such as BLADE RUNNER, ROLLERBALL, THE RUNNING MAN and just about every must see anime out there.For me, a good scifi story is one that draws you into its world immediately without hitting you with a [...]


  16. The tor novellas have generally been an interesting bunch, and Runtime definitely adds to the mix There s a lot of background stuff which I find really intriguing the society, the genderless third gender it s not entirely clear what this should be considered as , the tech The idea of what amounts to a caste system in America is pretty topical, given the attitude to immigrants at the moment, and it doesn t feel that far off or strange.The story itself is relatively simple Marmeg, the protagonist, [...]


  17. Cybernetic body modifications combined with extreme endurance racing in an America that s taken a jackhammer to birthright citizenship While the story is appropriately novella sized, it felt undercooked, and there were than a couple cliches clunking around There was a lot of thematic interestingness and societal questions to chew over, however, and Divya s skillful at doling out her multi faceted worldbuilding while keeping the plot moving forward I also quite enjoyed her setting descriptions I [...]




  18. An upbeat YA underdog story from a future where people race with prosthetically enhanced bodies Poor teen from wrong side of tracks with gift for hacking mods risks her tuition fund on the big race Moves along at a brisk pace with likable heroine.


  19. Marmeg Guinto is going to take on the Minerva Sierra Challenge, her mother be damned, the public be damned, everyone be damned It s a dangerous race, but she s pulled enough cybernetic enhancements out of the trash to give it a shot Now it s a matter of how far she ll go to win that sweet, sweet prize money that can take her and her family to a brighter future.S.B Divya portrays a futuristic society with social stratifications and bodymod based prejudices and a commonly accepted but not entirely [...]


  20. I just finished reading this after acquiring an uncorrected proof copy whilst at Mancunicon The 2016 British Eastercon from the freebie table I ll re read the finished final version upon its release and revisit this review at that time.That being said and being put out there, I really, really enjoyed this novella view spoiler Runtime is set in a future where humans routinely enhance their physical bodies and senses with embedded inside the body and external techs It follows the trail of Marmeg, [...]


  21. Runtime by S.B Divya is concise, well paced work which is jammed pack full of some amazing writing The writing is crisp and, for lack better word, utterly clean By that I mean the narrative structure, descriptive scenes, dialogue and overall writing is just right, Goldilocks style Divya has a genuine talent, from start to finish, of providing the reader just enough information to understand what is occurring in the story as well as imparting critical information without resorting to awkward info [...]


  22. This book was provided by the publisher at no cost.Things I liked about this story Technology was not at an end It s a small thing, but often stories set tomorrow forget that technology keeps developing There s a line in here about consumer tech not being ready for something but it soon would be and I was very happy to read that.The family relationships were complex and largely believable.Struggling against a new class system that is completely rigged against you.Enhanced ultra marathons.The sto [...]



  23. An enjoyable, quick read with a lot of really interesting ideas, so much so that I couldn t help but wishing the author had fleshed some of them out a bit and made it into a full blown novel instead of a novella.Set in a near future, near dystopic California, there are a lot of fascinating and thought provoking themes at play There s an American caste system in which citizens have to be licensed to receive an education or social services There s a myriad of moral quandaries that the protagonist [...]


  24. First Line The wall behind Marmeg thrummed with the muffled impact of bass beats Runtime was a finalist for the best Novella in the Nebulas this year It takes place in the far future where immigrants are given scarcely any, if any, rights Marmeg, is in a position where her only option for livelihood is becoming a nurse at an old age home but she dreams of racing instead view spoiler The Good Despite the clunky dialogue I think Divya did a good job with crafting slang terms.Marmeg I really liked [...]


  25. The main character, Marmeg, is engaging and sympathetic The worldbuilding is so smart, with polarizations oriented not towards left and right but closer to future and past It makes a lot of sense in light of the new technologies available in this society There are lots of crunchy details to mull over Especially Marmeg s family life, and her aspirations for an education and beyond, feel real and affecting To me, the text echoed Jack London in its love for the natural world, its attention to detai [...]


  26. Sci fi with something to sayRUNTIME is the perfect kind of science fiction for me First off, it s entertaining I m fascinated by endurance racing, and Divya has a fully immersive world to play with Second, and importantly, the author expands our own world with a vision of the future that seems absolutely inevitable RUNTIME feels like glimpse into the future It has its problems, its prejudices, its social hierarchy, and it has betrayals, decisions, and compromises but it also has one thing we a [...]


  27. In a future where America s class system is even stratified, Marmeg Guinto is determined to run in the Minerva Sierra Challenge, a day long race across the Sierra Nevada where all the contestants have cybernetic enhancements But most of the contestants also have the newest gear and corporate sponsorships Marmeg has none of these She s racing in the gear she savaged from rich people s trash and with the money her mother wants her to use for a nursing program Racing is her dream, and she s pinnin [...]


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