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
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. 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.