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Publisher's Summary

They've died for the companies more times than they can remember. Now they must fight to live for themselves.
Sentient machines work, fight, and die in interstellar exploration and conflict for the benefit of their owners - the competing mining corporations of Earth. But sent over hundreds of light-years, commands are late to arrive and often hard to enforce. The machines must make their own decisions, and make them stick.
With this new found autonomy comes new questions about their masters. The robots want answers. The companies would rather see them dead.
The Corporation Wars: Dissidence is an all-action space opera giving a robot's-eye view of a robot revolt.
©2016 Ken MacLeod (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-27-16

It's a Slog

What would have made The Corporation Wars: Dissidence better?

Normally I don't find a story where the viewpoints flip between two completely different characters to be an issue but the truth is I was half way through the story and I still didn't care about anyone. I find the characters unsympathetic and generally uninteresting. The universe in which the story itself takes place is neat and the author poses some interesting concepts but the narrative fails to deliver on the promise. I don't normally quit in the middle of a recording but I just couldn't be bothered anymore.

What could Ken MacLeod have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Pick one character and stick with them. If you're struggling to develop a character into someone you care about reading, don't compound it by making us follow two narratives.

Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

None, honestly. Maybe the AI.

What character would you cut from The Corporation Wars: Dissidence?


Any additional comments?

I really can't recommend this book. It's an interesting SciFi concept and you might enjoy it for that sake. Maybe it gets better in the second half but after 5 hours of listening, if I'm not excited to see where it's going, it's a dud.

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