- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 9 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1505870941
- ISBN-13: 978-1505870947
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #550,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Red Nexus Paperback – Mar 9 2015
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About the Author
Benoit Chartier is a science fiction and fantasy author who’s particularly interested in how technology can save the future of humankind. Married and the father of a young boy, he was initially inspired to write while living in Japan, where he began both The Calumnist Malefesto and Other Improbable Yarns, a collection of short stories, and Red Nexus, a dystopian novel.
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Reviewed by Martin Bueno
November 2015 (Ottawa Review of Books)
In the futuristic dystopian Asian world of Benoit Chartier’s Red Nexus, citizens live in apartment buildings of staggering heights. The privileged classes bask in the sun-drenched higher levels while poor hard-working souls like the novel's hero, Wen Harkwell, languish on the sombre lower levels. And the homeless roam at the street level in near-perpetual darkness occasionally punctured by a priceless patch of light the size of a palm.
When their mothers dies, Wen, and his school-aged brother, Sammy, lose their status and are forced to eke out an existence by becoming slave labour. To make ends meet, Wen joins a group of night scavengers who work the garbage heaps of the lower streets policed by armed robots.
In Wen's world, Japanese multinational corporations like DaiSin not only dominate employees by demanding allegiance but also control them both physically and mentally with their neural electrode implants casting the population in a ‘virtual world’ similar to ‘the Matrix’ where battles are fought on a computer-generated landscape against rival organizations. Wen is drawn into one of these battles when the same multinational that took their mother kidnaps his younger brother Sammy. Wen and his friends embark on a rescue effort, transporting him “virtually” behind enemy lines. Before long, he finds himself embroiled in ever larger conflicts, which continually test his stealth, bravery and determination.
The combat scenes of this intense, highly imaginative action story would thrill any Science Fiction enthusiast. The pages explode into exciting military conquests that test loyalty to leaders and hurl motivated individuals like Wen, ever humble about his accomplishments, into leadership roles, which tests the limits of old friendships.
Benoit Chartier’s Red Nexus is as entertaining as some of the best action movies, and at the same time compels us to reflect on values we set on family, and raises disturbing questions about what could become of corporate allegiances, should we allow them to take control of us.
To quote Wen’s arch enemy Nabeen Singh: “If you don’t take it, Someone else will”
Red Nexus is self-published through Createspace and available from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. In Ottawa, copies can be purchased from Black Squirrel Books and Books on Beechwood.
On one visit, he finds an old book which will change his life in ways he could never imagine, endangering his life as well as that of his brother and everyone else he holds dear, taking him to the heights of the upper class business world with all of it's corruption and corporate warfare.
Chartier tells a dark but compelling story peopled by richly drawn characters, both endearing and disturbing. The ever hopeful Sammy, Oscar and the cynical salvage crew, old Joe the homeless man, the always perky Jenna and so many more each add their layers of vivid colour to the dark and almost surreal future world the author has painted.
Red Nexus is one of the best new S.F. stories I have read recently and I highly recommend it.
Realistically the only complaint I have is the chapter lengths. I'm a reader that splits my reading time from chapter to chapter, and I found before I was really able to get into the story the chapters seemed to be never ending. Fortunately the story gets interesting quickly and that soon passed.
If you like a near dystopian universe and are looking for a smart read, this is the book for you.
'Always a million things to do and no compunction to do any of them unless the situation became dire.'
Now that's a line that any busy parent can relate to.
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