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The Hive Construct by Alexander Maskill
  

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In the dystopian city of New Cairo, in a worryingly possible future, rebellion is brewing. This highly readable book might be a good place to start for those unsure whether a near-future sci-fi would be to their taste as it has many thriller elements; fast pace, short chapter sections and lots of action. There is technical detail but it doesn’t overwhelm any more than that in modern spy/hacker novels. It’s quick and exciting, oh, and it won that award … Terry Pratchett 2013 Prize. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Hive Construct by Alexander Maskill

Situated deep in the Sahara Desert, New Cairo is a city built on technology - from the huge, life-giving solar panels that keep it functioning in a radically changed, resource-scarce world to the artificial implants that have become the answer to all and any of mankind's medical problems. But it is also a divided city, dominated by a handful of omnipotent corporate dynasties. And when a devastating new computer virus begins to spread through the poorest districts, shutting down the life-giving implants that enable so many to survive, the city begins to slide into the anarchy of violent class struggle. Hiding amidst the chaos is Zala Ulora. A gifted hacker and fugitive from justice, she believes she might be able to earn her life back by tracing the virus to its source and destroying it before it destroys the city. Or before the city destroys itself ...With its vivid characters, bold ideas and explosive action, The Hive is science fiction at its most exciting, inventive and accessible.


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'Here's a talented young writer who not only knows how to tell an exciting story, but a richly rewarding story full of ideas.' -- SIR TERRY PRATCHETT

'Debut author Alexander Maskill ... ratchets up the tension in fine fashion ... a genuinely promising debut.' -- Jonathan Wright SFX magazine

About the Author

Alex Maskill was born in Watford, and grew up both there and in Eastbourne, East Sussex. At time of writing, he's completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester, where he is reading Politics. He is hoping to follow this with an MSc in Computer Science. The Hive Construct is his first novel and won the 2013 Terry Pratchett Prize.

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Publication date

13th August 2015

Author

Alexander Maskill

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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ISBN

9780552170383

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