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Book Review: Auxiliary London 2039 by Jon Richter

It has been three days since I finished reading Auxiliary: London 2039. I received the book directly from the publisher and I am so glad I read it. Thank you so much, Jon Richter and the team at TCK Publishing for sending me a copy of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

So what did I think about it? Read on the find out.

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About The Book

The silicon revolution left Dremmler behind, but a good detective is never obsolete.

London is quiet in 2039—thanks to the machines. People stay indoors, communicating through high-tech glasses and gorging on simulated reality while 3D printers and scuttling robots cater to their every whim. Mammoth corporations wage war for dominance in a world where human augmentation blurs the line between flesh and steel.

And at the center of it all lurks The Imagination Machine: the hyper-advanced, omnipresent AI that drives our cars, flies our planes, cooks our food, and plans our lives. Servile, patient, tireless … TIM has everything humanity requires. Everything except a soul.

Through this silicon jungle prowls Carl Dremmler, police detective—one of the few professions better suited to meat than machine. His latest case: a grisly murder seemingly perpetrated by the victim’s boyfriend. Dremmler’s boss wants a quick end to the case, but the tech-wary detective can’t help but believe the accused’s bizarre story: that his robotic arm committed the heinous crime, not him. An advanced prosthetic, controlled by a chip in his skull.

A chip controlled by TIM.

Dremmler smells blood: the seeds of a conspiracy that could burn London to ash unless he exposes the truth. His investigation pits him against desperate criminals, scheming businesswomen, deadly automatons—and the nightmares of his own past. And when Dremmler finds himself questioning even TIM’s inscrutable motives, he’s forced to stare into the blank soul of the machine.

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Jon Richter
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: TCK Publishing
Date Of Publication: 01st May 2020
No. of pages: 225
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher

Auxiliary is a futuristic science fiction thriller set in London 2039. Technology has overtaken our lives to the point of making humans “obsolete”. Everything, from our daily tasks to the work we do is now being taken care of by robots and AI. While this has made living easier, it has also taken away jobs from the masses which is a cause of unrest among the population.

At the center of all of this, we meet Dremmler, a detective with the police force who is tasked with uncovering the story behind a grisly murder. The entire plot is how his investigation entangles him in a web that consists of cunning business corporations, a tech-opposing cult, and TIM, the omnipresent AI that oversees the functioning of every technological device in the world.

Auxiliary: London 2039 is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, always wanting more. By the time I reached the 30% mark, I couldn’t put the book down and finished the rest in one sitting. There are several dark elements that leave you squirming in your seat and with the question of “what just happened?” on your lips. While this book was completely outside of my comfort zone, I was still pulled into it.

Set in the near future, 2039 is only 19 years away, Auxiliary does not paint a pretty picture. As I read it I was filled with an uncomfortable sense of reality. Even though the book is an exaggeration, the closeness it shares with our today’s world makes the nightmare of the book come alive.

You reach a point in the book when you do not know who to trust. There are many twists that you do not see coming, many of which surprise you. And the ending? The ending caught me completely off guard. And while I’m still uncomfortable about it, I couldn’t have asked for a better way for the book to end.

Final Thoughts

Auxiliary: London 2039 is a brilliant book. Being a noir thriller there are many dark elements that may not be suitable for the faint-hearted. If you are a fan of the shows Black Mirror and Westworld then you will love this book as they share many similar themes. The writing is great and easy to read. Each page blends seamlessly into the next.

Book Review: Auxiliary - London 2039 by Jon Richter
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About The Author

Jon Richter lives in London, where he spends some of his sun-cycles trapped in the body of an accountant called Dave. When he isn’t forced to count beans, he writes dark fiction about robots, artificial intelligence, human augmentation, and all the other developing technologies that will soon make our world a brilliant and/or terrifying place to live and die. Chat with him about cyborgs and other things with wires for veins on Twitter at @RichterWrites. 

You can find the book available for purchase on Amazon.

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