This is another book I found on Authonomy, although I believe it has since been removed. The author was kind enough to let me read the whole book, since I got hooked on it while it was available on Authonomy. Although it could still use a little polish – there were a few spots that were overdescribed and the occasional misplaced punctuation mark on my last reading – the story is great.
Necrolysis is set in the relatively near future, in a world struggling to deal with serious environmental problems which have made the survival of the human race questionable at best. However, many of the worst problems are being dealt with by a company headed by a genius named Martha English. With Martha in the lead, the company has made great headway in reducing pollution and improving medicine and longevity. They have developed a number of new technologies including nanobots that virtually stop aging and ‘trees’ that eat contaminants in the water and air. Things seem to be moving along swimmingly, until Martha’s second in command, Emerald McKenzie, discovers that some of the company’s facilities are secretly being used to murder citizens and harvest their parts. Emerald uncovers a conspiracy to replace these citizens with brainwashed clones – a conspiracy led by Martha herself. Emerald and her boyfriend go on the run and start a group called SurvivorS to try to fight back against Martha’s conspiracy.
This is definitely not a PG book (there is a lot of violence, cursing, and a fair bit of sex), but for us grown ups it is a fast paced sci fi thriller with lots of interesting gadgets thrown in. I definitely recommend it, and I hope it is available in bookstores soon.