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  • ISBN: 9781982148065
  • ISBN: 1982148063
  • Physical Description: 404 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Saga Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2021.

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"Welga Ramirez, executive bodyguard and ex-special forces, is about to retire early when her client is killed in front of her. It's 2095 and people don't usually die from violence. Humanity is entirely dependent on pills that not only help them stay alive, but allow them to compete with artificial intelligence in an increasingly competitive gig economy. Daily doses protect against designer diseases, flow enhances focus, zips and buffs enhance physical strength and speed, and juvers speed the healing process. All that changes when Welga's client is killed by The Machinehood, a new and mysterious terrorist group that has simultaneously attacked several major pill funders. The Machinehood operatives seem to be part human, part machine, something the world has never seen. They issue an ultimatum: stop all pill production in one week. Global panic ensues as pill production slows and many become ill. Thousands destroy their bots in fear of a strong AI takeover. But the US government believes the Machinehood is a cover for an old enemy. One that Welga is uniquely qualified to fight. Welga, determined to take down the Machinehood, is pulled back into intelligence work by the government that betrayed her. But who are the Machinehood and what do they really want? A thrilling and thought-provoking novel that asks: if we won't see machines as human, will we instead see humans as machines?"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #2
    Divya's debut mines the fear of sentient artificial intelligence. In 2095, computerized personal assistants and miniature mobile camera swarms have put an end to violent crime. Suborbital flight and instantaneous global communication allow easy connection to anywhere on the planet, low-level robotic AI's perform all manual labor, and medical companies produce designer tablets that can enhance a human's speed, strength, and stamina. But there is a financial downside to this new reality. Using machines for most of the paying jobs has forced people to scramble for short-term work just to pay for basic expenses, and there are limits to pill enhancement. Humanity reacts with terror when a publicized manifesto, demanding recognition of the rights of artificial intelligence and the immediate end of all pill production, is followed by the assassination of a major pharmaceutical CEO. Investigations appear to point to a repressive nation state but may lead in a direction no one thought possible. For fans of hard science fiction chase tales like Corey J. White's Repo Virtual (2020) or Daniel Suarez's Change Agent (2017). Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can. Divya is the Hugo and Nebula&;nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines including Analog, Uncanny, and Tor. Her collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Situations, is out now from Hachette India. Machinehood is her debut novel from Saga Press. She holds degrees in computational neuroscience and signal processing, and she worked for twenty years as an electrical engineer before becoming an author. Find out more about her at or on Twitter as @DivyasTweets.

Subject: Future, The > Fiction.
Artificial intelligence > Fiction.
Imaginary wars and battles > Fiction.
Artificial intelligence.
Future, The.
Imaginary wars and battles.
Genre: Science fiction.
Science fiction.
Science fiction.

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