Hard Reboot

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Tom Doherty Associates, May 25, 2021 - Fiction - 144 pages

Django Wexler's Hard Reboot features giant mech arena battles and intergalactic diplomacy. When did academia get to be so complicated?

Kas is a junior researcher on a fact-finding mission to old Earth. But when a con-artist tricks her into wagering a large sum of money belonging to her university on the outcome of a manned robot arena battle she becomes drawn into the seedy underworld of old Earth politics and state-sponsored battle-droid prizefights.

Is it time to get back to the books, yet?

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Once past a truly unbelievable central conceit to set up the novella, the resulting read is a fast paced, action packed ride from beginning to end. Layered with all the tropes, in all the best ways, that you'd expect of an old Earth giant mecha fighting novella, Hard Reboot is quite satisfying. Perhaps given a longer introduction to the world and characters, expanding into a novel length work, would have allowed a more seamless, clean set up for the plot to come. As it that very beginning is the only sticking point in the work. A fun read. 

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DJANGO WEXLER graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in creative writing and computer science, worked in artificial intelligence research and as a programmer/writer for Microsoft, and is now a full-time fantasy writer. Django is the author of The Shadow Campaigns, an epic fantasy series for adults, and The Forbidden Library, a classic fantasy series for middle-grade readers.

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