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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Rise of the Red Hand

Updated: Jul 14, 2021


Rating - ⭐⭐⭐


"The South Asian Province is split in two. Uplanders lead luxurious lives inside a climate-controlled biodome, dependent on technology and gene therapy to keep them healthy and youthful forever. Outside, the poor and forgotten scrape by with discarded black-market robotics, a society of poverty-stricken cyborgs struggling to survive in slums threatened by rising sea levels, unbreathable air, and deadly superbugs.


Ashiva works for the Red Hand, an underground network of revolutionaries fighting the government, which is run by a merciless computer algorithm that dictates every citizen’s fate. She’s a smuggler with the best robotic arm and cybernetic enhancements the slums can offer, and her cargo includes the most vulnerable of the city’s abandoned children.


When Ashiva crosses paths with the brilliant hacker Riz-Ali, a privileged Uplander who finds himself embroiled in the Red Hand’s dangerous activities, they uncover a horrifying conspiracy that the government will do anything to bury. From armed guardians kidnapping children to massive robots flattening the slums, to a pandemic that threatens to sweep through the city like wildfire, Ashiva and Riz-Ali will have to put aside their differences in order to fight the system and save the communities they love from destruction."


 

Rise of the Red Hand is the first installment in the YA sci-fi series The Mechanists by Olivia Chadha.


Overall this is just very meh as it gave me pretty much no feelings at all. I will give the second book a try whenever it comes out but by then, I'm probably going to forget everything about his book. Definitely didn't need insta-love added to this either because that is never something I need in a romance.


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