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  • Title: Windswept
  • Author: Adam Rakunas
  • ISBN: 9780857664785
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can She s only thirty three short So when a small time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosseLabor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can She s only thirty three short So when a small time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out against her better judgment It turns out, of course, it was all lies As Padma should know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet And suddenly retirement seems farther away than ever she s just stumbled into a secret corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space If she ever wants to have another drink of her favorite rum, she s going to have to fight her way through the city s warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to stop this new plague File Under Science Fiction Plagues, Plots Planets One Eyed Wonder Bad Tips, Good Tipples This Little Bar I Know
    Windswept Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire but she s supposed to recruit people to the Union before

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    1. Subscription Warfare Soul mining Atmospheric licensing Genetic focus grouping With the Big Three companies practically ruling the universe, the corporate world has become a little rceful Padma Mehta survived B school, but after a turbulent few years as an indenture for WalWa, she decided to breach her contract and restart her life with the union Years later, Padma is acting as a Union recruiter on a backwater planet mostly known for producing cane sugar and whiskey All she wants to do is finish [...]

    2. Windswept does what only a few truly great Science Fiction novels dare accomplish it s simultaneously a captivating adventure with action, suspense, and strong characterization AND a thoughtful work of sociological speculation, investigating labor rights, corporatism, colonialism, and .

    3. This be a lovely sci fi novel that I read back in 2015 after randomly finding a copy in a local library It is one of the books that helped bring me attention to the Angry Robot publishing house wherein I joined the Robot Army Their books tend to be quirky and to my taste In any case, at the time this book was a stand alone and it can be read as such But when I found out there was another book in the series, I was excited to have the chance to re visit an old port.And Santee is a great place to s [...]

    4. If I m being completely honest, this one really surprised me.I love science fiction books, yet I find myself thinking they re often a case of hit or miss Either every mark is hit or I m left wanting something Of course there are varying degrees of the latter, but I often find myself reading books that fall into that category More often than I d like, science fiction books leave me wanting something This doesn t stop me from reading books in the genre, but it does mean I don t go out of my way [...]

    5. Really really intersting settings.Enjoyed the story a lot, but there were also too much Deus Ex Machina solutions I didn t like 1 Star for the graphic audio production.

    6. koeur.wordpress 2015 07 3Publisher Angry RobotPublishing Date September 2015ISBN 9780857664792Genre SciFiRating 4.4 5Publisher Description Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can She s only thirty three short So when a small time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from he [...]

    7. A tough union organizer just wants to retire and take over a rum distillery on a planet of sugar cane farmers but first, she has to sign up a few dozen union members in a corporate dominated dystopian future That setup sounds kind of grim, but it actually leads to a fun, zippy adventure with a lot of humor and a refreshingly fast pace The tone is mostly pretty light and snarky, with occasional moments of darkness and nastiness The plot is a bit bewildering at times, but the story packs so many [...]

    8. Good mix of action and world development Great to see a nuanced view of a union nuance on the Big Three might also have been good but I recognize why not It s clear that the world has major adjustments coming by the end of the book Definite recommend.

    9. Flunked the hundred page test Kind of interesting set up see blurb but I don t connect with the protagonist Everything has an at arms length feel.And this is an award winner The cover art is an indication of how amateur the whole business is.

    10. I am a sucker for science fiction that involves dirty jobs and dirty futures In Windswept, Padma is a Union recruiter who just wants to make her numbers so that she can retire to making artisan rum from heirloom sugarcane She s within spitting distance of her dream when it all starts falling down around her Suddenly it isn t just her future that s in question, but that of the entire planet, the Union, everyone she knows, and the rest of humanity s economy.I can t pin down specific things that I [...]

    11. copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review Windswept is Adam Rakunas s debut novel It s a great mix of high concept, discussing the roles and realities of labour and struggle in a spacefaring corporate future, and taut thriller as our protagonist races against time to figure out what s causing the city around her to fall apart, whilst dodging bullet and trying to find time to stop for a quick drink It s a book which has interesting things to say, and manages to express them successfully whilst [...]

    12. Padma Mehta used to work for The Man That is, WalWa, one of the Big Three megacorporations that own most of Occupied Space She was good at her job, too, despite the shabby treatment she often got Then Bad Things happened, and Padma Breached, breaking her indenture contract to join the Union on Santee.Now Padma s a Ward Head for the Union in Brushhead, one of the neighborhoods in Santee Landing But now she has other plans the owner of the distillery that makes Padma s favorite rum Old Windswept i [...]

    13. This science fiction thriller was a true delight It was fun, fast paced, and I adored the heroine.Padma Mehta s a crotchety union rep dreaming of retirement and her plans to buy a distillery But for her dreams to come true, she needs to get thirty three people for her head count Which means she needs to wait for thirty three people to fall from the sky.Most of known space is controlled by three mega corporations, who rely on the labor of indentured servants But corporate life isn t all its cra [...]

    14. Fun and familiarity These are the two opposing thoughts that cross my mind when I consider Adam Rakunas novel Windswept In terms of fun the novel moves at an almost chaotic pace as Rakunas constantly ups the ante, never giving the reader or his protagonist Padma Mehta an opportunity to take a breath, to take stock of the situation But there also a familiarity about the novel Not the setting, the planet Santee where sugarcane is grown and harvested and where indentured slaves of the big three com [...]

    15. Read my full review and see Read alikes on The Book Adventures on September 4th Padma Mehta is a Union representative on a hardscrabble planet at the edge of the known universe Her job is to recruit people who escape from passing spaceships owned by The Big Three corporations I ll explore in detail why they jump ship in a bit She s only 30 odd people from her huge bonus, which she plans to spend on a rum distillery that she will run after she retires When she gets wind of a large number of refu [...]

    16. Disclosure I received this book as a giveaway.Windswept is a decent first novel The writing style is casual, kind of like an urban fantasy, except no paranormal romances flourishing Windswept refers to a brand of rum featured prominently.Padma Mehta lives on a backwater planet There are the Big Three Corporations who run the universe, controlling both people and products People will sign up for indenture with the corporations, often to travel somewhere through space Akin to leaving the small far [...]

    17. Windswept is the debut novel from Adam Rakunas It s published by Angry Robot, who kindly gave me a review copy through NetGalley The novel follows Padma Mehta, a Union organiser who lives on a paradise planet at the outer reaches of the galaxy The planet s main export is cane molasses, which is used as a fuel for interstellar spaceships Life on the planet is hard, but it s better than a life of indentured labour working for one of the three major corporates that control most trade and industry L [...]

    18. No Umm just no Perhaps if I were raised Union I would have liked this Or if any of the characters had been the slightest bit sympathetic There were details in the corporate world that I aprreciated, mostly around our pov character s reference to B school But mostly this was just incoherent dreck with hints of interesting bits here and there Too weird and too confused Readable but just barely.

    19. A rollicking good timeFast paced, action packed with a cast of characters you ll love, hate, and recognize though they re all brand new People are still people, even in the far off future on far off planets Gotta hustle, gotta muscle, gotta have a drink now and again A great time

    20. Such a fun and exciting book The colonial molasses to rum to slaves triangle reworked and rocketed across the universe to a backwater planet with labor issues and distillery problems, being dealt with by a protagonist like no other makes for a very GoodRead indeed I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys excitement, interesting characters and the need to know what happens next.

    21. 3 7,5 out of 10.Interesting thoughts about corporate indenture, colonialism, labor rights, social classes and the production of rum packed in a high action sci fi adventure I totally adored the oriental inspired worldbuilding Recommended

    22. Corporate skulduggery, dodgy union organisers and an eternally white suit the bad guy may be seriously dodgy but he has some sartorial style in this dystopian world where technology of all kinds is powered by a molasses derivative making this sugar cane rich backwater planet important if a hell hole to be avoided Yet, it is a hell hole because of the corporate exploitation by the Big Three interstellar giants It is not hard to read this and see many of the world s dystopian areas Free Trade Zon [...]

    23. The book started out confusing the whole reader dropped into a different world thing, trying to figure out what s going on Then it became interesting, even exciting And then it became just a great disappointment The key to the disappointment was that almost every character was revealed not to be what he or she had seemed to be including the heroine, Padma This sometimes meant major changes in understanding what was going on And it indicated that, despite advanced management training and her job [...]

    24. My fingers grew cold and my eyeballs watered, and that voice scraped across the back of my brain, dry as bagasse and sharp as nails You really think they re gonna make it You pushed away a good thing with Bloombeck, like you push away everything good 20 Thank you to AngryRobot for providing me with a copy of this book.Windswept is an extremely exciting and fast paced adventure It s filled with humour and heart and is quite the page turner It has it s share of twists and turns the whole way throu [...]

    25. My coworker had me read this book because it involves a union Overall it has formulaic tropes and it attempts to portray savvy, strong women but misses the mark.

    26. I m sure I am starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to discussing a concept I call universe building when reading science fiction and fantasy literature, but it is so essential that when engaging in science fiction and fantasy literature that the scenery or universe surrounding the characters be developed sufficiently for readers to feel that they know the scene and that the characters don t seem out of character with their reactions to the environment around them It s a very fine [...]

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