All is Canon: the Shattered City of Light – Cinelinx
In this episode of Everything is Canon, Steve talks to author Claire Winn about her early days, Broken city Light, which is described as “As the Darkness draws closer to the Shattered City of Light, an heiress and an outlaw must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other.“
Here is the summary…
As the heir to a powerful tech empire, 17-year-old Asa Almeida strives to prove that she is more than a shadow of her manipulative father. But when he uploads his rebellious sister’s mind to an experimental brain, Asa will do anything to save her sister from reprogramming, including running away from her predetermined future with her sister’s digitized mind. With a bounty on her head and a dishonest AI chasing her, Asa’s getaway ship crashes in the worst possible place: neon-bathed outlaw’s paradise, Requiem.
Gun smuggler Riven Hawthorne is determined to make his way through Requiem’s underworld hierarchy. A rich girl on the run is exactly the bounty Riven needs, until a nasty computer virus spreads in Asa’s wake, causing a city-wide blackout and tech quarantine. To get Asa’s payment and save Requiem from the monster in his circuits, Riven must team up with his captive.
Riven smashes skulls like Asa smashes homers, but their opponent is unlike anything they’ve ever seen. The AI harnesses the girls’ darkest memories and deepest secrets, threatening to shatter the fragile alliance they both depend on. As one of Requiem’s 154-hour nights darkens, the girls must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other before the town of Riven and Asa’s sister are suffocated in never.
This video game / cyber punk inspired story is about as much fun as you’ll likely get from reading a book. With a pair of very solid leads, a ton of important themes including consequentialism, class warfare, bodily autonomy and the potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence, Broken city of light offers just about every possible way.
Steve and Claire talk about the road it took to get here, some of the big themes and world building, Broken city of light of course, and much more.
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Coverage by Sanjay Charlton.
About the Author:
Claire Winn is a science fiction and fantasy author, with her sci-fi debut YA, Broken city of light, coming in October 2021 at Flux Books. She is represented by Cortney Radocaj at the Belcastro Literary Agency. Playful at heart, she writes quick, sarcastic books animated by fierce and imperfect characters. Since graduating from Northwestern University, Claire has worked as a legal writer, freelance writer, and editorial intern. On the creative side, she builds cosplay props and armor and writes scenarios for LARP games, in addition to fighting with boffer swords.