Company Town by Madeline Ashby
Company Town by Madeline Ashby describes a not so distant future where artificial intelligence and bioengineering can do away with anything from genetic disorders to undesirable emotions, Hwa stands out as one of the very rare that are not augmented in any way. On the oil rig city of New Arcadia, off the coast of Newfoundland, she works as a bodyguard for a union of sex workers, keeping the clients in line. When the Lynch family buys up the city, and the youngest son and heir begins to get death threats, the unhackable Hwa becomes an idea candidate to protect the young boy who stands to inherit a technological dynasty. However, not is all as it seems as Hwa encounters a man with no past, a string of murders, and death threats from another dimension. To get to the bottom of it all she will have to navigate the warren of towers and hidden slums of New Arcadia, and the technology that separates the haves from the have-nots, the secrets of the Lynch family, and the traumas of her own past all while making sure another one of her loved ones doesn’t get caught in the cross-fire.
Company Town by Madeline Ashby is a Canada Reads selection for 2017. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.