Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

Book - 2003
Average Rating:
6
Rate this:
SOON TO BE A BRAND-NEW SERIES ON NETFLIX

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats "existence" as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780345457684
0345457684
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION Morgan
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 23 cm

Opinion

From Library Staff

In a twenty-fifth century world in which death is nearly obsolete, former UN envoy Takeshi Kovacs, re-sleeved into a new body after a brutal death, finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly far-reaching conspiracy.


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

j
Jacques2016
Mar 26, 2017

This book is more a murder mystery than good science fiction. There are better murder mysteries and science fiction books out there.

c
crepka
May 27, 2016

Although the author did a great job getting the "sensory" parts of this book down (mood, atmosphere, sensory perception), the plot was too scattered and un-focused for my liking. As such, I could only give it 2 stars. But since it was the author's first book, I'll likely try one of his later works as well.

t
tstcman
Nov 24, 2013

I liked the book. It pushes past the reliogous nuts in this world that want to insult something they dont understand.

r
ravensview
Jun 03, 2011

Interesting concept of swapping to various bodies - liked it and will try the next one now.

s
stuvw27
Sep 08, 2010

Despite the fact that Mr. Kovacs never met a female he didn't want to boink (and generally does)... plus the occasional feeling that this was a "hard-boiled" detective novel disguised as science fiction (I like SF... I don't like detective novels)... plus the movie script feel to the whole thing (no messy star contracts for the studio, the hero can be played by anyone!).... despite all that, I enjoyed this well enough to propel me into the next Takeshi Kovacs novel.

g
goglover
Jul 23, 2009

Tarentino meets Hunter Thompson meets Raymond Chandler

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

  Loading...

Find it at OPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top