Equations of Life is a fast-paced ride through the underbelly of London after the world goes to Hell. But it's a fun ride, thanks to Samuil Petrovitch. He doesn't mince words, instead pointing out the facts in an almost nonchalant manner while trying to keep himself alive. Through gunfights and out-of-control computer systems bent on his destruction, he somehow finds his way to see the light of another day. And he's an atypical hero: he's really out to help himself, but whatever he seems to do always helps those around him. Author Simon Morden places him in an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world: the Russian mob pitted against a Yakuza who are both fighting against a new mechanical menace that's taking over the city: from automated cars to streetlights to the rail system. Dangers lurk around every corner, but Samuil takes things as they come, and you can't help liking him for it. It's a thrilling read, and I can't wait to read part two of the trilogy.
Equations of Life
by Simon Morden
Orbit/Hachette Book Group
mass market paperback, 390 pgs.