Company Town by Madeline Ashby

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Title: Company Town
Author: Madeline Ashby
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dystopia, Science fiction, Strong women
Dates read: 14th October – 18th November 2019
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Tor
Year: 2016
5th sentence, 74th page: He was moving in the other direction.

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As one of the few people without bioengineered genetic enhancements, Go Jung-hwa has always had to scrape together a living in New Arcadia, the city-size oil rig floating in the Canadian Maritimes.

At the end of the world – life must go on.

After lynch Ltd., a technological tycoon dynasty, purchases the entire rig, Hwa’s talents and lack of any sort of altering attract their attention.

The opportunity of a lifetime… if she can manage to stay alive.

And when one of her former client’s – and friend’s – dismembered body is found floating in the North Atlantic, Hwa finds her loyalties split between her past and future. And it looks as if the future has come to collect in the present…


This story is absolutely brilliant and completely unforgettable! I’m hoping to find many, many, many more tales by Ashby to fill up my shelves… I just can’t seem to get the awesomeness of this story out of my head. Although, since it’s fieldwork season and I’m insanely busy, I basically had to stop reading it early on since I could already tell how hooked I was going to get…

As much as I loved this story, I did find it a little intense. It’s definitely the kind of tale that you have to concentrate on when reading. Although, I tend to feel that way about most SciFis. There is just something a little more complex and intense than most of the fantasies that I pick up…although the commentary on the world that we live in is also so much m ore poignant and beautifully intense than the run of the mill fantasies as well. There is just something so much more… extreme about a SciFi, and a well-written one like this… definitely a rave!

Hwa has to be one of my favourite heroines that I’ve read in a while. Not only does she have this amazing strength, as the story unfolds and you find out more and more about her life beforehand, you truly begin to understand how damn strong this woman is. As I said, completely unforgettable. Not the book that I want to put down at any point soon and not one that I’ll forget. I also love that Hwa is never in any way, shape or form described as beautiful. I get a little over women who have everything, and Hwa definitely doesn’t – which makes me want to be her when I grow up.

I don’t think I’ve read any books that actually feature the society of sex workers. Especially not the power of women in this industry. It turns such a taboo subject into something far more approachable. And the unionisation of the industry? Brilliant – something that I still think would be a brilliant idea, but that’s a political debate for another day…

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