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August Kitko and the Mechas from Space

Alex White

August Kitko and the Mechas from Space
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ISBN: 9780356518602


An alien race of enormous robotic AI have destroyed most of humanity's outposts. But, on the eve of the Earth's destruction, at a goodbye party thrown by nonbinary rock star Ardent Violet, a young man makes one last desperate attempt to reach out and convinces one of humanity's enemies to switch sides. Now, earth just might have a chance to survive.

Reviewed on 27th May 2023

The second of Alex White’s books I’ve read, this time an original story in which they create a happily queer future full of music, technology, and giant alien not-robots who attempt to destroy humanity.

I really love the worldbuilding of White’s future, in which they don’t bother to explain things that would be mundane to the characters - we don’t know how they interact with their computers for example, just how they describe doing so.

The nature of the interaction between the characters and Mechas of the title is also fascinating. White has clearly done a ton of research into this and thought a lot about how to bring character to what might otherwise be generic baddies.

I found some aspects hard to visualise, but that’s not unusual for my brain for science fiction concepts or battle scenes, so I think that’s probably more on me than the text.

Looking forward to seeing how White develops this world in book two.

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