Review: Jailbroke by Brian Asman

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Buy it here: Brian Asman’s website, Amazon

Synopsis:

Future slacker Kelso’s got the easiest gig in the galaxy, working the Gordita Especial! pod on board an interstellar cruiser, although that doesn’t stop him from complaining about it to anyone who’ll listen.

Cyborg Security Officer Londa James spends her days wrangling idiot tourists and keeping an artificial eye out for any passengers or crew who might be on the verge of snapping from space sicknesses.

But after a colleague is brutally murdered, Kelso and James are going to have to work together if they want to survive! Man-eating machines, cybernetically-enhanced badasses, septuagenarian toddlers, an opioid algorithm-addicted bucket of bolts, a cult that worships the reincarnation of a 400-year-old God Genius, and one very unusual sex robot come together in JAILBROKE, a heartwarming/ripping tale about what it means to be human in a galaxy run by artificial intelligence.

Review:

In Brian Asman’s second book, and first for his own publishing imprint Mutated Media, he takes on a word that is hundreds of years in the future. A murder takes place and some human flesh gets into the Gordita Especial! Mix that the modified robot humans love to eat. When these robots eat human flesh, they get a hunger for it and start to think on their own, thinking that eating more people is probably the best idea. Kelso, a gordita chef and Londa James, a security officer have to team up to stop the  robots from eating everyone on the ship.

I actually read this one after his other two books, I’m Not Even Supposed to Be Here Today  and Nunchuck City, and I will say that I think this is the best of the three. Not only do we have the heavy action of the robots, we have a great deal of world building that Asman does. He has not only set this hundreds of years into the future on a spaceship, but he gives us a glimpse of what life could be like. Sure everyone spends money on body modifications to make human/robot hybrids, but there is cultural significance to them, a status that is placed on people who have the most. I also like that Elon Musk has become a significant part of the leadership of the world and that there is a religious aspect to the way the people revere him. I like that society has not change much but advanced into the people that do not seem too far fetched (sex robots anyone?)

The significant difference between I’m Not Even Supposed to be Here Today and Jailbroke is that the voice is much stronger, much looser, and more of his own. This is glimpses of how he plans to write all of his books–fast paced, funny, clever, and focused on action. The action is nonstop, and character development does not get in the way. There is not a great deal of back story to any of the characters, but in a book like this, you really do not want to slow down the pace and the action. 
So far this is the one that I would recommend first to the thousands of people asking which Brian Asman book he or she should read first. Jailbroke has a great world built into a well-rounded, fun and funny story. 

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