Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle, #1) by Emily Devenport

Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle, #1)

The Executives control Oichi’s senses, her voice, her life. Until the day they kill her.An executive clan gives the order to shoot Oichi out of an airlock on suspicion of being an insurgent. A sentient AI, a Medusa unit, rescues Oichi and begins to teach her the truth—the Executives are not who they think they are. Oichi, officially dead and now bonded to the Medusa unit, sees a chance to make a better life for everyone on board.As she sets t...

Details Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle, #1)

TitleMedusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle, #1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Adult

Reviews Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle, #1)

  • Gary
    I think the Generation Ship fad may have peaked last year. Sage Walker’s The Man in the Tree, Marina J. Lostetter’s Noumenon, and Rivers Solomon’s An Unkindness of Ghosts all offered exceptional and engaging riffs on the age-old SF trope, leaving Emily Devenport’s new novel Medusa Uploaded with a lot to live up to. The twist in Devenport’s take comes in hardware form – the novel’s hero, Oichi, has the help of an artificially intelli...
  • Jason Koivu
    [I received this from MacMillan in exchange for an honest review.]If you're a fan of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn, this is the book for you! There's quite a few similarities: badass female assassin, family saga, elitist rich jerks, class struggle, revolution and more.The story follows Oichi, a grunt on a generation ship whose death has been ordered. She becomes woke, as the kids say, and discovers the inner machinations of the ship and its elite ...
  • Fiona
    Behaviorists say that killers aren’t born in a vacuum. But I was born on a generation ship. Our journey is between the stars, and as massive as those gravity wells can be, the space in between them is vacuum. And I’m not the only killer on this ship. Let me tell you about some of the others.Let me tell you - my impatience for this book was completely justified. Oichi Angelis is a "worm" aboard the generation ship Olympia, and she was recently...
  • Peter Tillman
    This one rang all my chimes. If you like real SF, with some character development, High Concepts out the Wazoo, cuddly AI's (well, murderous too) -- plus, exploding spaceships! -- Medusa's the book for you. Really, put this one on your list. Very, very impressive -- and a whole lot of fun, once it gets rolling.I was a bit worried it would be too bloody-minded for my taste. NOT, tho the body-count gets pretty appalling, as do the Bad Guys. Here's ...
  • Jessica Strider
    Pros: fascinating characters, excellent world building, layered mysteriesCons:Oichi Angelis is a murderess and conspirator upon the generation spaceship Olympia. Using a Medusa unit, she’s been taking out key members of the Executive class. But the Executives aren’t the only threats to her mission to overturn the ship’s rigid class system.The back cover synopsis for this book calls Oichi a ‘worm’, which I’d misinterpreted as meaning s...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book as a gift. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I don't feel clever enough to review this book. Medusa Uploaded is brimming with wealth, with promise, and with technology. There's so much to unpack, so many levels on which it stands above all. I'm not saying it's the one book to rule them all, but it has this quiet intelligence. Despite it being a heavily science based science fictio...
  • Ernest Hogan
    Yeah, yeah. I know. I'm the author's husband, so I'm not objective, but it's still one helluva book, dammit!
  • Lata
    Oichi Angelis is a Worm. A serial killer. Subversive. Smart.I read Emily Devenport's The Servant in Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 107, before reading this, and I was a little surprised by how much of the short story is in this novel. "Medusa Uploaded" has so much more on the ship's culture of Executives and Servants, and the politicking amongst the Executive families and how they resolve some of their differences. There is a high body count in thi...
  • Denise
    4.5 stars! This was a great surprise. There are flaws but nothing that takes away from the unpeeling of layers and twists. The main character wasn’t unreliable but we see the generation ship through her eyes and, like in real life, when new information is revealed perspective shifts. I read this over several weeks. It’s not that long and I wanted to just sit and read but life didn’t allow that free time. I think it would be a good reread on...
  • Elizabeth Jovena
    I really wish I had enjoyed this more, but I had too many issues with it. For starters, the time-jumps were terribly confusing, and maybe it’s a personal thing, but I disliked all the foreshadowing in this and the way Oichi (the main character) would address the reader directly and say something like,“Don’t ya love it? Happy ending. We beat the bad guys. Okay, they blew themselves up, but still. We can’t be blamed for thinking we had won ...
  • Lesa Divine
    I think I'm being nice with the 3 🌟. Medusa Uploaded was easy to read but hard to picture from my opinion. The science fiction part was explained enough. There was a bit mystery, suspense on when will someone die next or be tossed out the lock. Lots of tossing enemies out the lock. Smdh.Too much telling not enough during. It got to the point Oichi can be talking to her victim then next thing you know she'll say, "and I killed him" I was like w...
  • Rebecca
    An interesting intersection of technology, class structures, and consciousness.
  • Nick Wilde
    Truly imaginative and enthralling storyI don’t know if the author has or is writing something else but I hope so because this was wonderful. What an imagination and what a voice, enthralling story telling.
  • PJ
    Fantastic world-building and characters.
  • Deb Krol
    Well...I was expecting a linear entry in the Belarus series. After all, I've been stalking [er, asking, nee begging] Emily for years to write the sequel, thinking that there would be at least two more chapters in the saga of the Mirenenko clan [even though a lot of them met their demise in Enemies, hopefully not too much of a spoiler], the Enhanced Special Agents, Tally Korsakova, ESA Grigory, the evil [but in his mind, misunderstood] serial kill...
  • Scotoma
    One of the best science fiction books I read for some time. The story takes place on a generation ship (the Olympia), told by one of the members of its lowest cast, the worms who are controlled by the Executives quite literally through implants in their bodies and do all the maintenance and service work. Our hero Oichi actually comes from another generation ship (the Titania), that was on the same course but then blown up for unknown reasons, kil...
  • Sontaranpr
    Two colony ships a century into and half way through their journey. They're escaping something, they're not entirely sure what or where they're actually from. Our intrigue begins with a girl who isn't accepted into technical school and is then given a tool her parents had been saving. The Executives care about little than prestige and power, Ship Operations are most absent, and the worms are there to live and serve. All of that is about to change...
  • Suz
    I enjoyed this and look forward to the next. It's a space opera, but the social set up is interesting. I also think that the long arc hasn't been completely revealed yet.
  • Monical
    Really intriguing universe setting by this author, with great characters and an interesting plot. The author leaves a number of fairly loose ends (not surprised to see this is a #1 of series book) but the book at least ends reasonably, not like a lot of series books. I thought the book suffered a little from a few too many killings (although by current standards is not terribly violent) and the plot got pretty murky about 2/3 of the way through. ...
  • Sudhir
    Wow!(This book is so good that I have to write something about it.)When you have a story which twists & turns at every point its easy to loose the thread or even our interest. It says so much of an author's talent when u are surprised at each turn & u are dragged into the story rather than loosing it.As I was reading the initial chapter, I thought that the cover story does not actually explain the real story even though it contains many "key word...
  • Melissa
    I'm not well-read in generation ship sf, so perhaps that's why this struck me as unique and fresh. I certainly was engaged by the morally complex cast. But ultimately, this was a slight letdown. I felt like the author was juggling too many balls. The plot was confusing at some points. Big reveals were not set up well enough and just kind of... happened. Having said that, I would pick up this author's next book.
  • Alexander Páez
    Me ha flipado muy fuerte. Me ha gustado una barbaridad. Estoy por releerlo ya mismo.
  • Simon Foley
    What a book!Such world building without telling too much! I want to know more. Such an easy read; I really enjoyed my time with these characters.
  • Coolcurry
    Fast paced and a lot of fun. Full review pending.
  • Malligal
    Medusa Uploaded is the perfect combination of science, technology and mystery all sprinkled with a good amount of political intrigue and ‘corporate ladder’ climbing!Oichi grew up a member of the servant class (lovingly referred to as ‘worms’) on Titania, one of twin generation ships, currently making their journey from the “home world” they mysteriously had to leave behind, to their perfect “new world”. Oichi’s father has develo...
  • Maddie C.
    Medusa Uploaded is, at its core, a tale of revenge and revolution. Aboard a generational ship fleeing the “Homeworld” and trying to find a “new habitable planet”, lies an oppressive regime stratified between Worms and Executives; Oichi, our main protagonist, is one of the Worms, the lowest class in the society, and specifically a Servant: humans physically transformed to be blind, mute and thoughtless, and made to serve the Executives. Ex...
  • Jameson
    Browsing through the new paperback releases and I came across this book that had a cool looking cover. It looked like an Asian woman with cybernetic tech all over her face.So then I looked at a little note above the title that hinted to the content. “The Executives control Oichi’s life. Until the day they kill her.”Hmm. Okay. I’m intrigued. I pick it up and look at the back where there is a little more information. She is shoved out of an...
  • Espai
    J'ai eu du mal à me faire une opinion sur Medusa Uploaded : certaines parties m’ont complétement séduite, alors que d’autre m’ont fait sortir de ma lecture en fronçant les sourcils. Que tous ceux qui aiment des personnages principaux forts se rassurent : Oichi est intelligente et téméraire, entraînant l'intrigue et séduisant mon petit cœur. Dès qu'elle se plonge dans l'action, j'étais agrippée à ma lecture, fascinée par sa dé...