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...
  • Lindsay
    Class struggle and mystery aboard a far-future generation ship where a young woman goes from being the lowest class of inhabitant to becoming an alien-technology-enhanced freedom fighter.Oichi is a recent immigrant to Olympia and survivor of the destruction of the Titania, Olympia's sister ship. She's also the recipient of gifts from her parents that mean she's not quite as helpless as other "worms", which is handy because the Executives of Olymp...
  • Justine
    4.5 starsI really, really enjoyed this one. For a book about class differences, insurgencies, conspiracy, and murder it actually felt surprisingly upbeat. That is largely because Oichi isn't the tortured and angry type, but rather someone who just pulls it together and gets shit done and keeps a positive attitude while doing it. I also loved how she never seemed to lose her appreciation for new and interesting things, which is consistent with her...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, though the body-count gets pretty appalling, as do the Bad Guys. Here...
  • 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...
  • 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
    4.5 stars.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 co...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lucille
    4,5/5Medusa Uploaded is set on a generation ship housing class struggle, politics and mysteries. It follows Oishi, a young woman working to dismantle the system, she’s a killer, a spy, a chameleon… She’s also a very funny, curious, positive and nice person to follow. The way she narrates her killings and the way she navigates the ship, her life and other interactions made me like her a lot and makes for a very entertaining novel. The fact t...
  • 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 ...
  • Audrey
    I haven’t read many generational ship books yet, though I like the idea. This book has a lot of interesting ideas, and the writing is solid and shows real talent. But I think it could have used another revision.I was confused a lot of the time. There are zero descriptions in this book. It’s as if the author was so afraid of info-dumping that she avoided exposition completely. I don’t know what the ship(s) looked like, what they were made of...
  • Stephen
    I wanted to like this. (That's never a good start).Frankly, it's wasn't so much bad as just disappointing. The story and the main character had potential.First, the writing tricks grated. Number 1 - this author is obsessed with in media res. It starts with one to show how much the main character is a murderer for the cause. The action of the ending ges an in media res preview somewhere in the middle of the book. And there were more minor in media...
  • 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 what?...
  • York
    Lots of great ideas and a good story, but the characters don't meet up with grand setting...
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    This is a SF novel published in 2018, therefore eligible for Hugo, Nebula and other awards. It has been already listed by several critics as a distinguished work. In short, I disagree.The novel starts with a confession of serial and mass murderer, but is isn’t Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Actually, it is a symbiotic unit, Medusa (hence the name), who kills, and everything happens on a generation ship. The author drops concepts by dozen: symbiotic oc...
  • 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.
  • Hélène Louise
    (very tiny spoils down there)I was very frustrated by this book and decided to stop at the half.Many things I loved: the story shows lots of imagination and personality, and tells an intriguing and promising story.Alas more intriguing then promising at the end (well the half) and badly edited for some crucial points.The worst were certainly the absurd references, so modern.It would have been so simple to invent some music and stories! Or to find ...
  • Caitlin
    Oichi is quite a character, cold and focused, but also capable of so much empathy. She tries to control all the variables she can toward her goal, and yet there are so many powers at play her situation resembles a deadly trap laden maze. Lies and treachery abound, but so do moments of beauty and friendship. The world building is mostly centered on a single ship, but still is vast and complex. Social roles play a big part, with Oichi a chameleon, ...
  • Anatl
    One of the best science fiction books I have read in a while. The story follows Oichi a "worm" who belongs to a servant class on a generation ship (the Olympia). The top honchos on the ship are called the Executives and the govern cruelly with little regard for lives. There was a another generation ship (the Titania), where Oichi’s originally was from that was blown away with all her family and friends and lots of others on board. Oichi is a co...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Darren
    Fascinating story that ends well enough that it could be a stand-alone. Lots of twists, discoveries, and action along the way.
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Fast paced and a lot of fun. Full review pending.