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EXOTIQA (YA Robot Cyberpunk Dystopia) (Divergent meets Freelancer) (EXOTIQA WORLD Book 1) by [Black, M]
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ENTER TOMORROW with a YA Robot Cyberpunk Dystopia series

EXOTIQA - Book 1
THIRTY - Book 1.5
SPHERE - Book 2

Elon Musk announced the NUERAL LACE, a real life interface for the brain, designed by Telsa and SpaceX. My book was written in 2015, released in 2017. My interface is the SLAB. EXOTIQA is the program downloaded into the SLAB. Real life and my fiction are eerily similar!

When the nation is controlled by a popular online program, those that deviate risk their lives. But that never stopped Fione.

Read the second release by author M. Black, which fans of Divergent, Freelancer, iRobot,and The Glitch will enjoy. Filled with haunting questions of consciousness and artificial intelligence, identity and self-awareness, politics and love, life and death, the reader will be engaged in an entertaining story filled with futuristic technology.

Set in the cyberpunk year 2055 in British Columbia, Canada, where humans are part robotic and robots are becoming more humanlike, the line dividing the two is becoming less clear.

When sixteen-year-old Fione meets Maci, a twenty-one-year-old Flexbot who escapes from ImaTech located along the crust of the Coast Mountains, Fione’s life is taken on a roller-coaster ride of events that begins with trying to save Maci from ImaTech Corporation and ends with trying to save the country.

With Fione's best friend and love interest, a Flexbot named Pix, Fione and Maci must come face-to-face with the greatest dangers their country has ever seen and learn the disturbing secrets of the popular online program Exotiqa—which her friends, family, and most of the country has downloaded onto their Cerebral Slabs. This won’t be easy, since Maci’s only love and greatest enemy, nicknamed Thirty, is tracking her every move.

Fans of Divergent, Freelancer, iRobot, The Glitch, Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), artificial intelligence, robotics, and futuristic technology will enjoy this YA Robot Cyberpunk Dystopian about two young, but strong female heroines who must save the fragile system crumbling around them.

Flexbot dialogue is told in Synchro Let text in print (10 font size in ebook), and human dialogue is told in Baskerville text (12 font size).


"The difference of narration between the eyes of a human and that of a robot is really fun. It is distinct and well thought out, of how each being would feel and see things." -Francine

"Certainly as good as anything Jane Lindskold writes! The story flowed, it was easy to sympathize with the main characters, and it was an entertaining read." -John

"The book explores a new avenue in robotics with emotional attachments starting to develop between robots and even between humans and bots. Realistically and sensitively dealt with, this adds an intriguing and appealing aspect to the plot. Each chapter is written through the eyes of the various characters in turn, which further adds to the suspense and intrigue as well as elaborating on the nuances of human/bot relationships.

On their quest to prevent the destruction of the world as we know it, our heros set off on a journey to ImaTech to destroy Exotiqa, meeting up with some interesting characters and becoming involved in a lot of action including an exciting car chase worthy of any Speilberg movie. In fact, the story would make a great film or perhaps a TV series. There are twists and turns in the plot and we are kept guessing as to who the culprits are until near the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book despite it being designed to appeal to a young adult audience, but then I am big kid at heart. In my opinion this is a great read for anyone of any age. A warining shot across the bows of AI advocates. Marvelous!" -Ken

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written! So hard to put down! 10 April 2017
By Seraphia - Published on
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Exotiqa by M. Black is book 1 in herExotiqa World series. In this book we are introduced to Fiona, a 16 year old human girl and we are introduced to Machine BC001001F2050A who becomes named Maci by Fiona. Maci is on the run from ImaTech and being hunted by Machine BC001230M2054C. One of her creators has made the decision that she is going rogue because of her breaking the rules, breaking curfew and disappearing for hours at a time and has come to the decision that it is best if she be destroyed. Russel Wagner, one of her creators, believes that she should be allowed to continue to function and that they should continue to study her to better understand what is going on not just with her but with other bots like her but his cohort will not be dissuaded and now Maci is on the run. She has a chance encounter with Fiona in her attempt to hide and escape her trackers. Fiona makes the decision to help Maci out and with the aid of her Flexbot crush, Pix, Fiona will try to save not only Maci but the country from the newest program that is running people’s lives…EXOTIQA.
Exotiqa is an engaging Dystopian cyberpunk story of where in the not too distant future humans are becoming more like machines and machines are becoming more human. We’re switching places a little at a time and the future is a dark place that we are heading towards. Maci is on the run becomes she knows something that she shouldn’t and her behavior is no longer in line with how her creators believe that it should be. She is trying to escape to a safe haven of where she believes that she will be able to disappear and blend in but getting there will be no easy task for her. She’s going to need help but in getting that help she is endangering those who would help her. But the danger is already all around them. Flexbots are killing humans, they are protected by laws that justify their actions and reactions and nothing is being done. Fiona sees it on the news and talks about it in the chat rooms with her friend Spear. They wish to return to a time before Exotiqa but can Fiona save those around her or will she be swept up as well?
This is the first book I’ve ever read like this and I have to say that I was engaged from the beginning all the way to the end. Just imagining a world like this is disturbing, exciting but then strange at the same time. It’s dystopian but without the mass destruction that we are so used to in most dystopian novels. This book reflects and focuses mostly on technology advancing to the point that we are becoming more robotic in attempts to lengthen our lives, assimilate more quickly and engage more quickly with the world around us so gone are – cell phones, smart phones, laptops, tablets. Things are done in our heads with technology and nanotech. Robots are being programmed to emulate humans more closely and the lines are becoming blurred between human and machine. This book pulls you in and has you engaged and wanting to learn what is going to happen next.
This story is told from two different viewpoints – Maci’s and Fiona’s. They switch back and forth in alternating chapters and I really like and appreciate how smoothly it happens. It makes follow the story really fluid and there are no hiccups. The author does a really good job going and filling in places of where they felt that the reader would want some explanation and it is very well done.
I am very much engaged in this series and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I’m eager to read more and see where things continue to go and evolve. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. A very well done and well written scifi dystopian novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 12 April 2017
By Willow Star Serenity - Published on
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Fione is trying to adapt to the ever growing use of technology around her. She's also trying to bring awareness to how wrong and dangerous the FlexBots are around her. Can she convince her friends and family that something seems to be off about the newest technology and it's release? Maci is a Flex Bot that was created by ImaTech. Unlike the rest of the bots though, she seems to have a strong sense of self-awareness. Sensing danger in the latest program, she flees for fear of having it downloaded into her system.

I was very intrigued by this book from the moment I got it. I wasn't disappointed. It was great! I loved the story and the technology in it. Both of the heroines in the story were remarkable in their own rights. I read a book awhile back called Freelancer. This book was very similar to that, but more action packed and in two points of view instead of just one. I'm not saying they lack originality. I loved both. They are both great reads!

I really didn't have too many problems with this book at all. I feel like it could use a light polish to get rid of some typos, but as a writer myself, I know that you will never see a perfectly typo free book. You can edit a book a thousand times and still find things wrong with it. I also wish that some of the characters had a bigger role in the matter. Other than that, I didn't really see anything wrong with it.

I do fully recommend this book. If they are into science fiction dystopian type books, then this is a great read. I was very impressed with it and I found myself wanting to just read and read to the very end. I can't wait to see the other books in this series. I can't wait to see where it goes from here. I drew so many parallels to Freelancer, which only made me love this book more! I also drew some parallels to Jurassic Park.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great narrative 24 February 2017
By VR - Published on
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Right from the first chapter, one is captivated by the adventure involving the world of bots, coupled with the thrill of mystery. The style of narration both from a bot as well as a human perspective is very unique and refreshing, and keeps the reader hooked to the story! Five stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but will become a favorite!! 28 March 2017
By Kara - Published on
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I was absolutely blown away with Exotiqa! With the funky formatting I experienced and the slow start I was definitely not expecting to be absolutely enthralled with this book by the end.
I don't usually like action packed books but this one gripped me and I was flipping the pages as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen. M. Black kept me on the edge of my seat with all of the twist and turns she threw into Exotiqa. One of the main reasons I was so invested in what happen were Blacks amazing characters.
Pixel was by far my favorite character. He is so dynamic because he can see both sides of the problem this futuristic society faces. I also loved that no matter how tough things got for him or all of the others he never wavered in his dedication.
Maci was another great one but you didn't instantly connect with her because she was such a mysterious character. The more time spent with her thoughts and her interactions with Pixel and Fione you begin to piece together who she really is. She doesn't understand what is really happening to her which makes for a lovely path of discovery.
Fione is a very lovable and I easily connected with her because she knows who she is and doesn't let others push her past her comfort level. She is also a very determined girl when it comes to protecting herself and those she loves. Ms. Black made these characters so powerful that you cannot ignore them.
This is described as Divergent meets iRobot but it is so much more. I constantly found myself thinking of references to other shows like Doctor Who, Hunger Games, Star Trek and many others! It was like Ms. Black dove into my mind and constructed this out of pieces of my favorite shows! I am so much in love with this world and will be picking up the others as soon as I can!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Human meets Johnny Mnemonic 23 February 2017
By Clive - Published on
Exotiqa doesn’t just offer a continuous online connection to the cyber world, but also offers nano-reinforcement of human biology – a small price to pay for having a “slab”, a chunk of microelectronics housed in a metal box, embedded in your skull. What person in their right mind would turn down such an enhancement? M. Black has taken a bold leap into the wild edges of SF writing with this narrative written in two first-person viewpoints, and not only that, but in present tense. I salute the author’s ability in managing to write effectively in this style, but for this reviewer, it didn’t quite work. In Exotiqa, the protagonists are a human female and an android female. (I began wondering why an android should be classed as “male” or “female” since presumably androids don’t have the sex hormones that shape human emotional responses.) This male reviewer found it difficult to identify with either of the main characters and I found myself wondering if I would have identified with a “male” android. There actually is a male android in this story, Pixel, an older model from the chromium range, on the side of our heroines; and another, in the form of 30, who used to be on ‘our’ side but has now been stripped of his human-like characteristics and is being used as a tracker by the bad guys.
The story begins with the female android fleeing from her trackers. We don’t get to know her by name, just by machine number, which makes it a little difficult for the reader to have any feelings for her. This does get the story off to an action-filled start, but then chapter 2 takes us into a human home, where we meet the other protagonist, Fione, and her family.
World-building is a necessary part of SF novels but I found myself pushing my reading speed to its limit, looking for the point at which the story takes off. The unpleasant Russell Wagner has decided that the Exotiqa program will be a mandatory download for everyone, allowing him to painlessly become world dictator via software control of brains everywhere – and only Fione and her android friends can stop him.
The world of Exotiqa is very well described and the author ratchets up the tension to wild levels after the action begins. Though this novel is described as Science Fiction, it deals with topics that are already becoming science fact, and explores serious possibilities in our future. I’d vote it a 4-star novel but for the slowness of the early chapters, so give it a solid 3.5.

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