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Maker Space (Rachel Peng Book 2) by [Spangler, K.B.]
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Conspiracies, political cover-ups, acts of terrorism… As one of the first cyborgs employed by the federal government, Agent Rachel Peng thought she had already lived through it all. Then, without warning, fourteen blocks of downtown Washington, D.C. are gone, blown apart by bombs unlike anything Rachel has ever seen. The evidence is even more troubling, with each new clue suggesting their own people might be behind the attack.

Rachel and her partner, Detective Raul Santino, might not believe that the Department of Homeland Security is responsible, but the rest of the country does. As tensions mount and the city begins to burn, Rachel learns that none of her usual investigatory techniques apply—for the first time in her long career as a cop, finding the bad guys might not be as important as learning why they wanted the public to rise up against their own government.
Reviews for the Rachel Peng novels:

“And after spending the length of the novel with her, I'm eager to pick up the next one to see what's next for Rachel Peng” (io9)

“If I have any regrets about Rachel Peng, it's that we're unlikely to ever see her front and center on a multiplex screen, cracking wise before she shoots somebody's kneecaps off. And we should. Rachel Peng is a bad-ass for the digital age.” (New York Times bestselling author, Seanan McGuire)

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  • File Size: 2945 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
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  • Publisher: A Girl and Her Fed Books (1 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine and fast paced urban mystery 4 March 2014
By Alice Bentley - Published on
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I was impressed with so many things while reading this. It has been hard for a book to keep my attention, and I read this one through as soon as I had the download.
While I have already read Digital Divide and A Girl and Her Fed, Maker Space felt like it could stand on its own, neither drowning me in repeats of old information, nor leaving a new reader lost and unsupported. Best of all is how even side characters insist on being more than placeholders, while the people we spend most of our time with are just that - people, with joy and shame, boredom and passion, histories, reasons and irrationalities all mixing together.
AAA+ rating, will read again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intrigue and Fun Characters! 7 March 2014
By Steven T. Erickson - Published on
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Maker Space picks up pretty quickly in the universe of `A Girl and Her Fed' as well as Digital Divide. Digital Divide is the first of Spangler's books in the series and takes care of the majority of world building necessary to understand the intricacies of her universe. Allow me to sum up:

Essentially the United States Government decided to input chips in to people's heads that allowed them to interact with machines. ANY machine that uses electronic processing -from cell phones to power stations to laptops - can interact with this chip. It's an amazing piece of technology and the Government wanted to use it as a sort of secret weapon. Instead the users who didn't go insane banded together and outed the effort forming OACET - the Office of Adaptive and Complementary Enhancement Technologies - without asking permission. Things go steadily interesting from there.

Rachel Peng is one of these OACET agents and she seems to get stuck with all of the `fun' jobs. This time she is investigating a bombing that occurred in our nation's capitol - an investigation that seems to be pointing at our own military as being responsible. Throughout the book we follow Rachel's investigation as well as her thoughts and interactions with the community. Spangler does an excellent job of conveying the different personalities and interactions that people have with their `new' cyborg brethren.

The novel is an interesting one and Peng is an interesting protagonist. While Digital Divide offered an interesting premise, I would argue that many of the characters involved, including Peng herself, were a bit on the flat side and, occasionally, repetitive. This has been fixed tremendously in Maker Space. Now that Spangler has established the universe, she gets to play with the characters and their morals.

That play is where the majority of the novel takes place. Yes, it's a procedural story, but the characters and their interactions are at the heart of it and those interactions are fascinating. You have Peng as our filter to see the world through and the irony of her being blind is not lost on the reader. We're only seeing what she can see, and what she can see is, in many ways, more intimate than what a sighted person can - even though many organizations would not see it that way.

We also meet a number of her colleagues in the police department (she's a liason between OACET and the DC police) and Spangler does a good job of differentiating the different officers and agents that Peng interacts with. Of special interest is Peng's partner in the police. He is one of the few people that Rachel has trusted with her secret of being blind and also one of the few that she listens to an has direct admiration for. He's also a maker, a term I haven't heard before but appears to be based on actual spaces spread around the country. That Spangler has found this community and woven it in to the story. It is done with a great deal of respect, but not fawing - a delicate balance for a creator to reach and make feel authentic. Spangler's authenticity comes through quite well. It helps to have a charming person like Santino to experience the community with and through.

There are also a number of `extras' that pop in and out throughout the investigation. It's the usual group of suspects, informants, and plot developers and each is interesting in their own ways. They don't get the full on development that Santino and Peng get, but they each have their motives and personalities. They aren't supposed to be as well developed as Santino and Peng, but they can be just as entertaining and interesting as the pair.(A few of the `cameos' from her webcomic are slighted slightly in development, but that makes sense - they are supposed to be cameos and their development is left to Spangler's webcomic.)

On the whole, this is an excellent book and is a fascinating read for fans of `A Girl and Her Fed' and an even more exciting read for those that are not. It stands excellently on its own and is a great investigation novel. I enjoyed it tremendously and look forward to the next installment.

Writing: 5/5
Characterization: 5/5
Plot: 4.5/5
Flow: 4/5
Value: 5/5
Total rating: 4.85/5
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great way to get back into reading! 3 December 2016
By Paul K. - Published on
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I bought this series during a trip out to Europe and have been enjoying it quite a bit. The characters are great, the story is fun and it does a fantastic job of presenting the quandaries of a world evolving faster than people can cope with. Like the previous book, I still believe that the flow of the novel would move better if the chapters were segmented a little better. Especially in cases where setting changes, I think these points should be sectioned into new chapters as to help the reader follow the progression. My one issue with the book is I felt it would have benefited by being another fifty to a hundred pages. The end of the book comes on too quickly and I don't think it really gave enough chance to conclude the loose ends well. That said, the end was still great and really gave a feeling of no one really "winning". Considering the context of the piece, this was marvelous.

As a person who spent time in Afghanistan, I felt certain sections of the book were extremely well researched. There is a point in the novel where peng recalls taking showers with boots on as to avoid electrical arcs from out of spec buildings thrown together during the soviet occupation. While I never personally experienced this in showers as these instances we often built our own, I did take a jolt on more than enough occasions due to crap wiring. It was little touches like that that are really making me fall in love with spangler's writing style. Probably the kind of person I'd love to have coffee with over a game of chess.

Loved the book. Peng becomes more and more interesting with each book. Looking forward to the last one.
3.0 out of 5 stars TV Tropes has a page devoted to this series. 28 April 2016
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This is my review from the third book -- and contains spoilers.
My enjoyment of this series declined with each book. They are all fast paced and easy to read. The first supposed that you knew something about the socio-political setting that was established in the author's comic strip. Enough background was dropped in here and there so you could piece it all together on the fly. The characters were interesting enough that you wanted to see how they deal with things. The second book introduced some new characters and slightly developed the existing ones. The arc of the story was interesting until the deus ex machina ending. Hope for better in the third book was misplaced. The mystery in this story does get to "who dun it" and how it was dun but now why it was dun. The object turns out to be a mcguffin. The third story ends with teasers for further books.
Wait until the author gets to a third act - and gives us an ending - then buy and read these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anthropomorphized fire trucks are the best kind 7 March 2014
By Steve Thomas - Published on
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Maker Space is the wonderful 2nd novel about Agent Rachel Peng, a federal agent who can talk to and change technology but is otherwise more human than any of us. For more details on background, read Digital Divide and the webcomic series A Girl And Her Fed, both also by K.B. Spangler and in the same universe.

There are three things to say about this book. First, Spangler's creation of her characters is practically flawless. The humanity and personality of every character is always front and center. Sometimes it's overblown in an entirely comedic way. Other times it's subtle and muted as the characters close themselves off from the reader. But most times, the amount of humanity in the characters is deep, rich, and vivid enough that you truly feel for them and understand them. These are people, and that comes across clearly.

Next, the plot and mystery is deep, entangled, potent, and well orchestrated. For most of the book, you'll be swept along in the events with the characters, figuring things out as they figure them out. Often, you don't understand exactly why things are happening the way they are... rather like most things that happen in life. But once the dominoes fall, you can see how everything tied together the whole time. It's good police work, and results in a plausible experience.

Finally, the amount of detail is amazing. Especially the color. You can follow every thread of color to where it's supposed to be, and it's always right. I find myself swimming in color at the end of the book, and I'm sad that it's over.

Pick up both books by K.B. Spangler. Digital Divide is a great book, and Maker Space is an excellent sequel. I can't wait for the third, fourth, and on-till-infinity-th books.

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