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"It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right. A mind-bending and violent chase across Canada and the US, Afterparty is a marvelous mix of William Gibson's Neuromancer, Philip K. Dick's Ubik, and perhaps a bit of Peter Watts's Starfish: a last chance to save civilization, or die trying"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765336927
Branch Call Number: SF GREGORY
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: After party


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ChristchurchLib Nov 30, 2015

Prior to her extended stay in a mental hospital, biochemist Lyda Rose invented Numinous, a medication designed to treat schizophrenia that was shelved after its side effects proved lethal. On the ward, Lyda encounters a girl showing all the symptoms of Numinous abuse, despite the fact that the drug's production has been banned for years. With the help of her own chemically induced guardian angel, Dr. Gloria, and her ex-colleague Ollie, an intelligence analyst, Lyda searches for the manufacturers in order to put a stop to Numinous' production. Fast-paced, thought-provoking, and witty, Afterparty may appeal to fans of other tales of designer drugs gone awry, such as Mira Grant's Parasitology series. Science fiction newsletter December 2015


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