Escaping to the protection of a labour union. To be fair, Rakunas tries to inject a level of profundity. There were details in the corporate world that I aprreciated, mostly around our pov character's reference to B school. Padma was far and away my favorite thing about Windswept. If anything, it sounded like one of those humorous science fiction books that are out on the market. Padma Mehta lives on a backwater planet.
I liked that the main character was an older female, and that many of the characters were working class people. It was fun, fast paced, and I adored the heroine. Which means she needs to wait for thirty-three more people to fall from the sky. Plus some grenades that have all sorts of lovely symbols on them. My memory is hazy enough that I don't pick up on specific things that make it enjoyable, yet it seems too similar to the book I have already read.
I always like when speculative fiction novels actually consider how economics impact their setting, and Windswept was great for this. You pushed away a good thing with Bloombeck, like you push away everything good. It's a perfect rum-fuelled thrill ride. For the most part, this is solid, enjoyable and inventive; not your usual alt-worlds kind of set up. The book started out confusing -- the whole reader dropped into a different world thing, trying to figure out what's going on. There are the Big Three Corporations who run the universe, controlling both people and products. It's published by Angry Robot, who kindly gave me a review copy through NetGalley.
I went into Windswept hoping for something much lighter, something other than the kind of high fantasy that leaves you reading at a slower pace than usual, and was not disappointed. Where does Spring set her first flag of truce—out in the windswept open? I guess the rest of the world outside the story is really bland, and the people are slaves to whatever the corporations want? As Padma should know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet. The land was windswept, and the sea came crying into the loch. If she ever wants to have another drink of her favorite rum, she's going to have to fight her way through the city's warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to stop this new plague. About Us Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces is a world leading manufacturing and distribution organization that is driven by a mission to create innovative, high performance surfaces people love, with world-class service our customers can count on, delivered by people all over the world who care. And suddenly retirement seems farther away than ever: she's just stumbled into a secret corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space. With a colorful supporting cast, intriguing twists to the story, and a lot of insight into the manufacturer of run and sugar cane, this is quite a fun story.
Life on the planet is hard, but it's better than a life of indentured labour working for one of the three major corporates that control most trade and industry. She's within spitting distance of her dream when it all starts falling down around her. She also does a pretty good line in kicking arse, and has some genuinely witty dialogue. Other people turn out to be exactly what Padma thinks they are, which may be worse. It is always great when science fiction books read in such a way. With the Big Three companies practically ruling the universe, the corporate world has become a little more. I loved Jilly and Banks.
I assume it's so late as this writing style doesn't write out a lot of internal monologue, so it had to wait for Padma to talk to another character about it. The actions scenes are totally visual. Padma is a force of nature. And that urban fantasy gloss carries over to the plot where the twists come thick and fast in the last third but also have a sense of inevitability about them. It's filled with humour and heart and is quite the page turner. The tone is mostly pretty light and snarky, with occasional moments of darkness and nastiness.
So I read this a couple years after I read the second book in the series, and I have to say that it suffers because of that. There are screwball characters and fantastic character interactions that I loved re-reading. As union members, she and others on Windswept are protected from the corporations by their. Windswept is a decent first novel. A tough union organizer just wants to retire and take over a rum distillery on a planet of sugar-cane farmers -- but first, she has to sign up a few dozen more union members in a corporate-dominated dystopian future. Padma has a lot of flaws, some of which are related to the mental illness that she got during her service to WalWa. .
Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. When she gets wind of a large number of refugees about to drop onto the surface from orbit, she makes plans to grab them and attach them to her region. Windswept refers to a brand of rum featured prominently. Padma was great on so many levels. No, the setting has a genuine spark of originality. Years later, Padma is acting as a Union recruiter on a backwater planet mostly known for producing cane sugar and whiskey. I can't wait to listen to the next one.