Hi book friends! Today we’re going to peek into the world of cyberpunk with Into Neon by Matthew A. Goodwin. This is my first introduction to the world of cyberpunk but I’ve been really enjoying science fiction. This book is the perfect mix of dystopia and technology. While I struggled to absorb everything while listening to the audiobook (there’s just so much to this new world!), I also found a new favorite narrator 🙂 But enough of me, let’s get onto the review!
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“I felt like I was reading an episode of Black Mirror!”Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
What an insane world to be dropped into!
I loved the dystopian feel of the world Matthew Goodwin created. It’s that futuristic world that feels pretty good while you’re on the inside, but where everything’s regulated Then you get to the outside and WOAH! Night and day difference! Suddenly you can see ThutoCo (the corporation) for the evil entity that it is!
I’m new to the Cyberpunk genre but if this is how the series starts, I can’t wait to see how it continues!
INTO NEON by Matthew A. Goodwin
Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
Series: A Cyberpunk Saga #1
Audio Published: June 15, 2021 by Matthew A. Goodwin
Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
Length: 6 hrs 15 mins
Format Read: Audiobook & Kindle Unlimited
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Reviewed by: Megan
Follow the Tour: Audiobookworm Promotions
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5 stars)
ABOUT THE BOOK
When a corporate lackey has the rug pulled out from under his illusions, will his hidden fire flicker or ignite a rebellion?
Orphaned and alone, Moss is happy to have found a place in the world. But his humdrum working routines take a terrifying turn when a mysterious woman breaks into his apartment and hands him a data chip from his dead parents. Suddenly hearing messages revealing his benevolent employer has a far darker side, he braves the dangerous megacity streets in search of the truth.
Surrounded by outcasts and criminals and running on instinct, Moss stumbles onto a rebel group intent on exposing their corrupt oppressors. And though he fears for his life when his old boss has put a price on his head, the naïve man believes the key to taking down the enemy may lie inside the high-tech device … and his own cerebral cortex.
Will Moss’s attempt to fight the power cause him to terminally short circuit?
>>> I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it <<<
The Audio Narration 🎧
Zachary Johnson did a fantastic job narrating this book. I loved the subtle differences in each character and how he gave each of them a life of their own, beyond what was written on the page. This was my first experience with Zachary’s narrating and I’ll definitely be listening to more of his works in the near future!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars to the narration!
🎧Audio vs. Print …
I won’t say Into Neon is information overload … so many things happen, and I feel like there was just too much for me to get sucked into the audiobook, like I normally do. I read the last 1/4 of Into Neon on Kindle Unlimited and feel like I absorbed more of what was going on in the story, as well as being able to read it quicker. While I loved the narration done by Zachary Johnson, I feel like I would have absorbed more of the entire story had I gone the print route instead of audio.
“Star Wars meets Blade Runner in an awesome adventure!”Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
An intriguing cast of characters
The characters in this book are so well-done. First you have Moss, who is just this normal guy, living in a corporation-controlled world. Average, almost boring. Suddenly, he’s tossed into what can only be describe as a dangerous “real world” and to be honest, I thought he’d crack. I didn’t expect Moss to last a day with his new companions. So imagine my shock when he not only survives, but steps up.
Gibbs. Is there a serious bone in his body? Gibbs comes along for the ride, saying Moss needs him to keep him safe. But Gibbs is always cracking jokes and acting tough … to cover up how scared he is. He gets shot at right away and doesn’t play a large part of the story, but I enjoyed his character.
The new companions: Bern (Burn?), Stan & Judy (I think they were a couple 💋), Ynna (read: EEN-uh), Patchwork (he was my favorite … just a kid, though!), Issy (read: Izzy). And I there were more but with the audio, I didn’t keep up quite as much as I should have. Of all the new companions, I think I liked Patchwork the best. He joins toward the end of the book and seriously, he’s just a kid! But he’s some tech whiz and takes Rosetta’s place when she dies (early on, not a spoiler!). He’s full of himself but rightly so.
Long story short, Into Neon has some fantastic characters and I’m intrigued to see how some of the storylines develop as the series continues.
About the Author – Matthew A. Goodwin
Matthew A. Goodwin has been writing about spaceships, dragons and adventures since he was twelve years old. His passion for fantasy began when he discovered a box set of the Hobbit radio drama on cassette tape in his school’s library at the age of seven. He fell in love with fantasy worlds and soon discovered D&D and Warhammer miniatures.
Not wanting to be limited by worlds designed by others, he created Thutopia (now called the Thuton Empire), a fantasy world of his own which he still writes about to this day.
Like many kids with an affinity for fantasy, a love of science fiction soon followed. He loved sweeping space operas and gritty cyberpunk stories which asked questions about man’s relationship to technology. That led him to write his first published work, Into Neon: A Cyberpunk Saga, which takes place in a larger science fiction universe.
He has a passion for travel and wildlife and when he is not off trying to see the world, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.
About the Narrator – Zachary Johnson
Lover of mathematics, devourer of science fiction, and connoisseur of the dad joke. When he’s not doing math for business or fun, he’s devouring science fiction and fantasy, reading up on scientific advancements, going for a jog, or, on all too rare occasions, taking a refreshing swim at the beach. At your service, you shall have an able storyteller and gifted conveyor of information. Experienced in narrating fiction, from the romantic to the post-apocalyptic, and nonfiction, from the historical to the corporate, and armed with the tools to make it all sound great, Zachary promises that, no matter the job, you’ll be read-iculously pleased!