84K, by Claire North, Orbit Books, Hachette Book Group


What if your life were defined by a number?

What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?

Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.

But when Theo’s ex-lover Dani is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.

Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.

Out May, 2018


I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

First, can we just admire this cover for a moment! It’s simplistic and gorgeous and a perfect example of having only what is needed working the best.

I love it!

This is NOT a quick read, this bad boy weighing in at over 450 pages was a challenge, but it’s certainly well worth the effort…

North’s unique writing style carries the book through a fast-paced plot, full of amazing plot twists and intrigue. This capitalist nightmare will leave you emotional and somewhat tired but also nodding your head and stunned at the revelation you’ll experience.

This is a high-concept dystopia novel that delves into inner character, emotional and philosophical nature and how money is everything. Some might consider this a ‘dry’ science fiction, but I think it really doesn’t fall into this category. It is dark and teeth grinding at times but North’s writing style weaves you onward to the next human travesty. Such a close reflection of actual times, it’s scary.  You’ll be left speechless and wondering.

The main character is multi-layered and conflicted, these conflicts driving the story forward at an incredible pace. You want to know what is going to happen next.

I thought this book ingenious, cleverly laid out and decisively written.  Well done!

I gave it:





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