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Nothing beats curling up with a good book to beat the winter blues. Join us on the first Sunday of the month from November to March for Cabin Fever Book Group.

Company TownCompany Town
By Madeline Ashby

"In Ashby’s kinetic and original science-fiction thriller, a corporate heir’s bodyguard contends with time-traveling assassins, nanobot-assisted serial murders, and (only a bit incongruously) falling in love. Hwa is used to being overlooked by people in New Arcadia, a city built on an oil rig floating off the Canadian Maritimes coast. Lacking bioengineered enhancements, she’s the only fully organic person on the rig-burg, but not by choice: her pitiless mother won’t pay for them, even to cure Hwa’s seizure disorder. After years of martial-arts training, Hwa is a skilled fighter with a steady job protecting unionized sex workers. When she takes a job guarding the youngest heir to the Lynch corporate empire that owns New Arcadia, she finds their dazzling world hides many dangers, from jealous siblings to post-Singularity future AI. Meanwhile, a serial killer stalks Hwa’s sex-worker friends in a plot that may be connected to the Lynch family. Despite a confusing, underdeveloped wrap-up, this is a fascinating mix of detective noir and near-future sf with cinematic world building and a broken but resilient, unquestionably badass heroine." —Krista Hutley, Booklist

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