About Heir Ascendant
In the aftermath of World War Three, the most famous face in the world belongs to a nine year old girl.
Maya Oman is the daughter of the woman who controls what’s left of civilization, the CEO of Ascendant Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Her smile is as ubiquitous as air, selling everything from vital medicine to vanity drugs with risky side effects. Lifelike android clones reside in over a dozen homes, shielding her from the violent resentment of a population straining under her mother’s boot heel.
Ascendant’s power comes from Xenodril, a drug capable of reversing the effects of Fade, a disease some claim came from aliens or from the governments that predate the war. Only Ascendant sells it, and at a price only Citizens can afford. The rest are left to die.
Maya’s earliest memories are of living alone in a penthouse apartment, desperate for the attention of a mother who never visits. Forbidden to go out except to record advertising video, her only friend has been the ‘net. When she is taken for ransom by a group of mercenaries with nothing left to lose, she discovers her life may not be what she thought it was-or wants.
Reviews for Heir Ascendant
A tale of kidnapping and a dystopoia where human lives aren't worth the cost of the drugs made to keep them alive. An interestingly told story.
Heir Ascendant surprised me, it is far from easy to write a science fiction novel where a 9 year old girl is the central figure. No matter how intelligent she is, she is still a child. Matthew Cox did a superb job of making Maya authentic. Though she is intelligent, she is naive and starved for affection and that makes her vulnerable. Some may question her sudden deep attachment to Genna, but in a way it’s realistic. Genna may have been one of her kidnappers, but she also protected Maya, and Maya being starved of any [...]
Wiring a series of nuanced characters into a binary of polished privilege and clunky grunge, Cox builds cyberpunk that connects on an emotional and aesthetic level.
Society is divided between those rich enough to live in comfortable complexes, and those too poor to escape the ruins of World War III. Maya Oman, the daughter of a bioengineering magnate, is kidnapped by terrorists seeking a cure for the latest plague. With her captors already worried by rumours of android duplicates created to foil exactly this sort of scheme, the dismissal of their demands increases tensions within the group. Hoping to turn them [...]
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Before I even picked this book, I thought, wow that’s a really nice cover. Then I went to the first chapter and was blown away by more beautiful art. It’s just so detailed and interesting and unlike the chapter art in other books. I love it.
In the apocalyptic future, sometime after WWIII, nine year old Maya Oman is neglected by her mother. The owner of a massive pharmaceutical company called Ascendant, she doesn’t seem to even have time to come home much less answer her [...]