Author: Paige Daniels
Price: $4.99 (ebook) $12.99 (paperback)
Publisher: Kristell Ink
Point of Sale: Amazon
Reviewed by: Chris Gerrib
victim book is Non-Compliance: The Sector by Paige
Daniels. It’s the first of a two-book
series starring Shea Kelly. The book is
set in an America that rather narrowly won a war with undefined enemies. The price of winning was that all Americans
have to get government-issued chips implanted in them, which act like aircraft
transponders. Those that don’t are “non-compliant”
and have to live in special sectors AKA ghettos set aside for them. As suggested by the title, Shea Kelly is
She’s also a physically tough cookie and a computer geek, although not as good a geek as Wynne, her part-time stripper buddy. The two of them are running a side gig to smuggle in good supplies to the sector, which brings them to the attention of the local criminal mastermind, the Boss, and his criminal rival, Danny Rose. Problems ensue.
Although it seems like there’s a glut of dystopias on the SF market nowadays, I have to say I found Daniels’ take on a future America scared of its own shadow a tad too close to reality to dismiss. We are, after all, living in a world in which we asked the NSA to please spy on us. The idea of identity chips implanted for our own good seems possible.
Having found the world believable, I found Shea a realistic narrator. Yes she’s tough, but she still also calls her dad (outside the Sector) at least every week. She’s also not superhuman tough, and so occasionally loses a fight. The other characters rang true, although hard-bitten, as one would expect of exiles.
Hard-bitten is pretty much the definition of much of the story, but Daniels also weaves in a budding romance between Shea and Quinn, the Boss’s main man. The only thing I found disappointing in the book was the ending, which I felt was a dues ex machina. Other than that minor issue, I enjoyed Non-Compliance: The Sector.