147 Installments—Entirely free
A novel about the future that's closer than we think.
Roo'd is geek-addled cyberpunk fiction at its finest, about a teenage boy with two prosthetic legs and a band of misfit body-modders, shamanistic computer hackers, and pharmaceutically psychotic bioscientists. But it's also an exploration of someone coming to grips with what they truly love to do— and what it means to do it in a confusing world of shades of gray.
Two mechanical legs, a prodigal brother who torched himself out of the big schools, and a mindless corporate drone for a mom. Fed's determined to get farther than that, and is dead set on keeping his nose clean until he gets a solid job with a steady future. But when he stumbles across his lost brother and his body-modding friends from the underground he gets caught up in something much, much cooler than anything he could have imagined, and ends up having to choose. Because if he does what he loves he might never see home again— and if he doesn't he just might lose everything he cares about.
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Copyright 2007 by Joshua Klein.
This work, Roo'd, by Joshua Klein, is distributed under the following Creative Commons License: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.
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Joshua Klein was born in Seattle, WA in 1974 and has subsequently lived in Iceland, Barcelona, and New York. He has practiced and was trained, both formally and informally, in hacking—social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behavior, and, most recently, the publishing industry. When he's not writing novels he designs new and emerging technologies that improve people's lives—and has tremendous fun doing it.Back to top
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Fed was 18 when Tony got roo'd. He'd been prepping for early college admission with late-night com-classes, goggled in and finger-cramped over nasty circa-2009 C++ code examples while longing to toss it in for time to scan some flashy Java virii. Tony had been gone from his life for at least a ...Back to top
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Reviewed by verlieg on Mar 6, 2013
Super Tech Story!
Loved how this story went! a young man growing up and leaving home and seeking an older brothers approval, finding out his own worth as a young adult. loved the tech and descriptions associated within the storyline I can actually see this happening in our near future.
Reviewed by cgarri on Oct 11, 2012
Good cyber punk adventure
Good cyber punk. An adventure story only; no exploration into deeper meanings of life or the human condition.
Reviewed by billblock76 on Aug 2, 2010
One of the best books I've read in a while...
Reviewed by michaelchasetx on Feb 6, 2010
Dude, You hacked a Gibson!
Well done ... great story ... like to immerse in the sequel.
Reviewed by goetta on Dec 29, 2009
Roo'd kept me interested though sometimes all the technical speak went over my head. Good mix of humor and satire (ex Disney) but also lots of action and plot.
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