The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
What a thrilling book! It had a diabolical premise of corporations being the rulers of the world, who have their own armies. They have a technology that can turn soldiers into a light beam and send them anywhere they desire to fight their wars for them. I really liked to political backdrop of the story with: ghouls (those without residency or citizenship rights), residents, and citizens. The scary part of this story is how some parts of it are quite plausible, and not that far fetched.
They don't pretend military service is some glorious or noble sacrifice. It's simply about serving the whims of the corporation. It's always been the rich pushing us around, making up stories how we're fighting for a noble cause when it's just about, what, some old guy insulting some other guy's dick, measuring their relative genius based on how many people live stream their breakdown. You know the ratings for the war broke records? The corps made a killing on that. I heard Tene-Silvia even ran ads for NorRus and Evecom during that broadcast, it was so profitable.
Some soldiers sign up to be a soldier for the corporations to acquire citizenship for their families. Some to be a hero and avenge the attack by Mars. Of course sending soldiers across the galaxy as light isn't without its problems. Some soldiers seem to be jumping forwards or backwards in time. They call these soldiers the “Light Brigade”.
And I'll stop right there. I'm being intentionally vague in this review because I don't want to spoil any twists and turns in the book. It's such a fun ride and would feel terrible if I took that away from you.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #64 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge