Altered Carbon is a science fiction hard-boiled crime novel by Richard Morgan, published in 2002. The story takes place 500 years in the future where human consciousness can be stored permanently on a stack, and placed into new bodies referred to unceremoniously as "sleeves." While killing a body won't result in real death, destroying the stack in a person's neck will. However, those who are extremely wealthy can afford to have their stack backed up remotely on a regular basis, and have their bodies cloned, effectively making them immortal.
Upon searching for clues, Kovacs uncovers various unsettling problems, all of which is made more difficult by various people that want him to leave well-enough alone, or that just want to kill the body he's wearing.
I do not own this book, but have listened to it as an audio book.
- Overall, I found the story interesting and fun, and the characters quite likable.
- Using a created terminology (stack, sleeve, etc.) rather than generic terms was a nice touch.
- I liked the idea of Meths slowly becoming less human.
- The sex scenes were very erotically described without going blue.
- The incorporation of the abuse of religion into the story made it mesh better with reality.
- Like Jame Bond, Takeshi seems to find himself too easily the target of sexual advances from women.
- I wasn't very invested in trying to solve the mystery beforehand as the futuristic setting made it too difficult for me to foresee solutions.
- Nothing really.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_Carbon - Wikipedia.