“The Korpes Files”
By Bob Goddard on 9 July 2017
Welcome to the world of technician Nash Korpes, a claustrophobic dystopia where caustic rain burns the surface and fearsome creatures stalk the darkness. Within the tunnels and domes of the inhabited city states the human population survives on a diet of illicit liquor and Machiavellian manipulation of the masses.
The ruling classes have the power and medications to subdue and subvert the populace, especially the Diasporan underdogs that our hero, Nash, belongs to. Trapped between the racial hatred of the locals and the two-faced treachery of his supposedly caring doctors, Nash’s genius with electrickery helps keep him alive.
Tall, awkward, blunt and gifted, he must craft devices that both satisfy his masters and secretly buoy his hopes of escape and revolution.
Brilliantly written with great characters facing impossible odds, The Korpes File is, I hope, the first of many gripping novels from the fevered pen of ‘green-eyed, ginger-haired, caffeine addict’ J I Rogers. When she is not pounding a smouldering keyboard, this Canadian author-artist is ‘hunched like a gargoyle over a spinning disk, forcing her frustrations out on hydrated silicates.’
I hope she can drag herself away from her creations of clay to write the next instalment as I am eagerly waiting to read it. Even if dystopian sci-fi is not your bag, you need to read this book. Highly recommended.
The book stars around Nash Korpes, one of the many, many characters in TFK. Nash by far is one of my favorite characters. First of all, he’s an engineer so that’s already a huge ‘plus’ for me. Second of all, the odds are stacked incredibly against him, yet somehow Nash always manages to remain uncorrupted by such a polluted environment. Don’t get me wrong–Nash is by no means a perfect character–he has his flaws. But somehow, he still manages to retain a special type of inner strength.
Some of my other favorite characters include Ashley, Davis, and Dylan. There are TONS of other characters, for which we all get chapters from their POV for. Like I said, TFK reminds me Game of Thrones in many ways, and the sheer amount of characters is one of them. Yet despite the huge cast, each character is unique and fleshed out. Each has his/her own backstory, motivations, fears, desires, etc. There is no ‘good’ guy or ‘bad’ guy. Everything is in shades of gray–just like real life.
The intricacies of the plot is also truly fascinating, and I think a lot of this links back to the multitude of characters. While there is definitely a linear sense in terms of event progression, there is no “main” plot arc in the traditional sense. Rather, there are many turning points (think mini climaxes) that continue to build upon each other and culminating into the ending as Nash makes a huge decision in choosing which life path to take. As mentioned before, with so many characters, I think it’s amazing Rogers was able to give each character his/her personal agenda, and watching the wants/pursuit-of-their-wants of all these characters interact and clash once again reminds me of this particular quote: “People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.” There is no true villain in TFK. Sometimes it feels as if everyone is against Nash, when in truth, all these characters are simply looking out for themselves. Conflict arises when interests clash.
In Nash’s case, he’s unfortunate enough that his unusual genetic makeup makes him an interest of many science and medical research. As a result, several organization has conducted some shady business that resulted in harm to dear old Nash. It would be easy to label these organizations/the people behind these experiments as “evil” or “inhumane”, and deem them the villains. And while it’s true that some of the actions of these characters are inhumane/unethical, Rogers also offers us a glimpse into their POV, and reveal the motivation behind their actions . . . to the point I felt sympathy for them even though poor Nash is suffering as a result. Kudos for creating ‘bad guys’ I cared for.
Highly recommend this book if you enjoy books with complex characters and multiple POVs. Also, if you like GoT.
A fascinating spin on dystopian science fiction. The 942 Series presents a bleak and dying world that brings out the very the best and worst of its inhabitants. In front of a background of political intrigue and deception stands Nash Korpes, a conflicted individual who rages against forces which seek to classify, contain, and silence him.
The author has clearly done a lot of research into the hard science of their world, but the real strength of TKF is in its characters. They are rich, detailed, and completely free of cliche. Every motivation is clear and understandable, which makes the inevitable conflict a lot more engaging. TKF shows us that to survive the darkest of times, you have to be both hero and villain.
This is one of the best books that I’ve read in a VERY long time, and I’ve read some pretty great books.
J.I. Rogers is an author who puts a lot of thought and consideration into every minute detail of every character’s personality. In fact, I would say that one of the most fascinating aspects of this book is the extreme level of depth to each and every character. No situation is entirely black and white, but moreso smears of distorted gray, leading each reader to form their own opinions that could easily differ from person to person. Not only is there depth to every character, but there is an immense amount of depth and detail in every situation that presents itself. These two factors, when combined, lead to very rich story elements that leave a lot for the reader to think about.
Now, for a bit about the characters. The characters in this book will make you feel their empathy, rage, and despair. I found them to be very well-crafted individuals, and I also found myself wincing in moments of pain, or feeling the gravity of tough situations in my gut. I can’t understate how wonderful the characters of this book are.
Once I picked it up, I couldn’t will myself to put it down until I finished reading it. I absolutely cannot recommend this book enough; It is a read that you won’t regret, and won’t soon forget. I can guarantee that much.
This book is a wonderful piece of art crafted with love and devotion. The author Has a knack to make you feel what the characters feel. All of the characters are so deep. You think you know a character but then you get an insight to their personality that you didn’t have before.
If you read this book, You will be hooked. You will become a life long fan chanting, “WE WANT NASH!” You will not be disappointed with this book.