Repo Virtual by Corey J. White
The city of Neo Songdo is a Russian doll of realities — augmented and virtual spaces anchored in the weight of the real. The smart city is designed to be read by machine vision while people see only the augmented facade of the corporate ideal. At night the stars are obscured by an intergalactic virtual war being waged by millions of players, while on the streets below people are forced to beg, steal, and hustle to survive.
Enter Julius Dax, online repoman and real-life thief. He’s been hired for a special job: stealing an unknown object from a reclusive tech billionaire. But when he finds out he’s stolen the first sentient AI, his payday gets a lot more complicated.
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Deadnaming & misgendering
- Blackmailed outing*
- Racism & racial slurs
- Alcohol consumption
- Recreational drug use mentioned
- Blood & gore depiction
- Graphic physical injuries & chronic pain
- Death of a friend (on-page)
- Murder & attempted murder
- Gun violence
- Car accident
- Animal death mentioned
- Poverty themes & homelessness
*Note: the transgender protagonist is blackmailed to investigate a crime by a man with documents that would out her as a trans woman and her past as a secret agent.