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Django Wexler's Hard Reboot features giant mech arena battles and intergalactic diplomacy. When did academia get to be so complicated?

Kas is a junior researcher on a fact-finding mission to old Earth. But when a con-artist tricks her into wagering a large sum of money belonging to her university on the outcome of a manned robot arena battle, she becomes drawn into the seedy underworld of old Earth politics and state-sponsored battle-droid prizefights.

Is it time to get back to the books, yet?

©2021 Django Wexler (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc.

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Sweet sci fi novella

Old Earth with its trashed environment and malware-corrupted datasphere is an exotic tourist and archaeological study destination for ultracivilized space visitors thousands of years in the future. The visitors are entertained in a corporate arena with combats staged between repurposed warbots manned by human pilots (automated systems can't run autonomously due to said datasphere). The plot turns on a bright young scholar attached in a junior capacity to a visiting research delegation crossing paths with a scrappy young warbot pilot making a last desperate bid to win big and escape the brutal indenture of the war games. They fall for one another, but this is a mere sidebar to the daring escape plan they execute to free the warbot pilot. Both MCs are young women, and their flirtation is depicted with a light touch. Morgan Hallett's narration was spot-on.