Hardwired (1986)

Earth is in the grip of mighty, orbital Corporations, but a group of misfits tries to bring them down, even if it costs them their lives.

Written at the same as Neuromancer, but delayed by it’s publisher it came out two years later and is often (wrongly) seen as derivative of Gibson’s book. I sometimes wonder whether there are alternate realities where this book has taken the place Neuromancer has in our reality. The setting had the now common cyberpunk tropes, a world ruled by mighty corporations, small time crooks (among them assassins and computer hackers) who’ll save the world in the end, man-machine interfaces, cybernetic augmentations and urban aesthetics.

Mostly it’s an action story with a high-octane pace that never slows down, it’s entertaining and overall a damn good ride.