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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Lizard Girl & Ghost is a work of cyberpunk science fiction by author Olga Werby, and forms book one of The Chronicles of DaDA Immortals. In a fascinating and extremely modern rethinking of the Sleeping Beauty tale, we meet sixteen-year-old Jude in the real world, where she lies in a comatose state. Her father, unwilling to accept this, works hard to help her regain her conscious self by using cyber technology with her digital avatar, the title’s Lizard Girl. In doing so, he hopes that the development of Lizard Girl in the cyber world will help Jude’s damaged brain to patch and heal. What he really unleashes is a whole new consciousness where Jude lives in the digital space of the Far Cinct, and questions as to how separate it is, or could be, from its physical host.
An extremely intelligent comic book come to life, Lizard Girl & Ghost, on the surface, tells an exciting and dramatic tale of illegal upgrades, hacks and life on the very edge of cyber crime. Alongside this is a very human tale of a father trying desperately to return his daughter to the physical world by augmenting her memories to live on in digital form. It’s this story line that gives way to a fascinating argument about the nature and future of virtual reality, digital consciousness and identity moving away from attachments to the physical body. Olga Werby should be highly commended for such a thought-provoking, exciting and well-developed piece of modern science fiction.