Samit Basu’s 2023 The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport is a stand-alone science fiction novel.
History grinds on. Once the center of a powerful nation, Shantiport is now a backwater colonial possession on a backwater planet. In theory, the port should be the point of egress from the planet. In practice, the city is a trap from which escape is very difficult.
Lina and Bador’s parents Darkak and Johra opposed the Tiger Clan’s domination of Shantiport. Their efforts got results: Darkak vanished ten years before and has not been seen since, while Johra is closely watched by the Tiger Clan.
Lina is determined to free her city. Bador for his part is tired of being her uninformed errand boy. Moku the storybot documents it all.