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Devolution - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry [Kindle Edition]

Richard Larson
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Book Description

Devolution is a breakneck post-cyberpunk YA novel clocking in at 52 000 words.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Overall, I think this is a good premise for a novel, though I'm not certain that it's young adult fiction. You don't specify the age of the main character in the story, but for YA fiction, Dimas should be within a few years of your target audience, so he should be under 18 for certain. This feels similar to Neuromancer and Johnny Mnemonic to me. Think about where you're going with this novel and make it fit with the genre!

Amazon.com Review

A futuristic tale of a cunning, corrupt thief surviving in a despotic realm, equipped with clever, visionary tools. Interesting, flowing, engaging with mystery dangerously looming. Perfect YA book for sci-fi readers to explore. I wish you much success. I would buy this for my 25 year old nephew in a minute as he would "jones" on it big time. *smile*

Product Details

  • File Size: 25 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TEYHN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Devolution June 3, 2011
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An unusual concept of the possible future modes of human interaction, and the equipment that may be necessary to support society's needs.

It suggests that the present proposal of small 'chips' imbedded in our forearms to facilitate personal id, or for use as a pin to support bank transactions could eventually evolve into a huge amount of storage, allowing us to then access a computer like file system through an external connection or via our own mental processes. Therefore 'hackers' would have to physically 'mug' their victums to obtain the data they require.

I know there will be people who find this a little far fetched and unrealistic, or perhaps do not wish to consider that our brain processes may be augmented by machines, .. well anything is possible. .... ie; The basic function of an automobile has not changed for 100 years, but the necessity to reduce emissions required the advent of very small computers to be installed in autos, which then enabled the manufacturers to achieve some progress. ... Fifty years ago the thought of such a design also would have been considered far fetched and ridiculous.

What then could be a possible basic scenerio that may require the worlds population to be chipped, ... perhaps disease control, a monentary crisis, or citizenship id?

This young man's thoughts on the future enviroment that he or his off spring may be required to survive in, I found quite interesting.

Sci Fi writers often predict future developments. .. How long before we all wear a "Dick Tracy" watch ???? .. Yes, I did read the then new comics of Dick Tracy as a 8 year old child!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Devolution June 6, 2011
I had a lot of dificulty getting into this story or for that matter comprehending it. And i fail to see why this piece falls into the young adult fiction category. I can't fathom how teens will relate to this futuristic dystopian view of society. I could barely get through the excerpt without givng up. The other two ya entries are far superior to this one.
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