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Domechild Kindle Edition

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Length: 390 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Shiv Ramdas is a former radio host and media non-personality who retired to play with words. Instead he ended up in Gurgaon.

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  • File Size: 999 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (November 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chelo Felice on January 29, 2014
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Quite possibly one of the best books I've read in years. The characters are genuine and real; the stories are complex; and the action leads inexorably toward an unpredictable ending.

Shiva Ramdas gives a rookie effort to be reckoned with. His dystopian world is ages away from our own... and right next door.
Building a future only he can see from the reality that already exists, he draws you in first with the nearly familiar, then leads you down one slippery path after another. At the end,you can't imagine any other conclusion; at the beginning, the finale isn't anything you could have dreamed.

If you haven't discovered this book, especially if you're a science fiction fan, you must. One day it may be ranked among the fledgling offerings of Nancy Kress and David Brin.
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What to say about Domechild? Well for one it is a funny, well paced first novel with great worldbuilding. One thing I love in my SF is when the veneer of a seeming futuristic utopia is pulled back to show the darkness beneath. Ramdas does this in spades with blackmail, and random acts of terrible violence. We follow Albert, a cube monkey, Theo, a streetwise urchin with a secret and a whole cast of interesting and vivid characters. Albert's arc is great and it is really cool to watch him go from disaffected and distant to deeply caring about the world and those around him. Ramdas has a deft hand with charactertization and does a great job of making his readers care about Albert's plight. He made me care deeply for Theo. Like the city itself she has hidden depths and innocence under her grit and toughness. Another character that got my attention was the enigmatic Marcus whose deadpan terrifying nature is played to great effect; I look forward to seeing what all these interesting and multifaceted characters do in the sequel. My only complaint is that is dragged a little after we get to the undercity. I like the premise but a good deal of it was information/backstory heavy and it really slowed down the pacing. Also I wish there had been some hint of resolution with the sentient machine that propelled Albert out of his complacent life. I'm all for cliffhangers but I would have l liked some inkling of where that storyline was heading. Overall though the pace picked back up at the end with some surprising and delightful plot twists and I am eager to see what comes next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Wilmot on December 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
I recently had the pleasure of reading the novel Domechild by Shiv Ramdas. A quick reading of the blurb would lead you to believe that you were going to read another dystopian science fiction novel, in which machines rule over mankind, which has become impotent and degenerate. The first pages reinforce this belief, and I had almost consigned it to that overused trope. But I read on, and then everything changed. It quickly became apparent that Domechild was not about machine-human relations in a dystopian future. The future Ramdas describes in the novel is certainly, by all definitions, dystopian, but it is fundamentally about human relations with each other.
After disabusing myself of the notion that Domechild was mostly about humans and machines (though there are certainly well-used elements of that), I began thinking of it more as social networks gone completely out of control, and Ramdas' portrayal of life in the City neatly captured the paradox of hyper-connectivity's close relationship with loneliness and isolation. Just when I had a fix on where I thought Ramdas was going with his book, he threw me a curveball and cast me into a whole other world, where more basic issues of what it means to be human and what it means to be decent came to the forefront. We left behind the world of the city and its titular dome and finally began to learn the truth - or at least some of it. While I could guess at a few elements of the truth through careful hints dropped by Ramdas throughout, I was still surprised and impressed by the complex plot unfolding before my eyes. Alas, this novel ends rather abruptly, and there had better be a sequel coming, because I need to find out what happens next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ADropofInkReviews on January 19, 2015
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Inside the Dome, everything was perfect. Outside the Dome, there was nothing. We'd finally achieved the perfect existence. AI was alive and well and running everything. A 100% unemployment rate was frowned upon, so everyone was employed at the aptly named "Employment Department" or attended the Academy. The only work one had to do for 8 hours was to update thousands of other people you'd never meet on your status or have a chat with them. I can only think of it as social media run amok.

Albert wasn't looking for anything new. He thought life was pretty dull, boring, and predictable, but that's just the way things were, right? Then one night, caught up in his own musings, he left work late and missed the transport back to his home. He found himself in a section of town where Outliers were known to congregate. However, he'd walked in so deep before realizing it, he decided to keep going instead. Along the way, he was ambushed by a group of children, evil children. The head of the gang, Theo, was something else. At the end of the confrontation, the lawbots had everything under control and Albert ended up rescuing Theo.

The next day at work, while stressing over what he was going to do about having an unauthorized person in his home, he saw "SUE WANTS TO HAVE A CONVERSATION" appear on his screen. Nothing he did could get the message to go away. In the end, he met a suicidal machine. One bent on ending its own existence because having a choice was life. Blackmailed into it, Albert filed the necessary petition on the machine's behalf and found himself in all sorts of trouble. Lucky for him, the same Theo he'd rescued, was in the position to rescue him.

As the story goes on, all kinds of secrets were revealed about the Dome.
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