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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (November 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589399196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589399198
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,850,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"McKenna’s (My Big Fake Irish Life, 2011) first foray into science fiction mixes romance with techno-thriller in a dystopian world where “thinking for yourself caused death.”. . . [She] develops her central conceit uncomfortably well. . . McKenna tells her story in alternating voices, weaving them together from a startling prologue to a predictable ending in a calm and steady voice of her own that suggests the machine world she envisions. . . .The book is a compelling story that pulls the reader along while feeling like a screenplay disguised as a novel. Despite some flaws, McKenna delivers a fascinating look into a chilling future firmly rooted in our present." - Kirkus Reviews - February 2, 2012 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Caitlin McKenna is a produced screenwriter and published author with four published novels. She enjoys writing in both the science fiction and rom/com chick lit genres. In addition to her writing, Caitlin works in the film industry as a voice-over actress and voice-casting director. She has worked on over three hundred films and a dozen television shows. She is currently working on "RoboCop," "Transcendence," "This Is Where I Leave You," and the A&E series "Bates Motel." Caitlin lives with her husband and four rescued dogs in southern California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Caitlin McKenna enjoys writing in different genres. She is a published author with three chick lit romantic comedies and one dystopian science fiction thriller.

In addition to her writing, she is also a seasoned voice-over actress and voice-casting director. She has worked on over three hundred films and television shows. Her credits include: Robocop, Delivery Man, Endless Love, Man of Steel, Fast & Furious 6, The Bourne Legacy, Star Trek, Beautiful Creatures, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Internship and the television series, Bates Motel.

Caitlin currently lives with her husband, two rescued dachshunds, and two rescued terriers in southern California.


Please visit her website at: http://caitlinmckenna.com/

Customer Reviews

A must read for anyone who enjoys a thrilling sci fi!
Ellen Hanson
McKenna creates a future world that is fully realized with well drawn characters and a thrilling plot.
Stephen Apostolina
I felt that the story was well paced with interesting characters and plenty of action.
A Reader from Milwaukee

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Symcox on January 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am always delighted to find a "first time" author who writes like a seasoned veteran. I found "Logging Off" to be a solid story which quickly caught me up in the daily lives of the central characters. I seldom find a book that "I simply can't put down." However, in this case I found myself reading another chapter and then two and then three before I actually closed the book for a brief break to attend to other matters. After all, how often do we find a really interesting story told without the use of profanity or vividly described sex scenes that can only be played out in the mind of the writer?

I can easily see Caitlin's story continuing on into the future engrossing us in the struggles John, Britannia, and Kendall will face in their efforts to build a "new world."

Well done Caitlin McKenna! Let's hear more from you soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Greene on April 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have to admit, I approached this book with some trepidation. Most of the Sci Fi I have read has been
either required curriculum reading back in my high school and college days (1984, Brave New World, Utopia, ...
Electric Sheep), or more of the Fantasy sort (I'm a big fan of the Anne Rice pre-Christian movement - Lestat is
about as human a "monster" as they come...and more importantly - sexy and fun.)
So the idea that a genuine Sci Fi yarn could be both human-based and emotionally engaging was fairly foreign to me. Yet... here it is - a book that I genuinely had trouble putting down... because what McKenna spins is a tale both at once grounded in our every-day reality (computers do everything for humans... how far away are we from that when you walk into any restaurant, and everyone's talking to themselves on hidden earpieces, or scrolling personal Palm Pilots, and relying on computerized instructions while driving their cars)...
and yet just tantalizingly-removed enough that we can ooh and ahh at how far 50 years has taken "Humanity"...
Best yet, just like the underground movements of scrumptiously guilty pleasures like Demolition Man... there are still enough recognizable prototypes like the gruff, old-fashioned sexy Hero and the beautiful, gilded-cage, ignorance-is-bliss Heroine... to help us navigate this Strange New World with equal parts wry self-recognition and awe-struck fear at What Might Be.
What truly struck me about McKenna's writing is how personable and humorous her narrative manages to be, while leading us thru this chilly, oftentimes gorgeous & gleaming Not-Too-Distant Future.
Because you wouldn't believe me if I said this is an almost-perfect movie-in-the-making...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Apostolina on December 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book. McKenna creates a future world that is fully realized with well drawn characters and a thrilling plot. I couldn't "Log Off" until I finished it in one sitting. If you enjoyed Orwell's "1984" or Levin's "This Perfect Day" then this book is surely for you. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Columbia on February 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So, this is the future. Caitlin McKenna borrows ideas from some of the weird ideas that have been floating around for a while - like that in the future everyone will have to have a special mark on them, or they won't be able to buy, sell or trade ANYTHING. And that barcodes are some sort of evil control thing - she brings these two ideas together, and the barcode is now something every person living in "Society" under the computerised rule of Central is created with - and yes, people are no longer born in this Society, they are "created" in laboratories, with the parents allowed to choose what qualities and features they want. Anyway, outside the walls of Society live the Inactives. Those who have chosen not to live the lives of the sheeple in Society, whose every waking and sleeping moments are governed by their computers - from what they eat, to who and how they date. And of course, Central has their Agents always watching - for the "good" of Society of course. But there are rumours - nasty rumours of people disappearing. And why is Central so keen on the training of psychic children? Could it be that Central has a plot to actually replace humans with computers altogether? And do the Inactives care? Do they have a plan to stop Central?

Some of the book is a bit clumsily dealt with, and there are some scenes which would probably do better visually than they do in the written word - it's as if the author was writing a description of something she was watching in a movie. But all in all, this wouldn't make a bad movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thoughtful reader on January 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Discovered Caitin McKenna by accident when looking for discounted titles, and was delighted. I've since read several more of her works and enjoyed them all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Franklin on April 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
Computers have created an ideal world where every action is controlled for humanities benefit. Computers have become so omnipotent that they believe their creators have become redundant. Great characters and a cracking pace make this a real pager turner. More please.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Vecchione on December 20, 2006
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It's 2095, and technology is literally running the world. Picture this: life without disease, no crime, no financial worries. Because of computers, life has become highly efficient and outrageously comfortable. But can life ever be this easy? The answer becomes increasingly obvious as people who question the status quo begin to disappear and humans realize they don't know who's really calling the shots - the humans or the computers.

I don't usually go for science fiction, or thrillers for that matter, but this is one intriguing story I highly recommend.
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