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The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Mather
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Book Description

What could be worse than letting billions die?

In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

The Atopia Chronicles (Book 1 of the Atopia series) is the tale of mankind’s dark slide across the apocalypse as humans and machines merge in a world teetering on the brink of ecological ruin.

Editorial Reviews


"A great just a few pages (Mather) introduces you to believable future and a character I immediately identified with." —Jason Weisberg, Editor of BoingBoing

"The futurism of William Gibson...dark images of Phillip K. Dick." —J. Johnson, Amazon Vine Voice

"Will grip you in its wordy talons. If this book doesn't make you want to bury your smart phone and live amongst the Amish, nothing will." —Redfern Barrett, SCI-FI Methods Book Review

"Echos of Gibson and Stephenson...the Matrix meets Ready Player One meets Apple Computer..." —Daniel Leithhauser, Amazon Vine Voice

About the Author

After earning a degree in electrical engineering, Matthew Mather started his professional career at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines. He went on to found one of the world's first tactile feedback companies, which became the world leader in its field, as well as create an award-winning brain training video game. In between, he's worked on a variety of start-ups, everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction systems to genomics, and even social intelligence research. In 2009, he began a different journey, returning to the original inspiration for his technology career—all the long nights spent as a child and teenager reading the great masters of science fiction. He decided to write a scifi novel of his own, and the result was The Atopia Chronicles. He divides his time between Montreal, Canada, and Charlotte, NC.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2330 KB
  • Print Length: 511 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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172 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Sci-Fi August 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would go into detail but you guys really need to not know anything beforehand that will tip you off to what is going on... it wouldn't be as much fun, a great read yes, but not all it should be! So I am going spoiler free... Also, just as a side note, if you think you know what is going on, you don't...

Atopia is about a free-state (not unlike the underwater setting of Rapture of the Bio-Shock gaming franchise) in which Science and Technology are the way, the breakthroughs are great, the living is perfect.

You want a holiday from work? Why not, Wake up in Australia, go to Paris to eat breakfast, see the sights of London while you read the news and still have time to get the kids off to school, grab a coffee and get to work at 9.

Want to know if you're ready for kids? Got that covered too, how does a virtual child sound?

Ever get sick of the boss piling on the work and can't find enough time for the family? Heh, that's nothing, how would you like to be in ten places at once!

This and more is waiting in the floating world of tomorrow in Atopia.

Atopia is the land of the free thinking and high tech lifestyle we all wish we had, beautiful, practical and smart. But it has its dark side, its thorns, and they are big enough to tear the world to shreds.

Atopia is a pure sci-fi in the vein of the great classics such as "Do androids dream of Electronic Sheep" and "Neuromancer"
It is pure hard-core, no crap, unadulterated science fiction that any sci-fi fan should be reading right now...
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91 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing August 14, 2012
By Jeff
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hugh Howey highly recommended this book so I decided to grab a copy. I must admit coming into this I wasn't expecting much. But, I have literally been in awe of this book. I haven't been able to put this down since I started. Each book is from the view point of a different character setup as sidequels. (essentially each story happening at the same time) The world that Matthew Mather has created seems so real. In so many ways I can see society moving in this direction, and he brings it to reality on the page. The way he writes makes the reader somehow feel like they are experiencing this unique world where reality and virtual reality meld, change and shape human interaction at the core.

When I score a book I always reserve a 5 star rating for that rare book that really is unique, inspiring, or so well written that I can't imagine it being done any better. Most books that I really, really enjoy get a 4 star rating from me. I rarely give out 5 stars. I have given The Atopia Chronicles 5 Stars. This is a remarkable collection of books that are truly unique and written in a way that truly captures the reader and pulls them into a world where people use virtual reality to impact nearly every aspect of their lives.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hard scifi in the virtual world August 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Atopia is the story of people caught up in a world of nanotech and virtual reality in which anything is possible. Reminiscent of the stories of John Brunner (Stand on Zanzibar and The Sheep Look Up), who won the Hugo for his look at futures where everything seems to work well, but things are quickly going to hell, Mather does a great job of transporting the reader into a world of everyday virtual reality. The characters take everything at face value, while the reader is left to wonder at the complete insanity of this strange world, much as people from the 19th Century would look at our world. The people seamlessly link with computers, giving them the ability to split parts of their personalities (splinters) off in order to be more than one place at a time, and multitask to an extreme. Some carry this beyond the extreme, and don't have enough central personality left to function as real people. Others pursue the potential of living in fantasy, or rent their own exploits out to audiences who pay for the privilege of being a champion surfer, or at least looking through the senses of one.
The characters are very memorable, and each book in the series is written from the viewpoint of one of the main characters. There is the ex-military man who is in charge of security at the independent nation of Atlantis, the floating city which is the test bed for the new technologies. The stoned surfer who rents out his experiences to those without the skill or the nerve to do them on their own. The scientist who developed many of the techniques of the virtual world, and sees the premature release of them by a greedy corporation as a looming catastrophe. The assistant security chief, a man with a dark secret which spells disaster for the city.
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103 of 127 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was I reading the same book? August 23, 2012
By TEC7658
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I want to start off by saying that this was an interesting story and I do not want to discourage people from trying independant authors. I have read many SF novels and will continue to as they are my favorite genre. I purchased this on the recommendation of Mr. Howey, I really liked the Wool books. I would honestly like to know why this story would "stick with him for the rest of his life"? I will say a prayer if this means his passing will be soon. The problem with this book is that I didn't care for any of the characters and it made it a chore to finish this book. I usually accept errors and can skip over then if I enjoy what I am reading. With this book I found "be die", "going need", and my favorite "titling" pulled me out of the world the author was trying hard to show me. The plus side to this was I didn't stay up all night reading it like I thought I would from the reviews I read prior to purchasing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great concept. Very entertaining.
Published 3 hours ago by Yann Pastor
3.0 out of 5 stars Can be confusing.
Not an easy read. Many characters and the switching between can be confusing.
Not to mention the various phantoms and splinters.
Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Computer Geeks
I love it when I re-read a book and find it better the 2nd time. First time around, I gave it 3 stars, it was good. Second time through, I have to bump it up to 4. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nadine
5.0 out of 5 stars My footprint
I enjoyed it and just wanted to leave a good review. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good sci-fi story.
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't an easy read, but it was definitely interesting
It wasn't an easy read, but it was definitely interesting. The characters were well written and I haven't read another dystopian novel quite like it.
Published 20 days ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very interesting storyline. I like the way the author weaved the various characters together. Although it started a little slow, it quickly became quite riveting and a quick and... Read more
Published 21 days ago by John W
5.0 out of 5 stars Atopia Chronicles
After reading CyberStorm, I contacted Matthew with a suggestion. We traded a few emails and then as a Christmas present he sent me the Atopia Chronicles. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Linda S. Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty solid, enjoyable sci-fi fun.
It's a nice book overall. If you're comparing it to a Phillip K. Dick or a William Gibson you're likely to be moderately disappointed. Read more
Published 29 days ago by j Howland
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing on the edge of the board... ...about to swan dive into the...
This is a book that creeps up on the reader, slowly but with certainty, driving its tendrils of big ideas and fantasies into the reader's mind, until, by the end, the reader might... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter S. Bradley
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More About the Author

Translated into sixteen languages, with 20th Century Fox now developing his second novel, CyberStorm, for a major film release, Matthew Mather's books are worldwide bestsellers. He began his career at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, then started several high-tech ventures in everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction systems to genomics, and even designed an award-winning brain-training video game. He now works as a full-time author of speculative fiction.

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