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Veneer [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Verastiqui
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Book Description

In the 22nd century, augmented reality is no longer a novelty, but rather a way of life for citizens of Easton. Children are taught at a young age to control the ubiquitous layer of reality known as veneer through a process called reconciliation. Those who learn to reconcile live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves. Those who struggle are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them.

For this skill, there are no shortcuts, no special glasses or handheld devices. The power to change comes from within.

Deron Bishop wants to live in the augmented world, to perform the magic of reconciliation like his peers, but controlling the veneer has always been a problem for him. Already resentful of the one thing he could never master, Deron doesn't realize how much he needs the veneer until a violent run-in with a childhood rival puts him in the hospital and robs him of his virtual sight.

Now able to see the world as it truly exists, Deron must choose to abandon Easton or fight his way back to the veneered fantasy of his previous life--a fight not everyone wants him to win.

Join Deron, his friends, and his enemies as they discover the truths that will be revealed when the virtual veil finally drops.

Veneer is Science Fiction and contains mature content intended for adult readers.

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  • File Size: 1286 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051VB8DG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my views on writing good characters February 10, 2012
By Amy Cox
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I loved every single thing about this book. It was seamless, well-orchestrated, well-researched, the lingo was slick (unlike a lot of harder science fiction), the characters, the cities. AHh! It was just so very well put together like an intricate puzzle and worked out perfectly in the end.

The most powerful part, for me, is how it's changed my views on how to write a good character. perhaps it's because I was just reading a poor example this evening, but I realized that what a character looks like is inconsequential MOST of the time, and yet so many writers drag on and on about it.

Veneer changed that for me because the *veneer* is the important part. I can't say much without giving away spoilers, but hopefully you'll experience that shift as well.

Highly recommended.

And one aside, I didn't notice if this was intended as a young adult novel, but the main characters are about 17 years old. There is crude language, violence, and sex. Just a heads up if that's not your thing, or you don't want *your* young adults reading that.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Adult Fiction? July 28, 2012
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This book was recommended by Amazon following my purchases of the Hunger Games trilogy for my teen-agers. The Hungers Games got my 13 year old reading for the first time. I read the Hunger Games as well, enjoyed them and figured I would follow the recommendation and hopefully find another book to offer to my daughter.
The Veneer is interesting idea and I wish the book had been written for adults. Instead, the writing pitched at a teen audience yet includes grisly, violent scenes and some sex. I must be too old fashioned, because the writing isn't good enough to overcome my reluctance to expose my kids to the sex and violence depicted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time April 6, 2013
By Kara
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I wanted to like this book. The concept is definitely interesting. Unfortunately, it is not executed well. The characters are strange and unpredictable without being dynamic - the antagonist is psychopathic for absolutely no reason at all, and the protagonist is spineless and seems to drift through his own story.

Others have said that this book felt seamless. It did not. There was interesting world-building, but many things fell flat for me. For instance, SPOILERS, the veneer can be changed at will, including to do such things as fog and clear windows. This would indicate that the veneer can be removed, yet doing so is an alien concept to the characters. Why? Is clearing the veneer not a basic part of this world? How do the people in this world think doctors work, if they can't see injuries? They don't learn to use the veneer until grade school, so it's not as though it's innate. In addition, they talk about evercrete and what it looks like as though they've seen it - they KNOW what's under the veneer. Further, at one point one of the characters refers to seeing things as if she were behind the cardboard set of a play, seeing everything taped together. If she grew up with the veneer, she'd have no idea what a cardboard set looked like. There were many examples of this kind of jarring reference - individually they were minor, but they stacked up so quickly I eventually couldn't help but keep an eye out for the next one and the next after that. There were also massive plot holes. Many characters' actions made no sense whatsoever.

I also have to echo the confusion about whether this is an adult or young adult book. It's like the book itself can't decide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable piece of near-future sci-fi April 3, 2013
By Jeba
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The premise of this book is fairly simple - somewhere in the fairly near future, society has collapsed and rebuilt itself with the addition of the "veneer", the supposedly innate ability of the people to shape their world to look like whatever they want it to look like. When a young man starts to see underneath the veneer, he starts on a track that leads him to attempt to take down the system. Helping him are his girlfriend and best friend; against him, an entire system of secret agents, plus his childhood nemesis.
The main question here is an interesting one. What would the world be like if we could shape it to suit our desires, like we can online now? The veneer is a means of control for the corporations - things look pretty, so no one questions what the world is like without it. A single corrupt company essentially controls the world, and their agents enforce the control using deadly force, if necessary.
The young characters are well drawn and strongly motivated, whether they're good or evil. I do have some issues with how the author treats homosexuality, but overall I was really engaged by the writing and the book as a whole.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another writer who can not end a story May 12, 2012
By Nageltr
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There was a lot to like in this book. But after a long, drawn out post-climax section, the story suddenly concludes with no real resolution. It is obvious that a sequel is intended but a story should still have a conclusion. There was also a weird element of male homophobia running throughout, while lesbianism is presented positively. That in particular gave a real immature feel to the writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept March 24, 2013
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Love the concept of the veneer - it seems we're only a few years away from this becoming reality. This book was very enjoyable - a mix of dystopian future tech with paranoid big brother/government control, and throw in teenage angst/romance/sexuality. It seemed like teen fiction to me, but marketed as adult - I guess due to the sexuality and what I thought was excessive and gratuitous violence. The violence may be hard to stomach if you're sensitive - I know I wanted it to end.
Great read, quite a page turner. I look forward to the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Trust a Veneer
I'm not actually sure if I like this book or not... it's not all happy endings and good triumphs. Actually, it's.... rather violent and painful and downright crappy at times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marlena P Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected gem
I had zero expectations going into this book. It had been sitting on my Kindle for ages and I remembered nothing about it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Gaughran
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible futuristic cautionary tale
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads: First Reads.

I really enjoyed Veneer quite a bit. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Utenzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Novel by an Author that Shows Great Potential
I was lucky enough to have been given a free copy of this book through Goodreads: First Reads, and did not purchase this novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PattersonReichsAVI
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well written book.
I had read another book by Mr. Verastiqui and had enjoyed that one well enough, but this one was absolutely wonderful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by JungleFrog3
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
The book had a very interesting concept about the world and how we see it. However, I thought it was lengthy going the backgrounds and past lives up until now. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good rainy day read
Good premise,perhaps not explored deeply enough. Perhaps he'll do so in the following books? Liked, and felt engaged by the characters
Published 14 months ago by Gregory A Haley MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Really interesting read - and the 'veneer' is fantastic. Author explains the concepts well and I found I was interested and compelled to read to the last page. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Deanne Littlejohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting concept. Surprisingly well done.
At first I was not sure what to make of this book. It seemed like a blend of the Matrix, with Star Trek holodecks, written by Christopher Pike. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Great49er
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the plunge into an Augmented Reality - Great Read!!
Veneer: a well written sci-fi book with a good imagination that makes you invest in the characters, their lives, and others actions towards them. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mstrmnd
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More About the Author

Daniel Verastiqui is the author of Science Fiction novels Perion Synthetics, Veneer, and Xronixle. He studied English and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin.

His most recent book, Perion Synthetics, returns once again to the Vinestead universe to showcase the rise of two game-changing technologies: artificially intelligent synthetic humans, and curated media feeds whispered directly into a subscriber's ear. The book offers a glimpse of the world in the years prior to the great Vinestead War, and continues the storylines of the most influential characters from Xronixle and Guardian Angels. According to his mother, Perion Synthetics is a novel she plans to read one day.

Verastiqui currently resides in Austin, TX where he works a day job at one of Austin's many high-tech companies.

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