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Riveting and engaging, in need of editing,
This review is from: Turing Evolved (Kindle Edition)
Described by the author as "military science fiction," this book drew me in immediately and managed to hold my attention throughout. The storyline was riveting, with a nice flow that kept it going through to the end. There were several surprising twists and turns, and it was fun to try to figure out the connections. I found the characterization to be fitting for the genre. Although the story is clearly science fiction, there is quite a bit of self-discovery that Jon's character goes through, adding more depth to the storyline. The element of romance rounds out the novel to give it a wider appeal.
One thing I really loved about this story was the blurring of the line between reality and virtual reality. I won't pretend to understand some of the more technical references (in some places, I'm not even sure what was made-up or real), but I understood that the line between what's real and what's not is not always clear, nor is it always an important distinction. Even after reading this story and contemplating it a bit, it's still hard to get my head around the realities of some of the AI characters, and how it is- or isn't- different from the reality of humans. The entire story leaves a lot of food for thought. I loved the concept of Mindspace and how it was (and could be) used as both an escape and a tool. I can definitely see elements of our own future as a society in this book. The ending offers yet another perspective; one I really didn't see coming. I wish the tie-in to the ending had been a little stronger, though. The concept was great, but I had a little trouble relating it to some of the earlier events. I'm not sure whether a bit more explanation would have done the trick, or whether it's better left as something to ponder.
To my disappointment, this book could really use a thorough editing. There were mistakes on virtually every page, and they tended to be inconsistent. I stopped trying to keep track of them after the first hundred. Punctuation can make or break a message, and, luckily for this story, the message was still able to shine through. But it takes more work on the part of the reader. I've seen it written in another place that a revision to this story is in the works, and I think that will make a world of difference. Without the mistakes, I would have been free to enjoy the story much more. And it is a very good story.
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