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The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series) Paperback – January 7, 2014
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"A great start...in 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.
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It wasn't a ham-fisted cautionary tale or one of many many numerous space operas that provide little more than escapist fantasies. Similar to how Neuromancer was when it came to cybyerspace/internet/hacking (though that book was more imaginary), this book explores the possibility of continued improvements in virtual technology. It also reminded me a lot of Childhood's End. The first set of novellas served as sort of case studies about the way how the rapid virtualization affected the different lives and relationships with the final chapter tying it all together.
The writing was superb with just enough prose to provide a detailed picture of the world without lengthy descriptions. [Slight Spoiler] One thing I did not quite get was how blindsided Killiam/and the reader was at the end. There were such great nuances explored in terms of human relationships but I was left wondering, seriously was there not a single trained psychologist on the team? There are such myriad of mental diseases in our society already, it seemed like a huge issue that should have required more review. Then again, perhaps that was the hubris that Atopia suffered - they simply didn't see that in their phutures so they didn't care. Regardless, it felt like a topic that was purposely unexplored to serve as a plot device. Overall, the book was excellent and a steal for this price.
The story follows the narratives of multiple characters as they interact with one another in a way that few authors I have read have done before. Each story tells a different perspective ultimately on a technology that has been created in a future world which allows for a splintering of one's psyche in ways that you'd never imagine. These perspectives play off of one another and at first feel inconsequential to each other, but by the end work so well to tell so complete a vision of this world that the payoff is just outstanding. Each part contributes something meaningful to the powerful themes that are built.
I am left craving for more. This is a must-read for any sci-fi nerd - and this is coming off the sky high expectations I had for a novel of its type after reading Ready Player One just prior. Stop reading this review and pick up this book immediately.
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