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|Age Level: 12 - 18|
|Grade Level: 7 - 12|
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Set in the not too distant future, the story follows the dual conflicts of the protagonist, Victory, a high school aged girl who lives with various bionic implants and also has an fugitive AI program for a best friend. Both Vikki's implants and the life of her best friend come into jeopardy quite early in the story, and from then on the writer keeps us enthralled all the way to the end.
It's rare I find a book that has no faults to speak of. While the general theme of the book may not be what I usually read, it was still an interesting read, and did not skip a single page or paragraph. A well disserved five stars.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of the book though was Halle, Viki’s AI friend. It’s (though I tend to think of it as a she) existence brings up some interesting questions that get explored in this book. Agent Smith was another I liked because he’s deeper than he first appears.
The book is short, just over 200 pages and it reads quickly. The author also does a good job of explaining concepts that might be challenging and making them easy to swallow and understand. If you like stories with AI or sci-fi, I'd recommend.
Viki is high school student with everything going right. She has her AI friend, Halle, her parents, brother, a new computer for her birthday, friends, and of course track. After an accident that left her unable to walk, Viki became an Upgrader(someone with implants to replace limbs or other necessary functions). But on her birthday, she starts experiencing trouble with her legs.
She tries to push it out of her mind, and at first finds that easy as the walls are closing in on Halle who escaped from a government lab. As more incidents occur, and Agent Smith starts poking around for other reasons besides Halle, Viki’s life and everything she knew crumbles around her.
The people in her life aren’t who she thought they were. Secrets, lies, and fair-weather friends explode out into the open. The number of things that Viki and Halle have to worry about is intense. There’s paparazzi, agents, parents, teachers, friends, and no one is who they seem to be.
The amount of action and various plot threads kept me from putting Augment down. It’s safe to say that I devoured this book and the ending wrapped up, but left so many things that could be further developed into more books, that I’m eagerly anticipating the next one.
The story is set (apparently) in the not-too-distant future during a time when cybernetic implants and gene augmentation are commonplace, but mutually exclusive, and for good reason. Fearing the creation of 'superhumans', the Government vigorously pursues and persecutes anyone who tries to become a combined Augmenter/Upgrader. Even more dissuasive, dual enhancements almost always produce death in the recipients.
Enter our heroine, Viki Wandel, a likable, sixteen-year-old, distance runner who is still learning to master her leg implants, the result of a (vaguely-referenced) tragic accident sometime during her youth. Strangely, when her implants start acting up, a series of tests produce an improbable diagnosis. In the complications that ensue, Viki, with the help of her trusted best friend/confidant/rogue-AI-kitty, Halle, and the support of her family, must unravel the secrets behind a clandestine, decades-old, highly-illegal experiment.
What I liked: Augment is an easy, enjoyable read. The style is light but engaging, the characters reasonably fleshed-out, the plot interesting, and the pacing comfortable.
What I thought could be improved: Given Hayden's light, breezy style, most of the suggestions that come to mind (deeper character development, more backstory, more explanations of implants, augmentations, the Government, etc.) would be misplaced, and might possibly destroy the essence of what Augment clearly is - a quick, enjoyable read. The only thing I do wish is that Halle had been a 'she' and a 'her', and not an 'it'. I certainly related to her as an individual. I can't imagine Viki did not.
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