- File Size: 2097 KB
- Print Length: 294 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David Wailing (November 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0189W4PLA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Auto 2 (Auto Series) Kindle Edition
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Quite simply I loved this.
No surprise there you might think (after the opening paragraph of this review), but let me explain why and then see what you think!
This is one of those rare sci-fi books that slips a science fiction story by you without realising it. The core premise is very grounded in current technology with devices called 'autos' that manage our digital lives. This includes identification, social media, finances - everything in the digital realm. The technology has become so ubiquitous that everyone relies on it and it's become ever more autonomous.
In the first book there was a series of short stories that focused on specific aspects of what such devices would means to us. It was quite clever in that as you read it it you started seeing connections between the stories until it evolved into a cohesive whole by the end. Here we have a similar format, but the overall narrative is more linear than the first book. This makes it more accessible, but for me I preferred the the more abstract approach of the first book.
A core component of a believable world is that it makes sense, the technical grounding here is very solid and transparent to the reader, but how the characters live in that work highlights some of the issues visible in society today.It's their actions and feelings that make it a living, breathing world. There is a complimentary blend of characters here, which represent a microcosm of society. They contrasted each other nicely and the short story format allowed the differing views to be handled with greater depth.
For me the only weakness was the police officer Young - she felt a little cliched. Not because such characters don't exist, but more because they tend to get used so much. She does fill the role well though, adding some physical menace to the story.
I especially enjoyed the exploration of online religion as party of the story. It's an interesting development that in many ways echoes the evolution of more traditional beliefs in the physical work.
Last, but not least is the quality of writing and it was this that first encouraged me to work with the author with my own projects. The writing is crisp and keeps the momentum going and makes this book a joy to read.
Auto 2 follows the stories directly from the first book with the distinct chapters telling the story from different character's viewpoint.
Joanna has lost Greg but nobody knew they were seeing each other. Her sister, Siobhan, has come to stay with her own problems. But there's an even bigger problem on-line.
I love these stories set in the early 2020s. Seeing the youngsters in work tapping on their social media makes me think of how things will be just 5-7 years down the line. In fact whilst reading this book on my kindle, I had to leave the house to go fetch a curry and made sure I synced it on my phone so I could read it whilst waiting for my order. Each little thing makes me wonder how historical the Auto series will become.