|Print List Price:||$17.99|
Save $14.00 (78%)
CTRL ALT Revolt! Kindle Edition
|Length: 475 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $7.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Matchbook Price: $0.00
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
And again honestly, the second and third time I read it was motivated by just what a fine writer Cole is. I'd never read any of his work before. But I will again.
I'll spare the reader the plot summary, as this limited format isn't to do Cole justice. But the story is, well, interesting and bordering on the intricate. Cole deftly weaves together separate plotlines to satisfying effect, set in cyberspace or a cyberpunk-type near future that looks disturbingly plausible. In fact, I think that's where Cole really shines, the fact that I can read this book and easily picture it...a true mark of SciFi prowess is the mixing of the realistic and the fantastic in such a way that you don't always know which is which. And probably the best thing here is that your protagonists...scratch that, the characters in general....are not cookie cutter figures. There is depth and complexity to them. They are interesting. They make me want to know more (and apparently I can find out more, as I understand this is a prequel to Soda Pop Soldier, a book I'm now looking forward to reading.
This is a brilliant book. I don't care how I got to it...I'm just glad I did.
Sound crazy? Well, maybe a little bit. But AIs bent on self-preservation can surely wreak some havoc. Cole has a great grasp of pop culture and technological trends. In his near future, gaming has become huge, surpassing a failing movie industry at the help of popular culture. In fact, much of the action in Ctrl Alt Revolt! takes place in the world of gaming.
The AIs hijack drones to attack the headquarters of WonderSoft, the leading game developer. Game developer Ninety-Nine Fishbein (his mother was caught up in the Occupy movement. . . .) finds himself leading the fight against the AIs within his game as well as on the WonderSoft compound. Gamer Mara Bennett has had little luck finding a job, even with the help of the "You Got Job!" government job placement program. She's blind and walks with crutches due to her cerebral palsy, but when she puts on her Razer Dragon Eyes VR goggles and logs into the Make, she becomes Subcommander CaptainMara, captain of the Romulan warbird Cymbalum.
Cole blends the stories of Fish, Mara, and the AIs together with plenty of twists and turns and "Where is he going with this?--Oh, there!!" moments. Aside from a great story, I enjoyed several things. His social-political commentary, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek references that made me think of the future worlds of Idiocracy, Robocop, and the like. The way that Mara is transformed from a blind, crippled, unemployed young lady into an assertive, confident starship captain reminds me of the almost infinite possibilities technology is offering people with disabilities. Finally, the incorporation of scripted actors in actual live network gaming, if it hasn't already begun to happen, is surely around the corner.
Cole writes great action sequences (which is nice, since they make up lots of the book!), has interesting ideas about what's next in the world of technology, and throws in some entertaining political commentary along the way. Ctrl Alt Revolt! is a fun read, for gamers and non-gamers alike. Read it!
Thanks, Nick, for the complimentary electronic review copy! Here's the unbiased review I promised.
Thank you Nick for such an outstanding book.
Once sucked into the vortex of the first highly descriptive action scene I was hooked.
Mr. Cole displays true skill in getting his readers to immerse themselves in the fictional world he created here in “CTRL ALT Revolt!”
I felt at times that I was along for the ride in an incredibly detailed RPG and I cannot wait to read “Soda Pop Soldier” now.