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Circuit of Heaven Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1999
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This is the background for the love story of Nemo and Justine--one living in "the real world" and the other in "the Bin." But, it's far more complicated than that. Who are these people, really? What does it mean to be a human being? What is the nature of personal identity? And, is immortality always worth the cost? These questions are explored not in theory, but in the story, and the story is beautiful.
What would you do? Give up eternal life for the person you love? Or give up real life for computerized immortality? And how would you decide? Profound and thoughtful story with an unobtrusive spiritual dimension. I recommend it highly.
While the concept of converting living human personalities into virtual ones has been done before, most excellently by Frederick Pohl in his "Gateway" series for example, I relished Danvers' believable portrayals of persons good and evil, "real" and virtual, human and construct.
There were sufficient twists and surprises to keep my up beyond my usual bed times, and I was genuinely touched by the ending. It's a keeper.
Outside the Bin, there are only about 2.5 million people. The Earth's population consists of survivalists, the criminally insane, religious fanatics, and Christian fundamentalists. As you can imagine, the world is a pretty interesting place to live in.
Nemo, our 21-year old protagonist, lives in this world. After his parents abandon him to upload themselves into the Bin, he lives in his old neigborhood, fixing CD players and VCRs for barter. He lives with his protector, a Construct named Lawrence (a seven foot lizard with 4 souls), and his best friend Johnathan (a Christian fundamentalist). Nemo doesn't want to enter the Bin because his grandmother, to whom he was very close, chose to die outside the Bin.
One day, while Nemo is visiting inside the Bin with his parents, he meets Justine. Justine is Nemo's dream woman, and she seems to have no memory of her life outside the Bin.
The mystery and relationship between Justine and Nemo grows as they discover the secrets of those in the Bin, and those outside of it.
I really enjoyed this novel and I would highly recommend it to SF fans. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough. It's 373 pages, but the size of the book is only about half the size of a normal hardcover. The cover states that Dennis Danvers is hard at work at a sequel, which I will definitely pick up as soon as it comes out.
Those who left the "real" life for the seemingly eternal "heaven" of the Bin did so for various reasons...some folks just wanted to maintain a state of youthfulness forever...some were facing serious illnesses and on and on. While life in the Bin is almost idyllic, some of those fundamentalist religious folk who stayed with the real earth conspire to bring about the Bin's demise, which would include the 12 billion or so who reside there. Little do our Nemo/Romeo and Justine/Juliet know that they are to be major players as this drama unfolds, as they are each occupied with events of their past which are very unsettled or unresolved.Read more ›
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This was a book that I had read some years ago. My daughter recently read it as well. I wanted to read it again, couldn't find it, so I ordered it here. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ursula
I first read this book when I was in 8th grade (which is probably a tad too young for the adult themes in this book!!). This was the book that taught me to like reading. Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 by Erin Pez
I found this book at the library and liked it so much I bought it and the sequel and re-read it every so often. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by KRif
This was a very enjoyable read. I have read almost everything in this genre and rarely find a gem that is as unique and this was. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Gordo Shumway
If you think you could still enjoy Romeo and Juliet, this story might be for you. If that play makes you think "Stupid kids", you should skip this book. Read morePublished on May 15, 2010 by Daniel E. Hook
I had to read a book by a Richmond author for an honors class at Virginia Commonwealth and Danves was recommended by my professor. Read morePublished on May 16, 2009 by R. C. Webb
I almost didn't start this book. At the time I didn't know the writer's work, and the cover blurb mentioned something about computers. Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by Hank Luttrell
While this book might encourage some to wax metaphysically, I have to admit that I found myself equally intrigued in the end by the general walkthrough of the protagonist's life... Read morePublished on October 29, 2007 by imagisperience seeker
Love, religion and technology dominate Dennis Danvers' "realistic" (pardon the pun) view of what might occur in our not-too-distant future (one could draw a parallel between the... Read morePublished on November 3, 2006