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- Publication Date : April 8, 2016
- File Size : 532 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B01E1HDGTE
- Print Length : 384 pages
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #718,874 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The most satisfying aspect, for me, wasn't the technical specifics, or even the central concept, both of which were good enough in their own right. For me, Mikhail's work resonates most strongly because it so intently speaks to my generation. With my head always buried in history books, I don't regularly encounter messages which focus on anything so directly relevant to me. So seeing something that essentially celebrates all things Generation X was a welcome experience. The last time I read something that gave me this strong a feel-good generational vibe was the Kennedy Chronicles, another work (not of fiction, remember my preference?) which speaks to many things that were prominent as I was coming of age.
For the most part, the characters were flushed out thoroughly enough to get a sense that they belonged in their world and had relevant parts to play, each specializing in things that the others were clueless about. I think most technology lovers will be able to relate to Danny, and I know I certainly was. But I also felt like Moshen had too little a part to play to feel like everyone was part of a well balanced team; he wasn't getting a chance to shine like the others (this might just be part of his character, which stuck me as possibly a bit lazy or non-committal). Towards the end, this issue with him was partly rectified, and in a fairly humorous way.
I think I might have enjoyed the Russian mob angle more, and would have seen it as more menacing throughout, if it had seemed to be less localized and appeared to have a wider, more shadowy reach. I would have been less irked, also, if some of its more imposing lackeys had possessed slightly more believable motivations for some of their decisions made during combat.
I really liked the email and text message formatting, and how these kinds of messages were given unique fonts. Not only did this design choice prove very readable, but it also helped give the story the aesthetic qualities it needed to feel like a properly cyberpunk story. With that aesthetic in mind, I also want to thank the author for making reference to the System Shock franchise. It's always nice to see a tribute made to such utter greatness.
It's clear that Mikhail Voloshin is in possession of a lot of worldly knowledge. But perhaps even more importantly for the purpose of storytelling, he is also seemingly in possession of a lot of worldly insight, even subtle things about the human condition that help make characters worth knowing and worth following. Danny is struggling with a sense of inadequacy and crisis of identity all too common among late bloomers. The fast-paced technological changes which seemingly conspire against Danny and keep him from riding any one company to the top also provides a subtext which speaks to growing public anxieties about worker displacement and automation.
There is one more thing I want to mention which made this book stand out from so many others and gave it a fresh feel: This author actually grasps economics! When markets are actually understood, and not hated on general priniple, all manner of thoughtful, engaging and dynamic descriptions become possible.
This book was surprisingly fun for me and not a waste of time. Naturally, I can't claim to know what much younger readers would think of it. My guess is that it will have enough going for it outside of the generation-specific contents to hook many of them too.
This knowledge seeps through the entire story. There is no denying the author has done a lot of research or is thoroughly educated in the field. I think even if you're no techie by any means, you'll still get the gist of Danny (the protag) and his team's MO throughout each of their missions. If anything, you'll be rooting for this dude till the end. My opinion on the nerdy part might be a little biased because I am familiar with the industry and its jargon. But the novel carries out a seriously action-packed, fast paced, science fiction crime thriller that is not deferred by the copiousness of technical argot. There's just enough in there to educate you though.
I have to say, the smart plot twists kept me turning pages and the ending did not disappoint. I could vividly hear the characters, their accents, their mannerisms, and their interactions in my head. If you're looking for a novel with a mishmash of hacker culture, biotech, Russian mafia dealings, and superbly down to earth characters, I recommend you pick up your copy of Dopamine today.