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Leviticus (When We Were Gods) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 13, 2013
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After reading this scene, the book changes back to 2024, and we get a look at what the world is like at that time, and the years leading up to it. We see Clay's background. Deep and thought-provoking, I finished the last page, and I just thought WOW.
Leviticus is a book that will appeal to anyone, it's written in a way to intrigue and make you want to see where it's leading. It deals with the past, it deals with the future, it deals with technology, but somehow, the author manages to create a plot with so much humanity in it that at parts you will want to cry... And likely will. Buy this book, it's absolutely outstanding. Well done author Daniel Seltzer!
In this dystopian/sci fi novel, Daniel Seltzer shows the reader a near future in which medical technology has made wonderful advances… but one man, Clay, stops to consider that maybe all these ”improvements” aren’t so great after all. Clay was one of the last iMeme holdouts , but his family finally wears him down. A man out of time, Clay struggles to adapt to the rapidly advancing technology, and then he made an even stranger choice in the eyes of society – given the option to avail himself of medical technology that prevents aging, he declines. Seltzer alternates between past and future, touching on moments in the recent past that relate to Clay’s present and the world he lives in.
The beginning of the book is difficult to read (or it was for me, at least). I don’t mean that it was difficult in terms of bad writing or poor grammar, or that it was difficult in a way that means you shouldn’t bother reading it – because you SHOULD read it. It was difficult because of the subject matter. The horrible ways in which people can sometimes treat other people is much scarier to me than zombies and vampires, and Seltzer’s account of inhumanity against one’s fellow man is based on real events. Horrifying, but in such a way that it SHOULD be read, because it opens your eyes to just how severe and terrible the consequences of judging others based on race or religion can be. As the book progresses, you start to realize also the critical role that one evil person who’s not even at the top of the hierarchy can have in changing the world – on the surface for the better, but in reality quite the opposite.
As a fan of dystopian fiction, I greatly enjoyed this book. Seltzer’s characters are well thought out, and he does a great job integrating future technology into the story in a believable way. As a person who waited until 2004 to get her first cell phone, who prefers paper books to e-books, and who still enjoys playing 8-bit video games, I can understand Clay’s reluctance to accept new technology as soon as it appears, and his desire to live a simpler, less on-the-grid life. Dark to begin with, the novel turns even darker as it proceeds and explores the evolving technology that Clay is trying to cope with, and ends on a pessimistic note (but a note that also promises a sequel). “Leviticus” is the first book in the “When We Were Gods” trilogy, and I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the series as they become available.
*I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.
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