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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!
The main issue with the book presents itself slowly but surely during the first half of the book, as the author uses introspection and soliloquy to describe how technology has made life abhorrent as it streamlines the human experience. Libraries are being seen as outdated, the government embraces changes in technology after finding it becoming integral to a modern life, and jobs become more difficult, not just due to modernization but calamity. How all of this is so terrible relies entirely on the “back in my day” lectures of Clay, littered with snide remarks and references, such as the new trend of “twerping” (rather than “tweeting”) and the domination of the Apple corporation inside a user’s brain itself. The pace becomes bogged down regularly by this and very little seems to actually happen until well into the last third of the book, no doubt to lead into the second part of this trilogy.
The book does have some interesting ideas and details – a bleaker but very realistic vision of the near future, painting it beautifully in the way a walk around a new city or a bus ride in a new part of town can do. It’s a relaxed pace, for the most part, and is an enjoyable break to read through if the subject matter is of any interest to you, especially if the quasi-Luddite ideals of the lead resonates with you on some level. Where the remaining books may go is a question I’d like answered and I hope to see them soon.
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