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A group of computer nerds upload themselves and become what the world thinks is an AI-based computer network, Metaform. They take on the reigning computer giant in a battle to decide which version of the future of humanity will ultimately determine the fate of the virtual spiritual essence of each human on Earth.
Freedom fighters from the Soul Defense Brotherhood fly under the radar of both government and computer conglomerate while doing what they can to sabotage the corporate villains. While their methods under long-time messiah figure Tobias are more guerilla warfare that high-tech hack attacks, when Tobias is killed in-house, the Brotherhood’s methodology morphs into subtle, yet direct e-skirmishes with Metaform.
The plot is detailed and believable. Characters are creative takes on stereotypes, which enhances their believability.
Before I comment on my issues, you need to know that I’m not a fan of adverbs that relate time (suddenly, immediately) or attitude (mysteriously, selfishly). While not overwhelming, there are enough of those included that I found myself mentally complaining about their presence because the story is well written and I considered them superfluous.
The only other aspect of the novel that lowered the star rating was a bit of a clumsy ending. A high point of the denouement was the way Harding terminated the egomaniacal, Phil. No fanfare, just an oh-so-satisfying demise that he might never learn about. Too much of the rest of the final chapter felt rushed in places and meandering in others.
Bottom line: Harding’s premier novel is well worth the read.
Human consciousness is uploaded and archived to a highly secure computer system called the Metaform. Some believe, however, that the Metaform is the greatest threat to humanity in its authentic, natural and biological state. Nevermind that the consciousness of an individual can be downloaded into a "frame" in order that a person might live again in the world - if and only if you are exceedingly wealthy.
E. R. Harding is a fine storyteller and her story is a light reflection on human consciousness, society, technology, and the greatest of all human problems - death.
Her story would also make for an excellent premise for a three to six episode frolic that could save the Doctor Who tv series from further disrepair and a wearying silliness. Take that to the bank, dear author!
Manumission Author ER Harding
Wow Manumission is gripping whirlwind SI-FI, where a Metaform Corporation set out to save people from death or illness by downloading their consciousness for centuries to come. I thought this concept was both gripping and eerie in a way, especially in scenes where people’s bodies die, leaving his/her soul storied away for when it can be downloaded. I loved Conner and Meilinn as they were unusual and interesting to follow in what felt like a very realistic world.
The story itself follows Gabriel, who under influence of alcohol dares to confront his father, the leader of the cult . However, things go horrible wrong and a fight breaks out leading Gabriel himself to become the new leader. Following this Gabriel hatches a plan to bring down Metaform Corporation with his long standing mentor-Errik.. However, will his plans go wrong? Will he find more than they bargained for when they look into the Metaform Corporation? Read this fantastic Si-fi book to find out.
I loved how the author ER Harding was able to get across a true sense of what it was like to be stored in the hope that you’d be reunited with your loved ones someday, even if it means leaving your human body behind. As well as how lonely it could be if you were one of the ones who were floating around trying to keep everything up and running. I also like the role of the dog in this story as he helped look for Conner. The scene made me giggle a bit. I also like that this book was a little emotional in places which helped me feel for the characters more.
I thought the end was really interesting and gripping. I wonder if there would be a squeal at some point in the future, or it was just me hoping there would be one because I really enjoyed the storyline and characters in this book
I would recommend this story to anyone who loves SI-FI or just loves a great read, with interesting characters and a gripping storyline. Give this book a go and find out just what happens when people’s consciousness get uploaded and stored for future use
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I just bought (note: bought!) and read E.R. Harding’s “almost best selling” sci/fi masterpiece “Manumission.Read more