Memories With Maya Kindle Edition
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Sharp, high-tech sci-fi thriller -- will the future really be like this? -- kacunnin, Top 500 Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer.
I thought it was going to develop into a murder mystery but it covered a more advanced form of artificial intelligence. -- Bob, Top 50 Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer, UK.
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I'd like to label this as Low-Level (to borrow programming terminology) near future science fiction grounded in hard and plausible science.
Yet, the story is two layered, and aimed at audiences who like to geek out on the social aspects of AI and AR technology, on Human Evolution and our inevitable Technological Singularity.
- ASIN : B00BMAQVRS
- Publication date : February 27, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 998 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 211 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,161 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In saying so, this is not a novel strictly reserved for scientifically-minded readers. The storyline has a wider appeal, following a time-honored pattern of success, with strong, interesting characters and an interesting plot, with obstacles, suspense and a side of romance thrown in.
Although it did take some warming up, the novel really picked up pace about a third of the way in, so I encourage readers to stick with it. Just when I was least expecting it, one of the main characters "was no more"...I won't say much more here, so as not to spoil it for others. But I will say that this unexpected turn of events flipped the story on its side and, from there on in, the pace really picked up, with some interesting developments keeping me hanging on till the very end.
At just 215 pages, it's a comfortable read which can definitely be enjoyed in one or two sittings. And at just over $4.00, the `food for thought' it provides, aside from the story itself, is a worthwhile investment. I am more than sure that the concepts DeSouza cleverly describes and brings to life throughout the novel are ones we might be facing in this digital era a lot earlier than we may think.
At first, I thought I was about to read a story about a criminal hacker. Then we're led to understand the motivations behind the lead character, Dan. What held my interest was the tech, and the description of it. There are tantalizing bits of what the near future holds in just the first few chapters. Much of the tech is AR, but with concentrations of how AI actually runs the programming in the background.
What kept my attention was the simple love story. Maya and Dan made a great couple, but Dan didn't realize he was actually "in love', until it was dreadfully too late. It's this lost love that changes the direction of the story, while never changing the motivation of the final goal.
There are just enough peaks and valleys to make this a good read for anyone with a good interest in what is possible just a few years from now. And the love interest is a bonus! I'll be following Clyde in anticipation of his viewpoints in tech.
I also enjoyed the characters of the book. The main characters are quite believable and realistic to bright innovative people I have known. The portrayal of a digitally mediated long distance love relationship complete with tele-haptic devices was a good segway to the fuller capabilities of a 3D AR remote presence.
From a technological speculation point of view I give the book five stars. From a literature point of view I give it three stars as I felt like the quite excellent pace of the beginning of the book sort of tapered off after the tragedy that took the life of Maya. In retrospect I think that the nature of that tragedy was a bit convoluted for the needs of the story. A simple and all too common traffic accident might have worked as well. The tragedy was also a high drama point that was not sustained or other dramatic peaks reached in the remainder of the book. I felt there was too little dramatic tension in much of the rest of the book as things just seemed to fall into place for the characters without much resistance thereafter.
So I give it a combined score of 4 out of 5. Very much worth reading.
Top reviews from other countries
There were a few strange sentences where an edit would not go amiss for example "I put it on the platter and wore the headset on."
Later on in the story I thought it was going to develop into a murder mystery but it covered a more advanced form of artificial intelligence.
I am still not sure how to categorise this story but I did like it and felt the descriptive style worked well with both the characters, particularly Maya of the title, and the location / devices.
I found the story to be a good one grounded in an interesting concept and not too long. However, for me, the shorter length was a slight draw back. I think the book might have benefited from letting the story breathe and grow little more. Whilst I left it with good thoughts I was also left wanting more, which is no doubt a plus for the author and his writing style. I think my issue was that I felt there was a level or dimension to the story that could have been made more of and I noticed it. That's not to say the book as it stands is not good. As I hope is clear, I think it is, and I'd definitely recommend it. That being said it probably would have earned itself a 15 rating in old BBFC classifications given some of the `adult' themes but again this was well done, not sleazy or titillating and in places tender and evocative of the relationship which was at the core of the tale
If I was to be hypercritical I think the two threads of the narrative didn't quite mesh or sit as comfortably together as they might, and the key moment when things changed was a little out of the blue, with the aftermath too quickly dealt with. Nevertheless I think it worked, certainly well enough for the story to be very readable, compelling and enjoyable. What we end up with is a relatively traditional tale about a boy and a girl mixed up with an interesting take on where technology might be headed, and the many possibilities and ethical dilemmas it might bring.
I commend the story and give it a solid 3 and a half stars.