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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The sensitive and volatile heroine, Katrina, is a diminutive cyber-expert. Although she is in her twenties, it could almost be said that, despite being very clever, she is emotionally retarded - a result of her traumatic past. Her responses to some of the dilemmas in her life are exaggerated and over-wrought, and her connections to the three primary male characters in the story, Chad, Kindle and Shrug are complex and sometimes mysterious. Chad is her partner, but she is bringing up his daughter by his first wife, Debra, who left him for Shrug. And her relationship with Shrug is often inexplicably hostile.
Through her love for her step-daughter, and her need to be a good mother, Katrina is manipulated into agreeing to develop a top secret and cutting edge computer programme. It will be an over-arching shield to detect cyber attack and protect vital services and business interests from infiltration by terrorists or by hostile nations; and it must to do so without betraying its own existence.
By the end of the story the mystery of her relationships is unravelled, and Katrina, who has by then become a mother in her own right, has grown up a bit, and convinced those who refused to trust her, just how and why she is like she is, and why she deserves to be respected.
I am the least computer literate person you could find, so the fact I understood the central theme of the story - Maxtracker itself - is proof that Eileen Schuh’s writing is lucid and straightforward. More importantly, she has a direct, unfussy style that doesn’t get in the way of this very enjoyable and well-told story.