- File Size: 3005 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LR5ME0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,899,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I kept reading hoping in vain for something that would make me care about the characters or some drama related to the over sharing of personal information in a public media. The abrupt ending left me with a feeling of having wasted my time. It could have been so much better.
The story takes Michael Ayres, a young twenty-something, through approximately thirteen months of his life. What he shares in his posts and what we learn second-hand reveals more about Michael's character than he perhaps would want us to discover. Michael's growth is shown not just through what he says and does not, but photographically as his appearance along with the photos he shares change.
For readers of Facebook and Twitter, the story's going to be easy to read. Everything's arranged by date, but the newest information is on top. So, when you go to a new month, you're reading upside-down. Depending on your e-reader, scrolling may pose a slight problem going bottom-to-top, but the effort is well worth the trouble.
Rebecca Kyle, December 2011
A year of a young man's life as portrayed through his social media - FacePlace, twiddle and his personal blog. It's an interesting idea and Ms. Hamilton carries it off... 95% of the way through. I feel the final change in the main character's life gets the short shrift - the clues are there, but as someone who's gone through that change twice in his life (damn, avoiding spoilers is difficult) I feel it would at least merit a blog post, even if it were a second, third, or fourth attempt to convey the news in a neutral manner.
I find it odd that I wasn't shocked at all by the amount of the character's personal life that leaked out through his use of social media. Perhaps I and my friends are way into overshare already, but he seemed rather restrained in many places.
In no way meaning to damn with faint praise however, any story that works 95% of the time is way ahead of the curve, and I enjoyed the ride all the way through.
Warning to those who know my normal tastes in reading - this is not a genre story. Straight fiction, no chaser, and well worth the reading.