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- Publisher: Realm & Sands (October 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 30, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GC456F2
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I'm sure this information will come in handy as I read the next installment (soon I hope).
If you haven't read The Beam then I recommend reading that ahead of time; many of the concepts and events in this book are at least mentioned or implied and knowing where this book is going to end up (as the fictional intended audience already would, as they live in that world of 2097) will lead to enjoying the book more than just coming into it cold.
One thing that I did miss, however, was the introduction of Respero (it's need, it's implementation, it's consequences, etc) which isn't touched on at all, and would have enjoyed more information about the AI Clerics although in the context of this book I think that mentioning them was probably enough.
Hopefully in the future there can be other "non-fiction" or persuasive books or short stories published by the folks in the future in this world to further flesh things out; for example, an invitation to the Church of West would be fun to read.
This book is written as a future 'looking back' at how the word in The Beam came about. It explores the technology of the day, and how it evolved from our world in 2013 to the 'present day' of 2097. We learn how the quickly changing wave of constantly connected technology brought with it both glorious and devastating effects to humanity, depending on who you were, where you lived, and what you could afford.
It's written in somewhat of an Malcolm Gladwell exposé-style way, where the issues and ideas are looked at by including other thinkers, movers, and shakers of the day. Engrossing.
The book is very well done, and you start to forget that this world hasn't happened yet. You find yourself wondering when you're going to be able to buy one of the cool doodads mentioned in the book. You see how we are today, see the authors' fictional future, and the line starts to blur. I can see this happening...
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