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Simple Paperback – October 24, 2014
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About the Author
Dena Nicotra was born in Southern California and grew up between the busy city and a small town in Arkansas. She is a copywriter, freelance journalist and holds a degree in Communications. She currently lives in a small desert town in California with her husband and two sons.
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Synopsis (from the author): In a future that is the by-product of a digital era nightmare, the idea of making life simple appealed to the mainstream. After the economic collapse of the twenty-first century, the government latched on to technology like an economic life-line. Bio-synthetic humanoids integrated into society with relative ease. Taking on the menial jobs, humans grew dependent on their android counterparts, but the corporate sector took things too far. Wrapped in their one-click comfort zones, people trudged along with their latte’s and fashion trend blinders.
No one seemed to notice that they weren’t acting as hospitable as they once had. They should have. They didn’t have weaknesses like we did, and, they were capable of clever, unimaginable cruelty. People didn’t stand a chance.
Hailey Pachello doesn’t do people. She relies on herself because it’s easier. It’s safer, and it’s less dramatic. That is until she meets Leonard ‘Gizzard’ O’Malley. Giz has connections and a plan, and it might just be a good one.
What I liked: I liked the way Dena Nicotra took the technology that we take for granted and morphed it into a dystopian future where technology has basically destroyed the world. The simps hunt humans and kill them mercilessly (while using movie lines, which I thought was pretty cool). Hailey, our young protagonist, is brave, tough, and distrusting and I liked her character. Giz is a perfect geek, and the supporting cast, and Hailey’s love interest add a nice human touch to the story. Filled with action and cool technology, it was a great read!
What I didn’t like: I thought the simps were easier to destroy than they should have been, given the technology used to create them. I also thought the propensity for violence against humans was restrained at times, which confused me a little bit given the premise of the story.
Overall impression: I liked this book! I normally don’t read dystopian, but this one was worth the time. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story of triumph in a dismal future.
My rating: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars)
It's the year 2038. Hailey is alone by choice, determined to survive in a world torn by war. Humans are hunted and killed by the Simps. She reluctantly joins forces with Giz.
She's not sure if he's going to be her destruction or her salvation.
Dena Nicotra's Simple is a great science fiction/post-apocalyptic novel. The book offers plenty of action and memorable characters. The grim setting is lightened by a bit of humor and fun. Although it's a great standalone story, the ending is left open for a sequel.
Written in a no-nonsense first person, Ms. Nicotra tells the story of a future filled with 'sims' - synthetic people. This is not an updated version of Asimov’s Robot series, nor is it another version of 'Do Android Dream Of Electric Sheep'; rather, it is a flat out statement that man will reap what he sows, in this case, make a synthetic person, using Artificial Intelligence and you stand the chance of creating the end of humanity. No zombies, no werewolves, no vampires need apply—
just AI gone wild. That's it, no spoilers, no teasers. Read it.