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System: With his face in the sun Paperback – May 6, 2015
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About the Author
Jon A Davidson built four successful companies based on technology he designed and developed from conception to sale and exit. Featuring regularly in the national top 100 fastest growing tech businesses and winning multiple awards for his systems and products he is no stranger to the recent history of technology. The sale of his last venture meant that he has finally found time to venture into writing fiction focusing on the impact that technology will have on the individual and mankind as a whole. His debut novel SYSTEM With his face in the Sun achieved a 5star Foreword Clarion Review - "Classic sci-fi, mystery, and noir fiction mix with futurist questions about where society's slippery slope may be taking us."
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Title: System: With his face in the Sun
Author: Jon A Davidson
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 18
Of the 18 readers:
12 would read another book by this author.
5 thought the cover was good or excellent.
9 felt the blurb was enticing.
6 thought the well-developed characters were the best part of the book.
12 thought the plot was the most interesting aspect of the book.
13 suggested having a new cover.
14 suggested removing the sub-title.
‘A thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi yarn. It’s not in your face adventure and there’s no exploding cars. It’s pretty tame in many ways but I liked that. It sort of bucks the trend. The hero, Wallace, is a pretty average sort of fellow and acts accordingly even when he’s defying the ‘system’. A bit slow in parts and the cover’s a bit too busy but, generally, very enjoyable.’ Female reader (professional editor), aged 33
‘I also very much worry about the path technology is taking us. It seems people are becoming increasingly addicted to the telephone; in fact, in many ways, it’s a drug. Any book which highlights the possible negative aspects of relying too much on the system, will always have a place on my bookshelf.’ Female reader, aged 38
‘I liked the technology; the author, I think, knows his stuff. The plot is also interesting as is the central premise of a system controlling every part of life. The odd sentence needs tightening up and the cover is a bit misleading. Oddly, my biggest problem with the book is the sub-title. It’s weak and pulls away from the title.’ Male reader (editor and publisher), aged 43
‘A fascinating sci-fi drama.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
We are at a point in the future where the world has changed. The System now controls everything; think of it as a sentient Internet that tells you what to do. Almost everyone on the planet is connected to the System through their CommCuffs, and the System lets you know how to get anywhere, what you should be doing to make yourself feel better, and whether your marriage is worth it. The seas rose, and things went to hell, so the System was developed to fix things, which it did, shrinking the population through some secret, not so liked means, and making the world a much better place to live. Now everyone lives their lives guided by the System, and, while it’s not illegal to disagree with what the System tells you, you might disappear from society if you disagree too much, because the System is never wrong.
Wallace Blair thinks everything is going just right in his life. He has a wonderful wife he loves very much, a job he really enjoys that makes him be creative and somewhat individual, a unique facet in the world of the System, as well as two kids and a lovely home. And then one day the System lets him know through his CommCuff that he and his wife are in Transition, meaning their marriage is about to end. Wallace doesn’t accept this, knowing he’s perfectly happy in his marriage, but the System is never wrong. His wife fully believes their marriage is over once she gets the same announcement on her CommCuff, and this begins a long and interesting journey for Wallace. He confronts Arthur, his father, who is a highly-ranked worker in the System, about why this is all happening to him.
The trail leads him to discovering his grandfather, Edward, apparently isn’t in a care home with dementia, but living hidden away in an abandoned town in Spain, completely disconnected from the System. When Wallace eventually finds his grandfather, he learns a lot about why the man chose to keep his life secret, and upon returning to London, everything changes for him, as the System comes for him.
For a self-published work, System is a surprisingly well-edited and copy-edited work of fiction. While there is a couple of typos and the occasional grammatical error, the flow and voice feel like something published by a big publishing house. The science is interesting and believable, and the book never really slows down, as the reader is hooked in wondering where it will go next. The reasoning and reveal at the heart of System is just as entertaining and enthralling as any other work of good dystopian science fiction. It can best be described as The Matrix meets 1984.
Originally written on June 20, 2015 ©Alex C. Telander.
Posted with permission from the Sacramento Book Review</a>