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Plot: In a future world that is somehow both familiar and completely alien, Jonah Oliver has to prevent 2/3 of the world's population from being destroyed. Along the way, he discovers new (and sometimes horrible) truths about himself and his world. Additionally, some aspects of this futuristic world are terrifying - everyone is required to carry a device that will monitor all activity, for one thing, and it is soon to be embedded in people's arms. This, in particular, seemed entirely plausible to me - in fact, almost a logical conclusion from the way technology is developing today.
Setting: The world, mostly "New Singapore," 2109. Nicely done. I liked the way the author let us just figure out what the new technology was without feeling the need to overly explain it. I also liked the slang used for the devices, it made them seem more real and more plausible.
Characters: Well developed for a thriller - I suppose that is one of the features that makes it likeable to me as not a big fan of the genre.Read more ›
First, the writing overall is stilted. For the first half of the book, I actually believed that the author was not a native English speaker. Then I looked him up online and discovered that he was born and raised in Manchester, England. I don't know if the problem was all the terminology he used to make the story seem futuristic or that he is just a beginning writer and hasn't found his voice yet. This didn't stop me from reading, but it did decrease my enjoyment level.
Second, some of the major characters really are just stereotypes that are barely fleshed out. Jonah, the protagonist, is allowed to speak to the reader in first person, but he is the only character that rises to the level of full development. The worst offender, and possibly the most important character to the storyline, is Gabriel. This book would have been so much stronger if we'd had scenes in which Gabriel was given the first person POV to address us. As written, however, his climactic letter to the world comes across as impossibly naive, as does the global portion of the ending.
Third, the author created some really clever jargon for this world that created a real sense of place and time that is outside of our own. It was never difficult to figure out what the jargon meant, but unfortunately, some of the jargon words he created were crazy hard to pronounce, even though they were just 2 syllables long. Kudos for the idea and the consistent execution of it.
Finally, I need to say that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing a review.
Unfortunately, no was the answer to all three questions. This author could benefit from the professional advice of an editor, someone to insert punctuation at key junctures, to help craft a real and approachable voice for the main character. The book reads like someone describing aloud everything that happens in a video game- it's too long, and, to be honest, boring.
There were some interesting concepts, clearly postulated from current privacy-on-the-internet issues, but they needed more fleshing out and less stereotypical male action hero treatments. The characters all seemed like cardboard cutouts: "Good Guy," "Evil Guy," "Bitchy Lesbian." And did I mention it was too long? It was too long.
Reading this was a waste of time, but once I started I felt too badly to simply delete it. A noble try from a first-time author, but perhaps more practice is in order?
*Note to self- stop buying books based on the cover!
In his first novel, Simon Royle has managed to create a riveting thriller that kept me up much past my bedtime. From the first chapter, I was engaged and eager to discover the secrets of Jonah's life as they unfolded. The book is set a century in the future, and the world looks much as we may expect; it is different, but somehow exactly the same. In line with the human tendency to shorten words of common objects (think net for internet, phone for telephone, TV for television), some of the important terms of this century include, amongst other terms, dev (device), trav (travel), and cred (credit- monetary units earned by "contributions"). Although common travel has extended to the moon and the world is now united, at least in theory, the people and the experiences are recognizable and definitely feasible. The idea of "tagging" humans with their identity numbers is perhaps not even as far in the future as the timeline chosen for this book.Read more ›
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This was a great read until I got to the last two chapters. The ending just does not fit the rest of the story. It was as if the author ran out of gas. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good read, story may have gone further but then since its Book 1 assume more to come in book 2. All in all an enjoyable and different futurist novel.Published 2 months ago by M. A. Flora
I don't think I could write anything more complimentary than to say I will definitely buy the next book in this series!
Well done Mr Royle.... Read more
Sci-fi political suspense that is well placed and visually alive. I can't wait for the movie. Ian Fleming couldn't have done it better.Published 10 months ago by WILLIAM LEWIS WEXLER
It was a good read except for the childish attempt to be futurist by inventing words from shortened words. This was annoying because it was so obvious as a grasp to be different. Read morePublished 15 months ago by G. Lauer
This story takes you from a place of contentment to emerging knowledge to realization of truth. A great story that keeps moving and keeps you in the story.Published 23 months ago by kmo
Great summer read - engrossing plot. Will definitely pick up book 2.Published on July 6, 2014 by June
This book started as a thrill ride and didn't disappoint. The characters were revealed and built upon and they kept you moving throughout the story. Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by Gwynneth
I liked it ! could this be the future of our planet ,its believable and it moves right along keeping you interested in whats going to happen next.Published on March 5, 2014 by Tim