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Trade: A Novelette Paperback – February 14, 2013
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It was a fun idea that failed to be revealed.
Right in the first page, I glean some genetic strands of `Trainspotting'--except the narrator is talking about mobile apps, about making that one, big shot at success, about capitalizing on man's age-old business: sex. The main character is involved in a social media company operating out of Germany, and their greatest product is an app called Xchange, whose purpose is to make it convenient for users to find consenting sexual partners. But the catch: it all comes to a point when the very success of the app means the narrator might be losing his girlfriend--and that's only the tip of the iceberg.
Lochlan Bloom is a terrific writer--he writes in an uncanny way that reminds you of that same voice in your head, that voice that tells you you're about to mess up, but is powerless about the ensuing drama just the same. The writing's snappy, delivered in just the right contemporary cadence that makes you feel like you're listening to a friend's confession. And most importantly, there is that sublime depth to it all--a gravitas that you cannot exactly point at with a finger, but it's there and you feel it just the same.
Overall, this is a thought-provoking what-if--a story that is sordid in actuality, but told in an antiseptic, I'm-beyond-it-all tone that only succeeds in emphasizing its gravity. Five stars, no less.
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The protagonist didn't draw me in as being some one I cared enough about to want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to him. Stylistically it read well, though.Published on June 15, 2013 by James kastner
The premise is a compelling one, and while the writing can be a bit rough in places, the first 80% or so of the book is at least an interesting perspective on startup culture. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Pretty unique outlook on how technology can shape our relationships. The characters all felt so real and I very much enjoyed following them throughout the course of the book.Published on April 2, 2013 by DJesus