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Version Control: A Novel Paperback – January 10, 2017
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In the very near future, self-driving cars and the use of artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly commonplace, social media has expanded its dominating role in people's lives, and a small group of physicists are close to producing the first quantitative proof of space-time anomalies. The main characters are millennials in their early to late 30s, and the story revolves around their day-to-day lives and interactions. Palmer takes his time building a world that at first seems only slightly futuristic and even somewhat mundane in its similarities to the present day. Some teens will find the slow start difficult, but those who make it through the first half of the story will begin to recognize the all-too-real possibilities for what their own futures might hold. Quantum physics, race relations, the power of social media, amoral technology, and politics are all topics of high interest among many teens. Palmer shines a disturbing spotlight on these issues, exposing the ease with which our lives can be manipulated without our awareness. VERDICT Teens with a keen interest in physical science or social psychology will find this a particularly satisfying, albeit disturbing, read.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Vox, and Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year
One of The Washington Post’s best science fiction and fantasy books of the year
“Exhilarating. . . . A thoughtful, powerful overhaul of the age-old time travel tale.” —NPR
“With time travel as a fascinating backdrop, Palmer delicately examines the layers of stories we create when trying to differentiate ‘the information from the truth.’” —The Washington Post
"One of 2016’s best science fiction novels. . . . Version Control should be on the reading list of every fan of smart sci-fi." —GQ
“Engrossing and strange. . . . A knowing, frequently funny and often very sad novel that explores love, marriage and loss in the age of social media.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Brilliant and richly satisfying: a novel that is utterly true to the complicated and science fictional world we live in today.” —Buzzfeed
Top customer reviews
Also had one big plot hole with regard to the little bit of time travel that does happen, further weakening the time travel aspect.