This is a future where there is near-sentient AI, augmented reality that creates realistic virtual battlefields from thin air, and a cure for cancer.
Miles Torvalds’ mother has cancer and she’s dying. With the cost of treatment unreachably high, Torvalds is forced into a choice– let his mother die or do anything to get her treatment paid for.
Why is this on our bookshelf?
We were offered a review copy of this book and rarely can we turn down the offer of a sci-fi novel. Here’s the character breakdown:
- Underdog drop-out whose mom is dying and whose last name is shared by the inventor of Linux and Git
- An unstable, personified, augmented-reality virus
- Most-wanted on FBI’s cyber-crimes most-wanted list
- A temporally-fixed Terminator crossed with Sam Fischer (Splinter Cell)
- The Government, insurance companies, NSA, CIA, etc etc
Rating (3 stars)
Although I rated this three-stars, this is probably a four-star book. The science seemed mostly sound, it was entertaining, and it had unexpected plot movement and devices. This is the first in a potential d.o.mai.n series. Godsoe has crafted a wonderful sci-fi dystopia with an unlikely hero. I look forward to the next book in the series.
However, this is self-published book and in our review copy, that shows. Hopefully the typos and inconsistencies were cleared up. Beyond the technical issues, there are areas that, given a little more attention, could have made the overall book stronger.
Read this book:
if you see the future in augmented reality wearable technology: literally, or figuratively.
Don't Read this book:
if you’re just going to shoot things down because they’re unlikely to happen in the way it’s described. It’s speculative science fiction for frak’s sake.
Once you're done, do this:
Take another look at Google Glass and ponder the future.