If you could re-create a day, what dark secrets would you uncover?
From New York Times number-one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other.
Anthony Davis and his partner, Chaz, are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today.
Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery - until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That's one order they have to refuse.
The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn't mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight.
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My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but Sanderson does it again. He comes up with something entirely different from what he has been writing. Think of your favorite fantasy or sci-fi writers and now think of how many universes they write in. For most it is one. I have lost count of how many Sanderson has invented and so many are great wonders to get lost in. This world is a world within a world or a city-state within a city-state. It is a time travel book. It is easy to get into your head, the rules are not complicated. The story has some twists and turns, some are predictable, but a couple I did not see coming.
The universe itself is enough to recommend this book, but I also like the characters. These are cops or detectives who are basically outcasts. In the real world they are losers, outcasts, failures. In this world it is harder for them to screw up and cause damage. They of course don't see themselves this way and are hungry to prove themselves. One cop is OVERLY AGRESSIVE, while they other one is the opposite. Yet, even in a world that really does not exist, crime can still happen and crazies can still torture.
If your a Sanderson fan, this is a must and if you don't know him, this is a good place to start.
The Dragon Mother
I loved this story! It was a short-story but full up to the brim with Brandon Sanderson style mind-twisting stuff. I always have to keep an open mind when I read (or listen to) his stories. He always takes me someplace I wasn't expecting. Loved It!!
Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule
An excellent short sf mystery... Nice pacing, well drawn characters, and some crafty mystery within a mystery within a mystery stufff going on... Kinda like Minority Report meets The Butterfly Effect... Performance is better than good and fits w/ the mood and voice of the narrative... Very much worth the small freight for a Sanderson tale that impresses one w/ his range...
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
I have been meaning to try a story by this author for quite some time, but hadn't gotten around to it until now. My loss! The creative worldbuilding, the description of characters and setting, the tight plot with that wow-worthy end twist made for a fantastic first-time encounter. This was a cross between sci-fi and mystery with a good old-fashioned detective noir feel.
This shorter story introduces a futuristic situation when technology now allows police to recreate a day and setting from the near-past and send officers into the simulation to find out what happened on a certain day or time to gather facts that will lead to finding evidence in the real world to present in court. Two of the 'snapshot' officers, Davis and Chaz, are sent in by court order to find evidence against a murderer, but they stumble across hints of something bigger going down.
Davis and Chaz know they are considered screw ups by the rest of the force and have been given assignments in the Snapshot sym because it's considered lesser police work. Both want to prove themselves so they set out to solve the darker case they stumbled upon.
So, I'm not going to say a lot about this one other than I was intrigued by the futuristic idea of simulating past scenes to gather evidence for crimes and the intense case the pair of Snapshot detectives stumble across. I enjoyed both characters and they were a fun team of opposites. But that ending, wow. I actually saw it coming to a certain extent, but not in its entirety. Left me sitting there gaping with surprise and I love when a story pulls a 'gotcha!' like that.
I experienced Snapshot in its audio version. This was my first encounter with William DeMeritt as narrator. He had a great deep gravelly voice that matched the tough guy detectives and the story. His Chaz accent was perfect with it's noir flavor.
All in all, quick yet engrossing sci-fi mystery that I can highly recommend.
I rec'd this book free.
This book is the intersection of a whole bunch of stuff that I like:
- thoughtful science fiction;
- noiresque detective story;
- well-written characters and a twisty storyline (aka Brandon Sanderson).
Mr Sanderson has a "story starts now, we'll world-build as we go" style and, despite the length of this story (or lack thereof) it works really well here again. You're quickly enmeshed in the day of Detective Davis and his partner as it kicks off, attempting to corroborate a real-world case via a vaguely-defined "snapshot" of the city that he lives in. The "snapshot" concept is mostly referenced as vague tangents (it's the kind of thing that would probably turn up in the latter third of a properly sized Sanderson story) and it's best explained by reading the story rather than a review. You should go do that now.
Mr DeMeritt's voice provides a perfect narration and he does really well voicing the small collection of characters.
I own 494 Audible Audio books. (See my Stunned Look) That can be a good or bad thing. Either way I'm always entertained and enlightened!
I never expected to like this story so much. I bypassed for several days. I kept getting drawn in my the artwork. That picture of the cop holding the badge "is" Davis. The eyes were compeling.
The story was suspenseful and thought provoking. I found myself wondering what I'd do in seeing that badge in the dupe. It sure left me with a lot of questions though. Hope answers will be forthcoming and future stories or books. Don't know if there are any plans for that though.
I would definitely recommend this story!
From H.G. Wells' Time Machine through Ray Bradbury's "butterfly effect" to Back to the Future and on into Star Trek, we have grown accustomed to worrying about the space-time continuum and the paradoxes of being in two times at once and the havoc that this can wreak. We know of accidental time travelers, collectors of lost artifacts, historians verifying events, and people trying make adjustments, for good or ill. There are so many time-traveling stories around now, it is hard to find one that is new or interesting, yet that is just what we have here. Time traveling crime investigation is also not a completely new concept, but Sanderson's how-does-it-work ideas are fresh and pleasing.
A likable cop with his bristly partner team up to find corroboration on particularly sticky cases. In this fairly short story, Sanderson develops their personalities and their back-stories, yet leaves some surprises for the end. There is cops-and-robbers excitement, startling non-rescues, and an unsettling, thought-provoking ending. It's not as light as many might prefer for a YA novel, but it is an intriguing little story for older teens and adults.
William DeMeritt's narration is delightful. The characters are realistic and sympathetic. This was an all-around pleasure to listen to.
If you've read Sanderson's Stealheart trilogy, this reminded me of a grown-up, stroke of that sort of story (with the alternate reality sort of option). Good story packed into a short little book.
"Fast-paced, character driven. simply Sanderson"
It was most certainly the pace. And of course the idea behind the story itself.
What can I say, both main characters were my favourites. Each of them brought something different to the table.
His gruff baritone added that extra almost hardboiled atmosphere to the world Sanderson created. He made the world real and also made the character’s sound distinct. Which in my opinion is what truly matters when grading a narrator.
Snapshot: take a picture: you never know, it might be your last.
The magic man did it again! I knew as soon as I saw the title on audible; I knew that I would buy it, buy it and enjoy it.
One thing to say was that the audiobook was only 2 hours and 23 minutes.
But somehow it felt longer. But please don’t take that the wrong way, in my opinion that was good. The story did not feel rushed. The conclusion brought everything to a close with a snap and it left my mind reeling. Brandon Sanderson manages to put in plot and character developments galore; adding little clues on the way and letting your imagination roam for a little while. Until you are hit with the big reveal, and make no mistake, there is a big reveal. One of those ahhh…. Head-scratching moments that leave you asking yourself, “How did I miss that”? And the ending so simple but at the same time oh so brilliant.
Yet again Brandon sanderson has left me wanting more from one if his short stories!! I hope he has plans for more in this world, it's an interesting premise.
"brilliant short story"
As always a great story by Brandon Sanderson. I really enjoyed the different story setting and characters. It's one of those ideas that in our futures could become the norm especially the cars and credit system. Definitely worth a listen.
I suspect that Brandon Sanderson has a lot of fun when he writes these. Readers of his magnificent Stormlight Archive series will know that he is capable of incredible world-building, complex character development and political intrigue. He writes magic systems and battle descriptions in great detail and with good logic. In this short novella form he can just throw off the shackles and write a story that he doesn’t have to explain in depth. In Snapshot that’s just what he does. A fast-paced short(ish) story moulded along classic sci-fi lines with little attempt to explain the far-fetched scenario. The narration by William DeMeritt is massively appropriate and it’s a good couple of hours of sci-fi trickery.
PS At the time of writing it looks like the waiting for the next Stormlight book comes to an end in November with the release of Oathbringer . . . I can’t wait!
this is a great well thought out book with meaningful characters that draw together naturally.
"I wish it were longer"
A good yarn (if a little on the short side). It would have been interesting to discover what was creating the Snapshots, as it hinted at but not fully explained.
fantastic shortstory, short and captivating! a good story to recommend to people getting in to audiobooks.
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