A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.
When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris' ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap in to the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik - a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.
Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv, a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation - a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness - are just the beginning of irrevocable change. At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve.
©2016 Lavie Tidhar (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"It is just this side of a masterpiece - short, restrained, lush - and the truest joy of it is in the way Tidhar scatters brilliant ideas like pennies on the sidewalk." (NPR)
"Central Station is in every way a literary masterpiece." (The Future Fire)
I seriously have no idea if this book is any good. they narration is so annoying I cannot focus on the story at all, but what I did catch seemed pretty bad. why does every other sentence end with the crescendo of a 1950's radio broadcast climax. it is simply unbearable and makes it impossible appreciate the story. I sincerely want a refund because there is no possible way I can finish this story, unless possibly you release it with another narrator
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