I got this book for $1.99 after browsing for something inexpensive to listen to, being between credits and something of an audiobook addict, so I wasn..Show More »'t expecting much. I hadn't heard of the author or listened to the narrator before. I thought, "what the heck", so I got it.
As the title of this review indicates, the book was surprisingly good and the narration equally so. As this is sci-fi, you are just going to have to accept and run with the idea that the thoughts of people in the past as well as in the present can be accessed by anyone at any time by the Lattice. I had more trouble going with the thoughts of people in the past than I did with the present day people's thoughts, but the book concentrates mainly on the involvement of persons in the present, so it wasn't a big distraction.
There are a couple f-bombs scattered throughout and a few not-too-graphic sex scenes, but I did not find them overly gratuitous, frequent or offensive. I felt they were logical additions in the story. If their mere presence will freak you out, don't get the book. This is your trigger warning.
The Lattice is the ultimate VR experience which enables users to enter the thoughts of any person past or present without that person's being aware of it. We read of people's being so absorbed by their smartphones while walking that they bump into things or walk into traffic. The society of the near future has enacted helmet laws and developed self-driving cars to protect its members due to the pervasiveness of the problem. Sounds familiar.
Byron Shaw is charged with defending the Lattice when the book begins. The book covers how he came to be in that position and how the Lattice was developed in the first place and its implications for society. It's a pretty good social commentary on our dependence on or interaction with computers, smartphones, tablets and other technology right now. Byron eventually does an about-face and conspires to help its inventor destroy the Lattice. Byron is smart and decent, but not a superhero. He questions, doubts and struggles. He does things which have unintended consequences and has to live with them on his conscience.
The title indicates it's a trilogy, so there is more to come. I am looking forward to the next installment, although you could, if you wanted, leave off where the book ends and just ponder its implications. I will be happy to use a full credit to get the next book and hope it will be available soon.
Doug Mackey turned out to be a really decent narrator with a very pleasant voice and pace. I hope he will narrate the subsequent novels. I am going to add him to my list of "narrators to look for" when browsing for a new book.
I found this book to be an interesting continuation. There was a great deal of exposition that most likely could have been cut but luckily it moved pr..Show More »etty quickly. It's a good story, engaging and intriguing. Not sure I'll read the next. Just not that interested in the lattice and what happens next. However if you read the first book, this one is a must to close the story line.
I admit that the background of the iron harvest and tie in the story was well thought out.