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I have been avoiding YA/NA lately because I just have a hard time reading it, mostly, I think, because I have two teens at the moment who are driving me crazy. However, since I really like this author, I went ahead and read this. I am glad I did. Not only is it a very interesting read, but the book’s events are similar (parallel) to what is happening today. And, I can really see something very similar happening in the future. Cass is very realistic in her struggles to understand everything she’s led to believe might be wrong, and her girlfriend Shelby is probably more patient than I would be while Cass deals with this. The plot does take a little bit to get going, but this is only because there is quite a bit of backstory that needs established. Once the meat of the plot gets going, the reader is grabbed by the throat and never let loose. I didn’t like the ending but not because of bad writing or anything, but because I wanted to yell at the characters! LOL! I am now very anxious to see what is going to happen next and how they will fix what is going on. I highly recommend this book and was provided a copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
3.0 out of 5 starsAn Author Unpublished Book Review
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2020
There were some things about this book that I really liked, and then others, not so much. On the one hand, the writing was clear and easy to read. The narrative voice flowed well and there weren’t any noticeable typos. For the most part, I enjoyed the plot and characters – but that isn’t to say there weren’t flaws.
The romance between Shelby and Cass didn’t feel genuine or even like a romance at all. Although I applaud the author in being progressive, it felt more like a gimmick than anything real. In a way, it served to showcase that the major struggle of the plot was really just a thinly veiled approximation of the LGBTQ+ struggle vs. conservative extremists. It may have been switched out to technology vs. the anti-technology groups, but it was very much the same battle. Having Shelby and Cass’s relationship throw into that dichotomy just made it obvious in a way I’m not sure did the plot any favors.
Overall, the book was okay. There were parts I liked, parts that nearly lost my interest, and parts I wish had more depth. If you enjoy science fiction, you may enjoy this.
Who would have that that in the future with cyberkinetics, there would still be discrimination. This story shows a young woman starting college and how her beliefs are changed by the people surrounding her. As sad as it sounds, death is still the result of discrimination. If you fear someone or something, kill it. Well written story.
Frighteningly plausible in the near future and very reflective of what is happening now. Very evocative and was wringing the emotions out of me. Very powerful. I can't recommend this enough. Have always enjoyed his books and his strong character development but this one is incredible.
I could not put this book down, I read it in 2 sittings. It was so exciting and suspenseful at the end and was sorry it ended where it did. It definitely has a cliff hanger. I could relate to the characters; they seemed very real. I very much liked how the two characters were gay but that was not part of the story. This was accepted by the parents and everyone else as a non-issue, in a way I hope our world could be like soon. The book was well written and edited with no typos, which is a pet peeve of mine. Thank you for this wonderful story, can't wait to see what happens to Cass next, and if her family ever gets past their hatred of implants and accepts her for who she is.
Really liked this story. Face paced near future story about a girl that goes off to college. And learns that the world she was raised in was different than she thought. Loved the characters and can't wait to see what happens next. Great start to a new series that both YA and adults will enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 starsInterested enough to read again.
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
Excellent book. I would tell all to read. It is basically a sci-find but interesting because of the intensity that prevails. It's basically racists against beings that have needed or wanted a change. So what's the problem with the people who are against them. The racists are probably jealous or hateful because of their difference or their superior ability . Recommend to all
5.0 out of 5 starsCyber's Change (warning; minor spoiler in review)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2020
I picked this up (as a freebie) because it looked like a fun read. After reading it, perhaps "fun" isn't quite right word; it's a fascinating premise and a great story. I found myself caring about Cass and Shelby -always a good sign, in my view- and the fate of Eric made me gasp out loud. As soon as I finished it, I bought the next two volumes.
It's basically replicating alt.right tensions, but this time about cybernetics (instead of being about LGBT or race or religion or women's rights or...). The topic could have been interesting - not only is the heroine herself quite prejudiced against them, but it's also a multifaceted issue where you find good arguments on both sides (particularity how the rich just buy themselves the better stuff).
But of course there's not much of a nuance in this story.
The characters are pretty shallow, too. I can't say any of them have much of a personality, and their personal struggles and the simplistic romance feel pretty artificial.
That not-so-good impression gets rounded out with an unsatisfying end. Overall not recommended.
Not my usual type of read, although I am into paranormals and aliens have not really read too many sci-fi AI type of books, nor lesbian relationships. Only read it because it was written by one of my favourite authors, and he sent it to me for free. I was not disappointed, it investigates prejudices that exist in our world now through people of the future. A very topical book. Loved that Jamie’s medical background comes through with very descriptive narration in regard to implants. Lost a bit of interest in the middle but caught me back before the end. Thought it was good enough that I bought it. Now need the next book to see what happens to Cass particularly.
A very interesting concept. When a group of people do not want to be changed they may kill to make sure this does not happen. The book is a chilling tale of such a group. I will read the second book to satisfy my curiosity of where the tale is heading.