Four stars for YA readers (target audience). Three and a half for everyone else.
Projection, a science-fiction novel by Tabatha Shipley, has an interesting premise. What if, by embedded technology, you could project your thoughts on a screen? And what if that same technology glitched and you started showing private memories to the public?
Sixteen-year-old Emma Johnson finds herself in an embarrassing situation of displaying her memories, and sometimes her fantasies, in front of everyone. The malfunctioning chip under her skin is only the start of her experiences, and the story has another innovative idea concerning memories awaiting the reader later.
Emma is a believable and likable person right from page one. Pairing her with a great science-fiction idea set in an “average” family situation and you have an absorbing novel. While I enjoyed reading about Emma and her day-to-day struggles, the book took its time to get to the central idea.
This novel is a worthy addition to your library, and I believe a young adult reader would like it more than I did. If you like science fiction set in a world similar to the one we live in with a nice adventure near the end, you’ll want to pick up Projection.