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Our souls were crushed in a quiet revolution.

We can no longer think for ourselves in an era controlled by artificial intelligence. While on the brink of starvation, we are led to believe that life is perfect. There is no need for hope; no one realizes that any is required.

Only a handful of Untruthers live outside of this grand illusion.

I am now one of them.

My name is Carl Winston, and I have lost everything to find the truth.

©2017 Dylan Callens (P)2018 Dylan Callens

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Good premise...

At my request, this audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

I enjoyed the idea of this story more than the actual story. I love Sci-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic stories too. This kind of touches both. Really, it's like Matrix meets I, Robot, with some Terminator for flavor. I just felt like this story lacked depth. There wasn't much for me to latch on to and really CARE about with the characters. We barely even know who our protagonist is, the lady feels like a forced love interest, and the kid... I was disappointed there too.

I feel like Dylan Callens has a great idea here in how he spun these elements together, but I also feel like this book could have used a few more rounds of challenges by editors and maybe Alpha/ Beta readers? It could have been better, IMO, if some of these looser plot elements had been fine-tuned and fleshed out. I guess I'm saying I wish that this same timeline was expanded into a longer book with more detail and more character interaction? Maybe some action too, for balance it.

All in all, this is a 3 star for me. The narration was good, but not awesome, but the story wasn't enough to leave me beating down the author's door for more. Still a read I enjoyed, though.

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Dystopian A.I. playing mind games

Poor Carl. He's just a a nice guy who loves his family; but his world shatters and he suffers a downward spiral of nightmarish experiences all at the whim of an emotionless A.I.

The book is dark and scary, but then, it is dystopian. Try adding some laughter into THAT genre sometime, not gonna happen. This isn't a Terminator style book either, if there was ever a man vs machine clash it is long over before the story begins. This is completely understandable too, as a giant intelligence would become "bored" and begin experimenting on whatever was nearby. Unfortunately, humanity is what was at hand during this momen of boredom.

This tale hits pretty close to reality, as it is completely plausible and could happen one day. The story is thought provoking and frightning. Do we think for ourselves? Are we ever in control? Do we really know what happiness is, and have we ever actually experienced it? With the kind of control Carl experiences we may never get answers.

The narrator does a fine job, keeping the pace set perfectly, and conveying the tenseness in each moment.

Read this tale, and keep an eye on your computer.

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Enjoyable Sci-Fi story on how machines take over

Disclaimer: I am reviewing the audible version of this book (which is not available as an edition here), which was a copy for review.

This book was very well timed for me since I had just finished reading Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari, which touches on our dependence on computer intelligence an how productivity vs. human happiness are issues to consider when relaying on AI. I thought that this book was an interesting short story about how that dependency on AI can backfire due to our own shortsightedness and how the machines' interpretation of "survival" and "preservation" can be much different from our own.

It is definitely a different take from other pieces of science fiction like The Matrix, Neuromancer, and The Terminator. How to enslave a human was a nice addition for your futuristic Sci-Fi, machines take over the world collection.

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What if cloning was legal?

Dylan Callens brings up some fantasies that truly could be a reality if cloning were legal. Manipulating minds, creating beings, and rebooting the human brain to see a completely different world then the stark reality are just the beginning.

Carl has a great life and a great son. He has no idea that anything is or could be different. Until he goes for his yearly test, and starts to question everything in his life. Things start to unravel as he seeks more answers and find a more truths.

This story truly is a fanicinating look at a world that has gone completely digital. A world that we could be heading towards with all our dependence on electronics. would it happen, probably not, but this story truly makes you think about it.

Ulka Mohanty is superb in her narration. She has a voice that is easy to listen to. She was able to distinguish each character and bring them to life. Her narration truly added to the whole story experience.

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good company for a long journey

great companion for a long journey. the story kept me interested without being too distracting. I very much like the narrator

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"WOW, excellent writing"

Haven`t read anything like this in a very long time.
It was beautifully written and the narrative was flawless.
A little frightening at what the future may hold if "AI" is imbedded in every aspect of human lives.
Great story, eye opening to say the least.