Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster. Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above. Traveling along the same route, Eva Thomspon finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other. Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.
This is a dystopian novel set in America. All is good for Carl and Liam, living the “American Dream” with all the mod cons and living in essence the perfect life. “Too Good To Be True” is a phrase that jumps to mind. When Carl starts experiencing random memories, he knows something is wrong, especially after one such episode causes a blackout. When he awakens he realises things are not as he thought, his first thoughts are for his son, Liam. But Liam is scared of his dad and will not come anywhere near him. Carl needs answers, why has this happened and what is going on? His only clue is to travel north for answers. It is on this journey he meets and befriends Eva, she is also in the same situation as Carl. Together they will find out the truth.
Technology and advancement of it are the basic premise of this plot, how we are so reliant on technology. It is similar to plots that have been played out in many books and films over the years. It has a feel of H.G. Wells and George Orwell but with an almost cinema-graphic feel to it, like Westworld or the Matrix.
The one thing I really liked was the way the book was laid out, chapters between Carl and his journey alternated with that of a computer system running protocols, bios and updates. I don’t want to say too much about this for fear of spoilers. It is set at a very good pace, and I found it a very addictive page turner.
This is a psychological dystopian novel. It does a very good job of playing on technological fears for the future, as well as discussing human perceptions, ir their Interpretation of what they believe. This is something that has been discussed for decades, and I am sure for more decades to come, as our advancement in a computer based systems increases then so does our reliance on it. The story of Carl, Liam and Eva has been very well intertwined into the story, and the fact that the reader learns what is going on, often before the characters.
I think this is a book for people who like dystopian genres. This for me has the feel of a modern story but with classic science fiction roots. It was a very enjoyable read. I would like to thank the author for bringing this book to my attention. My thoughts expressed here are honest, unbiased and my own.
Dylan Callens’ Bio:
Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.
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