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The rise of Alec Helena's most ambitious dream creates an existential shift tainted by an imperfect god. The first generation of life beyond humanity will be riddled with inherit contradictions. Every new life will have its own challenges and strive to find meaning. When androids become the next unwelcome native immigrants, they will be faced with humanity's foreign and do The rise of Alec Helena's most ambitious dream creates an existential shift tainted by an imperfect god. The first generation of life beyond humanity will be riddled with inherit contradictions. Every new life will have its own challenges and strive to find meaning. When androids become the next unwelcome native immigrants, they will be faced with humanity's foreign and domestic failures. Can the oppressed forgive their oppressors, or are the scars of such trespasses too deeply ingrained?


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The rise of Alec Helena's most ambitious dream creates an existential shift tainted by an imperfect god. The first generation of life beyond humanity will be riddled with inherit contradictions. Every new life will have its own challenges and strive to find meaning. When androids become the next unwelcome native immigrants, they will be faced with humanity's foreign and do The rise of Alec Helena's most ambitious dream creates an existential shift tainted by an imperfect god. The first generation of life beyond humanity will be riddled with inherit contradictions. Every new life will have its own challenges and strive to find meaning. When androids become the next unwelcome native immigrants, they will be faced with humanity's foreign and domestic failures. Can the oppressed forgive their oppressors, or are the scars of such trespasses too deeply ingrained?

30 review for The Kaleidoscope: The Gift of Madness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marisa V.

    I'm not a sci fi fan. I read this book (ebook) over the last few days because a friend recommended it. I cannot not stop thinking about it. The characters stay with you. I'm not sure what it is but the novel speaks to the bigger problems we have. I was expecting lasers and flying robots but the people/androids were troubled, flawed, and conflicted to say the least. I found it interesting in that the plot shifts like a movie. I imagined the scenes and the characters enough to want to read more. T I'm not a sci fi fan. I read this book (ebook) over the last few days because a friend recommended it. I cannot not stop thinking about it. The characters stay with you. I'm not sure what it is but the novel speaks to the bigger problems we have. I was expecting lasers and flying robots but the people/androids were troubled, flawed, and conflicted to say the least. I found it interesting in that the plot shifts like a movie. I imagined the scenes and the characters enough to want to read more. There were some parts that needed some more explaining (again, not a sci fi or political science fan) but it didn't take away from the story. There are going to be some people that hate me for saying this but I liked this story better than any Star Wars movies because its more realistic if that makes any sense. This novel should be made into a movie or a tv series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jackie P.

    Excellent. It’s very well written with a great story. I was totally immersed in the world because the story has believable characters. The plot, characters, and tech, are haunting and amazing. I kept imagining the complex concepts as real world developments. I highly recommend this book to any fiction and especially sci-fi fans. For a breakout novel, the author did a excellent job in creating a fun and fast read. Create a character map to follow this epic series. The novel deserves 5 stars plus.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    The Kaleidoscope is a fascinating, unique and layered novel. Far from traditional sci-fi or space opera, it's more of a social commentary put into the context of a futuristic society, which makes it all the more interesting. It's difficult to describe the book beyond the general description without giving away much of the story. I think it depends on the reader for what kind of book it is, as well. If the reader really wants to think critically about the themes discussed in the book (everything The Kaleidoscope is a fascinating, unique and layered novel. Far from traditional sci-fi or space opera, it's more of a social commentary put into the context of a futuristic society, which makes it all the more interesting. It's difficult to describe the book beyond the general description without giving away much of the story. I think it depends on the reader for what kind of book it is, as well. If the reader really wants to think critically about the themes discussed in the book (everything from globalization to human rights to spirituality), they can. If they only want a superficial, but unique, space opera, they can have that too. How in-depth the novel is depends on the readers level of critical thinking and involvement. My favorite part of the book is its uniqueness in story and characters. It truly is something different. In a world of copycats and bandwagon jumpers, the originality is welcomed and really sets this novel apart. If only more authors were as imaginative as Adrian Mendoza, we'd have a plethora of interesting and unique novels to read. In summation, I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes unique novels, sci-fi, social commentary, space opera, or any combination of those. A book that really stays with you and makes you think about your own world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Mendoza

    #technoir #humanism #episodicstorytelling

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Not a horrible book, but I wasn't a fan. There were a few things that made it a little hard to get through. The major thing was that it seemed like the author wasn't telling the whole story. I don't mean that in a secretive, sneaky kind of storytelling way, but like he forgot that the audience isn't in his head. Often a character would say something or react in a way that left me questioning how they got there. For example, two characters are having a discussion, and then suddenly one is yelling Not a horrible book, but I wasn't a fan. There were a few things that made it a little hard to get through. The major thing was that it seemed like the author wasn't telling the whole story. I don't mean that in a secretive, sneaky kind of storytelling way, but like he forgot that the audience isn't in his head. Often a character would say something or react in a way that left me questioning how they got there. For example, two characters are having a discussion, and then suddenly one is yelling at the other and the narrative is telling me that it's never gotten so heated before. I just don't know how it got to that point. (view spoiler)[There was a huge plotline that was seemingly abandoned halfway through the book: the corruption of the Andis. We're shown a scene of them murdering a house full of people because the people were designated as... a threat? It wasn't very clear to me. Dane, one of the Andis, finds a woman named Tavy and takes her home. (I guess they start dating? Did he just kidnap her or something?) This is a horrific thing to have happened, and eventually Tavy breaks it off because Dane won't recognize that his unit is corrupt. But it's never picked up again. By the end of the book, the Andis are made to look like the victims. (hide spoiler)] There were some other small things that got on my nerves, like the amount of characters. So. Many. Characters. And they all have these robot pets that also have names and unique shapes that you have to remember. It's a 174 page book but the cast is bigger than most full sized novels. Then there's the acromyns. There is an acromyn for everything. By page 150 we were still getting more acromyns. There was an acromyn within and acromyn. That's not so say there weren't any good things. There were a lot of things that showed promise, and I think if it had been fleshed out more would have made for a nice story. Unforunately it didn't quite get there.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scotty S.

    The novel had some really cool ideas (mind transferring, drones, android ascension, and the IDs!) I liked how the story was allowed to breathe. It brings depth to understanding the human condition. In reading the description, I was expecting an Ex Machina-like or Ghost in the Machine feel, but it was more descriptive in reflection and quite different an experience all together. The nuanced references were genial and much appreciated.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    smart, refreshing, thought-provoking Brilliant. Finally, someone wrote a sci-fi novel that I didn't mind reading. I enjoyed the author's ease of technology and their practical applications without all of the jargon. It had a story flow that made me question societal issues by offering a better understanding of what it's like to be an unwelcome native immigrant. smart, refreshing, thought-provoking Brilliant. Finally, someone wrote a sci-fi novel that I didn't mind reading. I enjoyed the author's ease of technology and their practical applications without all of the jargon. It had a story flow that made me question societal issues by offering a better understanding of what it's like to be an unwelcome native immigrant.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I was entangled within the rich imagery that embodied the illusion of power and concepts regarding the oncoming struggles of integrating advanced technology into society. Excellent read that provokes consternation of transhumanism.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Al Mendoza

    Thought provoking literature . A compelling look on a very possible future for humans. I enjoy a great sci fi page turner when i can get my hands on one and this is one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Artur Serra-Salvat

  11. 4 out of 5

    Allan Wildeman

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tomas Zaiya

    Great book Adrian

  13. 5 out of 5

    Simon Fuller

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jotam Junior Trejo

  15. 4 out of 5

    Frank Lechuga

    I finally finished reading Adrian Mendoza's debut masterpiece in the e-book format, "The Kaleidoscope: The Gift of Madness." Wow! It's a complex epic, brilliant work about a future humanity made subordinate to a new order of intelligent beings, "Andis," an order of android beings created by a human genius and multi-billionaire. Without giving away too much, I'll say that what makes "Kaleidoscope" stand out in my mind, is when the story begins revealing itself from the Andis' pointe of view. The I finally finished reading Adrian Mendoza's debut masterpiece in the e-book format, "The Kaleidoscope: The Gift of Madness." Wow! It's a complex epic, brilliant work about a future humanity made subordinate to a new order of intelligent beings, "Andis," an order of android beings created by a human genius and multi-billionaire. Without giving away too much, I'll say that what makes "Kaleidoscope" stand out in my mind, is when the story begins revealing itself from the Andis' pointe of view. The paperback version, as Mendoza explained on his website, is now Book One. A story this multi-layered and complex certainly deserves to be broken up into two Books. I'm looking forward to my second read of "The Kaleidoscope: The Gift of Madness" in this new format!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angelli

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma Harlow

  18. 4 out of 5

    Antonio Mendoza

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cartimisto

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ganoza

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alex S

  22. 4 out of 5

    Charles Isaak

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Bons

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Noah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steven Mills

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rosalie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Austin

    I will start by saying futuristic, sci-fi books are not my typical go to. They're a bit too technologically advanced and so I'll dumb it down to my level of understanding. Just think of Plankton and his computer wife. ( Now that's pretty much Alec Helena and and his wife, Maggie, mother of all Adroids (Andi for short) Alec has created a world where Andi's are the superior species. He has revitalized areas such as Detroit and the world should finally be at peace. The work is getting done and there I will start by saying futuristic, sci-fi books are not my typical go to. They're a bit too technologically advanced and so I'll dumb it down to my level of understanding. Just think of Plankton and his computer wife. ( Now that's pretty much Alec Helena and and his wife, Maggie, mother of all Adroids (Andi for short) Alec has created a world where Andi's are the superior species. He has revitalized areas such as Detroit and the world should finally be at peace. The work is getting done and there is no more crime and poverty. But the Andi's want equal citizenship and the humans are not willing to look at them as equals. This basically leads us into the next Civil War against Andi's and Humans. A great look at modern day slavery and equal rights to all (Andi's included). This book is great opener to what I expect will be a series.

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