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Fifty years after the Singularity, the world is divided into two populations locked in a cold war: Synthetic Citizens, or Syns, human-computer hybrids with extraordinary enhancements and potentially infinite lifespans; and Originals, the women and men who did not merge their bodies with the machines. But the decades-long battle between Original and Syn is almost at an end, Fifty years after the Singularity, the world is divided into two populations locked in a cold war: Synthetic Citizens, or Syns, human-computer hybrids with extraordinary enhancements and potentially infinite lifespans; and Originals, the women and men who did not merge their bodies with the machines. But the decades-long battle between Original and Syn is almost at an end, because the Originals are on the verge of extinction. One of the only young Originals left in the world, Ere, knows he might someday be the very last of his kind. But when he meets a beautiful, powerful Syn girl called Ever, he questions everything he’s ever been told about his lifelong enemies. Original Syn is a rich, dangerous world of family secrets, free will, forbidden love, and all of the unexpected peril that arises when aggressive technology meets stubborn humanity.


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Fifty years after the Singularity, the world is divided into two populations locked in a cold war: Synthetic Citizens, or Syns, human-computer hybrids with extraordinary enhancements and potentially infinite lifespans; and Originals, the women and men who did not merge their bodies with the machines. But the decades-long battle between Original and Syn is almost at an end, Fifty years after the Singularity, the world is divided into two populations locked in a cold war: Synthetic Citizens, or Syns, human-computer hybrids with extraordinary enhancements and potentially infinite lifespans; and Originals, the women and men who did not merge their bodies with the machines. But the decades-long battle between Original and Syn is almost at an end, because the Originals are on the verge of extinction. One of the only young Originals left in the world, Ere, knows he might someday be the very last of his kind. But when he meets a beautiful, powerful Syn girl called Ever, he questions everything he’s ever been told about his lifelong enemies. Original Syn is a rich, dangerous world of family secrets, free will, forbidden love, and all of the unexpected peril that arises when aggressive technology meets stubborn humanity.

30 review for Original Syn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Full disclosure: I'm biased. I wrote this. I'm really proud of it. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who will share in these adventures with me <3 Full disclosure: I'm biased. I wrote this. I'm really proud of it. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who will share in these adventures with me <3

  2. 5 out of 5

    Scott Stinson

    So I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this exciting first book of a trilogy. Let's be honest...we love a good dystopian story and no worries this is that. But, it's so much more. I know I have read an exciting book when I find myself reading a chapter and I can't move to the next chapter...I have to reread that chapter again...it had too much...I didn't get everything that was there...I read it too fast...I need to saturate and bath in it more. I had this type of moment a few times while readin So I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this exciting first book of a trilogy. Let's be honest...we love a good dystopian story and no worries this is that. But, it's so much more. I know I have read an exciting book when I find myself reading a chapter and I can't move to the next chapter...I have to reread that chapter again...it had too much...I didn't get everything that was there...I read it too fast...I need to saturate and bath in it more. I had this type of moment a few times while reading this book and it was wonderful. So I will start with the first page...when you finish the book...go back and read the first page again. There is an amazing "aha moment"...NO SPOILERS, I PROMISE...but what a phenomenal surprise! The pace of this book is outstanding, I avoid phrases like "page turner", we all read at a different pace...but the variation of page turning that happens with this compelling story makes it very hard to put it down and go to bed. The flashbacks that create more than this fascinating world are so well woven into this novel. I love when we the reader finds the answer to need-to-know questions along with the characters and avoids the pitfalls of "plodding exposition" that can so easily happen when you create a fictitious world. The characters; the wonderfully, flawed, connectable, and truthful characters are the most honest and relatable people. Again, no spoilers, but there is a moment (actually a few) when I had to stop reading...I was so there, so in the moment, I was crying (and no one would really consider me a cryer)...I had to stop...it was so real and so honest and I was right there with Ere feeling what he was feeling. I could go on and on...but loving this book is NO SYN (pun intended). Get the book, and enjoy figuring out if you where in this world what choice would you make...if you could afford a choice. One final note...this needs to be an audio book and soon...I know I love a book when I need to read it myself and have it read to me. These words deserve to be performed. Can't wait for Book 2 (which has been already been written!!)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    I can't remember the last time that I sat down to a book and blazed through it over the course of a weekend. Original Syn can now lay claim to that status. (I was lucky enough to get an ARC.) This is true, character-driven sci-fi, where the concepts are lofty, but the people living in this world are as real and identifiable as can be. Original Syn takes place in a future that's only a couple of generations removed from present day. Science has advanced to a point where human life can be augmente I can't remember the last time that I sat down to a book and blazed through it over the course of a weekend. Original Syn can now lay claim to that status. (I was lucky enough to get an ARC.) This is true, character-driven sci-fi, where the concepts are lofty, but the people living in this world are as real and identifiable as can be. Original Syn takes place in a future that's only a couple of generations removed from present day. Science has advanced to a point where human life can be augmented and extended indefinitely by merging with machines, creating a (seemingly) flawless and immortal new race, the Syns. That is, if you can afford it. This instantly creates a huge class divide between the 1%er Syns, and the Originals - all the humans left behind by this leap in progress. And the future isn't looking great for the Originals. It's a setup that serves, as some of the best sci-fi does, as a modern problem taken to the deep end of the pool - in this case, a worst-case scenario of wealth inequality. Every chapter is presented from the point of view of the different characters, Original and Syn, giving readers a ton of incredibly well-crafted insight into what makes these people tick. We spend the most time with Ere - a teenage boy who just might be the youngest Original left, and Ever, a Syn girl trapped as a perpetual teenager, and mysteriously connected to the greater workings of Syn society. It would be easy to assume a simple R&J story unfolds from there - and while there's enough of those trappings to put this on the shelf happily in the YA section - the maturity and mystery of the story puts it miles ahead of that basic categorization. But overall - it's a fun, fast read with a solid cliffhanger ending that ensures I'll be watching for the next book in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Don Zolidis

    What a wild, fun, and twisty book! I appreciated the level of depth and detail in all the characters, and the novel ramped up in the second half to an unpredictable and heart-pounding conclusion. Great read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Speculative fiction with page-turning action, surprising twists and turns of plot, and a web of relationships among characters that draw you in to this world. Original/Syn connects with issues in science, religion, politics, ethics, and more while delivering a compelling story. It's hard to wait for book two- but I know it will be worth the wait! Speculative fiction with page-turning action, surprising twists and turns of plot, and a web of relationships among characters that draw you in to this world. Original/Syn connects with issues in science, religion, politics, ethics, and more while delivering a compelling story. It's hard to wait for book two- but I know it will be worth the wait!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn O'Doherty

    This book is a super fun read! The characters are strong, the world well developed, and the conflict between humans and synthetics well thought out. The author also uses a variety of points of view very effectively to add tension and complexity to the plot. I zoomed through the book pretty quickly. My only complaint is that now I want to know what happens next. And such a clever title, too!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I'm not usually one for YA dystopia stories in my reading list, but this one.... Of course, it's not "just" a YA story or "just" a dystopia either. That's definitely where it will likely be classified, but this book is rather more than those. Without spoiling the story for future readers, I don't know that I can really go into much detail on what I loved so much. In general terms, characterization, plot, pacing -- all of the things that go into making a great story are done superbly well. Of cour I'm not usually one for YA dystopia stories in my reading list, but this one.... Of course, it's not "just" a YA story or "just" a dystopia either. That's definitely where it will likely be classified, but this book is rather more than those. Without spoiling the story for future readers, I don't know that I can really go into much detail on what I loved so much. In general terms, characterization, plot, pacing -- all of the things that go into making a great story are done superbly well. Of course, since the author is also an accomplished playwright, I quite expected all of that. You'll also find timely commentary on our current obsessions with science, technology, and the environment, but never done with a heavy hand. Instead, we get multiple sides of each issue told through different characters' viewpoints, with all of their internal biases, foibles, misunderstandings, etc. coloring those views, just as it should be. And this is why you should become friends with playwrights and other authors: Sometimes you get to read ARCs of their latest works, and then you have to figure out how much you can gush online about the story without ruining it for the next reader.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Jo

    This is the kind of book where you simultaneously NEED to keep turning the page but you also NEED to slow down so that you can prolong your time being immersed in the story. The expert sci-fi dystopian world building is rich with details, threads of which parallel many social/political issues of our time. The (Chicago based) author combines all of these details within the core story line of a hidden resistance and a Romeo-and-Juliet-esque love story, creating a page-turner that is sure to captur This is the kind of book where you simultaneously NEED to keep turning the page but you also NEED to slow down so that you can prolong your time being immersed in the story. The expert sci-fi dystopian world building is rich with details, threads of which parallel many social/political issues of our time. The (Chicago based) author combines all of these details within the core story line of a hidden resistance and a Romeo-and-Juliet-esque love story, creating a page-turner that is sure to capture the hearts and minds of teens and adults alike. I was enamored by this book and I cannot believe I have to wait another year for the second in the trilogy!! TLDR: I highly recommend this book!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leah Rachel

    I devoured this book and I can’t wait for the next one! The writing is beautiful and the characters are compelling. What impressed me most about this book was the world building. Too many times in dystopian fiction, the reasons things are the way they are don’t make sense (read: separating people by personality traits or painting them all different colors because they are on Mars). Kander takes the real world problems of inequality and disease and imagined what would happen if one group came up I devoured this book and I can’t wait for the next one! The writing is beautiful and the characters are compelling. What impressed me most about this book was the world building. Too many times in dystopian fiction, the reasons things are the way they are don’t make sense (read: separating people by personality traits or painting them all different colors because they are on Mars). Kander takes the real world problems of inequality and disease and imagined what would happen if one group came up with a solution that was untenable to the rest of the population. What would happen if the rich had the chance to live forever? And would we want to live forever, if we could?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This innovative Sci Fi novel is eerily relevant to today's society, while putting a unique spin on what the future could hold for humanity. The verbiage and descriptions are absolutely gorgeous and the plot line is riveting! This innovative Sci Fi novel is eerily relevant to today's society, while putting a unique spin on what the future could hold for humanity. The verbiage and descriptions are absolutely gorgeous and the plot line is riveting!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Frank Owen

    A stunning, shapeshifting tale with bold, endearing characters and a haunting premise. Through a deft and delicious use of the writer's craft, Original Syn takes us into a parallel world whose future may not be far from our own. Lovers of Le Guin's The Dispossessed and The Lathe of Heaven, or Jenetta Penner's The Configured Trilogy, will love Original Syn Book One, which sets up nicely what is sure to be a riveting ride in Books Two and Three. I hope it's optioned for a movie. A stunning, shapeshifting tale with bold, endearing characters and a haunting premise. Through a deft and delicious use of the writer's craft, Original Syn takes us into a parallel world whose future may not be far from our own. Lovers of Le Guin's The Dispossessed and The Lathe of Heaven, or Jenetta Penner's The Configured Trilogy, will love Original Syn Book One, which sets up nicely what is sure to be a riveting ride in Books Two and Three. I hope it's optioned for a movie.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grace Tenkay

    Fascinating and absorbing tale. I enjoyed it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather Barnes

    I loved this book from beginning to end. I am not much of a sci-fi or dystopian lover, but this book was more than just a sci-fi dystopian. It examines what it truly means to be human and how valuable our experiences, relationships, and memories are. I formed strong feelings about characters - some good and some bad - but I have a feeling my opinions may change in future installments. The ending left me ready to read book two now, and I imagine it’s going to be quite difficult to wait for Born I I loved this book from beginning to end. I am not much of a sci-fi or dystopian lover, but this book was more than just a sci-fi dystopian. It examines what it truly means to be human and how valuable our experiences, relationships, and memories are. I formed strong feelings about characters - some good and some bad - but I have a feeling my opinions may change in future installments. The ending left me ready to read book two now, and I imagine it’s going to be quite difficult to wait for Born In Syn. In short, I highly recommend this story to anyone!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I have so many mixed feelings about Original Syn that I'm leaving a review as a result. I want it to be clear from the go that I'm not into the trend in media and fiction perception today that things need to be sanitized to be good. In fact, I don't think this book needs to be sanitized in the least. However, there are parts of it that fail to hold up for me. After writing out my long list of issues that I had, I find that this book would likely benefit from two things: not trying to fit within I have so many mixed feelings about Original Syn that I'm leaving a review as a result. I want it to be clear from the go that I'm not into the trend in media and fiction perception today that things need to be sanitized to be good. In fact, I don't think this book needs to be sanitized in the least. However, there are parts of it that fail to hold up for me. After writing out my long list of issues that I had, I find that this book would likely benefit from two things: not trying to fit within the YA dystopian genre and not trying to pay homage to many well-known sci-fi tropes. Whereas Kander has a lot of opportunities to be creative and innovative, she sometimes falls back on tired dystopian tropes regarding humans versus machines, writing misogynistic villains, and not putting enough effort into ensuring that her female characters have just as much - if not more - agency as her male characters. It's obvious to me, at least, that Kander does love the genre that she's writing within, but I personally feel that this love doesn't always serve her here. There are places where I feel she would be better served by departing from well-known tropes, or re-imagining them. I tried to find reviews from people who didn't read an AR copy of this book, and I struggled. That's part of why I'm leaving a review. I'm also adding - outside of my spoiler text - that despite my many misgivings with regards to this book, I am intending to pick up the next book in the series. Anyway, I can't say more because it gets into spoilers, so here we go: (view spoiler)[I'm going to split my review into two halves. The good and the bad. The Good - Rich worldbuilding that doesn't sanitize or remove any of the terror of this world. - A really compelling villain that makes it extremely easy for anyone to hate him. That doesn't mean he's shallow. Just the opposite: you can see how he became this person, but you also feel so uneasy reading his chapters. - Beautiful prose! Kander definitely has a craft. - I'm likely to get the next book in the series because I do want to see where it goes, regardless of my own issues with the story. - I like that this is not a happy story. It's obvious that there are two sides of how to view this world, and a lot of people are victims to it. However, this also acts as a plus and a minus for this book. - Overall, I would say that this book has the makings of an excellent piece of dystopian literature. The worldbuilding, prose, and characters are all compelling enough to draw someone in. Even with my many problems, I was curious about how things would play out. Kander does have something to say here, and I think it's worth reading. I just also think it's imperfect. The Bad - Every single fully characterized woman in this book is a victim of some kind. Marilyn suffers from postpartem depression, and never has the opportunity to get better. Her husband isn't there for her. Despite growing up privileged, she loses a lot of herself after she has her first child and never receives support for it. Ever is also a victim. She's a victim of being forced to sync at an age when she's still considered a minor. She's a part of her father's experiments. She's basically a tool. Ruth Fell is also a victim. Despite being a hero, she dies from cancer. She also has some bad press against her that I'm certain will prove untrue in the next book. There are a few other women who don't fit this, but they aren't fleshed out to the same degree. - It's this victimization that sometimes throws me out of the text. Regardless of whether this is meant to be horrible for the women experiencing it, there are times when I struggle to see why these women don't reclaim their agency. Why is Ever the same age as Ruth, but hasn't matured mentally at all? Why is Marilyn going along with her husband, and otherwise willing to give in to these depressive episodes? Why does Ere give up on his mother so quickly, so readily, without questioning it? She literally died a week ago, and she's already shelved as a liar in his mind? - Expanding on this, Cal becomes a villain about midway through the book because he desires Ever. He becomes her predator. That's yet another aspect of Ever's lack of agency. Because she's deleted her memories of Ere, she's made herself prey to this man. The final scene is him somehow finding her bedroom and getting inside her apartment. Why is this even possible? How is it even possible? Shouldn't Cal struggle with moving in Central City as much as Ere did? It calls for a pretty big suspension of disbelief to not overthink this, especially when it makes Ever a victim of yet another person. - In general, I have a hard time with the YA romance of it all. Ere and Ever meeting is fine. Their names are a bit clichéd, but whatever, I can deal with it. Them kissing within two minutes of meeting one another? Less okay. It felt like it was shoved in there to create this conflict. Let the two of them have a conversation before they get horny. And - again - I have to ask: is Ever this hormonal and horny because her father planned to use her as a breeding factory? It's not directly approached in the book, but I found myself wondering. The two of them deciding that they're in love is very teenager-y, but I - again - struggle because I can't fathom why Ever Hess still thinks and acts like a teenager. I'm sure someone can come up with a psychological explanation for why her brain failed to develop, or why her isolation from society would do this, but she isn't isolated. - Despite being a compelling villain, Hess is actually ruined by how he treats his wife and his daughter as tools while thinking of them in misogynistic terms. Using them is one thing - and that's part of what makes him interesting - but doing it while being so blatantly misogynistic is another. There is a part of Marilyn's backstory that gives way to showing that seemingly good people can be prejudiced, but with Hess, it ... doesn't always make sense. Why does he see his daughter as someone who could be "defiled" and what does that have to do with his experimentation? It's this weird, holdover misogyny that doesn't make sense with his prior backstory. Why is it there? - The trope of anti-technology being religious and the pro-technology being Atheist isn't deployed well here. I know what Kander is going for, but I don't believe it suits the story and I don't believe it's executed well. It feels like a flavor for the Originals that doesn't hold up. There is a clear class distinction between the Syns and the Originals that doesn't need this additional divide between them. This is more of a personal preference, and I know it's a well-utilized sci-fi trope. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    I literally read this in one day (I am definitely not a wait-for-more-M&Ms-later kid), and not even the fear of an entire day on zero sleep with a toddler could stop me from devouring this book. As a mother, as a former high school teacher, as a lover of dystopian fiction, and an allaround big ol' nerd who grew up dreaming of marrying Data from Star Trek (I have it written in a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper from second grade if you need proof), this seems to unite all my favorite things, but still m I literally read this in one day (I am definitely not a wait-for-more-M&Ms-later kid), and not even the fear of an entire day on zero sleep with a toddler could stop me from devouring this book. As a mother, as a former high school teacher, as a lover of dystopian fiction, and an allaround big ol' nerd who grew up dreaming of marrying Data from Star Trek (I have it written in a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper from second grade if you need proof), this seems to unite all my favorite things, but still manages to be both terrifying and beautiful as it takes a deep, complex look at what it means to be human. The future that Kander carefully reveals feels so familiar, it's hard not to see it already taking shape, as she has rooted it in ideas, events, places, and even people, who already exist, or may even remind you of yourself or other people you know. And that is truly what sets this apart from other stories of the genre. It doesn't whisk you away to some far off place or time and wow you with fancy new (or old or magical or metaphysical) technologies. It keeps you uncomfortably close to home, and forces you to think about the implications of decisions we may have to make (or allow others to make for us) within our very own lifetimes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

    You might ask yourself what a 73 year 0ld man is doing reading this genre of book. Well, I was familiar with the author through her plays (excellent, by the way) and offered to read her new novel and give her some feedback. This certainly is not my normal reading material. When this book arrived, I reluctantly sat two other books aside and began the job of fulfilling my promise to read her book. WOW, was I in for a surprise! By the second chapter (they are very short chapters, by the way) I was h You might ask yourself what a 73 year 0ld man is doing reading this genre of book. Well, I was familiar with the author through her plays (excellent, by the way) and offered to read her new novel and give her some feedback. This certainly is not my normal reading material. When this book arrived, I reluctantly sat two other books aside and began the job of fulfilling my promise to read her book. WOW, was I in for a surprise! By the second chapter (they are very short chapters, by the way) I was hooked and found it difficult to put the book down to go to bed at night. Several nights I found myself looking up and realizing it was 2 AM. Now, I am a slow reader and always have been so finishing a book in a weekend wasn't going to happen. But, I found this book was just drawing me deeper into the lives of these characters - Ever and Ere, their families, and their totally dissimilar living situations. As we progress, lives change, situations change, motivations change and, as a reader, I became more wrapped up in the events as they unfolded until, at the end... I can't wait for the second book to come out!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Once I started this book, I could not put it down. I enjoy Sci-Fi media but often have a hard time connecting emotionally to the story. However, that was not the case with Original Syn. Kander paints the world and its inhabitants with such heart; I was fully invested. The technological "Syn" world created the book feels very immediate despite the futuristic technological advancement (which is where Sci-Fi often loses me). Kander does a great job plotting out the story and setting up characters f Once I started this book, I could not put it down. I enjoy Sci-Fi media but often have a hard time connecting emotionally to the story. However, that was not the case with Original Syn. Kander paints the world and its inhabitants with such heart; I was fully invested. The technological "Syn" world created the book feels very immediate despite the futuristic technological advancement (which is where Sci-Fi often loses me). Kander does a great job plotting out the story and setting up characters for a satisfying ending that also left me wanting more. I cannot wait for the next book!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Francesca G. Varela

    Original Syn is storytelling at its finest. Kander’s characters are fascinating, complex, and immediately relatable, and the future world they inhabit feels both mythical and tangible. Original Syn is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve read its final pages; an unforgettable story that pulls you in and takes you along for the ride.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Barr

    Fantastic. Can't wait for the next book!!! Fantastic. Can't wait for the next book!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Gah, this book was so good - the kind you stay up too late reading because you have to know what happens next. And now I have to wait for the next book in the trilogy to come out!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Gah, this book was so good - the kind you stay up too late reading because you have to know what happens next. And now I have to wait for the next book in the trilogy to come out!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Haynes

    This was a delightfully fun read. I can't wait for the sequel. This was a delightfully fun read. I can't wait for the sequel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Though I haven't been a huge sci-fi fan in many years, Original Syn lives up to some of the best classic science fiction I read when that was a mainstay in my reading life. The novel is inventive, has compelling characters, and has a fast-paced plot that is never predictable. Moreover, it explores ideas that are as relevant today as they might be in the imagined not-so-distant future. Kander considers the effect of technology on humanity, as does most great science fiction, by positing an earth Though I haven't been a huge sci-fi fan in many years, Original Syn lives up to some of the best classic science fiction I read when that was a mainstay in my reading life. The novel is inventive, has compelling characters, and has a fast-paced plot that is never predictable. Moreover, it explores ideas that are as relevant today as they might be in the imagined not-so-distant future. Kander considers the effect of technology on humanity, as does most great science fiction, by positing an earth where humans have used high tech to integrate themselves with their machines. Though we never get too far into the science of the 'singularity' (anyone who wants to know more can look it up, since it's hardly an invented theory — only the practical application is fiction), we are asked to consider how technology is already informing our reality, for instance through social media and the web. Even more compelling are the ways some of Kander's characters have compromised themselves in the quest for power and her exploration of systematic class and race difference: in the novel, this is mostly seen in the power dynamics between the Syns, who are in power and who have synthesized with technology, and the Originals, who have not and therefore are outcasts subject to eugenics and genocide. Race and class differences as we might understand them are also alluded to by who in American society had access to the technology to become a Syn and by the test subjects who were the beta generation for the Syns and are now second-class citizens. Though violence is always a threat in the police state the Syns have created, this is as much a story of two star-crossed lovers, one Original and one Syn. It will not be giving too much away to say that everything isn't fully resolved in this first volume of the trilogy. Though the ending is satisfying in its own right, Original Syn leaves readers clamoring to read books 2 and 3 in the series: Born in Syn and Syn and Salvation. Fortunately, the third book is due out this month, so we won't have to wait long for the final installment!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    What a fantastic book! I admit, I was about 75% finished with it during my lunch break at work and I stayed out for a longer break just so I could finish those last few chapters! The story is unique, the pacing is perfect, the characters are layered, compelling, and sympathetic. I wish the sequel had been published at the same time, I need to know what happens next! I highly recommend this book for any fans of fantasy and sci-fi, but also mystery and adventure novels! I loved it and can't wait f What a fantastic book! I admit, I was about 75% finished with it during my lunch break at work and I stayed out for a longer break just so I could finish those last few chapters! The story is unique, the pacing is perfect, the characters are layered, compelling, and sympathetic. I wish the sequel had been published at the same time, I need to know what happens next! I highly recommend this book for any fans of fantasy and sci-fi, but also mystery and adventure novels! I loved it and can't wait for the next section!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bird Of

    I read 330 of the 460 pages and then I finally gave up. Although the story and characters were interesting enough, the book never really hooked me. I stopped reading because all of the woke tidbits throughout the book became overbearing in the second half. Gays, strong female Indian characters, black characters, mixed race characters, evil rich people, and white Texas bigots became annoying, ridiculous, and distracting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Landry

    Fantastic read - if you're a fan of dystopian science fiction, then this is a book you should pick up. I enjoyed the character development and world building in the plot and look forward to reading the next in the trilogy. Fantastic read - if you're a fan of dystopian science fiction, then this is a book you should pick up. I enjoyed the character development and world building in the plot and look forward to reading the next in the trilogy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    I loved the world building in this novel and found parts of it quite compelling. However, the love story part of it made me cringe.

  28. 5 out of 5

    masha

    Enter Morality: are humans to eradicate suffering and live forever? Or does that take away the meaning of “human”? (I might be crazy but is that a hint of biblical allusions I smell????)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ian McGowan

    Good premise, but loses steam in the middle, unsatisfying ending

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela Woods

    Compelling plot - developed world - complex characters This is a rare story where each scene further flushes the complex webs and inner depths of a world that seems all too believable. The characters' decisions, the culture, beliefs, and society is organically grown from the changes happening from technological advances made today, which only makes the story more compelling. A great read that challenges, but also serves as a perfect book club or beach read. I'll be picking this one up again. Compelling plot - developed world - complex characters This is a rare story where each scene further flushes the complex webs and inner depths of a world that seems all too believable. The characters' decisions, the culture, beliefs, and society is organically grown from the changes happening from technological advances made today, which only makes the story more compelling. A great read that challenges, but also serves as a perfect book club or beach read. I'll be picking this one up again.

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