This is the second time in three months that I’ve read a book that paints a disturbing picture of where our dependence on technology could (maybe will) take us.
Nick Hall wakes up in a dumpster with no memory of how he got there. What he quickly discovers is that people are trying to kill him. As he runs, he slowly discovers that he has abilities that help him stay alive – he can search the web inside his mind and he has ESP. With assistance he works to uncover who’s behind the plot to kill him, who he really is, and how got to be the way he is.
The story is exciting, the book is well-written, and the characters are relatable and likable (well, the ones you’re supposed to like anyway). It really is a fascinating exploration of whether technology can go too far, and how far humanity is wiling to go. It also shows how far some people are willing to go to bring about massive changes in how humans relate to the world.
I really enjoyed the author’s writing as well. You want to keep moving through the book, not because you just want it to be done, but because you really want to know what happens next. Do Nick and his crew of helpers make it? Who dies along the way? Will he ever learn who he is?
If you don’t mind feeling a little disturbed about the future, this is definitely an interesting book. I also think it would make a good book for a book club as well. Loads to think about and discuss.
In a similar vein, if you’re into this kind of book, check out a book by Dave Eggers called “The Circle.”
Dose of Lyndsy: Approved