Ahoy there me mateys! I received this science fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .
crosstalk (Connie Willis)
Author: Connie Willis
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Publication Date: currently September 15, 2016 (in UK) and October 4, 2016 (in US)
I had only read one novel thus far by this author. It was the doomsday book and it was seriously one of the best books I have ever read. If ye haven’t read it, ye should. So when I saw that she had a new book out on NetGalley with an interesting premise, I wanted to read it. Luckily, I was approved. Yay!
And, overall, I highly enjoyed this book. The standout of this novel is the ideas behind social media and the need for our society to be connected at all times. The main character, Briddey, is supposed to get a procedure called an EDD with her partner Trent which will allow them to experience a “deeper” connection by feeling each other’s emotions. Only when the procedure has been completed, the results have unintended consequences like nothing Briddey could have imagined.
The results of Briddey’s EDD and how it ends up “working” were really what made me continue to read. A lot of books that deal with connected minds tend to showcase only positives. This novel deals with the negative ideas of being connected at all times, and I thought it did a fantastic job of showing how horribly things could go. Not that all consequences were bad in the novel. Technology has the power for both good and evil. I love the internet, my mobile, and GPS tracking. I wouldn’t want to give them up. I love being able to get in touch with the planet when I want to. However, I do try to maintain a good balance between reading about life and experiencing it.
This novel, for me at least, had fantastic concepts, silly banter, twists in the plot, and some truly loveable characters. I adored the character Maeve because she was inquisitive, intelligent, precocious, and just plain fun. I loved C.B.’s steadiness and how the viewpoint of him changes with time. I did however have some problems with the main character of Briddey. Despite her portrayal in the beginning of being smart and strong, she was the weak link of the book for me. She seems to always need saving, be more than two steps behind at all times, have no idea of what she wants, and she lets other people always dictate her life. Now while I sympathized with her situation, I wanted her to take charge at some point and be her own person. She never really seemed to get there. I mean sometimes while reading I would think “Seriously Briddey how dense are you?” But her flaws did not ruin the book for me because I loved the concepts and did have to know how it ended.
I am glad I got to read this novel and definitely would recommend this to any of me crew who likes books that delve into the effects of technology and the “what ifs” of the future. But if I ever have to the choice to get an EDD, I will pass!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Orion Publishing Group!
The publisher’s website had this to say about the novel:
Briddey is about to get exactly what she thinks she wants . . .
Briddey is a high-powered exec in the mobile phone industry, overseeing new products from concept (‘anything to beat the new apple phone’) to delivery. And she works with her wonderful partner, Trent. They’ve been together for six magical weeks, in a whirlwind of flowers, dinners, laughter and now comes the icing on the cake: not a weekend away or a proposal but something even better. An EDD. A procedure which will let them sense each other’s feelings. Trent doesn’t just want to tell her how much he loves her – he wants her to feel it.
Everything is perfect.
The trouble is, Briddey can’t breathe a word of it to anyone (difficult, when the whole office is guessing) until she’s had two minutes to call her family. And they’re hounding her about the latest family drama, but when they find out about the EDD – which they will – they’ll drop everything to interrogate her. And it might just be easier to have the procedure now and explain later.
Only Apple are poised to deliver an amazing new product and she has to be one step ahead . . . if she can only persuade their tech genius, C. B., to drop his crazy ideas about a ‘privacy phone’ with its ‘do not disturb’ settings, and focus on what people really want: more efficient, instinctive and immediate ways to communicate.
The race is on: not just for new, cutting-edge technology, but also for a shred of privacy in a public world and – for Briddey – a chance for love at the heart of it all.
This is a brilliant, heart-warming romantic comedy from one of the wittiest and wisest of our authors. Written with a light touch and a smile, we’re swept up in Briddey’s romance – and into the difficulties of a world just one technological step away from our own, as technology and social media blur (or indeed remove) the line between personal and public.
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