Victor Vale is a detective in the future, many years from now where you need only insert a needle into your arm to be connected to the virtual reality internet, art and expression is not allowed, and robots are part of every day life (Vale has a robot housekeeper... Jetsons anyone!?). His boss tasks him with taking down a group of creators, which are artists and not allowed in the world. Using future technology, Vale changes in to his alter-ego as a reporter and visits this forbidden underground world. He quickly realizes that perhaps these creators aren't as bad as society makes them out to be. Don't we all have a bit of creator in us?
The concept of this book is fantastic. It's the future, things have changed a lot, and there's a lot of cool technology. I always enjoy reading how others envision the future in these types of books. There were some interesting gadgets so I was more than satisfied in this part of the book.
There were some plot items in this book that didn't add up for me and left me with questions at the end of the book. The first that Victor's alter ego was requested for an interview by the leader of the creators. He gets to the office, they chat for a bit, and then Victor gets up to leave. The interview was only one or two questions, which doesn't equate to much of an interview to me. It was a way for the author to get his main character in to the epicenter of the action but it isn't believable because of the execution. The other issue was that creators are not allowed but there are movies and plays. Who writes the movies and plays? Even though some is propaganda, perpetuated by the government, don't creators write plays and movie scripts?
I almost never say this, but I feel like this book could have used more pages to flush out some of these issues a bit better. Arguments are resolved too quickly and characters accept their fate too quickly. A few extra pages to make these items feel more like a struggle and more real would have helped.
That said, there's definitely an audience that will really enjoy this book. It's got a cool factor to it that sci fi fans would enjoy.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for letting me be a part of this book tour!
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