This review is based on a reviewer copy received from the author but reflects my own opinion.
I was so lucky to find this well-written and captivating tale crafted by an up and coming SciFi writer. This is as well written as anything by Robert J. Sawyer (Mindscan) or Orson Scott Card (Enders Game).
Roughly 250 years into the future the world is different. Under the guidance of powerful businessman Edgar Prince, humanity have left their corporal bodies to live in android-like form. Their new bodies are virtually indestructible and only need to be periodically hooked to the Net for recharging and software upgrades. Everybody has what they need and go about their lives happy and use virtual reality and enhanced nerve sensors in their artificial bodies to stimulate their pleasure. The world is governed by a World Government that controls the global network that powers all the eHumans in all the world's cities.
eHumans sometimes go through a process of getting a new body called a "jump." The advantage is that they can have any type of body they want but they will lose all memories of who they were before. Over the two centuries of eHumanity just about everyone has jumped at least once so it is like they have been reborn to start over each time.
Adam Winter is a "Newreel" reporter, happily reporting on topics sanctioned by the World Government. One day he is given an envelope with some very disturbing pictures. He is then met by a beautiful eWoman named Dawn who explains the nature of the pictures and reveals that the World Government is not the benevlolent organization that everyone thinks. If Adam doesn't join with Dawn, not only will his life be in danger but everything he knows may be destroyed. Adam may actually be someone else and he may have something inside him that can save everyone. Dawn and her organization of rebels hope that Adam is the one they are looking for.
To tell more of the story would cause too many spoilers. This book had me hooked very early on and I virtually couldn't put it down until the very end. Adam's character is very intriguing
Ms. Anderson looks to be an extremely talented writer and I hope she has more books to be written.
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The Great Shift is coming.... are you ready to jump? Fast forward to the year 2242--a world in which death, disease, war and famine have been conquered, and where everything, including humans, are devices on Neuro, a complex network operating system that is controlled via human thought. Adam Winter has lived for nearly two hundred years in an eHuman body--a man of metal, fiber optics and plastic, on a world where no one dies and no one is born. Paradise on earth--until Adam discovers that the World Government is cutting power to entire cities, and his own city is on the list! Trapped in a body that must recharge on the network, Adam is swept up into the underworld of an eHuman anti World Government resistance, led by Dawn, the very first eHuman created. While the Resistance wages war against those in power, Dawn reveals to Adam a shocking secret about their past that not only bonds them together, but is also the Resistance’s ticket to gaining control over Neuro and taking down the World Government once and for all. Caught between the past and the future, Adam must rise up, claim his inheritance, and face his destiny-- before eHumanity is powered down, forever.