Silicon Succession

Rated 4.10/5 based on 20 reviews
'Silicon Succession' centres around one man’s thrilling journey of discovery into true identity in a world where nothing is what it seems. Iain is being drawn into a web of intrigue that has global consequences. Unseen forces are making a play to reshape the structure of society. It seems Iain has a definite role to play in this. Does he have a choice and can he influence the outcome? More

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Words: 46,650
Language: English
ISBN: 9780956888037
About Jason Hoult

Jason was born in 1984 and raised in south London. He has been a welder, circus roustabout, teacher of English in Phnom Penh and guitarist in several bands before gaining an MA in English and turning his hand to writing. Silicon Succession is his first Science Fiction novel.

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Review by: Sophia Flynt on Aug. 27, 2013 :
awesome!! I loved this book! I read it in one sitting and wished there was more. Starts right with the action, with Iain waking up to a red sky and encountering his doppelganger on a train on his way into work in the purgatory of the financial district. Right off the bat crazy things start to happen and it doesn’t let up until the last page. If I had one complaint I only wish the characters were more fully fleshed out as even the humans came across as almost robotic in nature. Perhaps that was the idea, to show us how interchangeable with AI we really are. But regardless of that I thought it was a great book and really well written.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cale Owens on Aug. 18, 2013 :
this was a great book that I didn’t want to put down. The world is going to end unless our everyman , Iain, can stop it. So the stakes are high. There were revelations that were revealed throughout that continued to cast the story in a whole new light and keep me glued to my kindle. I will say that I had a hard time picturing what characters looked like and that is something I like to be able to know when I read. The beginning is a bit confusing and you will have a lot of questions build before they are answered but rest assured they will be. Perhaps there could have been a bigger, explosive conflict at the end, but the resolution was still satisfying. Will look for more from Jason Hoult in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jhonni Parker on Aug. 11, 2013 :
I’m not really a huge fan of Dystopian or Science fiction but this book was really cool. The author has a unique way of writing that just pulls you right into the story and you’re a part of the action. And it was just weird enough to keep me interested, but complex and intelligent without being confusing. There are similarities to the Matrix (I thought Castor reminded me of Morpheus) and with the aerial fight scenes and the absorbing of powers and a few other things, but the plot felt pretty new with interesting twists and turns. I’d read more in this series when its available and think readers of this genre will like it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Steph Coleman on Aug. 08, 2013 :
I liked how there was much more to “Silicon Succession” than meets the eye. Sure, at first glance it may just look like another typical AI novel where the fate of humanity rests on one man’s shoulders. But it is also a philosophical look at our world and how much influence we have over our daily lives and what is considered “real” and what is just an artificial construct of society… how we view and influence our reality, and if we are all just pawns in “the game”, and if so, can we change it. I though the author did an excellent job of organizing his concepts out and the story unfolded in an organic way. There were a few times that I thought an eagle-eyed editor might have helped clean up some unnecessary parts, but all in all a solid read that will appeal to many.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Darla Ortiz on Aug. 05, 2013 :
For some reason as I was reading “Silicon Succession” by Jason Hoult, I felt like I was in the middle of a video game or maybe even an interactive movie (if there were such a thing). Perhaps it was just due to the way it was written. Interesting and definitely unique. It is hard to describe without giving away too much of the story, and it took a while for me to get into it but once I did I was totally hooked. Recommended reading for fans of SCIFI thrillers with lots of action and an existential twist.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Hastings on Aug. 03, 2013 :
This is the first book I’ve read by this author but I’m sure it won’t be the last. His writing style was quite good and had few grammatical mistakes. I liked Silicon Succession a lot, but for some reason I think it should have been longer or had more scenes or something. It didn’t seem like it followed the typical 3-act story structure, but was more like one extended first act. There is a resolution to the story though, but it does seem to leave the door open for possible future installments. If this is the case I’ll happily read more!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carla Biggins on July 28, 2013 :
2.5 stars...
In Silicon Succession, a novel by Jason Hoult, I found myself being almost equal parts interested and turned off. Let me explain… The concept is pretty cool, but the amount of “telling” versus “showing” what was happening was getting on my nerves. Some people don’t particularly mind this, but I do. The setup was there and had great potential for an ultimate showdown, yet for some reason I felt strangely deflated and anticlimactic when that time arrived. Even the characters that I thought would bring something new to the table ended up feeling like props devoid of their own free will. But I also feel like this author has a great deal of untapped potential that will only improve over time. Some people can write and some can’t. Jason Hoult obviously is gifted in stringing interesting prose together, but unfortunately for me it don’t work as well as I’d hoped in this case.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Maxwell on July 22, 2013 :
Silicon Succession by author Jason Hoult is quite riveting reading at times, but also left me wanting more. While the plot and action scenes were fully and meticulously detailed, there was a certain shallowness to the characters that left me wanting. I always felt like I was more on the ‘outside looking in’ on the story instead of being right in the center. But it made for entertaining escapism and that is why I enjoy reading these types of books. There were some minor editing things, but not bad enough to bother me any. I’m interested to see how this story continues to unfold and how Iain continues to grow and develop as a hero, if indeed he does.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mark Williams on July 18, 2013 :
"Silicon Succession” by Jason Hoult will undoubtedly appeal to a great many readers, as the theme is one we can easily relate to and get behind. However, some may find the premise a bit too familiar to other well-known sci/fi movies and become bored with the predictability. For others, they may delight in the author’s new take on human/AI relations and enjoy the journey. At times, the writing is clunky and overbearing…there are many passages that are downright overwritten, but there are many other places that the writing really shines. I think this author has great potential, even if this particular piece didn’t really do it for me.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: James Masters on July 16, 2013 :
Iain works in the ‘purgatory’ of the financial district in a near distant dystopian society and thinks he is being watched- and for good reason. The world as he knew it has unraveled before his very eyes and presented him with a new truth. He is chosen to learn the ways of the “New Order” verses the “Old Order” and decide what course of action to take. Along the way he meets various characters that help to shape his destiny. Some nicely-written action scenes and literary flavor speckled throughout makes for an enjoyable read, although those looking for fresh ideas on a wholly original premise may be somewhat disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on July 11, 2013 :
Fantastic book. A fun and engaging read that I finished in one night! I’ve only read a few books that include the concept of artificial intelligence taking over, and I liked this one the best! In a way it reminded me of “The Matrix” but far less confusing, lol. And I loved that movie so I really enjoyed this novel! At first it is pretty confusing with everything that happens right off the bat, but it soon becomes clear (even though it is still very strange) and the pieces fall into place. As far as Indie books go I thought this was one of the better ones, so if you are looking to discover a talented new writer, try this one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Brewster on July 07, 2013 :
I was pulled into this book right away. From the first pages are thrown into the midst of the action as the lead character Iain has a very strange day (to say the least!), and then his whole world as he thought he knew it is completely turned on its head. I liked the idea of the ordinary every-guy being the hero, but I have to admit I wasn’t exactly sure *why* he was chosen…what exactly set him apart. Maybe it was explained and I missed it because I was reading very fast. But I was really into the story and didn’t want to slow down. The ending made it seem like there would be more books to follow this one and if so I’ll definitely read it to see what Iain will do next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: April Dawn on July 05, 2013 :
I had mixed feelings over “Silicon Succession”. Many parts were indeed intriguing and kept me turning the pages wondering what would happen next. Yet at the same time there was a certain “safeness” that was never really compromised, and I never felt any real sense of conflict or impending danger. While the writing was fairly decent, there needed to be more consistent tension and a clearer sense of world-building in my opinion. An easy read and I’m sure many fans of the genre will enjoy it, but I found it to be more lackluster than I generally prefer.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jesse Thomas on July 05, 2013 :
This novel presents an interesting dilemma that has been explored before to some degree, but still makes for some thoughtful and fascinating reading. With the supersonic speed in which technology has developed over the past few decades alone, is it so inconceivable to think that at one point artificial intelligence will give rise to exist alongside humans? And if that day comes, what is to become of people? Will they survive, or fall victim to their own creations? This book will make you think outside the box, and might make some readers uncomfortable with the types of questions they’ll be faced with. When you realize that nothing is what it seems to be then it is hard to “unsee” it (much like taking the blue or the red pill in the Matrix). But a great novel that explores one of the fundamental questions of our time. “Why are we really here?” Recommended for teens and up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Claire Middleton on July 02, 2013 :
I loved this book. I thought it was great! I read it in one sitting and was bummed when it was over. Yeah, it sorta reminded me on the Matrix (as I saw some other reviewers point out), but it definitely has its own personality and style. The writing is very good and kept me interested from the opening pages to the very end. There were some really cool ideas and concepts presented here, and I thought it was a great way to spend an evening. The only part I didn’t like was when he met Castor as it seemed to slow the pace down a lot, but I know it was obviously a necessary element to the plot. Overall a fun and compelling read. A must read for sci/fi lovers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cory Banyan on June 30, 2013 :
Silicon Succession is an interesting novel with a slightly familiar premise. The writing was strong and I was pulled into the action right away. The tone is one you would expect from a sci-fi or dystopian—slightly detached and impersonal feeling. The main character, Iain, (don’t remember if we ever got a last name) is easy to get behind and allows the reader see the events unfold through his eyes. Not without its flaws, but overall an enjoyable experience. Would read more from this author in the future, and fans of Sci-fi/dystopian will enjoy the descriptive action and clever scenes.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on June 28, 2013 :
"The world is real…you are not”. This captures in a nutshell what Silicon Succession by Jason Hoult is about. Part sci-fi, part literary fiction, part action-adventure, part thriller, this book will capture your imagination and wonder, ‘could this ever actually happen’? Ok, not some parts, obviously, but some others….maybe. That’s the creepy part. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, as saying too much about the storyline might give away some crucial elements. I’ll just say that this isn’t normally the type of book that’s I’d gravitate toward, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. Give it a shot.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on June 28, 2013 :
When I first started reading Silicon Succession, I really wasn’t sure if I’d like it because of an initial lack of credibility. I had a hard time believing someone would be so caviler about the sky turning all weird and red, and say that “he’ll think about it on the weekend because he had a train to catch to get to work.” What??!! How was everyone not freaking out and talking about it? What about TV? Internet? The thing is, if we were in a different reality where this would have been less of a complete freak out event, it should have been made more clear…which it wasn’t. However, once I fell into the rhythm of the story I found myself suspending my disbelief and enjoying the ride. There were a few formatting glitches and times I thought the prose was a bit long-winded and unnecessary, but overall an interesting book that I’d consider following if there is a sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on June 23, 2013 :
Awesome book! Although some parts felt a little familiar to The Matrix, I enjoyed author Jason Hoult’s unique spin on the story and he added new angles and perspectives. I really liked his style of writing and thought it was easy to read. I don’t want to give away much of the plot, but the hero Ianian comes face to face with his “twin” one day and from there things just get crazier and crazier. If the ideas of alternate existences, AI, and a creepy dystopian future excite you, then this is definitely a great book to read! Worth the time and the price.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on June 23, 2013 :
"Silicon Succession” by Jason Hoult was a fast-paced, action-filled SciFi filled with unpredictable plot twists and turns. For the most part the story flowed along nicely, with lots of good descriptions and an impressively developed literary prose—unusual for this genre. At times, however, I thought too much emphasis might be placed on the wrong things…more describing a scene or minutia detail…yet actual events were quickly glossed over. I suspect the author will improve on this over time, as it is clear he is quite talented and can write. Recommended for almost all ages as there is no gratuitous sex or violence, and if there was much language I don’t recall it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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