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on July 23, 2012 :
Set in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy universe, where a virtual/cyberspace reality is the norm, and human interaction is infrequent, 2094 was an enjoyable read.
This book is a classic Sci-fi tale of sex, loneliness and the human condition that will keep you turning pages
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 20, 2012 :
2094 is a strange story. On the one hand, it has elements of Brave New World, 1984, Brazil, and William Gibson; a future society where the goverment controls information ruthlessly, and where cyberspace is prevalent. Nobody travels any more; they simply transfer their mind into a remote robot and experience another place as though they were there. The story's about a man who revolts against the propaganda. So far, so good.
On the other hand, it's a male sexual fantasy. To control the population, few women are born, and their sexuality is highly controlled. Men satisfy themselves with highly realistic fembots. This is where the story doesn't work for me. When our hero spends an evening with a real woman for the first time, all she wants to do is to drink beer, watch sports, and talk about sex with him. Oh, and cook him dinner. When she takes him on a trip to a virtual world where he could be anyone and do anything, what he does is to make himself a stunningly beautiful female avatar and think about having virtual lesbian sex with her at a nude beach party. When he goes away on business, the first woman he meets introduces him to a swingers' club. Really? I kept expecting to find out that all the so-called "real" women were actually fembots, programmed to cater to men's every desire.
Social commentary, sci-fi sex. 2094 can't really make up its mind what it wants to be.
I don't mind that so much. A lot of sci-fi from the 50s through to the 80s blended sex with sci-fi. However, to make it work, 2094 needs much better editing. Like many self-published works, it's got too many typos in, and on the Kindle3 there were irritating formatting errors due to Smashwords conversion issues (though not on other devices I checked). Most importantly, 2094 doesn't quite find its voice, and the characters seem shallow as a result. The plot is good, and the setting is interesting, but the story-telling isn't as slick as it needs to be.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)