Edward Mullen is an author, blogger, and podcaster from Vancouver, Canada who is perhaps best known for his debut novel, THE ART OF THE HUSTLE and his techno-thriller series PRODIGY.
Born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, Edward developed a love for the wilderness. This love, combined with an innate curiosity about all things, eventually spawned a healthy imagination for storytelling. He continued to follow his natural passion all the way through to university. Despite spending a lot of his time indoors writing, Edward continues to enjoy the outdoors. He is an avid tennis player, mountain biker, snowboarder, runner, and traveller.
on May 15, 2014 :
This was a really good science fiction type book, I thought.
It is about a futuristic post-World War III society, where technology has advanced to the point where data is downloaded directly into the brain.
The main character, Alex Gray, is an orphan, due to the so-called "Child Rearing Act," wherein all children have to be authorized, so to speak, by the government.
Alex attends the Facility, a high-tech school, where she is able to graduate 7 years earlier than anyone else in history. After graduating, Alex strives to discover more about her long-lost mother, and that's where the story really starts to pick up the pace.
The hardest aspect of this book for me, personally, is that it did take some time to comprehend the concepts of some of the technology, and the lingo associated with it. But the whole society seems to be quite thought out, and I didn't notice any gaps; in that the author didn't just expect you to know what he was talking about without an explanation.
I also liked that there was some ironic humor in the story. For example, Alex's friend Milo is concerned about what people are going to think when he rides in an "old" Ferrari from a hundred years prior.
I really did like the main character, Alex, even though, at times, she appeared as a bit of a show-off. But I kind of liked how smart she was, in part because I wished I was as good as her! :)
So all in all, a great read. Would recommend for science fiction lovers, along with anyone else wanting a good, fast paced read based in a technological world. It has a good length, too, approx. 300 pages. Plus, it's free! What's not to like? ;)
(review of free book)