In Absence of Fear
The Protector Program uses algorithms to predict crime and keep the people safe. But, when it fails to protect his son, senior algorithm architect Marus Winde learns that the system is not only flawed, but dangerous, and that even the greatest of technological advancements can't replicate human intuition. Betraying the system to make his family whole again, there's no predicting how far he'll go. More
After years of terrorist attacks, murders and kidnappings, citizens of the State vote to enact the Protector Program. A predictive policing system, it signals the dawn of the New Era. Passive iD chips are implanted in every citizen's wrist, providing convenience and protection.The chips enable users to unlock homes, start cars, transact in stores, and monitor their health. They also collect data.
Specially designed risk prediction algorithms parse and analyze user data to predict individual levels of threat, aiding the predictive policing program and eradicating crime in most cities.
Marus Winde has worked for the State's Intelligence Annex since the inception of the New Era. As Senior Algorithm Architect, no one is more dedicated to the predictive policing program. No one has greater trust in its proficiencies.
That is, until his young son vanishes inexplicably in broad daylight in the safest city in the world.
As Marus works to reconcile the program's deficiencies and unravel the mystery of his son’s disappearance, he discovers that the system he helped build is not only imperfect, but corruptible, and that even the greatest of technological advancements can't replicate human intuition.
In Absence of Fear is the vividly imagined, breathtaking debut novel by Celeste Chaney. Examining themes of technology, privacy, humanity, family, love and patriotism, critics are calling this remarkably gripping story the “1984 for a new era.”
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