In 2045, the future of synthetic living has finally arrived, but so too has the threat of a global machine war. Rising Hollywood star Sepideh Ahmadi never imagined she would transition to an artificial body, but when her longtime girlfriend Natasha develops a terminal illness, the choices become clear: either give up their physical bodies and stay together, or allow Natasha to die.
As a synthetic woman, Sepideh discovers there is more to being human than just her thoughts and memories. Smells are stronger, sensations are more nuanced. She is no longer anxious or nervous. She is no longer herself, and neither is Natasha.
Now, with a machine army threatening to invade California, crazed fans following her every move, and her new marriage slowly breaking apart, Sepideh must figure out who she will be in the centuries to come.
In a world where immortality can be bought, will the cost be more than just money?
Will it be our humanity?
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[J]ust finished Por Vida. Loved it but [you] are one sick SOB. ;)
As always Daniel hit another one out of the park. Enough twists and turns to keep you binge reading until the end... And the final page does not disappoint.
What just happened?!? I kept thinking that. This book will definitely keep you on the edge. You think you know.... and then you don't. Great read!
An Engrossing Story
As always Verastiqui spins an exciting tale that is hard to put down at times. While full of the twisted cyber/synthetic sexual pathos we have come to expect from Verastiqui this tale has some really surprising plot twist. Having read all his books I find this to be his most mature to date, wrestling with anxiety, obsession, why we love and as always what it means to have humanity or be human. If you are new to Verastiqui I suggest reading Period Synthetics prior to reading this.
I'm only half way through the book, but I wanted to leave a quick review. Last night, after reading chapter 35, I literally said, "Holy f****** s***!" It's been a bit since a book has surprised me enough to speak outloud. Good job, Mr. Verastiqui, I'm impressed!
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The writing was not remarkable, but the story was fast-paced and the characters were believable. I found myself being sucked in despite the fact that Verastiqui's writing style wasn't my favorite, and that takes a certain type of talent.
If you are a sci-fi fan, you will love this book. I myself thought it was okay.
Por Vida is a page-turning look at where the soul resides in a world of boundless technology, the depths of love and how far man will go to find true happiness.
Por Vida is a SyFy thriller like no other. You hit the ground running from the first line to the end of the book. Awesome read.