YOU DON'T LOVE ME.
YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ME.
In 2035, 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 purchased, will the cost be more than just money?
Join Sepideh Ahmadi as she answers these questions and more in the fourth Vinestead novel from Daniel Verastiqui.
just the good ones
M. Grubbs, 4.28.2017
I love being fooled by a story. There was something about the multiple storylines that nagged at me, something not quite right... Until it was, and my "NO WAY" echoed in the room. I think in the back of my mind I knew "something was up" but it turned out I was one the wrong side of the line.
I can't wait to read it again, to see how many ways the author told me what was happening and I just missed it. That's a win in my book.
Riquita Wagner, 4.12.2017
So many surprises!
This book will keep you hooked until the last word. Plot twists and turns will keep you guessing and wondering. I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down.
SyDnie MacelroY, 3.27.2017
Fantastic! It's been a long time since I experience a "can't put it down" book. I couldn't put this one down.
One part science fiction, one part psychological thriller, and 100% edge of your seat thrill ride. The characters are complex and delightful. The plot is well thought out and solid. The little clues along the way... little things that made me roll my eyes at the continuity error... Let's just say when it suddenly makes sense, it's like a kick in the gut (and I mean that in a very good way).
Greg E., 2.25.2017
[J]ust finished Por Vida. Loved it but [you] are one sick SOB. ;)
Rita VanDerwerken, 2.24.2017
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.
Amazon Customer, 2.15.2017
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!
Eric Weiss, 1.29.2017
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.
Elizabeth Hicks, 1.21.2017
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!
Hanna Jones, 1.19.2017
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.
William Moran, 1.15.2017
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.
Julia G., 1.15.2017
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.