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Por Vida

You don’t love me.
You don’t even know me.

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  • Published: January 2017
  • Years Covered: 2035, 2045
  • Settings: Los Angeles CA, Billings MT, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
  • Featuring: Sepideh Ahmadi, Natasha Kumanov, Rafael Orozco

Description

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 Por Vida, book four in the Vinestead Anthology.

What people are saying:

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). – Sydnie Macelroy

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. – M. Grubbs

Recent Reviews

Great sci-fi book set in a world not far from our own Perion Synthetics is a gripping story that combines a lot of the best of alternative/cyberpunk-esque worlds while touching on subjects that aren’t too far from current events. There are business moguls making bad (far-reaching) decisions, government mandated corporate medical procedures, journalists scrambling to get some sort of story out however they can, and groups trying to restore the sanity they believe has been lost through the years. Add in some questions about how things will be handled in a post-singularity world, explosions and synthetic creations that are far beyond the uncanny valley, and you’ve got a great read. Easily my favorite sci-fi work by the author so far.

James Winborn – Perion Synthetics

(Disclaimer: Daniel provided me with a free advanced copy for feedback and review purposes.) To start with, I really appreciate receiving an advanced copy from the author. That was a first for me since I signed up with the program on Goodreads. On to the book review… I thought that Verastiqui created an interesting story line and developed the characters well. There were many times while reading it that I had a tough time putting the book down. It was an interesting concept: a great innovator is dying and tries to build a replacement that he can transfer his mind into. I liked this part of the book. What I didn’t like was how quickly the characters bought into some of topics brought up in the book. There were times that the characters made 180 degree shifts in beliefs without the turmoil that usually comes with it. It frustrated me that they changed their deep down beliefs without any concerns. At one point, one of the characters tries to kill the other and without any ‘making up’, they work together at the end. Personally, I have a tough time believing that someone that tried killing me a half hour earlier, can now be my best friend if there wasn’t something else that happened in the middle. That was a tough thing for me to get over and the only reason I dropped down the rating. Overall, it was worth a read and if you can get over some of the major shifts I mentioned, it was an enjoyable read.

Manoj – Perion Synthetics
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