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Veneer by Daniel Verastiqui
Purchase link: /amazon/?veneer

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"A lot of SF theses days seems to congregate around certain themes and tropes, but Veneer is something very different indeed. It takes an emerging idea (augmented reality) and runs with it into the distant future. The writing is really tight, the story grips you right from the start, the characters are fully realized, and the central conceit of the book (which I won't spoil by going into) is very, very smart." - David Gaughran

"It was just so very well put together like an intricate puzzle and worked out perfectly in the end." A. Cox

user@vnet:~/books/veneer$ cat description.txt

In the 22nd century, augmented reality is no longer a novelty, but rather a way of life for citizens of Easton. Children are taught at a young age to control the ubiquitous layer of reality known as veneer through a process called reconciliation. Those who learn to reconcile live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves. Those who struggle are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them.

For this skill, there are no shortcuts, no special glasses or handheld devices. The power to change comes from within.

Deron Bishop wants to live in the augmented world, to perform the magic of reconciliation like his peers, but controlling the veneer has always been a problem for him. Already resentful of the one thing he could never master, Deron doesn't realize how much he needs the veneer until a violent run-in with a childhood rival puts him in the hospital and robs him of his virtual sight.

Now able to see the world as it truly exists, Deron must choose to abandon Easton or fight his way back to the veneered fantasy of his previous life--a fight not everyone wants him to win.

Join Deron, his friends, and his enemies as they discover the truths that will be revealed when the virtual veil finally drops.

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Science Fiction | 303 pages | ISBN: 978-1461166221 | 2011-05-20

user@vnet:~/books/veneer$ ls characters/

deron-bishop
russo-rivera
rosalia-collier
ilya-yushchenko
jalay-chapman
memo-ruiz

user@vnet:~/books/veneer$ ./showVinesteadUniverseChronology.sh

Year(s) Covered: 2149
  Previous Book: hybrid-mechanics
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user@vnet:~/books/veneer$ mysql -u ZERO_COOL -pHACKTHEPLANET -e "select * from reviews where slug = 'veneer' order by RAND() limit 5

********** 1. row ***********
      name: Marlena P Norman
     stamp: 2014-07-26
     stars: 4
     title: Don't Trust a Veneer
   content: I'm not actually sure if I like this book or not... it's not all happy endings and good triumphs. Actually, it's.... rather violent and painful and downright crappy at times. That being said, it was incredibly *readable*. I finished it in one sitting. If you're looking for a sweet, empowering tale, move on. But, if you're looking for gritty and under the surface, this is the book for you.

********** 2. row ***********
      name: Jess B
     stamp: 2012-02-20
     stars: 3
     title:
   content: I read this book because I downloaded a free copy for my Kindle and the description left me very intrigued:

After reading Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson my mind was primed for an alternate reality. In that sense this story didn't disappoint. The development of the world where "veneer" hides the reality of everything that exists and people can be anything they want to be left me enthralled. However, the characters fall short of making me really care.

********** 3. row ***********
      name: Kathleen
     stamp: 2013-02-27
     stars: 4
     title:
   content: I got this as a free download and have to say that it was a pretty interesting concept for a book.

********** 4. row ***********
      name: ruby
     stamp: 2013-03-06
     stars: 1
     title: did not read beyond 10 pages
   content: not my kind of book, abandoned after reading ten pages. Prefer real world stories

may be another might like it,too super natural for me!

********** 5. row ***********
      name: Joyce
     stamp: 2013-03-15
     stars: 5
     title:
   content: I found the story line intriguing and it kept me reading. Though the beginning was a bit slow and I almost gave up. But am glad I kept reading. The ending left me hanging. So is there a second book.

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