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Veneer by Daniel Verastiqui
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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

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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.

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

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********** 1. row ***********
      name: Great49er
     stamp: 2013-04-22
     stars: 4
     title: Very interesting concept. Surprisingly well done.
   content: At first I was not sure what to make of this book. It seemed like a blend of the Matrix, with Star Trek holodecks, written by Christopher Pike. At times I thought it would become disjointed but it always came back to the main thread. By the end of the book I was very surprised, in a good way.

It would be interesting if a sequel were written, there is arguably a great deal of storyline left since the bad guys got away and are working to undo everything that has happened...

********** 2. row ***********
      name: GenoSpinosa
     stamp: 2013-02-22
     stars: 1
     title: not well written
   content: didn't really catch me as a reader, jumped around alot in the beginning and had to keep focusing on figuring out what the core story was about

********** 3. row ***********
      name: Joyce
     stamp: 2013-03-15
     stars: 5
   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.

********** 4. row ***********
      name: M. Olivo
     stamp: 2012-12-14
     stars: 5
     title: Take the plunge into an Augmented Reality – Great Read!!
   content: Veneer: a well written sci-fi book with a good imagination that makes you invest in the characters, their lives, and others actions towards them. This book takes the notion of being plugged into the web to a whole new realm where the world as we know it is solely dependent on the Intranet.. Where agents are above the law and when common citizens learn to really manipulate the veneer the justice system and societies dependence in being linked in are put to the test...
Great read!

********** 5. row ***********
      name: Jennifer
     stamp: 2013-07-04
     stars: 4
   content: I really enjoyed this book. I was worried as it started out great with the elementary school scene, and then started up with high school and I thought I hope this stays as good as it was. Thankfully it did. I loved it. I found the world that was created was really interesting and instead of a lot of long drawn out explanations of what things are and do, they are shown to the reader instead which I loved! I did like reading the different chapters from different characters POV, some evil people some good people some of everyone. I loved it. I really would like to read more.

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