When X discovers that his long distance relationship with C is about to end, he copies her mind and loads her into a virtual avatar in the Net. But in his haste to preserve his high school sweetheart, X forgets to program the one feature he ends up needing most: how to turn her off.
Now it is up to Natalie and G to rescue their friend from the farthest reaches of the Net. Along the way, they must battle a cipher who cannot be killed, a virus that cannot be stopped, and a global conglomerate that will do anything to seize control of the precious Net.
Cyberpunk and Virtual Reality Meets Snapchat
My favorite thing about Xronixle was definitely the concept of the immersive virtual world and it’s ramifications on society. It was interesting to see Verastiqui’s early views of such a world and the toll it would take on those most involved with it. I can see a great number of parallels between the inhabitants of the virtual reality and the world of today’s smartphone-addicted citizens.
While the plot and story were interesting albeit amateurish (definitely to be expected with a very early work like this); I definitely enjoyed the way the characters and the world were brought to life. I could see the imagery playing out as if it were a “birth of the internet” era cyber-thriller blockbuster a la “The Matrix” or “Johnny Mnumonic”. It brought back fond memory of the younger me’s interest in cyber-punk novels and my time playing Netrunner.
I’m looking forward to starting the next one.
Good book overall
This book was pretty good overall but I was let down by the ending. I realize not all books have to end happy, but this was so sad at the end. I would have liked to see something with a little more hope. Still, good book that I enjoyed.
Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Girl falls out of love, so boy makes a digital copy of girl, who turns into a cyber god bent on revenge. Just your typical teenage romance for the digital age, right?
Aside from the title (which, seriously, how the hell would you pronounce that?), I really loved this book once I got going with it. The characters are beautifully drawn, if slightly annoying sometimes with their obsessions, and the representation of what life could be like a few years from now is eerie and resonant. The novel gets slightly repetitive in places, with X constantly revisiting and reliving scenes of his time with C, but that seems to be a deliberate choice on the part of the author. With our entire lives available for replay, it’s easy to fall into a loop, living in the past. I also had a slight issue with how quickly everyone falls into obsessive, “I would die for you” love, but they are all teenagers, so I guess it’s not that strange.
One thing I did dislike is that one of the main characters, typically represented as a good guy, gets disturbingly rapey at one point. It’s never addressed afterwards, and there are no consequences for him. I know that that’s how things often play out in real life, but I feel like the author could have taken a stronger stance against it.
I read this after Veneer, a novel by the same author, and when I realized it partway through my enjoyment of it definitely increased. If possible, I definitely recommend reading Veneer first, even though this comes earlier chronologically.
I certainly enjoyed what this book promised from the description and other’s reviews. Probably one of the biggest problems with science fiction writing is not explaining a few aspects of the technology involved. Still, I did like the book for what was presented story wise.
This is a really interesting read from an up-and-coming author. The pacing is good, and the characters are well thought out. It definitely brings up some philosophical thoughts, and can run a serious risk of forcing the reader to think about their fiction.
As an ardent sci-fi fan I always appreciate it, regardless of genre, when the author invests in developing truly 3 dimensional interesting characters rather than simplistic good guys and bad guys and Verastiqui delivered. Then he took these characters on an intricate fast paced tale of human passion and growth while trying to paint one picture of where the slowly dissolving line between virtual vs. physical reality might bring us. obviously I enjoyed it.
I got this book as a gift. I haven’t read a non-fiction book in a while, so I wasn’t sure what I’d think. But Daniel Verastiqui has a way of investing you into the book that has you really pulling for the characters. I had to keep reminding myself that these guys only existed in his head–or else I would’ve gone insane! There are so many twists and turns that I was constantly on edge. I’ll admit, my work suffered a bit bc I was constantly trying to sneak a read to see what happened next. Don’t want to give any spoilers, but the ending is one that I both hated and loved. It was a great ending, book writing-wise, but left me eager for him to finish his next book. I still want a part 2 of Xronixle, but his newest book, Veneer, also takes you on a ride that you just don’t want to get off. I also love the pokes into human ethics and morals that he makes in his books, frequently giving you things to think about after all is said and done.
What’s the nature of reality? Where does the soul exist? Would sex be twice as good if simultaneously performed in real life and virtual reality? Just some of the questions considered while reading this novel of a high tech world (but without too much high tech jargon!). A good read I would highly recommend.