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Verastiqui is back and better than ever . . . I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of Perion Synthetics, this soon to be released novel set in the Vinestead series. While this latest release is a stand alone novel, like those that have come before it, readers familiar with his earlier work will notice references to familiar names, places and entities. None of these references though take away from Perion Synthetics in any way or slow the momentum of this newest addition to Verastiqui’s mythos. You’ll find the same strong character development that marked his earlier novels and a story that quickly pulls you in and builds in momentum all the way through the conclusion. Be prepared to read large swathes at once as there are few good points to stop and catch your breath once you’ve gotten started. Perion Synthetics takes a much more hard science fiction approach to a number of key elements of the story. Verastiqui’s vision for our near future is both startling in it’s complexity and in the very believable possibility that many of the things that his characters take for granted as parts of their daily lives, may easily find their way off the pages and into our own in the not so distant future. It is this perhaps more than anything that distinguishes this novel from some of his earlier work. Having read each novel in the Vinestead collection, I can honestly say, I can’t wait for the next installment.
Pleasantly surprised non-techie. Let me begin by conceding that I do not often read hi-tech science fiction novels. I do enjoy a wide variety of fiction, including fantasy, so I hope my input will be helpful nevertheless. I received an advance copy of this book, and did not know what to expect. As a newbie to this genre, I was pleasantly surprised. Though I wasn’t familiar with many of the “hi-tech” terms, the author did an excellent job interweaving his explanations within his text without slowing down the flow of the book. His characters are engaging and they caught my interest enough that the deeper philosophical/social issues the author delves into completely blindsided me. It was a positive effect. I won’t spoil anything, but he uses a story about synthetic humans and computer augmentations to question larger ethical issues in media reporting, government control, and technological warfare (e.g. Drones, weapons of mass destruction, etc.). These issues do not weigh down the text, and the author uses a fair share of snide humor to keep the interpersonal relationships from being overshadowed. There’s even a little love for all of us romantics out there. All in all, The only thing I found lacking from the text was a cogent reason why someone would want to undergo technological augmentations on themselves when it leaves a person so susceptible to someone else controlling those augmentations. That might be an issue he deals with in one of his other books though (which I’ve since learned all are set in the same “universe”). The book is entertaining and worth a read.