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Bob – Veneer

Perception is reality, but not really!

I planned to read several books in parallel during my vacation, but ended up reading straight through this one – just had to see what happened! The desire to mask one’s true self and hide behind a veneer is common to all humanity. Skip forward into the future and see how powerful, high-tech veneers change the world and everyones reality. The veneers are powerful and different, but people are the same – they use veneers to hide, control and to take advantage of others. This story is full of surprises, technology and conflict that drew me in, and is set in a high-tech future that really made me wonder if this kind of world might someday become a reality. Very thought provoking and creative! Be warned – the sex, language and violence definitely makes this an adults-only book.

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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. Related

M. Grubbs – Por Vida

Incredible futuristic cautionary tale. I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads: First Reads. I really enjoyed Veneer quite a bit. It was very original and Daniel Verastiqui has created a realistic and very futuristic setting for the story. The characters really came alive due to Verastiqui’s eloquent writing and apparent insight into the minds of teenagers. The book isn’t a casual read but it’s well worth learning the lingo used in the book because it’s a very compelling story. As a cautionary tale for what might come in our future, it’s chilling—but also hopeful since having the Veneer technology would be really wonderful–and dangerous in the wrong hands. Technology often presents a double edged sword. There’s violence in this book and it’s a testament to Verastiqui’s skills that you feel so bad for the victims. The violent scenes are used to demonstrate the dangers of this future world and it works. You really wonder whether it’s better to buy-in or scram and go back to nature. This is an incredible book, and the paperback version has an amazing cover. I love the graphic design. It’s a true work of art. Related

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