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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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A really enjoyable piece of near-future sci-fi. The premise of this book is fairly simple – somewhere in the fairly near future, society has collapsed and rebuilt itself with the addition of the “veneer”, the supposedly innate ability of the people to shape their world to look like whatever they want it to look like. When a young man starts to see underneath the veneer, he starts on a track that leads him to attempt to take down the system. Helping him are his girlfriend and best friend; against him, an entire system of secret agents, plus his childhood nemesis. The main question here is an interesting one. What would the world be like if we could shape it to suit our desires, like we can online now? The veneer is a means of control for the corporations – things look pretty, so no one questions what the world is like without it. A single corrupt company essentially controls the world, and their agents enforce the control using deadly force, if necessary. The young characters are well drawn and strongly motivated, whether they’re good or evil. I do have some issues with how the author treats homosexuality, but overall I was really engaged by the writing and the book as a whole. Related

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