Deal DetailsLast Edited by annie930ny June 20, 2016 at 10:52 AM
*Philip K. Dick Award Best Novel winner 2003
*TV Series being developed by Netflix
I'm about 2/3 through the Audible version of this book and I'm enjoying it. This is not for the faint of heart though, as it has lots of gory violence and some explicit sex scenes. I'm curious how this will translate to TV, so will probably watch it on Netflix when it is released.
The main premise behind the series is that human conciousness can be backed up and downloaded into a new body. This might sound like immortality, but it is far from it. If your chip is utterly destroyed and you are not rich enough to afford remote backups, you are really dead. Almost all crime is punished by hibernation of your conciousness for X amount of years. Over 100 year debt is not uncommon for serious crimes. There is also a huge financial burden to getting a new "sleeve" body as it is referred to in the book. At one point in the book I recall getting more than a second sleeve is hard unless you have family connections to help pay for it. The main character is pulled out of a sentence by a rich guy to investigate his "suicide". If successfully, he'll earn his freedom, otherwise he's going back to finish out his sentence.
It doesn't look like this book has a reduced price on the audible version. I've read that the 3rd book is by a different narrator, which everyone HATES, primarily because he mispronounces the main character's name. Should be "Kova_ch_" not "Kova_k_s". Apparently the new narrator never listend to the original or even read the first book which early on details the main character's annoyance to his name being mispronounced. I really wish there was a sale for the 3rd book, because I agree it would be annoying to hear it said wrong over an over after hearing it normally for 2 books. It is sad because I've thoroughly enjoyed this 2nd narrator read Anathem by Neal Stephenson (William Dufris)
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