AI is here to stay.
The story goes thus, a digital assistant (that we love in our mobiles) is soon a reality and Freya finds hers to be in the voice of a long lost foster sister Ruby. The story starts with a routine of Freya’s life, which soon goes on to take darker turns as the assistant seemed to know more than she should have known, as if she knew Ruby’s whereabouts. That part was certainly chilling.
Is Ruby alive?? Was her digital footprints getting uploaded and hence picked up by the Digital Assistant?
The book started off as a combination of a sci-fi thriller with emotional drama, with the missing sister, Freya’s own feelings of guilt, but then the plot becomes a bit technical, almost too computer-y, it does go off at the deep end into virtual reality in the latter half. A bit too scary for me!!
On the whole the book was a chilling story, thought provoking of virtual reality and what would happen if we could upload our consciousness in the deep net? Is this our future?
A good debut by author Heather Child, I wanted a bit more something from it, perhaps more emotions?
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Little Brown Book Group UK, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3 stars
About the Author
Heather Child’s experience in digital marketing has brought her into close contact with the automation and personalisation technologies that herald the ‘big data’ age. She lives in Bristol and Everything About You is her debut novel.
Freya has a new virtual assistant. It knows what she likes, knows what she wants and knows whose voice she most needs to hear: her missing sister’s.
It adopts her sister’s personality, recreating her through a life lived online. But this virtual version of her sister knows things it shouldn’t be possible to know. It’s almost as if the missing girl is still out there somewhere, feeding fresh updates into the cloud. But that’s impossible. Isn’t it?
Publication date : 26th April, 2018
Publisher : Little Brown Book Group UK, Orbit
Language : English
Available on Amazon
Sci-fi virtual reality