by Kate Dylan.
Christ that was…. predictable, but enjoyable.
In this book we follow a girl called Sil Sarrah that has a very high-tech supercomputer grafted to her brain. This special computer with its accompanying AI Jarvis, allows her to see and analyze the world around her in seconds. A necessary skill needed to perform her job as a Walker for the Syntex corporation, which means to rescue their field agents by entering their minds and taking control of their bodies. And Sil is the best they’ve ever seen. There’s only one problem, Walkers don’t live past 19 and Sil’s time’s running out. And when she’s framed and branded a traitor, she runs for her life, determined to prove she’s innocent. But when she uncovers a secret that threatens to destroy everything she’s ever worked for, she’s forced to decide where her allegiances lie.
So, I listened to this as an audiobook, and I have to say I’m happily surprised. This book was really good and filled with tension and action, and I really enjoyed listening to it.
This story is set in a future America, and I think it was described very nicely with enough details that I could picture the setting as I was listening. The character felt complex and real and was far from one-dimensional. And the plot was solid and was interesting to follow from start to finish. Sure, the plot is kind of predictable and standard in a way, as was the romance and twists. I can’t say I was surprised by anything that happened in this book, but as long as I’m entertained, I don’t mind.
I love the tech that’s described and how it is described in a way that makes me think that it’s real. I can imagine these things being real, and as a tech freak myself, I would really love to see all of these things this world has to offer.
I don’t really have a lot of negative things to say here, but there was one thing that drove me nuts while listening. The characters keep repeating the phrase “Christ that was” like three thousand times per chapter (at least that’s how it felt). It’s too much, and it should have been used for just one character and not all the time. It’s annoying. Especially in an audiobook.
Second thing that I didn’t really like was how the narrator did the male voices in dialogue. The boys here are 18 years old, but the narrator makes them sound like they’d be in their fifties or something. It’s odd and strange and when this weird dark “grandpa”-voice she uses are supposed to be the romantic interest of our 18-year-old lead, it just gives me the creeps. That, however, isn’t the writer’s fault so that’s not impacting my rating at all obviously.
But all in all, this is a good book, and I can’t do much more than recommend it to all of you who like a fast-paced and easy to read sci-fi.
5/5 stars. Book’s out on September 1st, so hurry up and get a copy.