- Tapa blanda: 510 páginas
- Editor: 47North; Edición: Reprint (7 de enero de 2014)
- Colección: Atopia Series
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1477849289
- ISBN-13: 978-1477849286
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº484.169 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 7 ene 2014
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What could be worse than letting billions die?
In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.
The Atopia Chronicles (Book 1 of the Atopia series) is the tale of mankind’s dark slide across the apocalypse as humans and machines merge in a world teetering on the brink of ecological ruin.
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After earning a degree in electrical engineering, Matthew Mather started his professional career at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines. He went on to found one of the world's first tactile feedback companies, which became the world leader in its field, as well as create an award-winning brain training video game. In between, he's worked on a variety of start-ups, everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction systems to genomics, and even social intelligence research. In 2009, he began a different journey, returning to the original inspiration for his technology career—all the long nights spent as a child and teenager reading the great masters of science fiction. He decided to write a scifi novel of his own, and the result was The Atopia Chronicles. He divides his time between Montreal, Canada, and Charlotte, NC.
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For me, the worst part of the experience would be perhaps keeping track of the sometimes a little too vast range of characters, many of which end up being too shallow, while the best part (also for me) is discovering the wildly imaginative world that author lies for the characters to live their stories in, in which reality and virtuality mix so much as to be sometimes indistinguishable.
Summarizing, if something from my personal experience is to be of guide for anyone else, it would be the fact that, from beginning to end, I had to keep reading to know what was coming next, and how was everything going to unravel.
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I feel like Mr. Mather is trying to be a jack of all trades, and in the process has spread his narrative rather thin. The premise of Atopia is that around 2050-2075 or so, the population of earth is 10 billion, and multiple wars for resources have devastated the planet, and wealthy groups of private citizens have built floating enclaves in the middle of the ocean. As another reviewer pointed out, it's a bit like Bioshock. Within a few chapters, the author has started spinning his elaborate story of distributed consciousness and "metaverses" created by nanobots inside of people which allow them to somehow make use of the concept of neuroplasticity and "fragmentation of consciousness" to essentially create alternate realities.
I try to read at least 30 science fiction books a year, and I can say that this book takes a fresh and unique premise, but kind of never gets off the ground. The story is some mixture of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Neuromancer by William Gibson, and Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. Firstly, as a physician, the medical jargon and discussions are a bunch of nonsense. The premise is so convoluted that I think I would have greatly benefited from at least 2-3 introductory chapters of exposition. Instead, each chapter is told from a different perspective, with about 8 rotating narratives. The characters have no identity to follow because they are all spread across the multiverse with distributed consciousness. This book is honestly just about impossible to follow. The last book I read was Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, which has a similar idea of distributed consciousness, but it is much easier to follow because she actually takes time to explain what is going on and allows you to follow one narrator for more than 5-10 minutes at a time.
The characters are so loosely distributed into the digital world (and many of them are just abandoned after 1-2 chapters) that they hardly resonate as discrete entities. The technology is very interesting, but the story relies so heavily on the technology as to be a detriment to the plot as a whole. Relatively speaking, this is the hardest plot to follow of any book I've ever read, mainly because each chapter is told from the perspective of a new character. I was constantly trying to look back and re-read things, but eventually I got tired of doing that and just tried to make it through to the end.
Anyway, this book may be worth a shot, and I'm happy I saw the unique premise through to the end, but I will certainly not be continuing this series.
I like the concept, the ideas, the world building, but the execution left me confused in some aspects. There are a lot of characters, different points of views told, and sometimes the voices sounded so similar that I would have to go back to the chapter header to find out who's talking. Then I would have to try and remember who they were. The only true voice that really stood out was Olympia Onassis. Her attitude, the impatience for everything and everyone, stood out.
Another thing that got me was the repetitiveness. While key to the story on character connection, sometimes I wish Mr. Mather wouldn't have included so much of the same details. It got to the point where I wanted to skip, but I knew it was important that I didn't.
At the end of this story, I really didn't feel a thoroughly explained solution was presented. Or the solution was just too convoluted for me to grasp. But I did find human beings existing beyond their bodies in worlds created in this 'network' of sorts was fascinating and in other ways, disturbing. Disgusting at one point, as Patricia has described it.
Just to see this series through, I will be continuing to the next book.
I won't try to hash out the plot for you. I will say that this is a complex story and you need to be in for the long hall. The story bounces from one perspective to another. The perspectives have a common thread that quickly becomes evident. The pace picks up in the second half of the book as separate threads start to come together.
One interesting thing: after I read, I would find myself thinking about the book and what I would do if in that world. I had to admit to myself that I would be right in the thick of the problem. Just as enmeshed as some of the characters. I have read many books that stayed with me, but it is usually the characters. In this book it is the plot that keeps popping up in my thoughts all day.
This book was a welcome deviation from what I normally read. I will be reading the sequel.
We've all heard of nanobots, and that is essentially what smarticles are though they are a little more in tune with the neural processes in our bodies, than with the physical, curative sort that we read so much about; a reality forthcoming. A smarticle attached to every neuron enabling the virtual instance of each person in multiplicity if so desired and the creation of an infinite number of multiverse realities to choose from make the possibility of themes for plot generation as numerable. I've already purchased the sequel.