Dazzling, paranoid literary sci-fi for fans of Blake Crouch and Philip K. DickVin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur forced out of the software company he started, takes a job house-sitting an ultra-modern Seattle mansion whose owner has gone missing. There he discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets. Inside one heDazzling, paranoid literary sci-fi for fans of Blake Crouch and Philip K. DickVin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur forced out of the software company he started, takes a job house-sitting an ultra-modern Seattle mansion whose owner has gone missing. There he discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets. Inside one he finds a woman in a state of suspended animation. There is also a dog-eared notebook filled with circuit diagrams, beautiful and intricate drawings of body parts, and pages of code. When Vin decides to climb into one of the caskets to see what happens, his reality begins to unravel, and he finds himself on a terrifying journey that asks fundamental questions about reality, free will, and the meaning of a human life....
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I'm not going to review, as the book isn't out for 6 months yet.
This book had amazing potential but instead left the readers high and dry. The concept is thought provoking and intensely interesting however.Vin is a tech guy that is ultimately ousted from his company that he built. In his time of despair his dad introduces him to a man named Joaquin who later presents him with the opportunity to “house sit” a woman named Nerdean’s beautiful home. While staying there he discovers a secret lab that contains a crèche and takes the leap to try it out. On his first submersion he believes that he is only having a lucid dream, except he has no control over the body he’s inhabiting which happens to be Winston Churchill. Upon exiting his first 24 hour experience (the minimum amount of time in the crèche) he becomes aware that things have changed in the world he left behind. Each time he submerges after that things change more drastically and he realizes eventually that the crèche is not at all what he thought it was. As he continues his journey trying to fix what was lost in previous “shots” things get more mixed up and terrifying for Vin as more information and horrendous experiences are revealed. I truly enjoyed the premise of the book but felt almost abandoned at the end. Nothing truly comes together and I was left with several questions. I figured at the end of this type of book there would be questions (contemplation of multi verses, the meaning of life, etc.) but the ones I’m referring to are more like gaping holes in character stories and connections (Joaquin and Mona, Kim and Laughlin, the guy across the street who came to their BBQ... WHY did he come searching for Vin, Nerdean’s complete non existence , I really could continue this list on for awhile actually.) that aren’t really explained but should have been in order for it to actually make sense. The opening scene with the man on the bridge also never tied into the story later which leaves me wondering why it was pointlessly included in the first place. To set the tone I suppose? Also, in my opinion a true loving father as Vin was seemingly written to be would have never settled for the ending that he did. So, all in all I’d say wonderful idea, less than wonderful writing!
This is a brilliant and complicated portrayal of the kind of idea that doesn't work well in our rational brains -- where everything needs meaning and explanation and "outcome." At its heart, this beautiful and carefully crafted novel is a kind of exploration of the idea of storytelling, itself. What can we say has happened? What is the nature of reality? It's also an adventure novel. Its sci-fi skin is certainly enough to snare anyone who reads in speculative fiction. But really this is a novel of ideas, and you will be propelled forward by your curiosity about the mystery at its core: What has happened to Nerdean? What is the device that she has built? How might the universe of these characters unravel? Knit together? Really a fun and challenging book.
Great concept regarding multiverse application. But like many stories in this genre, they don't work throughout. Fun read though.
A great story of multiple universes, and how accessing them effects your fate. Interesting themes throughout. Propulsive read through the first two thirds, and then it slows down, like someone who didn't pace themselves on a five k. Quite good overall.