Tag Series #1
by Peter Riva
It was just another day, until it wasn't and Simon Bank is caught it the very center of everything. Random failures in the System reveal that something larger is at stake. Life on earth could end very soon if Simon doesn't determine what he did that "broke" the system. Time is running out and the answers lie within the system.
But what Simon is about to discover will forever alter life as we know it. Something is living within the system and it is maturing at a exponential rate that no one thought possible. Is this new awareness within the System truly a new life form? Or is it a System failure that is about to have catastrophic real world consequences? Simon has minutes to determine this and neutralize the threat if he can.
The world has become unbalanced and someone has decided this needs to be remedied now. Life within the System is one of luxury (compared to life outside the System). Population growth is closely monitored but SynthKids (bioengineered, limited lifespan children) are allowed to enhance one's life experience. And then there is rejuvenation of one's own life. Los Angeles is gone. The military now runs the new American country (we annexed territories) - an isolationist state which controls the future of the rest of the world through technological means.
But all this is about to end unless Simon can determine how to influence or stop what he has unwittingly allowed to grow and learn from him.
The Path is an interesting and at times perplexing story. Set at a future date we have allowed technology to control much of what we now have. Life is one of self-gratification and self-discovery. But over the years we've taught our technology too much about ourselves - allowing it to evolve into something powerful, something that could, if left unchecked, destroy us all.
Parts of this book I really enjoyed, some parts not so much, and a couple of times I had to go back and reread portions to fully grasp (I think) what was being presented. This book is classified as being Sci-fi/Cyberpunk which is actually a new subgenre for me. I've read Steampunk before but not Cyberpunk. In case you are wondering according to Technopedia Cyberpunk is defined as "a science fiction genre in which the future world is portrayed as one in which society is largely controlled by computers, at the expense of daily life and social order."
This book packs a punch - the majority of the story takes place over a short period of time. If you like action mixed in with tech you should find The Path to be an interesting and exciting reading experience.
I was provided a copy of this book through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review and tour participation.
All life on earth is about to be terminated by an entity as old as the galaxy itself. To make matters worse, Simon has broken everything already.
In a future world that is run by computer systems and that is without want, how can a man find his role? Then, if the very computers he works on to try to make them more human suddenly try to kill him, revealing a secret so vast that it affects every living soul on the planet, can that man be a hero?
These are the questions that face the stumbling, comic, and certainly flawed Simon Bank. His job is to work with the System’s artificial intelligence, making it fit more perfectly into human society so that it can keep the country running smoothly. But when the System threatens the peaceful world he knows, Simon suddenly must rush to save his own life, as well as the life of everyone on earth. Forced to reassess everything that he thought he knew, he is caught within circumstances way beyond his control.
Simon’s only hope is to rely on intellect and instincts he didn’t know he had, and on new friends, not all of them human, to change himself and all humanity. And he doesn’t have much time.
Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.
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