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- Tamanho do arquivo : 2892 KB
- Leitura de texto : Habilitado
- ISBN da fonte dos números de páginas : 1517726298
- Dicas de vocabulário : Habilitado
- Número de páginas : 218 páginas
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- ASIN : B01B5U60B6
- Editora : Creative Angel Design and Publication; 2º edição (27 janeiro 2016)
- Idioma: : Inglês
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Having worked in the biotech industry, I didn’t find the life-extension science here to be particularly believable, even in the near future, but the author did enough research and told a good enough story that I was willing to (mostly) suspend disbelief in an immortality serum and go along for the ride. I had a harder time believing that the underlying conspiracy could have gone on for as long as it did without being found out and shut down much sooner. There are already a number of biotech companies and even more academic labs working on the problem of life extension, so Plant Harmonics would not have been alone in that space. And even in our own time, if a tech company’s technology is thought to be fraudulent or even based on shaky data, the market shows signs of being self-correcting. For example, look at the rise and precipitous fall of Theranos.
The characters were appealing, but were pretty standard SF heroes and villains. Adam, the protagonist, was recognizable as a Silicon Valley overachiever who had lost the art of relationships. Evelyn was realistic but we didn’t learn much more about her than that she was pretty, spunky, and loyal to family. Watching these two characters get together romantically as they solve a massive technological conspiracy was enjoyable but not particularly memorable. The villains had some interesting, even poignant motivations for doing what they did, but I think they needed to be much more devious.
I would read other books by this author as I think she writes intelligently and has ideas about corporate invasion of privacy that deserve to be fleshed out further. With this novel she seems to be on the path of finding her own voice and exploring the themes that she finds most important.
He is going to pay the $2MM price tag, to receive Eden's Serum, a special injection which will freeze the aging process, virtually giving him immortality.
But just as he is finalizing the procedure, he begins to have second thoughts. He notices, the doctor administering the injections, who exclusively endorses the revolutionary procedure worldwide, is lying about receiving the injection himself.
Despite the doctors lies, Adam is too self-centered to reject the opportunity and receives the serum. Shortly after, his life as he knows it begins to spiral out of control. His body is counteracting the serum, and he will be dead in less than a week if he does not find an antidote. But he may not even make it a week, because snooping around, looking for answers about Eden's Serum just put a death mark on his back.
This book was exciting from beginning to end. I didn't care much for Adam at the beginning as he was very self-centered, but the author did an excellent job placing Adam in a situation he was able to learn and grow from. By the end of the book, he was a completely changed man. For the better.
If you were very wealthy and someone was offering a "serum" to give you immortality would you take it? Would you pay the exorbitant fee to be assured that you would never grow old, never die, never get sick?
Adam has a good life. He has developed a technology that allows everyone to be tracked and their identities to be safe from theft. He's making great money, has just been offered a massive promotion, and he's met a woman he could see himself spending his life with. But there is a serpent in his personal paradise. The company he works for has far too much knowledge of his personal life. They even know that he has decided to take Eden's Serum, the drug that purports to make you immortal. Despite the red flags and some serious misgivings, Adam goes through with the procedure and that's when his perfect life rapidly begins to fall apart.
Eden's Serum is a wild ride through corporate espionage, murder, privacy invasion, lies, and out of control technology. Hang on to your hats because it gets bumpy from here.
A Tense Thriller with an Edge of Mystery
Adam Carpenter is not a nice man. As he himself says at the end of the novel, "Until you and this whole incident, I wasn't any kind of guy. I was a money hungry, power craving, expensive car enthusiast. I was selfish and didn't care about anyone but myself."
According to conventional wisdom, a writer's main character should usually be somewhat likable. It's to Angelique S. Anderson's credit that we still like Adam despite the fact that he never seems to think of anyone but himself. Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Well, Adam has lived that kind of life. On top of everything, he's invented an Identicoin that will help business and the government keep track of everything we do. Talk about Big Brother!
Then in his egotism he goes even further. He lets himself be injected by the super-expensive Eden's Serum so he can live forever and enjoy immortality. It is here that the story becomes really interesting. He meets a girl with the not-so-subtle name of Evelyn and soon they are on the run while the bad guys seek to kill them. What's it all about? What's the reason for the great conspiracy that is causing people to die around them? What do the bad guys, whoever they are, not want the public to know about Eden's Serum?
This is a page turner, and only toward the end does the narrative falter. There are some logic problems, such as when the guards fail to frisk Adam and take his gun. For that matter, why does the author let him keep the gun if he isn't going to use it? Also, the last seven pages or so are basically anticlimactic exposition as the author wraps things up. They could have been quickly implied, ending the novel with more punch. Still, this is a good read with a timeless message about science: There are some things that man should never do.
This is a fast read and I blasted through the book in two sittings. The story opens with protagonist Adam racing to his place of employment due to a bomb threat and the potential loss of his research. The police resolve things without casualties or destruction, and the perpetrator ends up being his boss. His work and career are safe. Fast forward two years and Adam is approaching a hospital where he is preparing for a radical leonization treatment. I am okay with this abrupt right turn, but others may want a little more world building and transition into this aspect of the story. We are expositively shown the big-brother identi-coin technology that has secured Adam’s future. Integrated bio-dentify is something we already are capable of now with RFID and even more sophisticated technologies. The issue hasn’t been the tech, but societal integration. Author Anderson brushes across some of the privacy issues and drawbacks. I can’t decide whether it’s ironic or unbelievable that Adam, one of the principle contributors to the tech in the story, doesn’t anticipate the privacy issues that piss him off. At any rate, in my mind 2020 is waaay too soon for socio-identity integration. Practical leonization and nanotechnologies are also possible but significantly further off than four years. The science hurdles are the least of any life-extension technology’s acceptance difficulties (more on these two issues in my setting notes).
Adam’s misgivings about the treatment don’t work for me in this. The disclaimers about the possible side-effects, the expense, piled on top of possible fraud should raise more alarm bells than they do. This is a story though and he didn’t anticipate invasive identity-authentication affecting his life either.
In a span of a chapter, the story becomes a conspiracy plot it is this change and the voice of the narrative thereafter that leads me to identify this as speculative rather than science fiction. The two technologies and their ramifications simply aren’t explored enough.
Categorization aside there’s a decent mystery to be solved and the hero and his assistant Evelyn are appropriately hounded and challenged. I thought that story was very light on flunkies… I was a little bit baffled by the idea of company execs doing their own dirty work.
Things eventually come to a head. The resolution is a little bit pat, but this novel is a bit on the fluffy side anyway.
Execution : 3.95 — This reads well and confines itself largely to Adam’s viewpoint with a couple lapses where it drops to Evelyn (and once to Dr. Pearson). The diction is slightly off in as much as Adam is supposedly a tech guy, but just doesn’t seem to talk or act much like one at times. Overall, the diction changes in patches, sometimes tight, other times kitschy. Physical registers and sensory are present in this, and do a better than average job of bringing some of the setting details off the page. I wanted a little more nuanced usage to elevate other moments of the story however.
NOTE: I am in official loathe mode with the word ‘smirk’. I’ve seen the word in the last four books I’ve read. Authors, don’t have your heroes ‘smirk’. Ugh. Nobody likes a smarmy smirker! It’s a smug arrogant air of superiority best attributed to antagonists and characters we are not meant to like. Heroes don’t smirk. /rant.
Setting : 3.85 – 4.1 — There are good setting details in this. The science is a little expositiony but not overly bad. It is quite light on authentic sounding detail and could benefit from the lingo. My main quibble is just the time frame. Universal identification, check. Implemented in four years, there’d need to be some huge catastrophe… mass terrorism or something that scared people into giving up their privacy. The technophobes of the U.S. would not go softly into compliance. The are leonization (longevity) trails currently underway. So, it is possible, once all the religious screaming and caterwauling, government regulation, and who knows what else was finally overcome (something that realistically would take decades). What isn’t explained is how the non-working product ever got to public consumption. There’s mention of celebrities and such being treated how did it go undetected? There is the side effect which I won’t ruin for readers. I wonder if author Anderson considered that “product” more viable for say– soldiers.
Character : 3.3-3.8 — Let me get one bit out of the way (Eden + Adam / Eve) is just a little too on the nose for me. Other folks may not notice or care, but I am picky. That being said, as I wrote earlier, Adam’s portrayal is slightly problematic. I think some of that is that what he actually does for a living is left a bit ambiguous. There is mention of research but his inner thoughts just don’t sound like an engineer. What would sell the identicoin technology would be some kind of underlying security. The big fear now of uni-ids is that consumer identities would have to be stored in the cloud. Then the problem becomes what happens if the data is compromised, or there’s loss of connectivity, sunspots or whatever. So, the breakthrough would be in some kind of up-time and reliability… that and the tech being cheap enough to be ubiquitous. Anyways, never mind the ramblings of a computer scientist…
Evelyn, on the other hand, I like as a character. We learn a fair amount about her, although her relationship and the seven years prior to showing up in Adam’s office is a bit sketchy. Had she given up on her mission? That wasn’t clear.
In the cases of both Adam and Evelyn there was a tendency to tell rather than show. Other times the inner narrative was fine.
I thought more should have been done with the HR lady Ms. Ellie. I feel author Anderson missed an opportunity not to humanize her more and make the reader like her. This would have made a more dramatic impact on the protagonist in the latter stages of the story. I think more mileage could have been gotten out of Doctor Plath as well.
Overall : 4.0 — This is quick easy read without overt gore, cussing, or violence. It takes a shallow swipe at privacy and the inequities of society, and makes some veiled comments on people not knowing what’s really important in life. All positive things. There are some rough spots as noted, but in all it’s a worthy read. I look forward to author Anderson’s next creative endeavor.
Author of the Ring Realms Cycle