This blog post has been a while in the making, but I am oh so very stoked to be sharing it with you, because the subject matter of this review is absolutely an amazing, 5 star read! While I don’t have much about my personal life to share with you right now, I hope that the review I give about this novel will be enough to get you through the day (wink).
Anyways, the book of choice is Implanted by Lauren C. Teffeau. I actually requested this book from the publisher, in exchange for my review, when I read the synopsis, which follows:
The data stored in her blood can save a city on the brink… or destroy it, in this gripping cyberpunk thriller
When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new employers exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink of Emergence – freedom from the dome – but not everyone wants to leave. Then a data drop goes bad, and Emery is caught between factions: those who want her blood, and those who just want her dead.
As I am sure anyone reading this synopsis can tell, this book is set in such a cool future. Obviously, its a dystopia, but the best YA novels always are. The way the city is set up, though, feels all too real. Yes, its a domed city, and yes, the technology is futuristic – but the layers in the city and the separation of wealth and affluence from the grime of a dirt poor existence is literally represented by height. How cool is that?! The more affluent you are, the higher in the dome you live — basically a commentary on the current societal expectations of wealth. And only the wealthy can afford implants, which are basically smart phone-like devices that are accessible through eye movement, etc. They connect you to other people instantly, so when synched you can basically secretly chat across any distance. It was hard to read the chat dialogues sometimes, but it added another layer of secrecy to an already secret organization. Reading about what it would be like to be constantly connected to everyone at all times made me realize how important it is to disconnect and just appreciate our surroundings and genuine, face-to-face human interaction. Not that I don’t love all of my followers!
I also didn’t mind reading about the secret agent-like organization, Aventine, and their cool, out of this world way of storing data in their employees blood. I love this sort of sci-fi stuff, and I can actually see this happening, with the research that we have going on at uni, so I really enjoyed seeing where the author took it. Further, the fact that Emery is so empowered, and can totally kick butt of everyone she meets made me love her even more. She tries to protect everyone she loves, she carries data in her blood, and she can kick butt? COUNT ME IN!
One other cool thing (since everyone knows how much I can harp on romances that are unreal) is the way that Emery’s and Randall’s relationship grows throughout the pages of the novel. Even for a regular, everyday type of love (you know, the kind that doesn’t let other people live inside your head) theirs would have satisfied my inner romantic skeptic. But the implications of a love that grows through an implant that connects your psyches together? Absolute must read!
This book comes out August 7th, 2018, so now is your chance to preorder it. Once you get a chance to read it, shoot me a message. I would love to fangirl about some of the technologies and the idea of living life in a dome. It might not be in an instachat, using our implants, but I’d love talking just the same!