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It’s 2052. A new reality is just a download away.

Decay is ubiquitious as the world's population shrinks under Sagan's Law. But no one cares as their lives are consumed by the Digital Sea: an immersive augmented reality that’s always on, seen through eye-screens and controlled by the mind. Zel Aurora, a skilled reality-hacker, can change the Digital Sea with a thought, but
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Published October 5th 2012 by Black Moon Books (first published December 19th 2010)
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Article first published as Book Review:The Digital Sea By Thomas Carpenter on Blogcritics.

In a futuristic world where the earth is slowly decaying, the digital sea is available to override the view of the decline. Not everyone is enthralled by the use of the digital sea; it can be manipulated in many ways and is now being engineered to create a war between Pakistan and India.

Zel Aurora is trying to live her life and take care of her daughter in the best way she knows how. As the shaking disease
Chance Lee
"There is no truth in the Digital Sea." That may be true for the Digital Sea, the widespread alternate reality universe in which people choose to live their lives in the mid-21st century, however the book Digital Sea, has many interesting truths about our perception of the world, and why we react to (or avoid) it in the ways we do.

World building is good, and this guy knows his stuff about alternate reality. The gritty setting and full-immersion worked much better than in similar books, like Read
The Digital Sea is a science fiction novel set in the future where people use ARNet computers integrated into their bodies to create an altered view of their surroundings and how they outwardly project themselves to others. This augmented reality of what people see is called
"The Digital Sea". The novel is fast moving with story lines and travel spanning multiple continents.

The core conflicts are a mother’s desire to save her dying daughter, and an impending war between India and Pakistan. The

The cover has a simplistic design. It's not really eye-catching or contemplative. The title, though, automatically makes you think of electronic technology and the vastness of it.


When you first begin to read the book, each chapter takes the time to introduce you to each of the main characters that you need to know about. Eventually, you start to see them intermingle until, by the end, they are full immersed in each other's stories and everything ends up making sense. The action in
Jenny Rose
The year is 2052 and everyone is living in a virtual reality. It's not quite like Matrix where no one is actually doing anything. People are viewing the world via virtual reality implants or glasses and the government encourages it by making sure to issue older, base models to even the down people and places so everyone can view themselves and the world however their imagination wishes.

There is concern that the world is becoming over populated. Someone is starting wars all over in order to manag
Mark Janveau
I received an actual, physical, 361 page book courtesy of Goodreads First Reads program. Possibly slightly ironic coming from an author that is so into augmented reality but what are you gonna do? We're not quite there yet...

I quite enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. The science in the fiction was fairly hard core at times but the plotting and story was well enough done that it added to the atmosphere instead of being distracting. It wasn't filled with blatant info-dumps like others in
J.D. Brink
The Digital Sea is one part Neuromancer, one part Matrix, and three parts pure Carpenter. The narration follows various characters all over the globe in a futuristic world that could one day very much become our reality. The Digital Sea is a virtual veneer that covers our world, received through cyberspace links that most people cannot do without anymore. It very much echoes our growing reliance on the constant distractions of cell phones, one-thousand cable TV channels, and riding the endless s ...more
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Zel Aurora is a highly skilled hacker in a new age world that rides the Digital Sea. Zel's talents are highly sought after, especially by a dangerous crime lord named Djed who Zel once worked for and has been hiding from ever since.

Zel's main job now is her daughter, who is ill, and keeping them both hidden in a Digital world where information is a mere thought away. As Zel's daughter further deteriorates before her eyes she makes a deal with the devil, the very man she has been trying to avoid
The world is a bleak place in Thomas Carpenter's The Digital Sea. Rising sea levels, changes in climate, dwindling resources and overpopulation have forced governments to enact population reduction laws and trade in population bonds. But a global one child policy isn't working fast enough for some, leading them to consider more drastic measures.

Escapism via augmented reality (AR), what people refer to as the Digital Sea, is very popular. Whether accessed via glasses or “mods”, surgically implant
I haven't read any science fiction novel in a long while. I chanced to read this one by way of getting a free copy of this book from the author. After reading it, I would think this books belongs in 'science fiction' or even possibly 'noir science fiction' because it is a novel dominated by tough, cynical characters and bleak settings in the future.

The story is set in the year 2052 around the concept of 'the Digital Sea', which is an ever-present augmented Reality created on top of existing Real
I initially wanted to read this book because it seemed very reminiscent of the Otherland series by Tad Williams. Unfortunately, after reading this book, I felt like it came up short in every way. If you want to read an immersive series featuring virtual reality and characters that you can relate to, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
Sally Wolf
Tell me, are you all jacked in? All the latest apps downloaded, bluetooth enabled, your whole life in the palm of your hand? What if you could just have your phone downloaded into your brain? No more worries, everything you needed would be all right there behind your eyes. This book is all about a world where all inhabitants are hardwired into a massive central network. Is this a good or bad thing? Only you can tell. This book is a fun fast-paced novel that will keep you turning pages. It really ...more
Lee Thames
Good cyber-punk. Not great cyber-punk, but if you enjoyed "Snow Crash" and "Neuromancer"/The Sprawl Trilogy then you will like this.
Joe Nickence
The book starts out rather ambiguously, following several people in a vignette style. Until about a third of the way through, when all their lives intersect, and then the fireworks happen! Set in an immediate dystopian future, the heroine, Zel, needs to complete a job for a local crime lord she had been running from for a long time. Saddled with a bodyguard she really has no use for, she meets up with a journalist following a story that invariably is intertwined with a huge plot to reduce the gl ...more
As an introduction to me, I related more to the lady in the short story at the end of the book than the main novel. But, boy oh boy did I enjoy the novel. I felt like I was at sea with the newness and differentness of the characters and events. I enjoyed the short chapters each about a different character. Each started separately and ending up entangled. Not all my questions were answered, whetting the appetite for the next installment. I will definitely be checking the web site quoted for more ...more
I received this book via LibraryThing's Member Giveaways.

I enjoyed this book. The world building was fantastic, and Carpenter did a great job showing and not telling. He also had a diverse cast of characters, both ethnically and in the differently abled category.

There were a whole lot of characters that ultimately served as spokes on the wheel. It could get confusing at times, but that's my only complaint.

I would love to visit this world again and find out more about Zel and other key characters
John Garner
The Digital Sea is a 'thought trip'. There is an addictive plot to follow, although it is scattered, smothered, and scrambled at times; but, what draws me in, actually fascinates me, is Carpenter's too real vision, or even prophecy, of how technology will effect the very near future. Also, the story provides some very probable scenarios that will surface as a result of arising global concerns such as overpopulation and global warming.

Sci-fi fans, don't miss this one!
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“But what if things aren’t what they seem? As you said, there is no truth in the Digital Sea.” “Eventually we must cling to some reality,” Mekena said. “Even if we are not sure it is the most real. One can wait for a whole lifetime for the reality we want and miss the one we have in our hands.” 1 likes
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