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Circuit of Heaven by Dennis Danvers
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Oct 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: scifi-dystopian-apocalyptic, love-story-romance, swapped-or-given-away, read-2010, male-point-of-view, adult-fiction
Read from December 19, 2009 to January 18, 2010


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12/18/2009 page 1
0.26% "I have mixed expectations concerning this one..."
12/19/2009 page 158
41.15% "Feels much more real and much more plausible than The Matrix."
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message 1: by Kim (new)

Kim I'm confused, it this like the Matrix or something?

message 2: by oliviasbooks (last edited Jan 15, 2010 04:43AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

oliviasbooks Yes, very much like matrix. It is 2086(?). Almost everybody has uploaded his mind to the so-called bin - a virtual replica of our world (minus death, illness and crime). All the bodies have been cremated in the real world. The huge computer that contains the data floats in space and is quite everlasting. In the beginning, only the rich went the way to immortality, a little later most of the the grown-ups (leaving their kids in boarding-schools and having them as visitors on Sundays), then also the kids (after the minor-ban had been lifted). Those who had their ovaries or sperm preserved before the upload, can order a baby from the outside. The senate even thinks of allowing the construction of artificial kids. Non-Fundie Nemo lives and plans to die at old age with his caretaker from childhood in the real world, which is crumbling due to neglect (only fanatics and lunatics for company, no factories or big farms anymore; electronics are only pilfered rests from collapsed buildings and waste-areas) and comes to the bin to see his his nagging parents for his once-a-year-visit, when he falls in love with a freshly uploaded women. I didn't see the plot twist coming: This woman, Justine, just realized a horrible secret about her own existence ...

It is really good. It questions, if everlasting life without a real purpose would do us any good and if life without fragility and danger can be appreciated at all (i.e. Justine spills hot coffee on her hand. It hurts, but after five minutes, the skin is re-programmed to normal ... An ice-cold lake in which you cannot die of hypothermia ...). I had a reading-break, because something at the beginning of the relationship annoyed me a bit: You can only stay 20 hours, if you still possess a body, otherwise you might die. But Nemo couldn't get himself to leave her in time and risked his life. I wanted to wring his neck.

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