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In the city-state of Easton, an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life. It has replaced computers and televisions, books and paintings. Those who can control the veneer live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves. Those who cannot are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them.

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Paperback, 306 pages
Published May 19th 2011
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Jess B
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I downloaded a free copy for my Kindle and the description left me very intrigued:
"an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life. It has replaced computers and televisions, books and paintings. Those who can control the veneer live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves. Those who cannot are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them".

After reading Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson my mind was
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Brenda A
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
It was so close to being great. So close. There is a very real ability to write, a way of describing the futuristic aspects without being overindulgent. Perhaps this is because the idea of the veneer is one that is easy to relate to. Everyone knows about smartphones, about how we are making it increasingly easier for media to pervade every facet of life. So upon reading this book, I can honestly say it felt like a very real potential future; one in which the platforms for media cover every inch ...more
Katie Bearor
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I was lucky enough to have been given a free copy of this book through Goodreads: First Reads, and did not purchase this novel.
First off, I will say that I did enjoy this book quite a bit. It was pretty original, and Daniel Verastiqui did a lovely job of creating an intriguing, futuristic setting for the story. The characters were realistic and easy to relate to, which definitely made me wish to read more about them, even after I finished the book. Beautifully written, the story hooked me from t
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Jessica
The premise of this book - the idea behind the city-state of Easton - was pretty cool. I feel like this is the kind of book I'd have loved reading when I was about fourteen. It has a cool science-fantasy theme going, good-for-nothing government agents, and more. As an adult I appreciated the way it depicted the complete irrationality and melodrama of teenage love (I don't know if it was trying to or not, though). I have to say that some of the characters were better than others, and I was really ...more
David Ketelsen
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads: First Reads.

I really enjoyed Veneer quite a bit. It was very original and Daniel Verastiqui has created a realistic and very futuristic setting for the story. The characters really came alive due to Verastiqui's eloquent writing and apparent insight into the minds of teenagers.

The book isn't a casual read but it's well worth learning the lingo used in the book because it's a very compelling story. As a cautionary tale for what might come in
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A.J. van Rooyen
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
The idea is awesome, but the implementation made it a difficult read. Too much teen drama centered around a society where teens only care about violence and porn. The antagonist, Russo, is the worst written villian I've encountered. He is one dimensional and basically just wants to kill Deron for no reason (spoiler alert: the whole 'he embarrassed me when I was like 3' is a weak excuse for the level of his violence). The only character I started to like and that showed any development was Jalay. ...more
Tim
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Verastiqui's book was a fascinating take on the myopic world of teenagers. He imagines a world in which everything is a computer generated facade (veneer in the books' parlance) over concrete blocks and real people's visages, that can be easily changed with just a thought. Teenagers are able to look like cartoon characters or any other way they want. A fight between two teenagers leads to a glitch in the system that makes all the characters deal with what reality really means. Fascinating ideas ...more
Jennifer
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I really enjoyed this book. I was worried as it started out great with the elementary school scene, and then started up with high school and I thought I hope this stays as good as it was. Thankfully it did. I loved it. I found the world that was created was really interesting and instead of a lot of long drawn out explanations of what things are and do, they are shown to the reader instead which I loved! I did like reading the different chapters from different characters POV, some evil people so ...more
Elena
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of borrowed themes. It was almost too much Matrix and Minority Report thrown in. There were some interesting ideas: Would you stay if you knew your whole world was a sham? Would love be the same if you looked differently that what other's thought? Although, I could really get into the "why" of the characters. What really drove them? That being said, I read the whole thing.
Bill Brent
What could have culminated as a possible dystopian future based on a critique of our current state of affairs and our dependence on i-devices, only resulted in an "at least I didn't pay for it."
What promise this book had was dashed by the lack of character depth. I know it took a lot of effort to write and publish this book, but the fact of the matter is; this book could have been a short story that was elongated. Additionally, as a novel this was a great 2nd draft but not a final draft.
Matt
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was extremely disappointed to find that this book was homophobic. It is also disappointing to see that the other reviewers had no problem with an author and book with a homophobic agenda. It supports bigotry. If reviewers has warned about the homophobic bigotry, it would prevent people from wasting money on offensive books.
Tara
Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I added this book because of its glowing reviews and I'll give it that it had an interesting idea. But that's about all I can give it. The dialogue is unnatural, characters are incredibly flat, relationships are undeveloped, plot-holes abound, and there's a rape in the book that served no purpose whatsoever in the long run. Interesting idea, carry-through was too rough, though.
Joyce
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the story line intriguing and it kept me reading. Though the beginning was a bit slow and I almost gave up. But am glad I kept reading. The ending left me hanging. So is there a second book.
Emily
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a fine, quick read that reminded me of several other stories I've read. Bradbury handled it quite well if I remember correctly. I assume he got the idea for the book while commuting on Mass Transit. Could have used a good editor.
Sam
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty entertaining story. The futuristic world and technology was intriguing with just the right amount of mystery.
Jane
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story line, wish it hadn't been written for teenages and there were a few holes - I would have liked some things explored more but it was okay and lasted me a few nights.
Amy
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ebooks
I'll expand on this later, but it was a really enjoyable book and I can't wait to see what the author does in a sequel.
Kathleen
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a free download and have to say that it was a pretty interesting concept for a book.
Carly Kirk
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I enjoyed this book right up to the very end and then the author threw in an epilogue that upset me so much that I only gave it 3 stars instead of 4.
Brandy
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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This book surprised me by being much better than I thought at first. The personality portraits are rather basic, and it seems to start slowly, but after a good while I realized that this is a novel of ideas - all about the concept of veneer, what it means, what it could mean in augmented reality, what people would be like if they could augment reality - particularly the look of their own faces & bodies - what lies behind the veneer - all taken to an extreme slowly and by degrees. By the end, ...more
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Daniel Verastiqui is a serious author who writes serious novels in a serious manner. His books are seriously decent and you should seriously read all of them.
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