Vynessa Somerton was just a girl when she learned about true evil. An encounter with the tyrannical Corporation scarred her body and exiled her to the crime-ridden S-District. Now an adult, Vyn creates glamours, worn by those who visit a virtual playground to live synthetic dreams. She's tried to stay unnoticed by the Corporation, but her latest invention has brought their...more
If there are no such things as demons, which is something that the main character states unequivocally in Kim Knox' new cyberpunk science fiction romance thriller, Synthetic Dreams, then why are the hackers named after the Celtic demons of yore, the Fomorians?
But the real demon is Ouroboros. The worm of legend that eats his own tail. Confused? So was I--for a bit.
Synthetic Dreams paints a fascinating picture of a future world where the rich and ...more
Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: From the Publisher via Netgalley
Vynessa Somerton was just a girl when she learned about true evil. An encounter with the tyrannical Corporation scarred her body and exiled her to the crime-ridden S-District. Now an adult, Vyn creates glamours, worn by those who visit a virtual playground to live synthetic dreams. She’s tried to stay unnoticed by the Corporation, b ...more
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
Synthetic Dreams was really a whole new genre for me. I’ve never really read science fiction type stories. In this book the author takes us to a futuristic England where residents basically lead a life in the cold world, and one within The Mind. Both worlds are ruled by the Corporation which instills rules, laws as well as unfair boundaries on its citizens.
The cold world would be muc ...more
Cons: limited worldbuilding, stereotypical characters
Vynessa Somerton grew up in N-District, a privileged member of society, who fell from grace for selling illegal glamor. Now she lives in S-District and struggles to survive. When the government starts vanishing other highly skilled programmers, she discovers she has a protector, an incredibly handsome man, who wants her to save his brother, who vanished and was replaced 7 years earli ...more
Synthetic dreams took me completely be surprise, it's so,so far beyond what I was expecting, I'm still reeling! it's a well told engrossing read...with strong, interesting characters...
I'd have given it 5 stars but for a few things:
it's so so good, it really should have been longer, these characters, and this amazing SFR tale could have easily been at least a hundred pages longer. Add to that, the story is only told through ...more
It's been seven years since then, and now Vyn has almost perfected a new de ...more
We meet Vyn in the opening scene as she is testing out a new product (a glamour) at a club making her appear as a sexy blonde. In walks o ...more
This short sci-fi tale is sophisticated and well-written. The complexit ...more
Vynessa is a scarred programmer who creates glamors for a virtual playground. She has just created the ultimate glamor that brings the tyrannical Corporation in charge of her world crashing to her door. Enter Paul, the Corporation man who is more than he appears to be.
I have to say that I've had really good luck with Carina Press and their scifi romances and this is a perfect example. Scifi romances need a little more than then the average romance because the ...more
Expected Release Date: February 27, 2012 (Available Now!)
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: http://darknessandromance.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
This one was a hard one for me to rate. On one hand, I absolutely adored the world that Ms. Knox has created, with both its strong emphasis on virtual reality and its gritt ...more
When hiding your imperfections with glamour’s and dream space is the place to be …or not be is the premise of your book you know you’re struck gold. Kim Knox’s synthetic dreams is set in a futuristic world where glamour is not the stuff of Faery-tales but virtual reality and Vyn is the girl to get this awesome tech from.
The corporation and its corrupt first families set the rules and play the game, a game which Vyn used to play and still plays as this ...more
There is a bit of sex but it's not graphic or gratuitous. I thought this was an excellent story.