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The Complete Atopia Chronicles

(Atopia Chronicles #1-6)

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Dr. Patricia Killiam is rushing to help save the world from itself by giving everyone everything they’ve always wanted. The questions is, is she unwittingly saving the world only to cast it towards an even worse fate as humanity hurtles across the brink of forever.

What could be worse than letting billions die? In the future, be careful what you wish for.

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Kindle Edition, 545 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by PhutureNews Publishing (first published August 1st 2012)
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Robert Murray
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Preface: I swear on my mother's iPad that I did not read any of the reviews or quotes at Amazon.com before writing this review, so help me Bezos.

Much has been written of how man and machine will interact in the future; whether it's Gibson's "Neuromancer", Stephenson's "Snow Crash", or any of a number of indie authors out there now. Matthew Mather's debut novel "The Complete Atopia Chronicles" takes artificial intelligence, distributed computing, nanotechnology, and the full range of humanity (hu
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Lukas Lovas
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: notable-sci-fi
I'm kind of conflicted about this book. It could have gotten 5/5, but...I just couldn't do it. Here's why.

The first two thirds of the book were awesome. The thoughts behind the stories were breathtaking. I have read some sci-fi about virtual realities before, but....this took it way further. And it explored all the deatils....what will happen when our thought become reality? What will we do to ourselves? What possible screw-ups can occur? Can we love a virtual character? How important would our
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Amanda
I am not a huge Sci-Fi fan. While I have (thanks to some recommendations from my brothers) read a few Sci-Fi stories in the past, it's never been an area I was that comfortable in or drawn to.

When I received notification that my pre-order for Atopia was in my library and ready for download, I was a little stumped; when had I ordered this? Why would I have? I read the synopsis and could see why I may have been drawn to it; dystopian undercurrents, with multiple narrators and points of view... The
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Donna Backshall
The Complete Atopia Chronicles were bomb #3 (of 3) in my three-month Kindle Unlimited experiment. I have got to find a winner here, because this losing streak is killing me!

The world building is interesting, as we learn about a future world where man and machine are intermingled with interfaces that blur where one ends and the other begins. Through interwoven stories about people experiencing basically the same timeline, from different perspectives and different levels of virtual reality, we put
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Idigchili
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Good luck trying to follow this one.
The idea of this book is a set of 6 stories that are all loosely related. So I'm told they eventually intertwine towards the end. That's fine, I can deal with that. But the thing is that with 400 pages to tell 6 stories, the author has to rush though things at a good clip. He speeds through the setup of the situations at such a pace it was a little unclear of just what was the point. Combined with the fact that it's a book where reality is supposed to be hard
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Ryan
Feb 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
A character driven sci-fi story, with too many characters lacking any redeeming qualities. The first person narrative jumps between characters, making the story feel disjointed throughout. Too many lead characters that drives the story into too many directions. When the story actually starts to coalesce, it's past three hundred pages and too drawn out to actually care what happens. Interesting premise, hampered by trying to do too much.
Niels Pedersen
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

Matthew Mather; The Complete Atopia Chronicles Review

"Atopia" is what you would get if you could mix your own personal Garden of Eden, with addiction, escapism, schizophrenia, and the Matrix. The concept of the world is masterful in its creation, and is maybe the most unlimited series in its potential for future stories since Hugh Howey's "Plagiarism".

Science Fiction has always made the real world long for the creations it imagines, but I'm willing to trade all my light sabers, jet packs, and S
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Dan Hart
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved these stories. There is so much greatness in these.

Although the story itself was amazing, there were two technical issues that frustrated my experience: 1) The copy editing could have been better. The number of extraneous words / missing words felt high to me--enough to be noticeable and distracting. 2) The repetition of several scenes from different POVs. While some of these were pulled off with great skill, adding layers of understanding to the story, others felt like they were just re
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Andrew George
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing book.

This was not what I expected. This book raises many philosophical questions about the future of technology and the moral ramifications that may come with it. I would recommend this book to any open minded Person out there...but don't speed read it. This book needs to be read slowly so one can fully appreciate what is being said and to give oneself time to think of where you stand on the issues presented. It can also be read for entertainment however, but I that would honestly be
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Alaina
First off, the beginning of this was so freaking boring. Which is probably why it took me forever to finish. THANKFULLY, it got better.

Now, The Complete Atopia Chronicles is filled with six books. Six pretty short books - well for me. I'm not going to say that you'll move through these books with ease or be done with it in a day because some of them are kind of confusing are have a ton of information that you'll have to think about. Again, I could just be talking about me here because that's pre
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Jonathan
Jan 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I had originally bought and read an excerpt in the form of Brothers Blind and didn't like it. Therefore, I held off on reading the full collection until recently even though every recommender engine put it on my list. I finally gave in and, sadly, I really didn't enjoy this book and found it very difficult to finish. The characters seemed unrelatable, the overall plot line seemed a bit contrived and I had to force myself to pick up the book again. I just didn't get it and feel bad about saying i ...more
Erin
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Frequently, I'll start reading a book with the expectation that it won't be any good, and most of the time, I'm right. Once in a while, though, I'll come across something that manages to surprise me.

If you're a fan of The Twilight Zone, there's a fair chance that you'll like this. There's often that same sense of karmic twist to the characters' fates: (view spoiler)
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Tiera McMillian
I was torn at the end of this! I’m not really sure how to rate it. I just can’t decide if I am blown away or not really a fan.. is it possible to be both? This story has probably one of the more intricate sci-fi worlds that I’ve ever read about. It almost bordered on conspiracy theory in its epicness. I will admit at times that the technology was so advanced here that at times it was just a tad hard to follow but I easily reined it in and didn’t dwell on things when they got too techy. It’s a li ...more
Riley
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
First: this is a book written by a scientist. Like books by Arthur C Clarke it has fascinating and futuristic ideas but the writing style and characters leave a little to be desired. It's a difficult read given that it's written in the first person from numerous perspectives, and the narrator changes with every short chapter. Sometimes I had to skip back to remember who the narrator for that chapter was. It really interrupts the flow of the story. Some of the foreshadowing really doesn't come to ...more
Susan
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I actually read the combined Atopia series. Blue Skies is the first vignette. I'm torn about the rating because I think that some people will really love this and others will hate it. If you are interested in contemplating how "cyberspace" and distributed consciousness might affect humans, you may really enjoy this. I found it to be thought provoking. The ideas Mather has about things that could happen (what if we mutually inhabit other people's bodies? what if we could have virtual children who ...more
Allen Massey
Jan 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for Atopia and was eager to listen to the story. I knew right from the start that the book was not going to keep my interest. I thought (based on the descriptions) that this was going to be a hard science fiction story. The first 100 pages showed this was at best a very soft science fiction, the kind where the author introduces a new technology without any explanation or background. This is not always a fatal flaw, if the author then moves the story forward with strict rules abo ...more
Denise
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
There was a lot to like about this story, but there was a lot to dislike, too. First, some of it dragged in the wrong places and was repetitive. Then there were all the illogical logic bits where somethings just don't line up. I'm trying not to give anything away while explaining, so bear with me. There were references to the culture of the 1980s by kids too far in the future to know about them. Kids today don't know about them. Then there is the predictability of the story because of omissions. ...more
Tara
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a complex novel with a large cast of characters, each with their own agenda. Set in our near-ish future, the story focuses on the man-made floating city of Atopia, what seems to be the land of milk and honey. But all is not as it seems and there's a definite dark side. An exploration of post-humanism that will touch and terrify. It was difficult to put down, but interesting enough that I often had to, so I could process. At times it was tough to follow with all the point-of-view switchin ...more
Johanna
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought the first of the six stories in this book was a top notch sci fi story, very Twilight Zone. I like the idea of the sidequels, but some of the stories were only thinly related to each other until the very end. There were parts that seemed to just be dragged out to make the stories towards the end of the set longer and didn't really seem to enhance the entire tale. Overall, an imaginative view of how technology can be both beneficial and detrimental to man at the same time.
Nick
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling Concept with an Underwhelming Execution

Overall the book had some incredible concepts. Neatly packed together, you’re given a multitude layered story of that the future of a city devoted to technology could produce. I was at times early on given a sense of the haunting beauty of the nature of a virtual world.

Sadly, half way through the book slowly began to die. There was never a thrust or main plot that really held all the snippets of the stories together apart from the ominous weathe
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Clay Seibert
It's not you, it's me. I read one pf Mathew's books last year and really enjoyed it so I tried this. Comparatively, I found this to be disjointed and hard to follow. I'm a little thick in the head when it comes to multiple plots, so it's probably me not getting it. I won't give up on Mathew, but probably won't follow this series.
Fernando
Woah, pretty much a new season of black mirror. Things get dark and twisted in this story. I liked the concept but the disjointed stories made it hard to get attached. Pretty entertaining nonetheless! Good read.
Mark
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, I have to confess that I read Matthew Mather's books in the opposite order in which they were written. CyberStorm, which I read first, was well-executed and enjoyable, but primarily a solid entertaining novel. Atopia Chronicles is so much more that I found myself truly, truly impressed with Mr. Mather's talent. Not quite five-stars-impressed -- there are still some rough edges in the telling -- but this novel is far more than entertainment -- it's a parable, a warning, and a work from the he ...more
Kyle
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
_Atopia_ is an interesting entry in the broad genre of 'Singularity' fiction. Some books, like _Halting State_ by Charles Stross and _Rainbow's End_ by Vernor Vinge, have technology recognizably connected to stuff under development today, but in a more advanced state and more widely deployed. Other, hard-core post-Singularity stuff like Stross' _Accelerando_, John C. Wright's _The Golden Age_ and Walter Williams' _Aristoi_ have technology so far in advance of ours as to be like magic.

_Atopia_ fa
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Honza
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting storytelling concept, good ideas (technology-wise), poor (in my not-so-expert opinion) execution. First two short stories/chapters were excellent. After that, the autor kept heaping new ideas and extrapolations without properly examining the ones he introduced just a few pages ago. The result was (for me, at least) that I was not sure what is and is not possible and what are the rules and limits of the technology around which the story turns.
And, to be honest, I feel that at least so
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Patricia
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The word ‘atopia’ refers to a world without borders. In the “Complete Atopia Chronicles”, the world offers endless opportunities through ‘synthetic reality’. Synthetic reality allows people to be in multiple worlds through digital images of themselves. Imagine a ‘digital twin’ who goes to work so that I can stay home and read a book? Or imagine another splinter of myself who runs errands while I rest or relax or even travel? How great does that sound in this fast paced, frenzied world we live in ...more
Andrea
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Matthew Mather had me at the first line in Blue Skies: "No! No! Your other left!".

Atopia Chronicles is a series of sidequels that appeals to a wide audience, one that is not limited to Sci-Fi buffs alone. The reasons for that are as varied as the characters and the stories, there's a little something in this series that everyone can identify with.

Who hasn't wished they could clone themselves just to get everything on their plate done? Who hasn't wished they could just "phone it in" from time to
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Tina Hsu
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The first few chapters of this book are essentially stand-alone “what if” stories of a future where virtual reality is the primary reality. Olympia Onassis is a stressed out marketing executive who uses her virtual reality to deal with her anxiety. Cindy Strong wants kids, so she and her husband Rick try out some virtual kids first. Vince indigo, trillionnaire and owner of Phuture News is doing his best to stay alive despite constant predictions of his death. These first 3 stories are very stron ...more
Jen
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm torn on how to review this book (actually, it's a collection of short stories). On the one hand, it's pretty good for a self-published set of stories that tell a complete story.

The premise is thought-provoking. Without giving away too many spoilers, it's a futuristic time and artificial intelligence is fully in play. The story is told from the first person of several key characters and as it delves deeper into their tales, the potential for technology and ethical issues around AI come into p
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Tanya Eby
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-m-the-narrator
I narrated the role of Dr. Patricia Killiam and narrated this with a group of award-winning narrators including Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels, Mikael Narramore and Amy McFadden. It's a crazy interesting book, and I can't wait to hear the final product. Every once in a while, I get cast in a role that fits seamlessly, and Killiam felt like this to me. I loved her grit, intelligence, and tenacity. This sic-fi book won't disappoint with lots of science, technology, psychic alter realities, mega storms, ...more
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Matthew is the million-copy bestselling author of CyberStorm and Darknet, and the hit series Nomad and Atopia Chronicles. He started out his career working at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, going on to become one of the world's leading members of the cybersecurity community. In between he's worked in a variety of start-ups,everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic hea ...more

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