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The Digital Sea

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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
ebook, Kobo Edition, 368 pages
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
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy, dystopia
Matrix meets Neuromancer: A thoroughly enjoyable read for this hard sci-fi fan. It has a dark noir-like feel with lots of geeky tech jargon for those into virtual reality and computers.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
J.D. Brink
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
There have been a lot of books about virtual or augmented reality, but this book uses it in a way that I haven't seen before. Instead of simply diving into the internet or the network as virtual reality, instead people use a digital veneer to cover over the crumbling world surrounding them. They make themselves and their surroundings look better then they really are while only the richest can afford to truly live in comfort.

The world is overpopulated. So much so that nations are encouraged to, i
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May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Janveau
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Sally Wolf
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Traci Loudin
The characters didn't catch my attention. Only got 10% through.
Lee Thames
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyber-technology
Good cyber-punk. Not great cyber-punk, but if you enjoyed "Snow Crash" and "Neuromancer"/The Sprawl Trilogy then you will like this.
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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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