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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  54 reviews
This is an ACE for ISBN13:9780986104015 Revision

Mira is a trust fund baby playing at making it on her own as a Brooklyn barista. When Benji, her tech startup boyfriend, dumps her out of the blue, she decides a little revenge vandalism is in order. Mira updates his entry on Verity, Benji’s Wikipedia-style news aggregator, to say the two have become engaged. Hours later, he
Published May 5th 2015 by Fireside Fiction Company (first published April 21st 2015)
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A couple of months ago I came upon a piece at Public Books – Chick Lit Meets the Avant-Garde, by Tess McNulty – that seemed to perfectly encapsulate a phenomenon I hadn't exactly noticed but had been absorbing, and enjoying, for a while. In reviewing five recently-published novels by female authors, McNulty identifies an emerging trend: fiction that combines accounts of the 'female experience' (in fact, as she puts it, 'the most insistently girly features of that experience') with aspects more c ...more
Kristian Thoroughgood
This was an interesting story, great premise, well written. My usual scifi stories are generally heavily plot driven, frequently action oriented. This book sits on the other end of this scale and is an excellent example of a character-driven novel. There is action, but rather than being the focus it serves to advance the drama, and to affect the protagonist Mira and her relationships. The emphasis here is on Mira’s emotions and her connections and interactions with others, and it is done very we ...more
Michael Underwood
REVISION starts out as a fun SF comedy, with hints of New Adult Women's Fiction and then, as the plot and concept unfold, it gets WAY COOLER. Highly recommended. ...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Many times while reading REVISION by Andrea Phillips, I was reminded of the Arthur C. Clarke quote "Magic's just science we don't understand yet."

Quick and dirty review: I had fun reading it. Quick, easy to get into. Given the technical aspect of the power at hand, it falls into the sci fi realm. However, this also had the feel of an urban fantasy, so I'm calling it Urban Sci Fi Fantasy. This isn't romance heavy at all, even with the fiance bit. The main character has a lot of growing to do, and
Beth Cato
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, fantasy, 2015
Revision is a tight, tense read with a light science fiction premise and a relatable heroine. The tale is told through Mira's point of view, which makes the trickiness of her character all the more well done: she's a rich girl who has convinced herself that she's independent, but not really. She works as a barista and fancies herself as rebellious. I could have really disliked her as a character type, but her character was nuanced and sympathetic. When her high tech boyfriend spontaneously dumps ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Have you heard of wikiality? It's a Stephen Colbert concept, about changing reality--as long as there's a large enough public consensus--by editing Wikipedia.

Imagine if you didn't need a consensus, and less than half a dozen people knew about it.

And then imagine that the number increases by one, when a trust-fund baby playing at being a Brooklyn barista revenge-edits her way into a proposal.

Fast-paced, lightly funny, and building a cleanly plausible plot from its premise, the story follows Mira
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
The style of writing in Revision was one that worked, for me. Sharp, clever, and amusing. Which meant I was entirely baffled at the stupid technology bits. Like a person who knows nothing about computers (and is a bit of a scatterbrain) figuring out how to hack into a system by just being told what commands she needed. As someone who has done years of tech support (involving even smart customers doing the opposite of the commands you tell them, even if you spell them out), I can tell you, this w ...more
Chris Branch
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A decent addition to the genre of tech-related thrillers along the lines of Daemon, Spiral, and probably many others that I haven't read. With the "startup" atmosphere, it reminded me most of After On, although thankfully it didn't meander for nearly as many pages as that one did. The concept is interesting, though the execution comes across as a bit superficial, and anyway most of the focus is on the interpersonal relationships of the characters. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but for me, ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book have a very interesting plot line. Science Fiction really with an almost realistic premise that makes the novel even more interesting.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, scifi, ebook
bad case of no likable characters
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Revision is the story about Verity, an online wiki that has the power to alter the flow of events, if nudged in just the right way. There's everything you're looking for in a scifi / urban fantasy thriller. Espionage and intrigue are prominently featured, as Mira puts her new fiance and his company under scrutiny to find out: can Verity really rewrite the future? If so, will he use that power for good?

The idea of a wiki that can alter the future is a compelling notion, and Phillips explores the
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
This book was an enjoyable read! Also let me just clear this up now quickly. This book is not actually about revision. The amount of questions and ties I got all these looks at college as to why I have a revision book. It is not. If you just read the blurb or synopsis people would know.

I got this book from a giveaway. But this in no way affect my opinion on the book.

This book is about a Mira and how she stumbles across this whole new world, Benji, Mira's fiancee is apart of. What if there was s
Torii Gardiner
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This was an interesting read for me. I love the concept of this book, and I love the rules and world building around it.

This book is very character driven rather than plot driven. We follow Mira through all of her decisions, and the writing behind those was quite clever (you'll understand if you read the book-- I don't want to spoil anything for you.) I enjoyed the plot quite a lot, but I had a hard time really liking Mira. Even so, I cared about her. Her age is never discussed (that I remember
Revision has an intereting premise that hooked me in- a Wikipedia-style website that can change reality when edited. When Mira's boyfriend Benji breaks up with her, she accesses his news website Verity and alters the information, writing that they were getting married. And then Benji proposes to her... Changing information in Verity has real world effects and Mira is in danger.

I should have really enjoyed this novel, the plot was interesting and the snarky first person narration was fun. However
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I have some minor quibbles with some things, this book was a solid first effort from the author, and she has definitely been placed in the "would read again" column.

The main character is trying to live her own life as a 20-somethign slacker, while occasionally relying on her trust fund to keep her lights on. She doesn't get along with her parents, and hates the life that they and the rest of her family lives. I can relate to that character, which is one of the strengths of the book. Somet
Mira is living an ordinary life in New York City. She works at a coffee place, she avoids her family, and she has a pretty good boyfriend, Benji, who is the founder of a new news website, Verity. When he suddenly breaks up with her, she decides, as a little bit of petty revenge, to declare herself Benji's fiance on his Verity page. When he comes back a few hours later and proposes she starts to suspect that Verity might be more than it seems and, if so, it could be the best or worst thing to eve ...more
Anne Martin
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
there was definitely an idea behind the book and the beginning was promising. What if computers could control reality?
For me, the problems came around the middle of the book, when it turned into a cheesy science fiction story for kids, and just got worse and worse. Add to that he main character, Mira, who is, from page 1 till the end the most selfish and self centered person I've ever read about, total sociopaths put aside.
Mira lives on her parents money, playing barista when she feels like it.
Stephanie Embry
Another book I was lucky enough to receive an ARC to review. :)

This book was well-written, and had an intriguing premise. While I definitely can see how many readers would love the voice of the main character, it just wasn't to my particular taste. M is definitely a funny character with an interesting way of looking at the world; unfortunately I found that she grated on my nerves a bit.
Being more of a character-driven story rather than a plot-driven story, the cool premise wasn't enough to make
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Revision isn’t a long book (my Kobo tells me it took less than 4 hours to read) but Andrea Phillips has packed plenty into its 274 pages.

A well-crafted novel with likeable yet realistically flawed characters, Revision hooked me in immediately with its wonderful narrative and tightly woven plot. The tone is sharp and witty, even when dealing with darker moments and some tricky concepts. I was intrigued by the background and science of Verity, all of which was written well and pretty easy for my n
Sharman Badgett-Young
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This speculative novel didn't take itself too seriously, as it looked at what might happen if people could be nudged by a computer program into certain behaviors at the moment they were unsure of their course of action. Each nudge, however, left other decisions pending, making the end result hard to control, which added suspense to the story.

Unfortunately, the author did not create characters that grabbed this reader. The protagonist seemed underdeveloped, and not very likeable. My favorite cha
Oct 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
The premise here is nothing new. Changing reality by changing a representation of it. That theme has been done before using the printed page or art. So the only thing new here is that the medium of change is the Internet.

Now the reason the premise has been revisited frequently is that, in the hands of the right author, it can always bring up some new and interesting aspect. Unfortunately, Ms. Phillips is not such an author.

The writing is simplistic and tedious. The heroine is boring, whiny, an
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Ill after NPR review. Rom com to sci fi, sign me up! Fact that it came all the way from Napa valley should have told me it was no good. Pacing was terrible, couldn't root for the listless main character, B-movie caliber writing, still don't get what was going on. Big waste of my time.

I inter-library loaned this after briefly reading an NPR review. A rom com that was also sci fi? Sign me up. The fact that the copy came all the way from Napa Valley should have been a sign that this book was no go
Jun 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It has a really promising premise, but was not executed satisfactorily. It's not well written, the main character is unrelatable, and the things that happen to her just don't seem realistic - not because it's science fiction and you have to suspend your disbelief, but because every situation obviously exists only to move the story along. The characters have no depth at all, and it's hard to understand what motivates them. There was a lot of potential for this to be a really rich story, but it fe ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
The concept of this book is super cool, but the MC Mira is almost unbearably unlikable. The way she treats her friends & family so poorly, by the end I almost didn't care that she was wrapped up in a crazy conspiracy. Luckily, Chandra was around to distract me from Mira. The science was silly, but this book is meant to be a lighter style of pop sci-fi & I did enjoy it for that. Quick read, but definitely YMMV. ...more
Nick Nafpliotis
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Phillips handles 1st person narrative, the downfall of many other writers, insanely well. I also appreciate how she actually added rules and limitations to the main plot device instead of just explaining it away as magic. I was hoping for a more solid/creepy ending, but the book was still a fantastic read overall.

This was also my Best Debut Novel of 2015 for AiPT:
Deanna Stanley
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A potentially interesting story ruined by two things:
1. The technology is never explained. In fact when asked the people who invented it would claim they had no idea how any of it worked. (RLY?!?)
2. The MC was thoroughly unlikable. Most of her problems could have been resolved if she would make a decision and ACT. But instead she just drifts and things sort of happen around her...

Not bad, but not really worth buying. If you want to read it, get it at the library.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic, fiction
fast & suspenseful & fun narration - Mira is a great love her then hate her character - just maybe a few too many "wait, what is going on exactly?" moments. But I won't round down to 3 for those because it might have been my fault for forgetting the book at home for a few days. The whole concept was farfetched enough to be scifi but with enough reality to be spooky.

Unrelated to the story, I dig how the publisher included a trigger warning that neatly avoided spoilers, that was well done.
Debra Daniels-Zeller
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
This book intrigued me with its unique story line. Technology that can nudge things to happen? What a great premise and Phillips delivers with a great story. The only part that seemed to fall short for me was the main character didn't seem to change much in the end. A rich trust fund baby who doesn't learn much, yet gets her dad to appoint her head of a company. Not totally satisfying but getting to the end was a roller coaster ride, exactly what I want to escape reality. ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really want to be able to read this book for the first time, again. The impossible made plausible in a sci-fi page turner that doesn't depend on vulgarity and shock value for laughs or body count for riveting tension; safe for a teen reader and intelligent enough to satisfy this mature reader, can't recommend this book enough as a summer 2015 must read. ...more
Tyler Hayes
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
An intriguing character-driven sci-fi piece that has some interesting things to say on social media and is not shy about making its female main lead a whole person, with both "feminine" and non-"feminine" traits. It's pacing ran into some fairly typical issues right at the end, and there were some Good Writing issues in places, but overall, solid and recommended. ...more
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