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Three Days in April

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Anders Jensen is having a bad month. His roommate is a data thief, his girlfriend picks fights in bars, and his best friend is a cyborg…and a lousy tipper. When everything is spiraling out of control, though, maybe those are exactly the kind of friends you need.

In a world divided between the genetically engineered elite and the unmodified masses, Anders is an a
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Harper Collins
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Edward Ashton Thanks so much for reading. I'm glad you liked the book - or most of it, anyway :-) In the draft of Three Days in April that first went to…moreThanks so much for reading. I'm glad you liked the book - or most of it, anyway :-) In the draft of Three Days in April that first went to HarperCollins, Dimitri was a POV character. It was a lot easier to develop his motivations when I had 18,000 words in his voice--but my editor didn't think his narrative meshed well with the others, and those chapters wound up getting cut. At the end of the day, I think that was probably the right call, but it may have left things a bit more ambiguous at the end than I originally intended. I did try to pull as much information about what was going on in his head out in other characters' chapters, but from your perspective it sounds like I wasn't entirely successful. (less)

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Timothy Ward
Three Days in April by Edward Ashton could be described as the book that brought its futuristic-drug giggles to the award ceremony. Meanwhile, chemicals in the air are planting tiny bombs inside everyone around them. Bombs that are likely to go off before anyone knows they're infected.

Three Days in April introduces two of these characters right away, both modified with DNA splicing akin to what may result if Jurassic Park didn't have such a horrific ending to their plans. They're sti
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's hard not to love being part of the HarperVoyager Super Reader program. Free books/egalleys in return for honest reviews. Yes, it's seriously that simple lol. I like to give a little blurb on books that I read anyhow, just in case it helps someone decide to read a book that they would have otherwise avoided, so it's like I'm getting free stuff for doing what I already do. Win/win!

Anyhow, this particular book is surprisingly good for a first novel. Ashton runs us just far enough i
Keith Beasley-Topliffe
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sf, ebook
Three Days in April is the kind of science fiction book that jumps into a situation and challenges the reader to figure out what the heck is going on. That makes almost any information in a review at least spoiler-adjacent. So here's a minimum. It's set in Baltimore in the not-too-distant future. It's written in first person, but that person changes with each chapter, so watch those chapter headings carefully. Some of the characters have genetic, surgical, or electronic mods, all grounds for new ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This story was amazing! I was highly entertained the whole time and loved the constant movement of both the characters and the storyline. A techno-thriller set in the near future with a focus on mixing of cyborgs, natural humans and those that had alterations done. A corporation is trying to hide the events that took place with thousands dying in Hagerstown. While hackers and thieves are trying to discover the truth and if there will be more deaths.

The story is told from several perspectives. A
Robyn Bennis
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me of Matt Ruff's writing, in both style and quality. Except I don't think even Ruff could pull off a multi-pov first person present perspective as good as Three Days in April. That's like the Iron Man triathlon of novels, yet this book is executes it so well that it reads as smooth as silk. Most readers will never appreciate how difficult this feat is, but they'll still love the quirky characters, the intriguing plot, and the brilliant dialog. Highly recommended!
Joan Wendland
Brilliant and original with great pacing. What a ride!
Michele G
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will start by saying that I am not a sci-fi fan. I generally don’t even read books that aren’t literary classics. Now I will proceed to say that this book is a must-read. It’s simultaneously brilliant, hilarious, and terrifying. Ashton’s characters speak in clever, sarcastic dialogue that kept me smiling and laughing while I read about the tragedy at the core of the story (yes, it’s a bit uncomfortable to realize this) but his humor is that infectious and his writing is so smart that I did not ...more
John Wolfe
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Three Days in April is smart and funny and mind-expanding and fun to read. From the cross-species gene splitting of the first pages to the struggle of the final pages ... I relaxed into the book with that welcome sense that the author is in control.

One tiny comment -- the book is written from the viewpoint of five or six main characters, but their voices and viewpoints were all so similar that I found myself flipping back to the Table of Contents to remember whose chapter I was in .
Suzanne Johnson
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brilliant and creative worldbuilding helps offset a cast of characters who are interesting but not terribly sympathetic. A creative, wild ride of a story that leaves you guessing. A real genre-bender that I'd categorize as cyberpunk.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Had a hard time getting into it. Or, sometimes I'd be into it and then it would go off in a direction and I'd think, "nah. Not lovin it." So I finished it, but it was kind of a rough ride.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had some interesting concepts but overall it fell flat for me. One of the major problems that I had with the book was the writing style. While the prose was easy to follow and the voice was overall fairly sardonic, unfortunately the author was trying to write in multiple voices, and they all read the same way. In fact, it took my about half of the second chapter before I realized we had completely switched to a new character, that's how similar the voices were. It would be okay if it w ...more
Ben Andrews
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Near-furture science fiction where nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering and personal modification runs amok. The book was humorous as well as thought provoking. Overall, a fun read.
Scott Shjefte
AI story of conflict. NET security is dominant force of good and evil. Genetic mods and nano are evolving forces of chaos. Anders and Terry do their best to survive in a world where total destruct could happen at any moment.
Scooby Doo
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Light-hearted, fast-paced, humorous, sci-fi mostly comedy. Fun to read, but the ending was very ab rupt and didn't seem to tie up all the plot ends. Lots of implausible plot coincidences but just roll with it and have fun.
Paul Dill
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A whole new world, but not that far off

Loved it. Very original and from multi POV Worth giving it a read and seeing what the future may eerily be like
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
More like 4.5. A really fun story. Lots of action and fun characters.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good, quick read. Ending rather abrupt, but overall a fun book.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I found the second half hard to pay attention to. This might be a personal problem, but then again, it might be the lack of a strong finish.
Bryan Alkire
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
The body humor got old towards the end
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad. A bit of overkill with technical talk, but overall a good story.
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
When you peruse your library's shelves for new books and pick one at random, you don't always know what you're getting into. Luckily for me, I happened upon "Three Days in April," and was pleasantly surprised at this exciting cyberpunk thriller-comedy from Edward Ashton. For a debut novel, it's pretty solid; fast-paced, suspenseful, wryly amusing, thoughful, and even (a little bit) emotionally poignant at the end.

I say "cyberpunk," but there are plenty of other sci-fi elements sprink
William Bentrim
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Three Days in April by Edward Ashton

This story occurs in a relatively close future. Nanotechnology is booming and people are using both nanotech and biological modification to "improve" them selves. The destruction of a town is the first shot in a revolution but who is revolting.

There is friction between the altered and unaltered. The altered are those who have used technology to improve themselves. Whether a "pretty" which is enhancement for beauty or a "gear head" which is more li
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Edward Ashton has a very interesting concept on the battle between the genetically enhanced (altered) and naturally raised (unaltered). While the overall plot was pretty solid and put together, the changes in perspectives between the five main characters in each chapter does make everything that is happening seem much longer than only 3 days as the title implies. I do not know if that was his intention as when there is a national emergency, time does seem to slow down significantly. This book do ...more
The Captain
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! This book was a fun sci-fi romp set in Baltimore, one of my oldest home ports there on the Chesapeake Bay. Something causes 90% of the population of Hagerstown, Maryland to violently die simultaneously. Is it a terrorist attack? A plague? The end of the world? A group of friends and recent acquaintances must unravel the mystery and save the whole human race.

This book had some truly delightful quirky characters. My favorites were Terry, Anders, and Inchy. The plo
Sebastian H
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Writing a first-person, multiple-POV novel about transhumanism, digital gods and silicon monsters should be quite hard. But Mr. Ashton manages this and much more in his debut novel, in what turned out to be an astounding science-fiction trip through a plausible future, filled to the brim with excellent details and those small touches which prove that world-building is as much crafting good characters as it is placing them in circumstances which balance the fine line between believable and utterl ...more
Pete Benway
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Fast paced cyberpunk novella about the coming apocalypse and a showdown with the genetically/mechanically altered and us regular Homo Saps. I'm not generally a fan of books in the first person, especially one where each chapter is from a different characters perspective! But Three Days in April may have changed that....It's a fast paced, witty - often hilarious dialogue/interplay between characters - and intriguing story, complete with multiple plots, conspiracy theories, political and economic ...more
Tim C
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced techno thriller that's super hard to put down and keeps you up way too late considering you have to work in the morning. However, there's one catch. Now keep in mind this could be solely due to my inability to take a hint, but I had to re-read the first three chapters twice. This due in no part to poor writing it just took me forever to get my arms around the style in which the book is written. However once I got a firm grasp on the "who's who" of the situation it was on! Fu ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, wtf, 2015
I'm not entirely sure how to classify this book. It was a random pickup from passing through the SF section and I really enjoyed it.

An interesting world, and interesting event, reasonable interactions between the OK, a little more. A near-future world where genetically modified humans are commonplace, everyone has an AI to run their house, major bioterror event. Seriously fascinating. And the author apparently does biological research by day, which might have been w
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise

Thoroughly enjoyable book, though I couldn't give it a full five stars, as much as I might have wanted. The narrative jumps between characters was incredibly jarring. Just when I was moving along at a solid clip, really getting immersed, the perspective would change and I'd have to backtrack aways to realize it. The story is really interesting, and the characters are solid and likable. Really liked the book, and will definitely check out more by the author, but I would have
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The union of tech and flesh, mass killings, government conspiracies, Big Brother... This hit all my paranoia buttons, and was perhaps a bit too topical for what just happened in Orlando. However, I think current events lent this book greater impact. What are the rights of individuals? What are the rights of the government? How and when should the two intersect? Maybe the characters felt a little shallow and the plot skipped around too quickly, but the themes hit home.
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Edward Ashton lives with his adorably mopey dog, his inordinately patient wife, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters in Rochester, New York, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writes about the awful things his research may lead to by night. He is the author of Three Days in April, as well as several dozen short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from the newslet ...more
“My point is that those aren’t just cameras, or drones, or crawlers. They’re the eyes of the panopticon. Every single spy eye in North America is networked or tapped, Anders. They all feed into NatSec’s network.” 1 likes
“She giggles. I’m not ordinarily a fan of giggling, but Charity giggles with panache.” 1 likes
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