In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn't stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn't enough - he wants more for himself and his sister than a life sl ...more
In fact, because I've been ravenously hungry for everything that Ferrett has written ever since Flux, I practically fell out of my chair after I got accepted by Netgalley to get an Advance Reader Copy. Woo!
That being said, let's get down to the nitty-gritty without spoiling anything, shall we?
The concept is awesome:
Uploaded minds in a VR RPG Heaven, with the dead now far outnumbering the living in this future Earth. Guess who's in charge? It's all a ...more
This, again, has a brilliant premise: ...more
*minor spoilers ahead*
Imagine if you had undeniable proof of heaven. Imagine if that heaven was tailored exactly to your needs, wants and desires. In this heaven you can spend the rest of eternity doing exactly what you want. You can take on epic quests to defeat naughty knights, slay dragons, or spend your days lounging around the pool doing nothing. Or working your dream job. Or, you know, watching reality TV?
Imagine if you could speak to God once a day. Check in with him. Say "Hey, ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the ...more
Little Venice’s streets were hip-deep in spillover from the Atlantic Ocean, a thick muck choked with the Bubbler’s stink and liquefied corpses and rotting seaweed--a dead town that swallowed bodies and vomited out glutinous sickness. You could see dead men’s bones fused to old shop windows, all engulfed in creeping mutant coral like yellowed sharks’ teeth
Effectively, imagine if, instead of Social Security, the older folks moved the ...more
Firstly, let's get what I DID like out of the way:
The setup of this story was indeed as cool as the premise suggested. In the future, the dead have their minds uploaded into a vast network known as the Upterlife, which gives you endless possibilities to ...more
*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
The Uploaded is a science fiction thriller set in a world where the technology has been developed to upload a persons brain after they die to a program called 'The Upterlife.' There you can live out the rest of eternity in your own idea of paradise-providing you l follow the rules and spend your mortal live serving the dead and maintaining the servers. Amichai wants a better life for him and his sister, left alone on Earth after...more
It's told from the flipside of the "Rapture of the Nerds," the technological advance that enables personalities to be uploaded. The conscious dead outnumbe ...more
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publishing Date: September 2017
Publishers Description: In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister ...more
The Uploaded, set in a distant future, sees the surviving populace serve as little more than slaves to actual ghosts in machines. The dead don't really die in this new world, rather, their living memories and sense of self are uploaded into a vast and wondrous server which renders their death irrelevant unless they are one of the few unlucky ones who have been judg ...more
This book was a page-turner, start to finish. The story moved quickly, the world building was well done without infodumps, ...more
I had actually toyed with doing a similar concept myself for this year's NANOWRIMO. I might shelf my own idea for a year or two so that it doesn't morph too much into this book. I have three other novels to work on in the mean time...
The question of what happens when a person dies has been grappled with for as long as humanity has existed. Is there a heaven? A sort of paradise that waits for us after we close our eyes for the last time? Is there eternal punishment awaiting those who did not meet whatever criteria that the paradise demanded? What if there was a way to be sure that you would automatically awaken in that fabled paradise? In ...more
However, the dead are still in charge of governing and over time they out-vote the ...more
I had read Ferrett Steinmetz's 'Mancer' series and despite rave reviews by so many, I could never quite see what the fuss was all about. Reading the slug line for this book I thought the concept sounded really interesting so I thought I'd give Steinmetz another go.
The concept: In the not-too-distant future, as more and more people are connected on-line someone has created a virtual heaven so popular that people are dying ...more
In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…
‘The Uploaded’ is a dark book. I’m going to give you ...more
Sometimes, those personal flourishes weaken the book, especially for readers without the ...more
The Upterlife was created so that people wouldn't be lost after death--their memories and consciousness could be uploaded to live on indefinitely. The problem is--the dead have more voters, so most of the resources and ...more
It's an interesting analogy to religion, as the world turns to a strange sort of ancestor worship. I really appreciate how religion is handled in this book, and there are a lot of interesting thoughts here.
But really, the characters are wha ...more
This work does a respectable job answering the question "What would happen to a society that spends all its resources maintaining the past?" Or really "What happens when all the living do is maintain the servers for the dead's consciousness." And about that, if you can call your relatives any time, are you actually dead? It does a good enough job I am content I don't have to ...more