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On a dying Earth in a not-so-distant future, Josiane and René are the first to enter a new virtual world where just about anything is possible… Part dystopian love story, part psychedelic meditation on human nature, "Alt-Life" takes the reader down a mind-bending rabbit hole of desire, loneliness, and self-discovery.

Une petite histoire de l'avenir.
Josiane et René sont de l
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Hardcover, 184 pages
Published April 6th 2018 by Le Lombard
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Etienne
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Read it in English. Visually great and original this graphic novel present a vision of the future were humans live most of their time in an alternate life, simulated reality. So far this is good and it also have great moment, but the problems is, whatever their doing, everything always came back to sex. They can explore and build world, live like Gods, but they have sex for most of the time. I think a little less of it and more deeper reflexion on or presence in the world and alternate reality w ...more
Bryony Nelson
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This is such a weird graphic novel that I was not expecting. It is absolutely full of sex and there wasn't really any explanation of what was actually going on. It seems like the author gave up with having an actual plot and just tried to cram as much nudity in as possible.
Laura
A man and a woman are given the chance to live in a virtual reality where they can do or be anything they want. And what do they choose to do? Have sex, because of course that is something one can never have in real life, right?

Oh, sometimes they do other things, such as eat, or explore, but it always come down to sex, somehow.



If you enjoy graphic novels about people having sex, in a virtual reality, then this book is probably for you.

If you want to read the same story, but without all the needl
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Jayda
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rogene Carter
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a very strange little graphic novel that got me thinking about bigger themes of virtual reality and the way that people are moving further and further away from human contact. Definitely thought provoking, to say the least.
Sydney Smith
I was given an ARC by Netgalley for an honest review.
So, Alt-Life was weird. And I like weird. But I’m not sure about this one. It gets good, but it takes about 90 pages (or half the book) to get really good. I love the concept. Cool idea, even if it has been done before. And the ending is really awesome. Rene has a hand in that awesomeness, but you'll have to read it to find out what it is.

What's the story about? Basically, the Earth is dying. People create some virtual reality world where “a
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Vivienne
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Europe Comics for this digital copy in English of ‘Alt-Life’ via NetGalley.

Fascinating premise of two people, a virtual Adam and Eve, entering a fully immersive virtual reality as pioneers for a period before this alternative life is made available to the many others waiting to remove themselves from a dying earth.

It impressed me with thought-provoking ideas and stunning artwork. There is quite a lot of sexual encounters that threatened to dominate the narrative at times. However, i
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Jeff James
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alt-Life is the story of what happens when two horny French people volunteer as beta testers for an all-encompassing VR experience that lets them escape from the polluted, dying Earth. Once you’re inside the VR devices, which look like giant red eggs full of undulating cilia, the system integrates with your body and you live out the rest of your life on the inside.

For the first year they’re inside the devices, Josiane and René are alone in an infinite world, testing out the system so that the re
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Anna Heidick
This scifi matrix virtual reality utopia was a decent concept. You have the power to imagine and do anything, but it focuses way waaaayyy to much on sex. Shame that's all they did with the story instead of something a bit more imaginative.. or well anything else story wise really.. The concept of VR realities isn't exactly new, but it was an alright take on it regardless. Another problem with this story is the text. Cursive? Seriously? Who does that in graphic novels? It sometimes makes things c ...more
Stephanie
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
   Cette BD a gagné une mention spéciale du jury aux Utopiales 2018 pour le Prix Meilleur Album de BD. C’est l’histoire de Josiane et René qui se lancent comme pionniers dans un monde entièrement virtuel, où ils gèrent le monde qu’ils voient, qu’ils touchent, qu’ils vivent. Une fois assimilé dans ce monde, c’est à eux de créer leurs propres univers, leurs propres raisons d’être, et de découvrir toutes les possibilités d’un univers où ils ne sont limités que par leurs imaginations et les peu de r ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books

This was an imaginative story with excellent artwork and gorgeous colouring. Earth is dying and so people are entering a new virtual world where anything is possible.

Josiane and Rene are the first to test out this new world. It is a world that has so many possibilities and much potential, but no turning back. Josiane embraces this new world and all it has to offer, especially with regards to sex, but Rene struggles with this abundance of new life and experiences. For him the new world is a lonel
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Wayne McCoy
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Alt-Life' by Thomas Cadene with art by Joseph Falzon is a dystopian graphic novel about two explorers who will save humanity by trying to live in a weird kind of bubble reality.

Rene and Josiane get chosen to participate in a new program that will hopefully save the human race. They don odd suits and wake up in a place where they can make anything happen with the power of their mind. The world is lonely, so they populate it with simulated humans. Then they start having sex with them. Or not havi
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ChevalierBayard
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Biberonné à William Gibson et voyant dans la fusion de l'homme et de la machine l'échappatoire la plus plausible à ce qui nous attend dans ce monde, Alt-Life ne pouvait que capturer mon intérêt. Nous voici donc spectateurs de la grande migration de l'humanité vers la matrice, en commençant par l'arrivée des deux premiers beta-testeurs dont l'expérience est suivie de près par le reste de l'humanité comme une sorte de "Loft" high-tech qui, comme son aîné, ne manque pas de sexe ; cet univers des po ...more
Princess
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect to love this as much as I did. Basically, it’s about a futuristic Adam and Eve tasked with pioneering a virtual reality where the human race can continue to exist long after the Earth has lost all its resources. Probably not the most original plot out there, but the excellent artwork and narrative makes it so unique.

I can describe it as an erotic scifi but it’s also an extraordinary love story. It really takes the concept of open relationships to a whole new level. The sex scen
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Holly
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Alt-Life’ is a spectacular exploration of the ‘experience machine’ thought experiment. What happens when humans are exposed to a world where anything and everything is possible, all your desires can be instantly met and suffering and hardship is removed from the human experience. The book follows it’s characters through their exploration of this new world, seeing one explore her deepest sexual fantasies, and the other become an angry god. It really is an excellent illustration of the concept an ...more
Theediscerning
Read in English.

This books seems to suggest the future of mankind is entirely virtual, and – in a world with multiple possibilities – all people can think of is living war games for real, and having sex. A lot. And oddly enough, only one man can think beyond that and doubt things – partly because he can't get off on pixels led by his own imagination. Don't get me wrong – I'd be nothing like him, I'd be tupping away like nobody's business, but it's a bit awkward for a book to pretend to such prur
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Audrey RZR
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Grâce à mon abonnement Izneo, j'explore le monde de la bande dessinée.

Dans Alt-Life de Thomas Cadène, il est question de réalité virtuelle.
Nous y suivons deux protagonistes, un homme et une femme, qui se sont portés volontaires pour être les pionniers d'un nouveau mode de vie, entièrement virtuel, censé sauver l'humanité d'un monde aux abois (l'intrigue se déroule dans les années 2030).

Avec un dessin chatoyant et onirique, l'auteur immerge le lecteur dans un univers où tout devient possible. T
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Supamodu
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: france, netgalley, sci-fi
I definitely liked it for the sheer inventiveness of the invented simulacra-fueled world and for the beautiful imagery. I also appreciated the blunt embrace of sex as part of being, and was grateful for the fact that the romantic storyline was allowed to exist parallel to the sexual part, without blurring the line between the two, as is often the case in many anglo-postapocalyptic narratives. However, I felt like it ended too abruptly and did not make use of all the possibilities. Maybe my comme ...more
Kristine
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Alt-Life by Thomas Cadene is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late October.

Two people living out their quite simple, occasionally perverse preferences in a simulative, reactionary sac within a mildly distant future where its inhabitants seem in tune to their experiences. And, even if they’re able to experience anything they can think of, they’re encumbered by what they’re not allowed to or prefer not to do, like peeing freely or feelings of existential loneliness and inadequacy. It’s
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patrycja polczyk
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Got this book courtesy of NetGalley*
It's surely something else. On the one hand, it's pretty messed up, but on the other - very interesting to read and look at. Truth is the story is pretty simple - two young people entering a virtual reality world, to see how it's going to work for the rest of humanity, which will follow suit. They explore this new world of possibilities, which are endless, as it turns out. The only boundary is your imagination. Or so it seems. Perfect world is not so perfect
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G
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A big thank you to NetGalley and Europe Comics for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was definitely... different. There was a touch of Brave New World to it, with the cynicism from Josiane and lack of conformism from René, but because of the nature of the book, the issues were more centered. In this case, a big theme was the *purpose* of things, the way our world is headed, and whether our brain can adapt to it.

The art was gorgeous, and though the book itself made me un
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Jim
What would The Matrix really be like?

This comic pursues that question and answers it in a riveting narrative.

This was quite an adventure.

But I’m surprised that it didn’t seem to tackle moral questions.

I did like the way it tackled the question of how we might respond to such a world.

Thanks to NetGalley and Europe Comics for a copy in return for an honest review.
-RadioactiveBookworm-
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ever wonder what the future holds for people in an augmented reality? If you read this book, you might have a better idea. Following Rene and Josiane, they are some of the first people to venture into the new world that has been created to escape reality. Anything is possible, you just have to think about it.

Check out my full review here!

https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpr...
Kayla
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story of two people,essentially a virtual Adam and Eve, who are selected to be the first people to test out a new virtual reality that is replacing the current one. While one adjusts quickly to the freedom of being able to create anything that they want to, the other struggles with only having their imagination and nothing else.
Anisa
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-comics
This book had too much nudity and sex for my taste.
I get that they have only their mind and they can do whatever they want, so they want to test their fantasies.

I believe it could have been done differently. It gets repetitive after a while seeing these scenes. Particularly when I think the topic of this book has so much potential. If you are only your mind and you can imagine anything, there is a lot you can do/create/explore, you just have to imagine it...

The book changes somewhere along the
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Pat Starnes
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

5 for the art 4 for the story
Dean Simons
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rather enjoyed it. I found the journey that the two leads take in understanding themselves and their world in a new context intriguing, and picking up the background elements interesting too.
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too.

This graphic novel blew me away.

Upon opening the graphic novel theres a few patterns or simplistic illustrations that I just loved so much I had to share bits of them. I’m not even sure if anyone else will appreciate them as much as I did but they left me feeling inspired.

If I had to describe it simply to you I’d say “its like the Matrix but if we chose it to happen”.

The Earth is dying and Josiane and René
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Gwenhael Le Moine
rated it really liked it
Oct 18, 2018
Neil
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Jul 16, 2019
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