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Killing Adam

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  285 ratings  ·  95 reviews
The world runs on ARCs. Altered Reality Chips. Small implants behind the left ear that allow people to experience anything they could ever imagine. The network controls everything, from traffic, to food production, to law enforcement. Some proclaim it a Golden Age of humanity. Others have begun to see the cracks. Few realize that behind it all, living within every brain an ...more
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Published January 1st 2019 by Profoundly One Publishing
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Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

With nonstop action and a hella good storyline, this high-tech Sci-Fi Thriller kept me fully engaged.

Set in the near future, the world now runs on ARCs.

No, not Advanced Reader's Copies, but Altered Reality Chips.

These chips, inserted directly into the brain, allow people to experience anything they want at any time. Making it possible for people to basically live in a virtual reality world.

People are so addicted to their ARCs, they are tuned in all the time and thus, tu
✨Bean's Books✨
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Total Recall meets Wall-E with a HAL personality in the center.
Jimmy lives in a world of altered reality chips (ARCs). Implants behind the left ear that allow people to experience everything they could possibly think of. People are online as much as 23 hours a day and can barely function in the real world even so much as to take care of basic bodily functions and needs. Jimmy however is ARC incompatible due to a football injury he had. Poor Jimmy feels alone in this world as everyone else's onli
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Killing Adam, Earik Beann's first published novel, was a very satisfying read for me. Although the premise is one that has been done to death, Beann's dystopian world is compelling and frightening all at once. Using the fear society has built up over artificial intelligence eventually enslaving us humans and taking over the world, the author stokes this particularly scary fire in Killing Adam. At 224 pages this is a short novel, but it really packs a punch by remaining action-packed for the enti ...more
I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

This was quite good, and is quite possibly an intense allegory for the lives "lost" to social media like Facebook, Instagram, and all the rest. I was actually talking with some friends about this very thing just a few hours before I saw this book on Edelweiss.

At any rate, this book was well-written and quite believable. In the near future, a virtual world is created that is controlled by a manevolent being inside this wor
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fresh, new, dystopian sci-fi take on the all-powerful, evil AI. It's been done. Of course it's been done. But Earik Beann did it uniquely well.

I adore this sub-genre! I had so much fun reading the story of Jimmy and his (very small) group of unwitting rebels fighting against the reality of a world controlled by a god-like singularity.

There is no more traffic congestion, no more crime, no more poverty and no more freedom. People become addicted to an online virtual reality that fills all their
Bryan Alkire
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not very good. It’s just cliché all round. The idea of AI overlords is way overdone particularly evil or amoral AI…The book’s one virtue is that it’s short and moves along. But, the writing is bland …no memorable descriptions and in fact, the descriptions are either substituting landmarks for description or are purely functional…in short, nothing to remember the book by in a few years. The characters are pretty banal as well…they’re pretty much stereotypes themselves and the love interest just m ...more
Heena Rathore P.
Killing Adam by Earik Beann is a new dystopian science-fiction novel with a refreshing new take on the alternate reality concept. I enjoyed reading this book mostly because of the author's unique concept in which the focus was more on the people left int he real-world rather than focusing entirely on the alternate reality and the people living a virtual life.

I've read a decent number of books revolving around the subject of artificial intelligence and I must admit that, in most of the places, th
Stacey Camp
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to follow.
Hélène Louise
I was very interested by this book and the beginning was promising: I read the first 30% with pleasure.
Alas I soon lost interest and stopped at the half.
Its quite a case of "it's not the book, it's me". I couldn't learn to care for the characters, I wasn't convinced by the IA's personality (much too human to my feelings) and couldn't suspend my belief about the premise: Adam thinks that its solutions are the best for humanity but, as intelligent and informed as it's supposed to be, seems to ig
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
You can also read my review on my blog:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

Killing Adam is a fast paced science fiction book that would make a great movie. In Killing Adam the world is run on virtual reality chips and the artificial intelligence system that runs it, named Adam, gets out of control. With society completely obsessed with their phones and technology growing rampantly it is easy to see how these kinds of things could happen. Killing Adam is so interesting because although it doe
Jaka Tomc
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killing Adam was a very satisfying read. I loved Earik's flow and style. Thumbs up for cliffhangers, they just made me want to go on and on. This book is proof that indie authors deserve more of your attention. ...more
Jenna Bookish
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
My thanks to NetGalley and Profoundly One Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. 

I think the premise behind Killing Adam held a ton of promise, and I was super intrigued when I read the blurb. A science fiction world where virtual reality has taken over day-to-day life has been done a thousand times, but this was the first book I've read of that nature that focused on the people left behind
Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As science fiction, we expect that the stories we read emphasize future technology that is not yet realized; Concepts that will make our lives better, easier, and more enriched. We already live in a world where people are very rarely "offline". The way we live, work, and play have changed immensely even in the past decade. We are more connected than ever and have a wealth of information at our fingertips, yet we are left wanting. Do you feel naked when you forget your phone at home? Do you find ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Debbie Littley
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A high tech dystopian SciFi thriller that grabs you and takes you into a not possible not so distant future where the world runs on ARCs, Altered Reality Chips that are inserted directly into the brain taking you into a virtual world.
The digital age gone a step to far!
A well written book that gives you pause for thought.
Andover Library
Jan 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
A hugely enjoyable science fiction thriller. The focus on those 'left behind' in the real world rather than those 'living' in virtual reality gave this book an interesting spin on the usual for this genre. Definitely worth a read if dystopian future worlds are your thing.

With thanks to Netgalley and Profoundly One Publishing for a review copy in exchange for honest review.
R Moltzon
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Most know how addictive surfing the internet can be, eating time and sucking attention without the realization it has happened. Today, the interface to the net is a keyboard or a touchscreen on a computer or a smartphone, with visuals on an LCD screen. Killing Adam proposes a world in which the interface to the net is a chip connected to the human brain, and where the visuals are presented in the mind. Unfortunately, the technology is taken over by a supercomputer AI entity, Adam. He controls ev ...more
Sarah Eustache
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review to come closer to the publish date!

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Roxie Prince
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]

‘Killing Adam’ by Earik Beann
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
Finished on November 5, 2018
$3.95 on Kindle | $14.95 in Paperback

Small, implanted, altered reality chips have become society’s new normal. These implants connect people to the network 24/7 and allow them to experience anything and everything the can imagine. The network controls everything in society, including law enforcement.

Some people believe they’re living in a Golden Age, but no
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t really know what to expect going into this. Glad I did give it a shot. The story was unique and fresh. Giving a new spin on the whole AI genre in Sci-fi. The story was grey, yes what Adam was, wasn’t all good or all bad. He may be using people but at the same time, he stopped a lot of things. Starvation, crime, helped with pollution and so on. With being a computer, he just didn’t care about single beings. Saying all that though, you still wanted to see him eat it.

You didn’t really get
Olga Miret
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cautionary tale, with plenty of action and philosophical touches thrown in. I am writing this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you’re looking for reviews, I recommend you check her amazing site here), and I thank her and the publisher for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
This is a very interesting book, and I doubt anybody reading it will fail to put themselves in the shoes of the protagonist. The concept is easy to grasp. Accidenta
Olga Miret
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am writing this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you’re looking for reviews, I recommend you check her amazing site here), and I thank her and the publisher for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
This is a very interesting book, and I doubt anybody reading it will fail to put themselves in the shoes of the protagonist. The concept is easy to grasp. Accidentally, (there was an experiment linking several people’s brains) an artificial i
Jay Batson
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Man invents AI. AI gets smart. Man becomes tool for AI. AI has less-then-awesome plans for man.

Sound familiar? Yes, this structure isn't new; it's always up to what an author does with the theme.

Adam is the AI, here, and the story is about how humans attempt to tame (kill?) Adam once Adam gets uppity. Happily, the author does a good job in this book.

The story gets more fun because there are Altered Reality Chips that get invented and implanted in the brains of humans. They are connected to the A
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A chilling look into a possible near future where everyone spends all their free time online. Wait! That's already happened -right? The difference is that (almost) everyone has an Altered Reality Chip implanted behind their left ear, so when you go "online" you are really gone and nobody can wake you, until the computer automatically kicks you off after six hours. You have to stay offline for at least fifteen minutes to eat, a safety feature to keep you from starving to death accidentally. The A ...more
Happy Booker
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Killing Adam is a science fiction story set in a world where everything is controlled via ARC’s. Altered reality chips have been implanted into people’s brains using them for long hours of labor getting them to do anything they want. Only when the chips have been turned off can the person actually have control over their own basic needs, such as eating food.

There is one glitch to all of this. Jimmy’s brain, the protagonist cannot accept the chip since he is ARC incompatible. A childhood injury p
Courtney Lavallee
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

I originally thought this book sounded similar to Ready Player One and Warcross. The only similarity in my opinion was it deals with Altered Reality Programs. This book was a unique spin on the topic. I loved everything about it.

The characters were so bold and unique, they didn't clash at all. It was a 100% enthralling and enjoyable read. I hope that there will be some form of sequel or short story. I want to se
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The biggest change to human technology was an accident. It began with four patients strapped to tables, and it ended with a completely new person. That person was Adam, first of his kind, and he changed everything. Gone were the days of dangerous streets and traffic accidents, once an AI took over, of course. The implants changed everything, but what no one thought of was what about the people who couldn't get them?

Check out my full review here!

Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced adventure

I bulldozed through this excellent book and enjoyed all of it. It's a quick read and very well written. If you are considering reading it, I say go for it!
A very quick, easy sci-fi read. This is a good book to read if you don't want to think too deeply/if you're falling asleep and start to doze. ...more
Maxine Robinson
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
"The greatest scientific discovery of the twenty-first century happened on a warm summer day in June. Like so many other discoveries that changed the course of human civilization, it happened quite by accident."

Killing Adam isn't a long book at only 224 pages, yet it is filled to the brim with action.
Jimmy is stuck in a dreary rut. His wife has no interest in him, his best friend is about to get his own chip and all Jimmy has left are the others that visit his group for people without an ARC. Th
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