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Reality Testing (Sundown, #1)

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Welcome to Berlin. Population: desperate. In the throes of the climate crisis the green tech pioneers are king, and if you aren't willing to be their serf then you're surplus to requirements.

Carbon credit for sleeping on the job. That's the offer a dreamtech puts to Mara Kinzig, and she jumps on it. After all, the city ain't getting any cheaper.

Then somebody changes the de
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Published January 6th 2021 by Down By Law Books
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Grant Price Blade Runner, certainly. Total Recall, not so much. But the aim wasn't to write a pastiche. I tried to take many of the existing tropes of the cyberpu…moreBlade Runner, certainly. Total Recall, not so much. But the aim wasn't to write a pastiche. I tried to take many of the existing tropes of the cyberpunk genre and update them to reflect (I believe) the number one existential fear of our time: the climate crisis. It's not about "walking skinjobs" or fetishisation of Japanese culture or new opportunities on the offshore colonies or cool jackets; it's more a critique of magic bullet technologies and green growth.(less)

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L.S. Popovich
Reality Testing is a colorful novel, generously long, pumped full of so much creativity that the experience of reading it can only be compared to an overdose of science-fiction brand narcotics. Blending a complex web of illusion and reality, with prose that is so tight, sleek, polished, and chromium-plated, it can only belong to a talented writer, giving voice to his vision within the peculiar demands of the cyberpunk realm.

I believe the stylings to be the essence of the book. You will notice th
Susan Plunket
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Grant Price’s latest offering, Reality Testing, will take you on a high stakes sci-fi adventure for sure. But there’s a lot more going on with this story than courageous likeable characters fighting corporate evil in a dark transactional world where no one trusts anyone, and nothing is any longer in harmony with nature. Price sparks the mind. He addresses the big issues of our time, of all times really. What makes us human? Where does our humanity reside? Certainly not simply in our physical bod ...more
Goblin Reaper
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Have you caught yours?”


Trigger Warnings : None

Huge thanks to @blackthornbooktours for sending me a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for making me a part of the book tour for Reality Testing. 

        A dystopian world set in the far-future of the earth. Its the time of implants, brain wiping, data farming and robot-bull cops. New inventions, new ideas, new discoveries, new thoughts, new people— new everyth
Joshua Grant
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Grant Price catapults us into a dystopian sci fi future in the thrilling Reality Testing! In a climate ravaged future, Mara Kinzig is paid to be put in stasis. But while she’s under, the deal goes south. Awakening with an extra voice in her head, she must battle her way through corporate controlled Berlin in her search for answers. I love the throwback feel to classics like Total Recall and Minority Report, all dressed with some new surprises that Prince crafted using realistic issues from today ...more
Chris Monceaux
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This was a really good book. The pacing was great. There was always something happening or a new bit of interesting information being dropped to keep the reader engaged. The world was captivating and believable as a potential future for the human race on Earth, which was terrifying because it seemed to be the last horrific gasp of humanity before extinction. The author did an excellent job of unveiling details about the world and characters a
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I read the announcement for 'Reality testing', I felt pure excitement with regard to the various elements that seemed to be combined in this story and I promise: You won't be disappointed. This novel presents the finest selection of horror and horror-related delicacies one can think of: confusion, blood, brutality, fraud, Sci-Fi, hopelessness, desperation, authentic characters, breathlessness, a little bit of dystopian fiction and this significant trait of bravery that puts suspense in the ...more
William Bitner Jr.
Reality Testing (Sundown, Book 1)
By Grant Price

Genre - Fiction/Science Fiction/Cyberpunk
Pages - 289
Format - Digital (Kindle)
Publication Info - Down by Law Books, (January 6, 2021), ASIN: B08SNP5F34
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Reviewed by - William C. Bitner, Jr. https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres...

Move over Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and Freejack, there’s a new contender in town and the name is Reality Testing. Mr. Price ticks off all the boxes of the cyberpunk subgenre with this well imagined, nonst
Kimberly Amato
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There are things to fear in life. It’s just the nature of being human. Grant Price preys on every single one of them. Reality Testing is a dark and twisted tale regarding the future that seems all too possible if humanity continues on its current trajectory.

The story introduces us to Mara Kinzig, someone who works hard and tries to live life according to the laws in Berlin. She struggles, but compared to others, Mara is doing all right. But she could have a better life and when a legal opportuni
Amisha Bahl Chawla
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What’s Real?

A question we often ask ourselves, more so after the advent of the internet and Social Media.
Filtering out to get to the truth we often rely on people we trust.

And the person we trust the most for the us.

So what happens when we don’t know if we are REAL?

Reality Testing by Grant Price is a dystopian tale, a murder mystery, a thriller and a hard look at where we are headed in the not too distant future.

This tale is set in a world collapsing under climate crisis, where megal
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I gave it 4,5⭐/5⭐
🔥First, I want to start with my biggest issue. When I started reading this and before I get used to all the unknown terms and style of writing, I was so lost, confused and couldn't get into it. I had to read first 30 pages twice, before I knew exactly what was going on.
🔥But it was a fast read after those 30 pages. And not only because of the style of writin. One of the reasons it was hard to put down was the amount of action this book has.
🔥It was really interesting watching ho
Faith Wong
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Taufed might be my new favorite word 🤣 it stands for Totally And Utterly F*cked Up. This novel is not the typical genre that I gravitate towards, but I have to admit that it was quite the experience and a breathe of fresh air.

The story is set in Berlin, in a dystopian sci fi future where the world has been ravaged by the climate. Mara Kinzig is involved with a deal that has gone wrong, her memories wiped and a dead body on her hands.

The writing style took a little getting used to but I was hook
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One word, refreshing!
Reality testing is a very interesting novel with an intense futuristic storyline that grabs the readers attention immediately. The story is set in a world where climate change has wrecked havoc on the world and the events are told in such a detailed way that explains just how exactly the new laws and changes have affected the human race. Things are so different in this new world. Technology, food, entertainment...everything that we deem important. Even the language. And noth
Julie Porter
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the current Science Fiction Novels which explores the theme of overabundance of technology is Reality Testing by Grant Price, the first book in a series that deals with a young woman rebelling against the dystopian future of a world destroyed by corporate greed, environmental catastrophe, and a cabal of governments, corporations, and scientists that use that technology on human guinea pigs. Again these are not new themes, but what makes this book good is the intricate plot and the benefit ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Over the course of recent months and years, I have come to the firm belief that whatever is in store for humanity, it’s not going to be good. Too many countries have elected indiduals to positions of power who have no right to be there. They have little experience or worse, they couldn’t care less what happens to the people they were elected by and the world around them. To them it’s all about power and how to maintain it. They pay lip service to climate change, and brush the refugee crisis unde
Alisha Rowe
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Mara Kenzing decided to join the LINK program in order to gain some extra carbon so she and her partner would not be so hard pressed. Jema warned her against it and it seems the feisty reporter was correct, as Mara has woken up ahead of schedule in a body that is not her own and a corpse in front of her. Now, Mara must escape Berlin and try to find out not only what happened to her but what the future may hold. What makes it worse is th
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most fun sci fi books I've ever read.

It's a great refreshment to the bleary, dystopian worlds that seem so popular these days. Although the world IS a dystopian future of sorts, this mostly comes from the frame of reference from which ever character we're looking through at the time.

It's not necessarily clear cut whether or not the future is so bad for everybody (Hello well-balanced author!) as the world is very nuanced, taking our present day's sociatal trends and amplifyin
Erin Britton
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Berlin. Some point in the dismal future. It’s not fully Blade Runner territory, but it’s not far off either. Climate change had gone a long way to destroying the world, and then the green revolution kicked off and made things even worse for the majority of people. Berlin, specifically Potsdamer Platz, was where the revolution had begun and where the Climate Preservation Act had the greatest impact. It was also the place where Mara Kinzig had been subsisting among the other down-and-outs who did ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This dad read “Reality Testing (Sundown, #1)” by Grant Price. Set in dystopian Berlin, Germany “Reality Testing” fully immerses readers into a bleak future existence where the planet’s resources have been depleted and humanity is on the brink of self destruction.

Protagonist Mara Kinzig wakes up to find that she’s just killed someone, no idea who or how. Her only instinct is to run which catapults the story into a mysterious adventure thriller that kept me on my toes the entire time!

Set somewhere
William Donahue
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have a new favorite adjective thanks to author Grant Price: taufed. (More on that later.) Price’s gorgeous new novel, “Reality Testing,” introduces readers to a terrifying but not unimaginable future: a dramatically altered Europe (Germany, to be precise) decimated by climate change, among other crises, where tech and flesh are one, where reality means nothing, and where women like the protagonist Mara are labeled “obsols.” It’s a bullet-quick read thanks to Price’s talent for writing action i ...more
Bethany Martin
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reality Testing offers a fascinating look into a future of capitalist environmentalism and raises many intriguing questions about the direction our current world is heading in.

I found the two protagonists - Mara and, later on, Daniel - were both fully fleshed out, as were many of the side characters, and easy to root for; I was strongly invested in their survival. Jema was also a highlight, especially in the way she was woven through the plot. Daniel's development from liar to returning hero was
Jason Pettus
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
2021 reads, #7. As someone who was a big fan of the original wave of cyberpunk authors in the late 1980s and early '90s, one of the things that delights me the most about our current times is the wave of retro popularity this genre has seen in recent years; and Grant Price's Reality Testing is a fine example of a cyberpunk nostalgia novel, so pitch-perfect to the genre's tropes that I was expecting to read a review of it afterwards in Mondo 2000, right next to R.U. Sirius's interview with Lydia ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie, ebook, books-i-own, arc
Rating: 3.5/5

I received an ARC book of Reality Testing through Blackthorns Book Tours. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I really enjoyed reading this one!

I will say right away, you could probably just ignore my rating. I struggled with what I should rate this one. I believe my rating is fair for how I felt after reading this. However, I can easily see this being a 5-star read for the right reader. That being said, I don’t know if this is a book for everyone.

Right away I was getting so man
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was torn on how many stars to give this one. I'm familiar with cyberpunk works and have enjoyed them in the past. Price is very obviously intelligent, knows his genre, and is excellent at worlds building. The plot is complex, but it isn't so complicated it's difficult to follow. It is the tale of mechanic Mara, who one day wakes up in the wrong body, beside a corpse she is then accused of murdering. She goes on the run, trying to find out what's happened to her.

That's just the beginning of the
Ciaran Fleck
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having been a big fan of this author for quite some time and being particular fond of dystopian sci-fi in general, it was a no brainer when deciding to purchase his latest offering.

Once I got over the sheer volume of new lexis within the first chapter, I couldn't put the book down. I felt myself deeply involved in the well-being of Mara and the people she encounters, helped in no small part by the authentic, well-paced and meaningful dialogue interspersed throughout the book.

A lot of dystopian n
Giana Leiva
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a really fun, interesting dystopian novel set in a vividly portrayed Berlin about a century in the future. Our protagonist, Mara, wakes from a sort of artificial coma in an unfamiliar body. It sounds like a similar premise to many classic sci-fi books, but I think it’s actually quite unique. It’s probably inspired by Williams Gibson’s work with it’s colorful characters and setting, and unique slang terms that take some time to get used to. I thought the prose was good, with descriptive l ...more
Kechi Otta
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to blackthornbooks and the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Reality Testing is a book of great abundance of technology and have the taste of dystopian setting in it. The theme of the novel presents human brutality, depletion of human and earth resources and human conscience that though it is set in the far future it still applies to our world as of today. The world building is something that proved quite difficult for me at the beginning but soon I got used to it.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reality Testing is a change-up from previous works by Grant Price, and he continues to excel in imaginative and highly readable tech-fiction. If you’re looking for fast-paced futurism backed by a relevant and meaningful undercurrent, then Reality Testing won’t disappoint.
This gritty cyberpunk tale takes you deep into a uniquely-developed Euro-underworld, and will get you thinking about questions relating to the human condition, consciousness and the interface between mind and body, but not on su
Jamie Crawford
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great addition to the genre. Manages to avoid cliche, while being very much immersed in the cyberpunk universe. The descriptors, the slang and the tech speak all felt really natural and, like all the best speculative fiction, allowed the reader to develop an understanding, instead of having each new thing explained.

Set in a world where capitalism and tech are reaching their awful conclusions, the story kept popping with proper 3D characters and scenes. Near the end I was hoping for a short serie
Kristian Joseph
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cyperbunk/Dystopian Sci fi to a tee!

A fast paced cyberpunk story which puts us in the heart of a new take on a futuristic future.

We find ourselves exploring this new world through the eyes of a new great character- Mara. The story is well written and the stage is set for a great sequel.
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2021
A grim, dark place .. the future of Berlin, Europe, the world. Where tech corporations (reminiscent of the current big five) have taken over control, plunged the ecosystem into collapse and humanity to scraps. Blade Runner meets The Road meets Mad Max.
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Grant Price is the author of three novels: Static Age (2016), By the Feet of Men (2019) and Reality Testing (2021).

He has lived in Berlin, Germany, for too long.

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