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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When an autistic child accidentally kills her twin, the balance of her mind is disturbed and she is institutionalised. As her late teens approach she is guided back towards ‘the normal world’ by her psychiatrist, but as he delves deeper, he discovers that her mind is very far from 'normal' and far stranger than he could ever have imagined. Neither human nor alien she is so ...more
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published May 16th 2017
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J.J. James  Overton
I love a story that makes me think. Adriana by Mark Angelo Lusardi does exactly that. It is an amazingly unique, well written book. This science fiction story is sometimes gritty and sometimes beautiful. Adriana is an enigmatic character from the beginning and as the story progresses it is implied by Mark Lusardi’s well researched detail that she may be a savant. She is befriended by five people and centred on Adriana, events are experienced that explore the nature of the human condition, and ou ...more
Gene Masters
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are introduced to seventeen-year-old Adriana Kasinski in a dreamscape, and as we read we come to see that her dream melds into reality until the two somehow morph. Is that the reason she has difficulty relating to others? Is Adriana autistic, living in a world of all her own, a world of dreams, or is she a savant of sorts? Her grasp, after all, of physical science on every level, from nanoparticle behavior to the physics of light, and even to the lucid dreaming of a journey through a black ho ...more
Stephen Landry
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adriana Reality One is a fantastic and unique experimental story told with mystery that will draw you in. Well written the novel reads quick. There are a lot of POVs and there are a lot of dream / psychological elements that play a huge part in the world. Speaking of the world the word building is fantastic. From the mystery that makes up the plot to the alien worlds and safari. Adriana as a character is a fascinating, full of life and her journey of self discovery and coming into her own is som ...more
Elizabeth Hamilton-Smyth
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beyond excellence
It is rare today to read work of such superiority. Having chosen this book by sheer chance, I was at once drawn into the complexity of the main character’s mind. The story guides the reader through a labyrinth of dreams, reality and science with each one deftly entwined. If you are a fan of everyday A-B nonsense, then this is not for you, but if you are looking for something to provoke your thought process, to stimulate every nerve you possess, to leave you haunted by wond
Jordan Short
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adriana is a very unique story told with an air of mystery that will draw you in. It’s well written and generally moves at a fast pace. There are a lot of POVs and sometimes the head hopping can be disorienting, and there are a lot of dream sequences, which I generally don’t enjoy, but in this case they usually had some interesting philosophical discussion that kept me interested. Once Adriana’s friends start going through her great uncle’s notebooks it felt like the book really hit its stride. ...more
Richie Billing
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful exploration of autism and the challenges autistic people have, from dealing with ignorance to a lack of compassion and empathy. The protagonist, Adriana, is brilliantly characterised—I was there with her every step of the way, following her racing and highly intelligent thoughts, experiencing the angst she feels in certain situations. Mr Lusardi has a very engaging style of writing and you'll find yourself tearing through the pages. Highly recommend!
Hugo N. Saravia
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A great sci-fi journey, a tale of discovery, whilst coming out of her shell Adriana took me along to an alien planet full of life and totally shared an alien safari, just my type of fiction with plenty of twists and turns that kept my interest 'till the very end. This book is joining a small group of books that I consider my favorite!
Leslie Noble
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a very strange book, not at all like anything I've ever read before. Both the writing style and the content are extremely unusual, but taken as a whole, the effect is to make this book extremely compelling whilst at the same time, perhaps, a little disturbing. It is sci-fi but on a different level.
Beth Worsdell
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and fast paced.

A fast paced rollercoaster of a ride, full of twists and turns. Extremely well written story, following Adriana’s mental and emotional journey of self exploration and blossoming personality. A fantastic read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed.
Kerry Sharp
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Twists and turns

A creative multiverse filled with characters we love.
Long convoluted story yet it never fails to entertain. Ideal for thinking SF aficionados.
Joseph C Myers
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shades of Douglas Adams. pretty good story.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mark Lusardi writes a novel that is different, original, funny and sometimes disturbing. The tale of Adriana will surprise you right until the end. Thought provoking!
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