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"plot twists and suspense while explore gamut of emotions and ultimately love"

This technological drama incorporates the classic tale of an angst-ridden and restless youth (twenty-one-year old Nemo) coming of age in a not-so-distant future society. The fact that said society is obsessed with perfection and immortality at the expense of (its) collective conscience is no small consideration as Danvers explores the theme of Church vs. State among other political and religious hotbeds of controversy.

Nemo lives in the real world, a barren wasteland outside of "the Bin"--a cyber environment where the personalities of more than half of the world's population live and breathe in virtual reality. The real world, however, is inhabited by the likes of Nemo. These are the noble and devoted rebels who refuse to forfeit their mortal souls and humanity in order to attain utopian eternity, and the sincere individualists unwilling to give up known evils outside the Bin in favor of the lesser evils that might await them in the Bin. Add to these two factions the assorted crazies and religious fanatics who want to destroy the Bin and what it represents along with the more than one billion human essences within, and you are faced with all the makings of a "virtual" holocaust.

Nemo's parents are residents of the Bin. They want and need to right the grievous wrong they committed when they deserted their underage, only child to the care of a Construct on the outside, in favor of everlasting cyber life in the Bin. Their plan to lure Nemo into the Bin and their way of thinking takes shape at the youth's twenty- first birthday party where Nemo is introduced to a mysterious young woman, with a confused past, whom will ultimately become either his soul's downfall or savior.

Through Nemo and the other denizens inside and outside the Bin, Danvers takes us on a wild rollercoaster ride of betrayal, loyalty and sensuality. His insights into the destiny of virtual reality and the ultimate nature of man are thought-provoking and highly plausible, and his characters are poignant and richly textured.

Ultimately, "Circuit of Heaven" manages to effectively explore the gamut of human emotions--from righteous indignation to young and blind love--while delivering surprisingly original and imaginative plot twists and suspense to the tried and true Romeo-and-Juliet themed romance, sans the hopeless last act.

Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Posted April 12, 2003

SUMMARY

Justine Ingham is newly arrived in the "bin," a virtual environment that humans download themselves into (forsaking their bodies) to achieve a kind of immortality. The bin is patterned after the real world, at least up to a point, making the transition from the physical to the virtual as painless and natural as possible. But things aren't going too smoothly for Justine, who appears to be dreaming someone else's dreams and remembering someone else's memories. Things get more confusing when she meets a young man named Nemo, one of the few real humans left, who only drops into the bin now and again to see his parents. The two fall instantly in love, but their relationship seems doomed from the start, because Nemo would rather die than live in the bin.

 

Circuit of Heaven
by Dennis Danvers

Avon
January 12, 1999
ISBN #0380790920
384 pages
Paperback
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