"An absorbing and creative science fiction tale"
In the not too distant future, most of humanity is
hooked up to the net, if not through a computer than
through neural jewelry or special glasses. Most people
stay on the net twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week,
conducting business and pleasurable pursuits and even
virtually eat and sleep in cyberspace.
Jasmine Reese is one of the rare people that can find
data anywhere on the net and is able to immerse herself in
it so thoroughly that she becomes part of it. When her
hook-up to the net is broken she sees things that make her
wonder if the neural computers transmitted by the net are
controlling her and everyone else linked to it. When a
secret government agency kidnaps her and forces her to do
what the net wants, she vows to regain her individuality by
avoiding cyberspace and do whatever it takes to fight her
new enemy's intelligence network.
Syne Mitchell has written an absorbing and creative
science fiction tale that is fine entertainment for those
fans that like a futuristic drama. TECHNOGENESIS addresses
some interesting social issues, which are cleverly
intertwined inside the story line but it is the characters
that raise the quality level of this novel from a poor
man's Matrix into a strong story. The protagonist is
flawed and weak at times yet so heroic that she represents
the finest qualities inherent in our species. On a scale
from one to ten, this novel is an eleven.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 2, 2001