I received an ARC copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book as released January 1, 2019.I’ve tried three times now to explain what this book is about but I keep getting hung up on the technical details because I don’t really understand them.
For those of you who have a similar IQ as me… Adam is a
singularity computer thing that was born when a few people’s brains were linked together via computer chips. They were just supposed to be able to control a toaster but Adam was born and helped revolutionize the technology so that that people could control everything with the chips in their head… and as a bonus they could also spend ALL DAY in an alternate reality.
That is, unless you are brain damaged.
Oh man, I’m the worst. I finished this book nearly a week ago and now I can’t remember the main guy’s name. I remember Crazy Beard and Jenna/Trixie. What kind of character name is Crazy Beard, anyways?
Ah, it’s Jimmy. Thank you Goodreads.
Jimmy was a football player and sustained an injury that left him “ARC incompatible.” Unfortunately his wife enjoys the ARC world a bit too much and he misses her. This is when he meets Trixie, who promises to help get his wife back. Only she’s not being completely honest with Jimmy.
This book is hard to describe without taking all the excitement out of it. I’m just going to skip ahead to what I thought about it.
The good stuff: This book would make a good book club book because there are a lot of things to talk about here. Would you participate in ARC, what if you were in Jimmy’s position? How do you prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming addicted to it? Etc. etc.
The bad stuff: I didn’t like any of the characters, and some of their actions and decisions didn’t make any sense. It really bothered me when they went out drinking and just made it feel like there weren’t any real emotions at play here. Also in my opinion, they didn’t need the “Crazy Beard” character at all.
Overall, it was an okay read. It brought up some interesting questions but ultimately felt hollow to me.