Thursday, August 7, 2014

Uncaged is Unputdownable

i just finished reading this last night.  i immediately gave it to my mom (whom i'm visiting in california) and she started it.  it's the kind of book that you don't want to finish, because it's so good you want to just keep reading it.

there are some adult themes.  some adult language.  the very first line of the book is the protagonist (a girl) looking at herself naked in the mirror.  that's all the sex or nudity there is in the book.  a little violence.

but man this book is good!  great characters.  fast moving plot.  good premise.  and you care what happens.

the premise is something i'd like to explore.  this is the first book in something called the "Singular Menace" series.  it's about a corporation that is trying to achieve what Ray Kurzweil calls "the singularity" (Kurzweil is not mentioned in the book), when we will be able to download our minds into a computer and live forever.

the movie "Transcendence" with Johnny Depp explored this concept, and in the movie, the idea (as in almost all sf movies) that the science "turns against us" is what drives the plot.  but Uncaged starts OFF with the whole idea of scientists pushing the borders of what is possible between man and machine being evil.  it's interesting that there is no question here... the idea of putting our thoughts and memories and consciousness into a computer is taken for granted in this book as being a horrible, ethically perverse concept.  i thought that was interesting, since so many scientists today see this as being not only possible in the near future, but almost inevitable.

anyway, the book is fantastic.  highly recommend.  i couldn't put it down, and am anxiously looking fwd to may 2015 when the next book in the series will be released.

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