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In a near-future world where technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385535151
0385535155
Branch Call Number: F WIL NVD
Characteristics: 273 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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ScorchingSun
Nov 24, 2016

Good action and premise, but other than little weird Nick, few characters to empathize with.
The regular people seemed uniformly to be wicked, bloodthirsty bigots.
Perhaps this may be so if this situation happened in the real world, but it sure made for a somewhat depressing novel.

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ssmartin7
Sep 29, 2016

I really enjoyed this book which does a good job of detailing what happens when people start to segregate and dehumanize a group, how people can become motivated by fear of differences and so committ acts of violence they normally would never participate in. Interesting, exciting and generally a very good read.

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sat7
May 27, 2015

I loved this work. Timely with socially perpetrate subject matter. Well done. Enjoyable and thought provoking.

JCLHelenH Jan 12, 2015

Owen must find out what the "something extra" his Dad gave him is, and what it does. Thought-provoking book with issues similar to I Am Legend.

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rschnittker
Feb 02, 2014

In my mind, (no pun intended), by page 19 Daniel pretty much nailed how the future could unfold regarding people's reaction to the blending of humans and technology.

Ray Kurzweil's book, "The Age Of spiritual machines", written way back in 1999 discusses advances of artificial intelligence and constitutional protection of people who leverage technology in their bodies. When is a person still considered human if a the majority of their body is non-human technology?

Both books are a great read.

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Sevly
Jan 02, 2014

The premise is very intruiging, and the first chapter is gripping, but the book stalls shortly after and doesn't quite live up to that premise. An okay read.

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TheSponge
Oct 11, 2012

Very entertaining!

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shanauer
Sep 26, 2012

This dude has a strange, but interesting mind. Would love to have a drink with him and pick his brain. Liked this one a lot, but read Robocalypse if you haven't yet...

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AitchmarkB52
Sep 09, 2012

Wildon keeps you glued to the pages; it is only afterwards the brain starts working and you begin to see plot weaknesses and holes.

Liken this, though, and Robopocalypse. I'll keep reading his stuff.

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Nords
Aug 15, 2012

I thought the idea behind the book was well thought through and quite interesting (discrimination of humans who had augmented their bodies with computers leads basically to war) but didn't really grab me in practice. The book is pretty short, so the author ramps up petty discrimination to an almost concentration camp level of hatred extremely quick and implausibly. In addition, the characters I just didn't care about. Certainly the conflict and double-crosses between the leaders of the different factions was neat trying to figure out who are 'good guys' but that doesn't make up for a pretty boring read otherwise.

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