Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Complete Atopia Chronicles by Matthew Mather (audiobook) - Paul's REVIEW

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Title: The Complete Atopia Chronicles
Author: Matthew Mather
Year Published: 2012

Narrators: Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, Tanya Eby, Amy McFadden, Mikael Naramore
Audiobook Length: 14 hours 8 minutes

My Pre-Reading

Synopsis: Dr. Patricia Killiam is rushing to help save the world from itself by giving everyone everything they’ve always wanted. The questions is, is she unwittingly saving the world only to cast it towards an even worse fate as humanity hurtles across the brink of forever.

What could be worse than letting billions die? In the future, be careful what you wish for. 

The Atopia Chronicles are an exploration of the meaning love, life and the pursuit of happiness in a world teetering on the brink of post-humanism and eco-Armageddon.

Review: These chronicles use a complex and unique way of storytelling. In addition to that, I listened to this book via audible. There are many different narrators and they all do their own voices for the many characters. At first I found this confusing, but I got used to it. 

At first the multiple storylines seem separate, having minimal connections to each other, but in the end all the stories come together as one. Most of the stories take place on the floating island nation of Atopia. It is a futuristic nation floating off the coast of California in the Pacific Ocean. Most of the inhabitants spend their lives in a virtual and augmented world. A group of children grew up with this technology and they have now found themselves in adulthood with a completely new look on what life can be. Their stories were my favorite. We also follow the creator of this amazing technology. 

Mather does such an amazing job showing a complete world with this new technology. The technology is utilized by many different people in many different ways. I found myself imagining a world with this technology. 

The way the stories are told, sometimes you get to experience the same conversation from multiple perspectives. The characters are often overlapping. 

I give this novel a 4/5. The technology and world Mather created is so diverse and interesting. The characters themselves are as well. Although the unique storytelling style can get confusing at times, it all comes together in the end. I suggest this book to sci-fi enthusiasts who like to think about futuristic possibilities and their repercussions.  And the epilogue begs for a sequel. 


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