Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Future is Yours by Dan Frey

"If you had the chance to look one year into the future, would you?"


Best friends since college, Ben Boyce and Adhvan Chaudry have created a startup company to build a quantum computer that uses quantum entanglement to connect to the future. It's Adhi's idea; he's the genius in this partnership. Ben brings unrestrained enthusiasm and the marketing savvy they'll need to get their business off the ground. They both believe in their prototype, The Future, but neither foresees the negative consequences of their revolutionary technology. Or the cost it will have on their friendship.

This is an entertaining and thought-provoking science fiction thriller. It's told through a series of emails, texts, blog posts, and transcripts from the Senate Hearings investigating The Future device. And I loved it. But then I'm a huge fan of epistolary novels, so this book totally worked for me. I liked the science of it, too, and the ethical questions that got raised as beta testers began looking into their futures. I also liked Ben and Adhi; both of these characters have their flaws, and some of their decisions made me shake my head, but their loyalty and friendship is what really drives this story. Not only is this novel innovative and unexpected, it's also compelling and reads fast. I even loved that crazy ending. I'd give this one 5 stars. 

Happy Reading!

35 comments:

  1. Love the sound of this. and that premise. I'm reading a book now called The Simulation Multiverse and it's all about the theory that we're living in a simulation, and it goes into quantum mechanics and how time works - very similar to this probably in terms of underpinning ideas. I love stuff like this!

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    1. The idea of a multiverse is fun to think about, and a little mindblowing, too. I read one of David Deutsch's books about parallel universes once that I've never forgotten. The Simulation Multiverse sounds equally interesting.

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  2. Sounds amazing! It reminds me of Illuminae. I love books written in different formats.

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    1. Illuminae is one I really want to read! Maybe next year. ;)

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  3. anything having to do with quantum mechanics gets ALL of my attention! sounds like a winner, indeed...

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    1. Quantum mechanics is so fascinating...and so strange. It certainly makes for some interesting stories. :)

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  4. What an intriguing concept for a novel. And a five-star read at that! Must be very well done.

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    1. I thought it was very well done. But then I really like reading this kind of epistolary novel. And I like the science aspects of it, too. I'm sure not everyone would feel the same. :)

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  5. This does sound fun--and I also like the idea of an epistolary novel. And my library has it!

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    1. Yay! If you do end up reading it I'd love to know what you think of it. :)

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  6. I've never heard of this one before. It sounds excellent!

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    1. I thought it was a lot of fun. And so different from what I've been reading!

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  7. I also like epistolary novels. I don't exactly know why. I've not read it, but this sounds a little like the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufmann in its format. Have you read those books?

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    1. I have not read those books, but I've heard about them, and they sound like fun. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes epistolary novels! :D

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  8. I really love the premise of this book and I agree with the others who say it sounds a little like Illuminae. I loved Illuminae so will definitely have to check this one out at some point. Great review!

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    1. Illuminae is high on my TBR list; it sounds like a book I would really like. :)

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  9. This sounds like such a fascinating concept. And the fact that it's an epistolary novel has me even more intrigued. :)

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    1. That's what I liked about it! It can be a fun way to narrate a novel.

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  10. Oh this sounds so interesting. This kind of story can go in so many ways so it would be fun to see where this went.

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    1. It was interesting to see how fast things started to spiral out of control with the two main characters; and I liked that I couldn't entirely guess where the story was headed.

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  11. This sounds really good and not a book I would normally pick up. I love that it is an epistolary novel, it makes me want to read it. Also, no, if given a chance to look a year in the future, I wouldn't!

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    1. I wouldn't want to look into the future either; the present is hard enough. ;D

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  12. Wow, this does sound very interesting. I have read a few epistolary novels, and really enjoy them as I feel like they are realistic.

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    1. The way they're written does make them feel realistic! :)

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  13. This sounds really good. Thanks for bringing it to my attention-- I've added it to my list!

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    1. It was different and fun. And I hope you get a chance to read it to see for yourself. :)

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  14. This sounds fascinating, even if I've to say I rarely read sci-fi thrillers. :)

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    1. I've been trying to read more sci-fi, just because it can be so much fun. And it's nice to read something a little different once in awhile. :)

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  15. This is an original concept and I do like science fiction on the rare occasions that I read it. I'll keep this one in mind seeing your 5 stars! :)

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    1. It's not a book that will work for everyone, but the whole epistolary thing in this one totally worked for me. :D

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