Monday, 28 December 2015

Book Review | Russell Boyd | The Chorus Effect

The Chorus Effect

This book was sent to me for free from the author for review. I did not pay any money for this book and neither did I get paid any money to review this book. I purely got just the book for free. 

Author: Russell Boyd
Title: The Chorus Effect
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction

Synopsis: Until recently, Chintz had been a relatively normal guy with a relatively normal cat. For example, neither he, nor his cat, had ever journeyed to a synthetic universe. He had never encountered a teleporting baby or an emotionally mature computer. He could count on one hand the number of philosophical discussions he'd had with people holding multiple degrees in advanced physics. And this far, his relationship with the voices in his head had been purely platonic.
Suddenly Chintz finds himself working alongside a dysfunctional team of scientists and their astounding creation, seeking answers to age-old questions - answers that could change our concept of humanity. Of course, that's only if they can survive federal law enforcement, starvation, psychopathic figments of imagination, the hostile old man who lives across the street and the end of the "known" universe.
Well, actually it's the end of "a" universe, that only some people know about. But for Chintz, that may not be any better at all. 

Review: I had a really hard time getting into this book (this is not a reflection on the book but a personal matter of mine) but I can tell that I found the beginning of the book confusing but in a way that made me want to read on until it made sense. As I struggled to focus on reading this book it took me over a month to finish reading; However, once I found that I was able to focus on reading and get into the book I read the majority of it over two or three days. I am glad that I did not let my personal issues affect me sticking to reading this book as eventually I got hooked to the story and just couldn't put the book down as I really wanted to stay on the storyline and know what was happening with each of the characters right to the end. I felt that if I put the book down that I would miss something as though I was watching a program or movie but that could not be paused. 
This was an unusual but excellent read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to stick it out even if the story is hard to get lost in at the beginning. Just give this book a chance as it is more than worth the time it takes to read it. I find this book extremely interesting as it shows what computers could progress to in the future and the dangers of trying to advance technology to an almost human level. It shows that computers are not made to handle things of a human level such as emotions. Computers should not surpass the limits of technology as there is no way to predict what could happen if computers became more human. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars