Thursday, June 11, 2015

Review 'DeepFreak' by Mars Dumont

 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24910583-deepfreak?from_search=true&search_version=serviceA magical mystery tour of virtual reality and beyond. Love, politics, conspiracy, and fluctuating space-time coordinates all come to a head when a huge solar flare disrupts the event horizon between parallel universes.

Living in simulated reality, SIM, is all the rage in the mid twenty-first century. But just when it seems that illusion has triumphed and Reality has become irrelevant, Reality throws a curve ball.

Audrey is a SIM designer and an art Prank hacktivist. When her friend Dano disappears, Audrey is forced into the gritty world of Real to find him. People disappear all the time in this dystopian near future. But then there are Type III disappearances, so when the young Milan also vanishes, but this time right before Audrey’s eyes, the quest for the disappeared takes a whole new turn and Audrey finds herself unwillingly thrust on a bizarre existential odyssey. Real? SIM? Or hallucination? Nothing is what it seems.
Meanwhile, Milan wakes floating in midair before the floor suddenly comes up and crashes hard into him. He looks around and at first the room does nothing. Then it wakes up. Myllan is on the other side, a place where people meet in Astral, not SIM, where luminescent mushrooms grow in the snow, and the weather knows what you are thinking.

 

My Review:


In May I participated in a promo for ‘DeepFreak’ by Mars Dumont. I also received the book in exchange for my honest review. Since I wasn’t able to read it before the promo I decided to post my review when I got the change to read it.

In ‘DeepFreak’ we meet Audrey and her friend Dano. When Dano suddenly disappears, Audrey is determined to find him. Although disappearing isn’t uncommon in this dystopian future, Audrey is convinced something unusual is going on. Especially after she witnesses a disappearance right before her eyes.

Well, what can I say.. This book is very different from the books I normally read. It takes place in the future where virtual reality is very normal and were people rarely communicate without the use of holograms and social media. That for one is very different.
The author uses a lot of ‘futuristic/modern’ words, that were probably made to give the reader the idea of a totally different world and how our vocabulary evolves over the years. Words like SIMchip, Juice, Kool, thoughtClicked.. They are used a lot in this book! The strange and different words made it difficult for me to get into this story.

There is a lot to get used to in this book, for example people have some kind of chips in their heads so they can interact with other people in another digital place. Because the world the author created is already so different from the real world, the use of all those different and unknown words I didn’t know, was very distracting and I lost my concentration a lot of times because of it. Especially since most words aren’t really explained at all and I just had to guess what they mend.

Although I can definitely see that the story and the characters are interesting and really well thought of, I just didn’t enjoy this book. I was too busy figuring out what some of the words meant, and what was happening to really ‘feel’ this story. I do think this is a very interesting and fun book for people who are really into the ‘modernization’ of our world and would definitely recommend this book to them. But for me.. this book just wasn’t it. 

My Rating:

 


About the Author:

 

Actually, Mars Dumont is not a real person, it's two people. We think of ourselves as a band. Originally we tried to think of a band name like “Liquid Mars” but it sounded too goofy so we came up with a nome de plume using his made up first name and my made up last name.

 

Mars:


Mars was born in Poona, India. His father was a biologist, and research grants took his family to Mexico City, Silicone Valley, Stockholm, and finally New York City.  After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, Mars traveled around Europe and spent time in London and Prague.  He finished his undergraduate studies at Columbia College, with a major in art history and a minor in physics, and then got a Masters degree at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture.  Mars then spent many years doing architecture as a day job and playing electric guitar (for The Shameless Sycophants, Dark Blue and Linoleum Blownapart) at night, in clubs ranging from CBGB’s to the Knitting factory.  Mars holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an Elder Brother rank in Tiger Claw Kung Fu. Mars Dumont speaks three languages: Czech, Spanish and English.  Remaining creative is, as far as Mars is concerned, the most important thing in life.

 

Venus:


Venus’ unique style took form in New York City with summers on Block Island under the supervision of her advertising mad man art director father and her gourmet cook mother. Their home was a gathering place for artists and intellectuals.  As a child she wrote and illustrated her own books. Venus’ affinity for art and design eventually took her to Italy where she studied for a number of years. Although she has lived and worked as a designer in New York City for most of her adult life, she still retains close ties with friends in Florence and a love of everything Italian.  Venus has a soft spot for Italian style anarchy and humanist centered dissidents.  She also likes to dabble in the mysteries of Astrology and Tarot and draws on the archetypes to develop the characters in her books.

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