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Unless 10 other truly unbelievably good books are written this year – Bandwidth will make my top books of 2018 without blinking an eye. I’m a fan of Peper’s work – but this is on another level. Sure, there are some of the same players (just a few callbacks to companies and places) but the world that Peper created is one I don’t think I’ll ever forget. Just like the first time I read Jurassic Park – I’ll never forget Isla Nublar (even without the movies) – Bandwidth is set in a world that you can tell Peper took some time to craft and get just right.
The story follows a lobbyist as he tries to figure out just where he belongs. An orphan raised by the system (orphanage after orphanage) he has something to prove to the world and wants to make a name for himself at his new firm where he was just named partner. But things are as they seem when he stumbles across room 412. He doesn’t know who did it or how they pulled it off – but he needs to figure it out. This launched Dag into a world that he couldn’t believe existed and will force him to challenge everything he holds dear.
Where to start – as I stated above – the world building in Bandwidth is top notch. It’s a perfect near-future world that felt chillingly real. I can’t even get into any of the details because it will take away from the way that Peper builds each place and each even up. From the issues around Southern California to the event that causes him to become orphaned – Peper paints a terrifyingly real future that felt more fact than fiction.
The feed and its use within Bandwidth is also something that I can tell that Peper spent some time figuring out. Its just one of those “of course that’s where it’ll go” moments – but the way it is written about makes it feel so realistic I found myself both glad it’s not here yet and missing it.
P.J. Ochlan does a perfect job narrating this and really getting into the Dag character. As Dag develops on the pages you can feel Ochlan’s version of him morph with him. It was truly a stellar performance by a great narrator. He really helped bring Peper’s words to life.
Without giving much more away – Bandwidth is Peper’s best work to date. Easily one of those novels I’ll have a hard time moving on from.
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On the positive side it made me think about if Google or Facebook could become the global political powerhouse that CommonWealth is in this novel. CommonWealth controls publicly available information to the point it is more powerful than any government and threatens to become the world government. The strongest part of the novel is the author's short afterward.
Bandwidth also made me think about:
1. How Audible could classify near-term political science fiction as suspense mystery/thriller.
2. How any listener could rate Bandwidth 4 star or 5 star.
3. How smart the author was to make Bandwidth free with Kindle Unlimited.
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