Crime never changes. Punishment does.
In a time when prisons no longer contain inmates behind concrete and steel, the convicted serve their time while asleep, rehabilitating in virtual reality while blissfully unaware of their crimes.
Roger Parker is a professional prison breaker, skilled at navigating these strange penal dream worlds and extracting those imprisoned there - for a price. Parker wants out of the game, but a powerful senator, desperate to save his son, convinces Parker to pull one last job. The clincher? An opportunity for Parker to find his wife, herself interned, lost somewhere in a treacherous, time-shifting Manhattan cyberscape.
As Parker and his team make their hallucinatory journey between worlds, memory and motive lose coherence and integrity, and the clock begins to run out: internal security detects the breaker, and sets out to remove him - permanently.
Unable to rely on his perceptions, unsure of the truth or even his very identity, will Parker break out... or be broken?
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Better than Inception & The Matrix Combined
It has the same feel you get when you watch Inception. You try to follow these characters as they delve into various virtual prisons and it's confusing, but in a fun way. I absolutely adored this book and Mr. Delaney is someone I'm watching from now on.
Just keeping up with the narrative was so much fun. Some readers may find this taxing, because they don't want to think when they listen to/read books; I, on the other hand, found it to be enjoyable and it helped my mind get a work out!
See, both of these narrators are amazing and I thought they did an incredible job. However, I still don't get why there needed to be two. I thought it would explain it in the book (it may have), but I missed it if it did. That being said, I liked the two narrators and I wouldn't necessarily change it. I just wanted to know the reason why.
This question always gets me! Before I try (and fail) to do this, I will say that if they don't make this into a movie, I'll be sad. It has it all and it better be picked up by someone great! Okay, I've tried several times to come up with something, but I can't. I'll let Hollywood come up with something great!
If I'm being completely analytical here, I'll say that, no, this book didn't have the best characterization. There was one hole that I found (not a big one and it'd be easily remedied). I don't want people to see my review and wonder why I'm raving so much. Honestly, this book was like watching a Christopher Nolan movie (one of his good ones, at least), and you don't always get that with books. I felt right in the action like I was watching a screen. I loved this book, and I'm hoping more people will find it as thrilling as I did.
- Jeffrey veals
- Kurtis K. Karr