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Publisher's Summary

Our souls were crushed in a quiet revolution.
We can no longer think for ourselves in an era controlled by artificial intelligence. While on the brink of starvation, we are led to believe that life is perfect. There is no need for hope; no one realizes that any is required.
Only a handful of Untruthers live outside of this grand illusion.
I am now one of them.
My name is Carl Winston, and I have lost everything to find the truth.
©2017 Dylan Callens (P)2018 Dylan Callens
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3 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Abrams on 03-01-18

Good premise...

At my request, this audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

I enjoyed the idea of this story more than the actual story. I love Sci-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic stories too. This kind of touches both. Really, it's like Matrix meets I, Robot, with some Terminator for flavor. I just felt like this story lacked depth. There wasn't much for me to latch on to and really CARE about with the characters. We barely even know who our protagonist is, the lady feels like a forced love interest, and the kid... I was disappointed there too.

I feel like Dylan Callens has a great idea here in how he spun these elements together, but I also feel like this book could have used a few more rounds of challenges by editors and maybe Alpha/ Beta readers? It could have been better, IMO, if some of these looser plot elements had been fine-tuned and fleshed out. I guess I'm saying I wish that this same timeline was expanded into a longer book with more detail and more character interaction? Maybe some action too, for balance it.

All in all, this is a 3 star for me. The narration was good, but not awesome, but the story wasn't enough to leave me beating down the author's door for more. Still a read I enjoyed, though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 02-07-18

Dystopian A.I. playing mind games

Poor Carl. He's just a a nice guy who loves his family; but his world shatters and he suffers a downward spiral of nightmarish experiences all at the whim of an emotionless A.I.

The book is dark and scary, but then, it is dystopian. Try adding some laughter into THAT genre sometime, not gonna happen. This isn't a Terminator style book either, if there was ever a man vs machine clash it is long over before the story begins. This is completely understandable too, as a giant intelligence would become "bored" and begin experimenting on whatever was nearby. Unfortunately, humanity is what was at hand during this momen of boredom.

This tale hits pretty close to reality, as it is completely plausible and could happen one day. The story is thought provoking and frightning. Do we think for ourselves? Are we ever in control? Do we really know what happiness is, and have we ever actually experienced it? With the kind of control Carl experiences we may never get answers.

The narrator does a fine job, keeping the pace set perfectly, and conveying the tenseness in each moment.

Read this tale, and keep an eye on your computer.

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