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In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.
A strong narrative with several distinct voices propels the listener through this brave new world, painting a powerful and compelling vision of a society that promises everyone salvation with passage to an addictive, escapist alternative reality.
©2013 Matthew Mather (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-09-16


This started out really good. It sounded a lot like something Frederik Pohl would write if he was alive today. The book is basically made up of several novellas. The purpose of the novellas is to explain Atopia. Though very advanced, the whole thing seems very plausible. The first two novellas were great and we learned about Atopia through storytelling.

I was pretty excited about this to begin with. The novellas are about two hours each. The third novella was boring and was more telling than showing. It got technical in places. I suffered through it and looked at it as a short story collection. In every collection there are usually some losers. Then I was bored by the Interlude and than I was bored by the next novella and the next novella I could not finish. Mather had a great concept and he started out great, but than I believe he was too worried about explaining everything so we understood the science. I might try another Mather book, but I will not continue this series.

The narrators are top notch. Some of the best in the field, don't understand the problems some of the others had with them.

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By Jeri on 07-10-14

I tried and I tried...

But I just couldn't get into this book. I gave up after half. Some parts were just okay, others were completely forgettable. Which is a bad thing when all parts come together. I would reach parts where I knew I missed something, but didn't care. Just couldn't bare the thought of going back. I love Luke Daniels and Nick Podehl, but even they couldn't help this book out.

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By Mr. Chris Woollard on 05-02-17

I tried... but cannot do it anymore

Several narrators just doesn't work unless they always narrate the same character. In this book they don't and it is hard to follow who is whom.

I found this story really frustrating and with two more books in the series, I just can't do it anymore.

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By Christine Morrison on 12-03-14

Interesting take on a possible future

I really enjoyed this book, future based stories are one of my favourite genres. The mini stories are strong and tie in well together to make sense at the end of the collection. To avoid spoilers I won't go into detail but the stories centre around a new technology which can be used in many different ways, this collection of stories is about many characters that take advantage of this technology and the consequences surrounding it.

The audio book is narrated very well and flows from reader to reader, it is easy to listen too and keep track of who is reading which character.

All in all a good book, I look forward to listening to other books by Matthew Mather.

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