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  • Thoroughly Enjoyed the Journey

    This book had me captivated by chapter two. The way it builds into multiple thrilling climaxes makes it one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I've had in 2020. I'm a big fan of Lindsay's video essays and this was such an amazing thing to experience. I connected with Cora so deeply, and felt like I was right beside her on this journey. Shockingly emotional ending. Beautiful, imperfect characters across the board.

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  • Good emotional payoff to alien contact story

    This is an alternate history tale that reimagines some of the politics and events of the early 2000s (government malfeasance and questionable practices, the complicated ethics and psychology of leakers and anti-authority forces) through the lens of alien contact instead of the actual wars and economic issues of the era. It is also about the nature of communication between people, trust, power and issues we have with our parents. It is also a bit of a an adventure romp with aliens and government agents, although the amount of straight action is relatively light. The story follows a young woman Cora whose father is a narcissist leaker of US government secrets in particular a memo that suggests the US government is hiding their contact with aliens. A new strange event has occurred and unfold. The characters are well drawn and the ideas and themes wrestled with are interesting and dealt with with at least a little nuance. However emotionally issues can be a bit too thinly drawn and intellectual issues not deeply explored. I think the story is at its best when trying to deal with the somewhat intellectually abstract but still messy issues of trust that the characters wrestle with. I think the story drags a bit and here and there, but it has a pretty good emotional and narrative pay off by the end. The story is mostly told through a 3rd person narration focusing on Cora, but chapters are often proceeded or ended by fictional letters, e-mails or short articles that fill in some of the background of characters. I had no trouble with the e-book.

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  • truly excellent

    This book was engaging, captivating and repeatedly unexpected. The story was interesting and the political and philisophical messages were brilliantly delivered. Highly recommend.

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