As you would expect with anyone that has a blog, I’ve gone through many iterations of what my blog is before I finally settled on whatever my blog is now.
Don’t worry, you’re allowed to laugh at my indecisiveness.
Nonetheless, I made internet friends with Erik from Breakeven Books because we both love books and stuff. I had a book specific blog until I decided I wanted to talk about airplanes too. But when I started with books, Erik and I met and I started helping out with Book Tours; which is where he organizes a bunch of internet personalities to read and review books on the internet.
So, here I am. It’s my turn to talk about the latest read: Interfaces by P. Anilak (which kind of reminds me of the name from Ready Player One but slightly different).
P. Anilak has a background in copy-writing and blogging with a focus on topics about the connection between technology, mind and society. The author is a Ph.D. and has many years of experience in a global tech-corporate environment.
In the not-too-distant future, humans allow their minds to be synaptically connected to omnipresent quantum computers through converters that encode signals to match neural communications. While working on human-machine interaction, Professor Kin Poto suspects that quantum computer viruses can be transferred to humans. An audacious experiment finds the professor astonished and bewildered about the profound, unchartered behavior of the human mind. Circumstances of this new-found reality represent an entirely new environment for human consciousness and provokes it to operate differently, unfolding further evolutionary potential.
Now, to make this a little simpler to understand, the book can be summed up as: in a futuristic society, people are connected to the extreme via technology. Like social media but intertwined with your brain. This connection is called the Interfaces (whoa, it’s like, where they got the name of the book).
One college professor has a theory that a computer virus can be transmitted to humans via this connection system.
So, he gets the help of some colleagues and sets out on a crazy adventure to prove that!
I’m not going to say whether people will or won’t like the book because that’s subjective.
I want to mainly look at the writing aspects of it because I’m a writer!
Hints my website name and alias on all social media: the WRITERpilot.
To start things off, this book has an insane premise. It’s so freaking interesting, and kind of terrifying.
I didn’t really touch on it in the synopsis, but the book is crazy because it kind of touches on the potential issues that come from Big Tech and Government interacting and ruling everything. If people are super connected via their Interfaces, then if there is a huge governing body that created this technology, it would essentially control those people.
Now lets blow this up and say that every single human is required to be connected otherwise they can’t work or go to school or be successful in any way.
That’s basically the world we have here. It’s terrifying, but incredibly interesting to see how that has changed the way humanity has grown and evolved. It’s not a too distant future, so it’s not like humans are evolved to be different. Instead its the social differences that are really changing compared to normal society.
And I mean “normal” in loose terms.
The execution of this book though, kind of feels like it needed a couple rounds of more editing. The book is pretty short, but it could EASILY have been expanded.
I think expanding on it would have made it a much more enjoyable read.
This comes from a lot of the worldbuilding being delivered in the first chapter from a professor laying out the current life and issues.
This is a pretty poor way of delivering information for fiction. It’s stated so much that people hate hearing it now, “show don’t tell.”
The beginning of this book dives into telling instead of showing. I understand there are some things that this doesn’t seem like a viable option, but a ton of info just thrown at a reader is boring.
After the basic intro to the book, it starts to pick up. There is a TON of wording that is pretty complex, but that comes with the high level of technology that needs explaining. This means some people are going to hate it because of the complexity, and others will love it because it assumes the reader’s intelligence.
The thriller aspect of this book is great. The issues all stem from the book being a little difficult to follow with the intense technology talk. This happens when the science is explained so deeply that its boring sometimes. I mean, everything makes sense from a scientific standpoint. Nothing feels like pseudoscience on a massive scale, so that’s a plus.
It’s just occasionally a lot of information to process.
The best summation is that some people are going to absolutely adore the writing and deep look at technology and it’s role in humanity, but others are going to get bored and quit reading.
We can use this as a lesson that some info has to be dumped, but doing it all in the first chapter makes for a boring introduction to the book and can turn off a large portion of the audience. Instead, break of this info with scenes.
For this book, the professor could have logged in to the Interface to start and explained a limit. Then gone on to have a Socratic lecture to have students asking questions and make it more organic. It could also allow student to ask about his theory which could lead into a big discussion about the governing body passing the viruses.
Honestly, there was a lot of potential and the professor just doing a lecture is kind of a boring way to deliver the information.
Regardless, I enjoyed this book because I like to look at the philosophy of things. Analyzing the idea of government having so much control is interesting to look at and discuss. There’s a lot of interesting things here that are great to look at philosophically: the different ways people live compared to now, the technology changing ordinary life, government control, and many more topics you can expand on or explore if you want.
I know I’m a bit weird and like this exploration, but whatever. I like what I like.
You can find the book on Goodreads here.
Buy it on Amazon here!
And here’s the rest of the book tour to get a feel for everyone else that’s read and talking about Interfaces.
CC – July 11th
YOUTUBE – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtpgPTkSZxaKJo0pz41fkyQ
Josh – July 12th
BLOG / INSTAGRAM – https://thewriterpilot.net/
Tina – July 13th
INSTAGRAM, BLOG, YOUTUBE NostromoPublications.com
Rachel – July 14th
YOUTUBE – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRWFDxPpqx2n7ZWvSttCW3Q/
Evander – July 15th
@achilleanchaos – https://evan-aedan.wixsite.com/achilleanchaos
Kira (TheBookBella) – July 16th
YOUTUBE – Kira the Bookbella
LizzieIsElf – July 17th
YOUTUBE – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiMLViKMWK74snP_j-7kxmQ
BLOG – https://breakevenbooks.com