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  • 04/2020
  • B0844FJ1L7
  • 356 pages
  • $3.99
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  • 04/2020
  • 356 pages
  • $14.99
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  • 04/2020
  • 356 pages
  • $15.56
Echoes of Another: A Novel of the Near Future
Echoes explores the unintended consequences of an exciting new brain recording technology in a near-future Toronto. In a market saturated with dystopian and post-apocalyptic tales, this braided narrative offers a cautiously optimistic view of the future and has a solarpunk vibe.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The plot of Clarke’s novel is loose, as befits the nature of the story the author tells. It is related to readers through the experiences of a half-dozen characters whose relationship to one another is not immediately apparent, and only some of whose paths cross by the novel’s end. Ultimately, the tapestry woven from their lives and experiences elaborates a future in which society is threatened by the abuse of virtual reality technology.

Prose/Style: Clarke’s prose is precise and well-suited to the narrative approach, which is to advance this story through brief chapters, each a continuing vignette in one of the character’s lives.

Originality: There are many futuristic novels in which virtual reality is a sub-theme. Clarke’s stands apart from many in the novel ways that the author shows how a technology created with a distinct scientific purpose can be appropriated for a variety of alternative uses, some perverse and some potentially beneficial.

Character Development: Clarke’s novel is character-driven, and these characters are the novel’s strength. Each is well developed with a distinct personality, especially Kel Rafferty, the scientist whose implant design is stolen to serve the virtual reality black market, and Maura Torres, the scheming head of the slightly crooked EduTain corporation that plays a critical role in the appropriation of Kel’s implant.

Date Submitted: April 10, 2020

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 04/2020
  • B0844FJ1L7
  • 356 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 04/2020
  • 356 pages
  • $14.99
Audio Details
  • 04/2020
  • 356 pages
  • $15.56

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