Diego is a software developer and solver of life problems. After graduating from Stanford, he sets out to build the ultimate life hack app that could forever change the way we live. Diego’s bold vision inspires his friends to join him, but as they build their startup, real life bites back, and each must make tough choices to commit to his or her own ambitions.
The five friends navigate the booming tech culture of post-millennium San Francisco as they search for their unique place within it. Diego is driven by a calling to eliminate the messiness of life, for his family and the world. Girlfriend Meghan, would-be artist and reluctant game marketer, is longing for the perfect vocation that will connect her to her “true self.” Power couple Kari and Kira learn how to be stronger together, despite secrets and obsessions, and bon vivant Ravi follows his heart to create his own definition of family.
Fixer is a story of identity, authenticity, and the complex synergy between a city and its people.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10
Plot: Vedros's 'Fixer' is a whip-smart, unflinching look at the hyper-competitive culture of Silicon Valley and the pursuit of the grind. The bold, quick plotting drives the story, along with its convincing depictions of fraught personal and professional relationships.
Prose/Style: Vedros's prose is sharp and dynamic and helps to establish the energetic pace of the novel. Characters' voices are distinct enough to add individual texture to the narrative, while the language is unpretentious and easily accessible.
Originality: This witty story of misguided aspiration, modern social mores, and the quest for self actualization blends contemporary fiction with sci-fi elements. The artful integration of each genre's respective elements result in an unconventional and thoroughly enjoyable novel.
Character Development: Meghan is by far the standout figure in this novel. Her emotional journey drives the story as she and Diego navigate the growing tensions within their relationship. Kari and Kira succeed as the ambitious, uncompromising couple they're meant to be.
Date Submitted: May 28, 2020