Ashley Madison, Edward Snowden, Home Depot, government breaches, Sony and North Korea…today’s headlines prove that our confidence in the security of the Internet is seriously misguided. Starting Tuesday morning, David Boyko and his STANCO colleagues will discover the consequences of arrogance when their systems are hacked, exposing the personal information of more than a billion people and government secrets for all the world to see. As David and his colleagues desperately race to control the damage while trying to figure out who is behind the heist, he realizes the major role he has played in bringing the world to its knees. What will it take to clean up the digital world with so many stakeholders swayed by power, corruption and greed? Sparring with the highest levels of global government and corporate powers, David finds the solution much lower down the corporate food chain—but can one man turn the tide?
The story is fiction, but the events and consequences are all too real. We have to wonder: is Exodus a story or forecast?
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10
Grayson's solid technological parable starts out strong when a massive database leak is uncovered at global tech behemoth STANCO. As employee David Boyko works closely with CEO Steve Aniston to control the damage, he examines his complicity in the problems that now face all Internet users. However, this situation is wrapped up fairly easily, and David forges ahead relatively unscathed. Convincingly executed, the novel excels at making complicated technical concepts not only understandable but entertaining. However, Grayson resolves the novel's central crisis too easily rather than pushing the premise further, lowering the stakes and therefore the payoff for the reader.
Date Submitted: June 24, 2016