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I came by this book via Booktasters in exchange for an honest reviewIn a sort of dystopian future in which technology has taken over the lives of humanity an anonymous hero starts a loophole in the hope of changing the momento in which everything went wrongThis book was surprisingly delightful when I started reading it I must confess I was uite confused it seemed to me that technological slang was beyond my line of knowledge nothing further from the truth there came a moment in which I easily went through every piece of new information as if I were a fellow expertRhett J Evans makes his characters uite formidable each and everyone of them has a certain characteristic which makes them memorable and somehow the fact that they try and make this world a better place makes them even betterThe main plot the one involving the so called loophole is clearly stated and beautifully depicted I just couldn t put he book down Some people can see this as a cry of emergency for a world where technology is taking over people s minds and some times humanity definitely worth reading The Echo Chamber was such an enthralling read for me I enjoyed it thoroughly I usually don t like books that alternate between periods because they take long to develop the story and put everything together but this one was really easy to follow from the beginning The plot was engaging from start to finish and surprisingly exciting for a book about technology The author gave information in small amounts at a time and just when ou think In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts you have it figured out there s an exciting twist that surprisesou entirely The suspense is great and made the book hard to put down despite my busy schedule The characters stories were also really interesting and well developed My personal favorite is OrionMike not because he s essentially the main character but because he s so well described and pure I grew attached to his character My favorite thing about the book itself is its unexpectedness It addresses sooo many different themes that Exploding the Phone you would literally never expect whenou start reading As The Gift of Shamanism you get deeper into the book it really feels likeou re going for a ride with all the twists and turns the book takes and all the themes introduced like racism I would recommend this book to any avid reader of any kind of fiction since it covers so much It pulls Direct Use of the Sun’s Energy you away from the story line briefly every now and then to give information that would seem entirely unrelated if it weren t for the author s talent in tying it all together The ending was very satisfying All in all the echo chamber did not disappoint 1010 would recommend Pros Clever set up interesting characters timely topicsPossible Cons Video game style climax and villain tells all scene Roving point of view and a fair bit of tellThe Echo Chamber is in part a tale of tech corporate malfeasance involving a rogue AI a blender and ruthless Silicon Valley executives who build a social media echo chamber This hypnotic virtual reality seduces most of the world s population trapping people in their own memories or with a personalized preconceived worldview comfort zone This shadow world is a paradise for pundits who spew to put it politely non evidence based ideas about people and the environment The company dodges moral responsibility citing freedom of access acceptance and inclusion Moral blinders allow massive corporate expansion with no constraints no thought of conseuences Catalina a crusty anti social woman relates much of the first act The author took a risk leading with this character She s hard to like but potentially relate able especially for the suished against the glass ceiling crowd A corporate takeover thanks to a blender and a rogue AI allow unsavory executives to pursue the virtual reality echo chamber unfettered The blender plot element might stretch credibility but flashback to discussions about the Thermix the glaze on converts eyes and it ll all seem plausibleNaturally the conseuences of the echo chamber are severe so severe that reversing the erosion of society reuires a time travel maneuverer The necessity of and mechanism for time travel felt valid as far as these things go though most of us accept the thinnest of excuses a bent molecules a foreign computer server a genetic mutation a malfunctioning ATM machinePoint of view shifts between several character sometimes within a single chapter The love interestsecondary lead Charlotte is well drawn a perfectionist achiever jaded by Hollywood and fame still reacting to family of origin dysfunction Like Catalina she s not entirely likable but fights to regain connection courage and compassion Mike the story s moral compass reads rather bland but for good reason He s a nice guy and a multiple life time traveler As we all know having read The First 15 Lives of Harry August time travel might produce a crafted demeanor andor a certain ennui Cumulative loss rests heavy on the time traveler s shoulders This novel explores a variety of the moment uestions Who will program the AI Should we allow corporations to govern Where do we draw the line between freedom of speech and hate speech When should we abandon self interest and take action And scenario isn t far fetched given how we value the economy over society given the power we ve ceded to corporations given the political climate of the last fewears I ve read two reverse the dystopia via time travel plots this ear The Echo Chamber and William Gibson s The Peripheral My novel Harmony Lost touches on similar themes Should I be getting nervous I enjoyed the prose however the book s not perfect In some sections point of view roves around I noticed the shifts but didn t become confused I assumed the POV shifts were intentional stylistic choices The prose style includes a fair bit of tell including told emotion and motivation a feature I also interpreted as a stylistic choice Worse sins lay in the plot In particular one plot escalation depends on a character doing something moronic creating a suspension of disbelief speed bump Additionally one scene includes awkward bad guy telling why he did it dialog And the action packed third scene structured like a video game felt tacked on I understand why these elements are present they provide the reuisite structure And many readers will experience these elements as the best part of the story But I especially enjoyed the clever situation the social technological and political insights and the characterizations English review Rese a en espa ol The Echo Chamber by Rhett J Evans Published by Permuted Press 2019 263 pages Genres Dystopian Fiction Technological Thriller Techno thrillerCat Mike and Devon work in the future projects department of Sharesuare The company s immersive social network project Sharebox enjoys unprecedented success In the midst of an internal discussion between content regulation and unrestricted monetization an ethical problem of epic proportions ensues with another parallel project the Nutrino Mixer the first intelligent smoothie machine The entire population is polarized and the world order is disrupted A loop traveler Orion and a Hollywood star Charlotte Boone may be the Featured on The Verge A Silicon Valley scandal sets off a chain of dystopian events in this topical and twist laden thriller about virtual heists social media and second chancesMike is a Silicon Valley wunderkind who stood idly by while his company launched an addicting social me.
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Nly humans with the intention means and data necessary to save the world from total catastrophe The Echo Chamber is an excellent story of technological suspense or Techno thriller set in a chaotic and terrible world one that s perhaps too close and similar to our own reality The narrative style rhythm and language used in this novel are simply perfect The weight of the plot falls successively on three different characters Cat Mike and Charlotte all masterfully constructed and written with impressive easeWithout ever distancing himself from the main story and without pretending to be partial or sobering the author touches a multitude of very important issues of the present day whose implications threaten us as a dormant digital cancer among them social networks and net neutrality limits and social responsibility censorship and regulation sexism racism ageism xenophobia freedom and privacy reality and virtuality physical economy and digital services gratuity and speculation intolerance and plurality costs and sponsorship democratization power and polarization perfectionism values principles and humanityIn my personal opinion we are facing a huge book one of the best I ve read this ear and in a long time an instant favorite I don t say it lightly I highly recommend this book to lovers of dystopian stories technological suspense critical proposals turned into novels and in general to lovers of good stories Fun fact if Paris Kanonen--The Paris Guns (Wilhelmgeschutze) and Project Harp you don t like spoilers please stop reading right now the artificial intelligence that serves as a structure for the plot goes out exactly halfway through the book insertour favorite surprise emoticon here The Echo Chamber por Rhett J Evans Publicada por Permuted Press 2019 263 p ginas G neros Ficci n Dist pica Suspenso tecnol gico Techno thrillerCat Mike Memoirs of Hecate County y Devon trabajan en el departamento de proyectos de futuro de Sharesuare El proyecto de red social inmersiva de la compa a Sharebox goza de un xito sin precedentes En medio de una discusi n interna entre la regulaci n de los contenidos la monetizaci n irrestricta sobreviene un problema tico de proporciones picas con otro proyecto paralelo la Nutrino Mixer la primera m uina de esuimos inteligente La poblaci n entera se polariza Three Barnyard Tales y el orden mundial se trastorna Un viajero en bucle Ori n una estrella de Hollywood Charlotte Boone pueden ser los nicos humanos con la intenci n los medios A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000 y los datos necesarios para salvar al mundo de la cat strofe total The Echo Chamber es una excelente historia de suspenso tecnol gico ambientada en un mundo ca tico terrible uiz demasiado cercano If an Elephant Went to School y similar a nuestra propia realidad El estilo narrativo el ritmo el lenguaje utilizados en esta novela son simplemente perfectos El peso de la trama recae sucesivamente sobre tres personajes distintos Cat Mike Morse Code for Radio Amateurs y Charlotte todos ellos magistralmente construidos escritos con una soltura impresionanteSin distanciarse jam s de la historia principal The Ideal Muslim Society y sin pretender ser parcial ni aleccionador el autor toca una multitud de temas important simos de la actualidad cuyas implicaciones nos amenazan como un c ncer digital en espera entre ellos redes sociales neutralidad en la red l mites Linux Networking Cookbook y responsabilidad social censura regulaci n sexismo racismo edadismo xenofobia libertad Marcus Garvey y privacidad realidad virtualidad econom a f sica FRIENDLY ENEMIES y servicios digitales gratuidad especulaci n intolerancia Amok y pluralidad costes patrocinio democratizaci n poder And a Bottle of Rum y polarizaci n perfeccionismo valores principios humanidadEn mi opini n personal estamos frente a un libro enorme uno de los mejores ue he le do este a o Crochet y en mucho tiempo un favorito instant neo no lo digo a la ligera Recomiendo ampliamente este libro a los amantes de las historias dist picas el suspenso tecnol gico las propuestas cr ticas convertidas en novela en general a los amantes de las buenas historias Dato curioso si no te gustan los spoilers por favor para de leer justo ahora la inteligencia artificial ue sirve como estructura para la trama se apaga justo a medio libro inserte au su emoticono de sorpresa favorito Technology is like every other market good it serves those who have the money to build it and crushes those underneathWow I really liked how the story wrapped up It was truly satisfying There were some uestions that came to my mind at around halfway through the book when mysteries kept piling on I thought the author forgot about them thought it was going to be one of those cases where the author aims too high by fiddling with creative scenarios that are hard to execute without plotholes I m glad that wasn t the case My uestions were answered which made the story all the rewardingThe Echo Chamber is a science fiction story about a virtual reality social network Sharebox that consumes everyone s time and attention and further leads into complex external conseuences that the characters in the book try to comprehend and possibly resolve It talks about how easy and dangerous it is for us to get absorbed into these fake online worlds and never find the will to get out How easy it is for large corporations to feed us unimportant and compulsive informationvideos to keep us under their fingers There are many other thought provoking themes that were well explored such as artificial technology virtual reality time travelling and even a technology that digitalizes Playhouse your brain into the internet that immortilisesou Overall I really liked how well executed this book was It was my first science fiction read after a very long time and my first ever arc I m glad to say I wasn t disappointed Wallowing in our societies advance towards a social media blowout Evans story is crippled by a cast of lackluster characters I could tell ou the exact moment this story came crashing down around my ears I literally put down my e reader mumbling a disbelieving Is he for real I won t though because well spoiler So let s back up a little and cover the basics firstA virtual reality social networkA scheme to digitize the human brainAnd Diana the most open ended AI in the worldIn a few months one of these projects would be mocked as an utter failureAnother project would be hauled as a groundbreaking successAnd the last one would bring the nation to the brink of ruinThe story follows Silicon Valley programmers Mike and Catalina Hollywood megastar Charlotte and former Marine oh boy I forgot his name Okay then skip the basics for now because to me this is actually the key problem with The Echo Chamber the characters aren t fleshed out enough to care for them for their respective relationships with each other andor and this is the most critical part to understand their motivations The main reason is an omnipresent all knowing narrator who doesn t stay long enough with one character at a time but there s also some clich d extremes es there re daddy issues and an evil NaziThat s all a shame because and we re back to basics here the premise of the book is enticing A new social network called Sharebox and the AI named Diana at its core play havoc with society and bring the whole world to the brink of collapse Our protagonists set out to put things straight and it s actually one of their mos. Dia platform that made the world take a turn for the worse He did nothing when an outrageous tech scandal pushed a polarized country to the brink of collapse Then after becoming trapped in a loop of his own memories he is doomed to watch society fall apart over and over Only by
T relatable traits that they re all portrayed as having been too cowardly for too long in the face of this imminent social media supernova numbed by their titular echo chambers something the reader might very well identify with So we just let our platform make everyone dumber We let it be a swamp Only the algorithms can be a fair arbiter on these ethical issues he said with a condescendingly paternal nod We can t let our personal biases get involved Don t ou see that our biases are already here that we built algorithms solely aimed at getting users at all costs The reminiscences of todays political and social reality don t end there and although they are kind of in the face like the often repeated conclusion that technology is just another good serving only those who can afford it they still add weight to the tale As does the fact that author Rhett J Evans a former US Army officer now working in the tech industry writes about stuff he actually has personal experience with like Silicon Valley or the military Plus he chooses a cleverly twisted way to tell his story non chronologicallyStill there s this aforementioned twist I just can t wrap my head around Sadly it turns a lot of the rather grave and criticizing parts into ridicule and in combination with a flat cast of characters corrupted the experience at least to me to a point where I can t in good conscience recommend The Echo Chamber unconditionally Rhett Evans hits the sci fi scene with a solid debut novel As ou ll see on the back cover and in the Table of Contents Dannys Dragon (Tao of Love, you re going to have a lot thrown atou The first half of the book bounces back and forth between past and future as well as between a number of characters though makes it so Household Gods you never felt lostThe plot is a flurry of elements from Groundhog s Day the Matrix Inception and even Indiana Jones For better or worse Evans doesn t stay with any of those plot types for too long which keeps the roller coaster ride going but it can be a little disheartening ifou re really getting into something in particularSome examples early in the book there s a really fun scene with one of the protagonists in the virtual world involving a bunch of historic monuments Then there s nothing like that for a long time The Groundhog s Day aspect of Mike being trapped in a loop of his own memories as described in the back cover is only really fleshed out somewhere in the middle and then it s over though ramifications certainly remain Even the love story between two characters that builds up in the first half is absent in almost the entire second half as one of them goes missing In the end Evans makes the story his own paints scenes beautifully with his details and touches on some timely issues The story leaves perhaps a very a loose chance of a seuel but even if there s not I ll be keeping on eye on what Evans comes up with next SURPRISING That s the word that comes to mind when I think about this book It starts out as just a thriller like The Circle giving Maos Little Red Book you some insider peaks into a big social media company and thenou realize it s going WAY deeper than what Der Persönliche Erfolg you expected from a tech book Like what happens in a post awful president world where things don t get better What happens ifou re a coward and don t stand up for what s right And then what happens if A history of Native America you have a chance to do it againIt s also well paced lots of action and sci fi elements that I think Ready Player One or Dark Matter fans will enjoy And the book can be read simply as a seriously gripping sci fitechno thriller or it can be read as something deeper Read as what can happen when someone decides to have courage And what happens whenou try to break the echo chamber Reviewed via an ARC from the author for Rosie Amber s Review Team The fact that it was free has not affected this honest reviewWhat I liked The author has talent this a most original novel that makes some interesting points in an intelligent and well informed fashion Basically he can write good sentences has a fine handle on suspense and uses words creatively It is clear that he really knows his subject Silicon Valley the dangers of AI and dependence on social media how it is now so ingrained into our culture The Echo Chamber shows a good understanding of the future that is just around the corner some of it already happening the manipulation of our thoughts and prejudices by the media the lack of security concerning the data we give out so freely and its use by AI to re order the population This is all stuff I love to read about and some of which I have written about myself so certain aspects had me engrossed It is inventive I was impressed by the world put together within the pages and the insight There are some great twists It s well professionally put together and decently proofread The author has something to say This I think makes a novel than just a storyWhat I was not so sure about It s very technical in parts as I ve said I have an interest in the subject matter but some of it I found rather heavy going I think that if Shell House you don t have a uite good understanding of new technology much of it might go overour head The structure it goes back and forth between Before the collapse of the US and After with other Outside Time sections I m usually a fan of going back and forth between different periods but in this case I think a linear structure would have worked so much better I kept enjoying the Before parts then being dragged out of it to read about different characters and situations After This hampered the flow and made it definitely not an easy read I wondered at times if it was experimental for the sake of being experimental The dramatic event and its fallout when it happens is dealt with so uickly instead of seeing it experienced from character point of view we are just told about it in a brief fashion by a narrator Most of all there is little or no characterisation I felt as though the author had thought up a brilliant plot but added the characters as an afterthought Mostly they re just seem like names on the page as vehicles for what he wanted to write about Only one is at all three dimensional Orion This is a debut novel and as I said I can see that Mr Evans has talent and a great deal to say but I think he needs to take some time to learn about writing as a reader and understanding that characters are central to any story because readers react to what happens in a fictional world because of how it affects the people they re reading about not because of the events themselves It does however have a few stunning reviews so if Changeling Encounter you re madly into tech rather than peopleou might love this book This book was surprisingly action packed for being so based in technology It was engaging and never boring It had a little bit of a Butterfly Effect to it with the reoccurring lifetimes small changes and outcomes The book had a way of touching on current events while keeping the story completely fictional There were a lot of twists and turns and the story wasn t at all predictable There is than one unexpected hero The ending did not disappoint Hold on and be prepared to pay attention or ou might miss something importan. Rossing paths with Charlotte Boone once Hollywood’s up and coming royalty does a kink appear in the pattern With a daring heist in both the virtual and real worlds Charlotte may hold the key to burning it all to the ground the company the lying pundits and the echo chamber itse.