CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 24 . . . . February 24, 2012
Circle Tide, set in a future Los Angeles of 2150, crowded, with the separation of rich and poor more pronounced than today, the story opens with Noah, the rebellious son of wealthy parents, promising a dying friend he will deliver a confidential datasphere. On the opposite side from wealth and privilege, a street-smart data thief and low-level researcher, Rika, uncovers what appears to be an eco-catastrophe in the making, Circle Tide, a deadly fungus ravaging the city.
Naturally, there is villainy aplenty: with knife-wielding monks, hackers, suspicious wealthy patrons, and artificial smart intelligences, all set against a backdrop of class struggle in a city where the boundaries of reality and simulation blur. Noah and Rika cross paths as he tries to fulfil his promise against the authorities belief that he murdered his friend, the senator, at the same time Rika attempts to uncover the source of Circle Tide while not knowing whom she can trust in her world of research.
The book opens with the author’s acknowledgments followed by the story which is divided into 27 chapters. Well-written, the tale paints a picture of a world in chaos and the interaction of two young people from very different background, very suspicious of each other, yet both searching for the same thing in the end. What ties the senator’s murder to the spreading Circle Tide? A difficult trick in our rapidly evolving world of modern technology, the author makes a good attempt to describe what a future civilization might look like, with the comparisons to today and the differences.
Circle Tide should appeal to readers of dystopian science fiction, complete with a murder mystery and a touch of romance.
Ronald Hore, involved with writer’s groups for several years, retired from the business world in Winnipeg, MB.
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