13 May 2016

Review: The Future for Curious People: A Novel

The Future for Curious People: A Novel The Future for Curious People: A Novel by Gregory Sherl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ina way, this book was a somewhat frustrating read, but it's rare when characters and concept win out in a science fiction book. In a way, The Future for Curious People is the sort of anti-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind in how it handles relationships and technology, if that makes any sense, and that makes it an interesting read.

The story is about a future where people can essentially hook themselves up to a computer and see various iterations of their future. The story bounces back and forth between two people who have their own issues, but find some solace in the technology as well as some other information that begins influencing things.

This is not hard science fiction in any regard, and tends to be a little light around the edges, but that works. It's less about the tech and more about the people, so if you're looking for significant future ideas here, you're not going to find them. What you'll find instead is a story about a dream many of us already have and the pitfalls that invariably come from them.

Not for everyone, but absolutely what I needed to read right now. Certainly a quality read on a whole.

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