A magical mystery tour of virtual reality and beyond. Love, politics, conspiracy, and fluctuating space-time coordinates all come to a head when a huge solar flare disrupts the event horizon between parallel universes.
Living in simulated reality, SIM, is all the rage in the mid twenty-first century. But just when it seems that illusion has triumphed and Reality has become irrelevant, Reality throws a curve ball.
Audrey is a SIMdesigner and an artPrank hacktivist. When her friend Dano disappears, Audrey is forced into the gritty world of Real to find him. People disappear all the time in this dystopian near future. But then there are Type III disappearances, so when the young Milan also vanishes, but this time right before Audrey’s eyes, the quest for the disappeared takes a whole new turn and Audrey finds herself unwillingly thrust on a bizarre existential odyssey. Real? SIM? Or hallucination? Nothing is what it seems.Meanwhile, Milan wakes floating in midair before the floor suddenly comes up and crashes hard into him. He looks around and at first the room does nothing. Then it wakes up. Myllan is on the other side, a place where people meet in Astral, not SIM, where luminescent mushrooms grow in the snow, and the weather knows what you are thinking.
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About the Author
Mars Dumont was born in Poona, India. His father was an endocrinologist, and research grants took his family to Mexico City, Silicone Valley, Stockholm, Ann Arbor, and finally New York City. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, Mars traveled around Europe, spent some time in London and Prague, and finally landed in Florence, where he studied art and art history. He finished his undergraduate studies at Columbia College, with a major in art history and a minor in physics, and then got a Masters degree at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture. Mars then spent many years doing architecture as a day job and playing electric guitar (for The Shameless Sycophants, Dark Blue and Linoleum Blownapart) at night, in clubs ranging from CBGB’s to the Knitting factory. Mars holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an Elder Brother rank in Tiger Claw Kung Fu. He dabbles in the mysteries of Astrology and Tarot and draws on the archetypes to develop the characters in his books. Mars Dumont speaks five languages: Czech, French, Spanish, English and Italian. Remaining creative is, as far as Mars is concerned, the most important thing in life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
deepFreak starts out brilliantly, with kickass world-building and an in-depth vocabulary to match. The progressions of social media and humans’ contact to technology feel extremely accurate for a futuristic world, as do many of the political evolvements—such as a corporation running for president, and arrests based on psychological profiling. The cast of characters that inhabit the world are interesting and likable as well. About midway through the book, I felt like a lot of this careful scene-setting was neglected, and I started seeing blocks of dialogue with no reminders of speakers, including right from the beginnings of chapters. It became harder to follow, and I missed the details of the world. It got better again just after Milan’s disappearance, but I never felt like it quite recaptured the wonder at the beginning. I’m not sure if this was more to watch word count (it’s a long book) or if it was just harder to keep that going as the plot continued. Either way, because the plot is so detailed and the characters are so unique, I was still plenty involved and was not discouraged from continuing. I also wished Dano had been in it more, as I was most interested in his story and had hoped it would have more bearing on the plot. But I loved Audrey and Lukas and Drax as well, and Audrey’s story was equally fascinating. Because of the story’s title, I would have liked to see more “deepFreaking.” But overall, I thought this book was an ideal example of the cyberpunk genre, had a good and tight plot, and introduced some really cool and thought-provoking concepts. I’ll be looking for more from this author in the future.
Dumont’s premise is unique & catching. She had me intellectually and imaginatively captivated. The mix of future & technology is brought to life in a manner that caught my attention and had me wanting to know what happens next. That said, I found the style that the story was written in to be very distracting. I felt as if the author was going for a gritty feel to the tale, which she did achieve in a manner, but it was done in a manner that I found hard to get into. The characters are fetching. The unique circumstances that they found themselves in drew me to them almost as much as the situations they find themselves in. Both them and the world that they live in were brought to life in a way that was larger than life. As a whole, this was an enjoyable tale that brought a futuristic world to life in a fetching manner. It was a unique tale that allowed my imagination to escape for a while. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Given To Me For An Honest Review deepFreak: virtual is the new reality by Mars Dumont is a page turner and is hard to put down. It is suspenseful and gripping. It will keep you guessing what's going to happen next. It allows the reader to escape from reality with ease and excitement. The holograms used in everyday life and the ideas about alternate universes are included very well. This was a unique read and I enjoyed reading it. I recommend this book to everyone especially for those who enjoy reading political thrillers, physical fantasies and sci-fi. I look for more from Mars Dumont.,