This is the story about how our souls were crushed in a quiet revolution. It is the story of humanity’s future. We can no longer think for ourselves in an era controlled by artificial intelligence. While on the brink of starvation, we are led to believe that life is perfect. There is no need for hope; we don’t realize that any is required. Only a handful of Untruthers live outside of this grand illusion. I am now one of them. My name is Carl Winston and I have lost everything to find the truth.
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It's just a test, right? A test that Carl has to take once a year, ordered by the Government, is intended to show that all is well with him, especially mentally, and the inkblots and questions could have many different answers, open to interpretation. Unfortunately for Carl, that interpretation bodes very ill for him and he's soon living in his own personal nightmare. His flight from this new reality takes him straight to a truth no one wants to hear, that the government he thinks has his best interest at heart is actually focused entirely on controlling the humans that created it in the first place. It's technology gone mad. In an interesting stylistic approach, the author gives us Carl's perspective and that of the different parts of the government. We see how those parts have become all-powerful and progressively more threatening without humans having any real understanding of what has happened. There are alarming notes along the way such as "1984 Congressional hearing notes---Man does not have the right to develop his own mind" that gave this storyline an immediacy that heightened my discomfort, a feeling that the possibility of such a thing happening isn't entirely remote. Offsetting this futuristic menace is the Roman Coliseum aspect in which rebels have to fight to the death while the crowd of citizens becomes more and more frenzied with bloodlust. Although I enjoyed Interpretation on the whole, a few things did get in my way. There are occasional grammar and spelling missteps such as"Flexing his chest, a small crowd of women wooed in the mall's entrance" and "lude" instead of "lewd". An overabundance of odd phrases regarding smiles, such as "Dan pulled his lips up to his ears" and "a rubbery grin" and "smiled a rubbery grin" made me feel as though perhaps a writing habit of the author's had escaped editorial notice. Still, despite these small annoyances, Mr. Callens has created an imaginative if fearful future that turned out to be a more than interesting read.
Interpretation is a dystopian science fiction novel about Carl Winston. He has a son, Liam whom he adores. Everything seems to be going as normal until Carl takes his annual government test. His answers are considered as flawed, and that becomes a problem. This is when the story takes an interesting turn. Carl is separated from his son, and the story is unraveled with many dark secrets and hardship in understanding the truth behind it all. The government appears to be the owners, and the people are the creations. In this dystopian world human emotion, hope and dreams are interpreted differently. This twisted and very novel story takes you on a journey where you don’t really wish to go. It constantly makes you think, what if this was true and what if it happened now? I particularly liked the father-son relationship between Carl and Liam. The added romance was also very pleasing. Eva and Carl’s connection was a nice additional touch in this simulated cold environment of mind control. The storytelling had a very intriguing psychological touch. Being controlled and having your mindset so strongly by others in such a way that you are not able to even distinguish reality from being manipulated, was written in such a professional way. The story had no flaws, and the literature standard exceeded my expectations. I truly think this is one of the best science fiction novels I have read. I look forward to reading more from this author.