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What I gained from this book is the ability to follow the lurid games and fantasises as one of the future rich.
It is dark and gritty and unashamedly 'real'. This is often a tough feat for a SCI-FI book due to the fantastical subject matter, however this book brings you back to earth and rubs your face in it. For me this makes a more relatable future - rather than the polished utopia usually proffered up for digestion. This also means you won't find yourself choking on any science fallacies that you often forced to 'eat'.
This realness also translates to characters of Ruth, Pearce, Milla and Franklyn. Believable normal people Swept up in the promise of the perfect dream holiday only to become playthings of the rich and powerful always pushing for themselves, and by proxy you the reader, to be entertained.
It touches on both the subjects of body swapping, and all the ramifications that entails, along with the fact that youth can only really be appreciated by the old. Both subjects I find fascinating.
One of the greatest achievements of this book is to entertain and excite you, all the while luring you into a false sense of comfort.
Then it pulls you from your seat and slams you into a non stop adventure while never taking it's foot off the accelerator, or letting up on the aphrodisiacs.
The bad guys in this book are sadistically bad, where only profit matters and human life costs nothing. What results in some of the most epic scenes of callous, cold hearted destruction and death that I have ever read - making them some of the most memorable.
Finally I think it is a crime that the highest ranking this book gets is in humorous erotica.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be reading the sequel.
Fantastic premise and such an intriguing story! The writing is just terrific. Pacy but descriptive, explicit and enticing, sophisticated but easy to follow. Such engaging sci-fi writing with an original concept and exhilarating execution. The characters are fleshed out nicely and are interesting, quirky and compelling. Hard to find good science fiction these days which can make grand themes and ideas accessible and enjoyable at the same time. Really enjoyed reading this and would definitely recommend it! :)
I couldn't read fast enough to keep up and find out what the heck was going to happen. This was my kind of book. Kept me on the edge of my seat and had me guessing the whole time :) I received this ARC for an honest review.