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The Dystopia Chronicles

The Dystopia Chronicles Cast out from Atopia Robert Baxter undertakes a globe trotting quest to find his friend Willy s lost body which just may hold the key to understanding the dangers facing his home and Jimmy Scadden s

  • Title: The Dystopia Chronicles
  • Author: Matthew Mather
  • ISBN: 9781477824535
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cast out from Atopia, Robert Baxter undertakes a globe trotting quest to find his friend Willy s lost body, which just may hold the key to understanding the dangers facing his home and Jimmy Scadden s role in the disasters that are spreading across the world.As Robert pieces together the puzzle, he realizes that mankind s ravenous consumption of natural resources is no lonCast out from Atopia, Robert Baxter undertakes a globe trotting quest to find his friend Willy s lost body, which just may hold the key to understanding the dangers facing his home and Jimmy Scadden s role in the disasters that are spreading across the world.As Robert pieces together the puzzle, he realizes that mankind s ravenous consumption of natural resources is no longer the most immediate threat to this world As full scale global war erupts and an ancient apocalyptic threat resurfaces, Robert must risk losing the ones he loves to save the planet from destruction.

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    1. Earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's all-employee email included the following:"We live in a mobile-first and cloud-first world. Computing is ubiquitous and experiences span devices and exhibit ambient intelligence. Billions of sensors, screens and devices - in conference rooms, living rooms, cities, cars, phones, PCs - are forming a vast network and streams of data that simply disappear into the background of our lives. This computing power will digitize nearly everything around us [...]

    2. Having just finished “Dystopia Chronicles”, I am in awe of the enormous undertaking by author Matthew Mather in creating this epic science fiction novel. I read “Atopia Chronicles” and would recommend to other readers to read this first before beginning ‘Dystopia’. A glossary of terms appears at the back of the novel and this certainly helps a reader to understand terminology but I enjoyed re-visiting the characters that appeared in ‘atopia’ and finding out more about their futur [...]

    3. Dystopia – Matthew MatherDYSTOPIA (book two of the Atopia Chronicles) was given to me by Matthew Mather in exchange for a fair, honest and unbiased review. This is it.Book one sets the scene – an artificial island state is developing a synthetic reality system and incorporating this into the willing population’s everyday life. It’s about to sell it wholesale to the rest of the world but there are competitors who would stop at nothing to prevent this software getting onto the market. Even [...]

    4. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review of Dystopia."They said the meek would inherit the Earth, but nobody said anything about the state it would be in when it was time for the handover."Loved it! When I read the Atopia Chronicles, I had no idea it was to be part of a trilogy. I was really excited to see there was another book, and to learn a third is on its way. If you liked the Atopia Chronicles, you'll love this. There is a glossary of terms, but if you read Atopia [...]

    5. Virtual or more appropriately, synthetic reality; distributed consciousness, information everywhere-all the time, what really constitutes the self? An infinite set of parallel universes, the complete isolation of the wealthy from the hard realities of life, while the great masses live in squalor. Peak population, wars over water, space, solar power, even the use of weather as a weapon. The computing power necessary to model future outcomes, doomsday scenarios depicted in ancient texts, prophets [...]

    6. I loved Atopia and could not wait to get my hands onto this one! Matthew Mayer just has a way of bringing the reader into this fantastical world that he has imagined. But the scary thing? Not only can I imagine it for fiction, I can actually see this happening in our future!I recommend reading the Atopia Chronicles before delving into this one. He brings back quite a few of the people that we met in Atopia and their background stories are important to what happens to the plot in this one.In Atop [...]

    7. Pass on this one. The first volume was a compelling book of ideas with a very loose narrative thru-line between them. It worked because the technology described was inventive and the scenarios presented were compelling snapshots of what such a technology (augmented reality on a massive scale) could produce. Characters didn't need to be developed beyond the confines of their individual short stories (except where they made brief cameos in the other stories).The second volume loses it by trying to [...]

    8. This book has a different feel than the first. The first was completely a sci-fi novel, showing the possibility of technologies in the future. This book has some fantastical elements and confusing spiritual things. There's an Apocalyptic prediction and I won't reveal how that goes, but I just didn't get the thought-provoking sci-fi feel I got from the first one. If The Atopia Chronicles was about technology and sociology, The Dystopia Chronicles is about humanity and mythology.Religion is very p [...]

    9. Ugh. What a major disappointment. The first book was smart, boundary-pushing without being alienating, and reminded me of some of the great "thought experiments as stories" books I read from Asimov and Clarke. This book was a mess. The boarders of reality and virtual spaces were so muddled and poorly delineated that I was constantly asking myself what was happening - What was real and what was virtual. I know he has a third book planned for this series and I think I'm going to have to pass. What [...]

    10. A good follow up to Atopia #1, and a fun exploration of the social, moral, technical, and religious issues related to what might happen if/when we start being able to augment our consciousness with networks. Most books looks at what happens before or after that critical point where "mind uploading" becomes possible, and this book lands right at that moment when the possibility opens up. I hope there's a follow up, to see what Bob and crew get up to in other, um, places. :-)

    11. I find some of the reviews interesting, as I had a very different experience. There were many points in the book where it's hard to tell what's synthetic and what's kinetic, but I feel that drove home some of the points about whether synthetic worlds are real or not (which is sort of critical to the ending). The biblical references didn't feel tacked-on at all, but an integral part of the story, not because "good vs. evil" but because the whole thing feels like a new interpretation of the variou [...]

    12. I definitely enjoyed this, and will absolutely read the final book in this trilogy (I already have it downloaded on my Kindle, so it would somewhat suck if I decided not to) - however, I felt the plot was slightly more confused than The Atopia Chronicles; which is quite funny really, because realistically The Atopia Chronicles actually has a lot more scene setting. The Great Destroyer plot and Bob being the fourth horseman of the apocalypse was interesting, but confused me, and I finished the no [...]

    13. Hard Science FictionThis is hard science fiction, a story of science and technology intertwining with human life resulting in some fantastical repercussions, but based in some part on real science and what real science could perhaps accomplish one day. It is also hard science fiction, in that sometimes I had to reread sentences and paragraphs to try and understand what was happening. The author is a man of superior intelligence and that comes across. However, not always having a firm grasp on th [...]

    14. Better storyline than AtopiaAfter reading Atopia with some confusion in my mind, it was a great relieve to find the sequel book are being told in a more reasonable point of view. The storyline is better here, but I found the story is not so strongly difussed into reality, and remained totally a science fiction story. Personally, I like to read sci-fi stories that have a link into reality, as it creates a more interesting point of view, rather than a story that completly detached from reality. Ne [...]

    15. Another amazing book by author Matthew Mather. In Atopia, he has created a universe with endless possibilities for everyone, where your mind can make you anything and take you anywhere instantly, and your body is a husk that is optional. You have to read this series - it is truly groundbreaking and really makes you think about the future of computers and how they tie into everything in our lives today.d tomorrow they could create an entire new world for everyone.

    16. 4 Stars!The Dystopia Chronicles is the second book in the Atopia Series. The book follows Bob, Sid, Vince, and Nancy each on separate adventures looking for Willy's body. This book is quite different from anything else I've read. There were parts of this book that left me confused and frustrated but for the most part it was enjoyable and entertaining and I can't wait to start the last book in the series.

    17. My head hurts. I would have given this a three for some of the concepts being so complicated, but I feel compelled to read the next one so Matthew did something right :-) All I can say is if Bob Wakes up and finds Nancy in the shower I'm going to stop reading books. Younger people ask your parents about the TV show Dallas.

    18. All I am going to say is I'm confused!!! felt like the writer had multiple voices in his head that wanted to write a piece of the story and instead of telling them to calm down he was like go ahead. Too many ideas, everything was all over the placeor maybe it was just too complex for my average brain to comprehend.

    19. MehInteresting concept but too much technological jargon. I had to drag myself through it. The only reason I made it to the end is because I can't leave things unfinished. I ended up skimming a lot of it. Not recommended.

    20. Got weirdI know it's far fetched to say that scifi got too far, but this one went too far. It feels like the author is just stretching the book so there can be another one. I enjoyed very much the Atopia book, this one stopped being exciting right from the beginning. Sad.

    21. Great series for fans of philosophical sci-fiA great read. Incredibly detailed and intricate world building stretching out from a not too distant future into a universe of possibilities.

    22. Took a good idea too farI expect Mr. Rather had a point to make here, but for me it was just too abstract, diffuse and contrived. A disappointment after the great first book.

    23. I admit I'll have to re-read to fully comprehend but I found The Dystopia Chronicles more adventurous/exciting.

    24. PeakedThis book has peaked my imagination. Especially that epilogue. Loved this ending and can't wait to start Utopia! You will like this book.

    25. This was an entertaining book that I enjoyed reading, and at some points I had a hard time putting it down. This is the follow-up book to "The Complete Atopia Chronicles" by Matthew Mather, and it definitely follows it in terms of a consistent universe and many of the same characters. What's different are the general themes and the plot structure and in some ways it's for the better and in some ways it's for the worse. The first book (Atopia Chronicles) wasn't an example of excellent writing, bu [...]

    26. I did not enjoy this book the way I did the first one in the series. It was confusing to keep up with the characters and what was taking place in the real world vs. virtual reality. I felt like I was just pushing through it to finish it.

    27. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review of Dystopia."They said the meek would inherit the Earth, but nobody said anything about the state it would be in when it was time for the handover."Loved it! When I read the Atopia Chronicles, I had no idea it was to be part of a trilogy. I was really excited to see there was another book, and to learn a third is on its way. If you liked the Atopia Chronicles, you'll love this. There is a glossary of terms, but if you read Atopia [...]

    28. I re-read The Complete Atopia Chronicles before embarking on this sequel, to refresh my memory of the characters, the world, and the technology of synthetic reality and distributed consciousness. I actually got even more out of it the second time. I am interested in seeing how different authors approach the issue(s) of post-humanism, and few--if any--have gone into any detail about how we will get from here to there or what the technology might really look like (hand-waving about mind uploads is [...]

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