this sounds right up my alley.
Avid reader; mostly nonfiction; history, tech, alternative medicine, self help. Though I love fantasy and science fiction equally.
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It's impossible to tell in today's insane society, and considering I did indeed love this book, but I still can't help thinking that the author sees conspiracies everywhere she turns. Her entire book's premise seems to be that technology is the issue that is plaguing our society, and that it could be mitigated by getting rid of all of our computers and returning to a pen-and-paper society. Society would still have it's problems, even then. Needless to say, I am going to read her other books. I still like her tone, in general.
Now you can see a bit of Jason's ruthlessness... though couldn't any protector of a city be considered the villain to every other city arrayed against them? I would say so... villain of hero, it's all dependent on which side you're on. though Jason's life hasn't been made easy by people in the real world, has it?
Right now this feels like I'm reading a treatise on why AI is bad... I feel that Dr. Wolf doesn't display a balanced view of the whole thing; to her, all tech is bad and we need to get back to a world where everything is done on paper. Tech isn't the problem. Big tech is the problem.
this was a really good first book to an excellent series; excellent world building, and excelent integration of game elements into what is turning out to be a fantastic plot. I am currently reading the side quests right now, and in my personal opinion, they are needed to get the full picture of the story.