Author: Bradley Wind
Genre: Science Fiction, Metaphysical Science Fiction
If light records everything we do, can even shadows hide our secrets?
Imagine your entire life is available for review.
Imagine each day any event can be watched over and over again - your birth, your first kiss, your recent shower, that private itch - all replayable from any angle.
Now imagine these can be viewed by anyone at any time.
Is a world where there is far less ego, little crime, and even the smallest moments are recorded and available publicly through the ‘Grand Archive’ a Utopia or a Dystopia? Traumatized by memories he does not want to recall, artist Ben Tinthawin is recruited by the enigmatic, Grand Archive creator Dr. Mamon, who seeks help for his nextgen designs to enhance the world. Ben stumbles across a secret revealing the doctor’s true scheme in all its surreal splendor and questions whether the doctor really is the benevolent soul he claims to be.As the paths of a broken man and a brilliant revolutionary cross, the world shifts and cracks start to appear. Even our most fundamental codes can be encrypted – or corrupted. If the wrong information is discovered, more than Ben’s life will be in danger of total shut down.
Prepare yourself for full exposure.
A book that has been woven like a tapestry. The author has an incredible talent for creating and describing a future world that is both entirely make-believe and a bit too close to home with current society. It is not that much of a stretch to consider a world where you have no privacy, and everyone knows everything about you. Every person today with a home virtual assistant or a smartphone already has someone recording their every utterance day and night.
The dynamic nature of the interpersonal relationships is also a strong suit of the author. Where other authors might rely on letting details slide to simply push the story forward – here, the author immerses the reader in the day to day lives and that makes the reading experience much more rewarding.
There are a number of central issues that resonate with this book. Key among them are family, privacy and who you can trust. The reader will get to determine how each of these messages is conveyed from this book.
A strong contender for a streaming special. A solid read for all fans of dystopian science fiction. One that will stick with a reader.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Bradley Wind was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific visual artist whose work has exhibited in the 20th-century wing of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
He worked as a toy designer for K'nex Industries, a manager of IT for Pearl S. Buck International and is currently a director of IT for a child-focused non-profit. He raises chickens and two lovely girls with his wife in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
BULB is his latest novel.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N