The world runs on ARCs. Altered Reality Chips. Small implants behind the left ear that allow people to experience anything they could ever imagine. The network controls everything, from traffic, to food production, to law enforcement. Some proclaim it a Golden Age of humanity. Others have begun to see the cracks. Few realize that behind it all, living within every brain and able to control all aspects of society, there exists a being with an agenda all his own: the singularity called Adam, who believes he is God.
Jimmy Mahoney’s brain can’t accept an ARC. Not since his football injury from the days when the league was still offline. “ARC-incompatible” is what the doctors told him. Worse than being blind and deaf, he is a man struggling to cling to what’s left of a society that he is no longer a part of. His wife spends twenty-three hours a day online, only coming off when her chip forcibly disconnects her so she can eat. Others are worse. Many have died, unwilling or unable to log off to take care of even their most basic needs.
After being unwittingly recruited by a rogue singularity to play a role in a war that he doesn’t understand, Jimmy learns the truth about Adam and is thrown into a life-and-death struggle against the most powerful mathematical mind the world has ever known. But what can one man do against a being that exists everywhere and holds limitless power? How can one man, unable to even get online, find a way to save his wife, and the entire human race, from destruction?
Review: 3 Stars
Killing Adam is a fast paced science fiction book that would make a great movie. In Killing Adam the world is run on virtual reality chips and the artificial intelligence system that runs it, named Adam, gets out of control. With society completely obsessed with their phones and technology growing rampantly it is easy to see how these kinds of things could happen. Killing Adam is so interesting because although it does feel futuristic with the technical descriptions and how much we already depend on technology, it feels like it could actually be a possibility. The best science fiction and dystopian novels feel possible and Earik Beann did a great job at that.
While the technological descriptions felt like this could be possible, at times it got a bit too technical. I think the real issue I had with the book was that it included the point of view of Adam, the AI computer that ran the virtual reality chips. While I could see how it worked for the plot and it would work great in a movie, but I hated reading it. His point of view was robotic and overly technical. I found it to basically be the only spots in the book where I could set it down.
It was really fast paced. Written in third person, the point of views switched at perfect times which kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me reading. The switching points of views helped to give a full view of the story. Although the character development was not super deep, it worked because this was a pretty quick read.
Killing Adam was pretty short, but for this book it felt like the exact right length. It would make a great movie and although it feels very futuristic, it does feel possible. I did not like reading the point of view of Adam as it felt overly technical and I felt as if it took me out of a story that was otherwise fast paced. It was a very fast read and I didn’t feel like reading it was a waste of time, but I feel like it would be better as a movie than a book. I would recommend this book for someone who would like a fast science fiction read.