Sunday, June 23, 2013

{Review} The Godhead Machine (Digital Sea #2) by Thomas K. Carpenter

ASIN #: B006GIV266
File Size: 372 KB
Page Count: 383
Copyright: November 30, 2011
Publisher: Black Moon Books

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

When religions spread like computer viruses, even atheists have to take notice.

An old enemy seizes control of the newly expanded Wiki-religion to create a new world order. To stop him, Zel must join forces with a mega-celebrity doing penance and an orphan girl out for revenge. However, mired on a thawing city in Greenland, she cannot just use her considerable powers to bend reality and fix the problem. Instead, she must turn her greatest weakness - understanding people - into a strength or doom the planet to endless religious war.

Mandy's Review:

Religion can be used as a way for one twisted, controlling individual to manipulate a group of malleable people. In this futuristic, yet easily realistic, story that is exactly what happens.

Zel is an autistic who relies on a virtual system named Pandora to understand others' emotions. When she joins the Wiki-religion, as a way to escape the man chasing her, her access to Pandora is cut off and she has to rely on her own incorrect perceptions of people. Soon after entering the Wiki-religion, she encounters Sigh. Sigh has deceived and stolen a computer from a couple of street thugs. She runs up to Zel and hold her hand as if they're mother-daughter. That one interaction joins them for the remainder of the story.

The Wiki-religion is all about peace and doing what's good and right. Sigh realizes that the Wiki-religion is essentially mind-controlling its members. In one instance, Zel's instincts warn her to fight, but the Wiki-religion kept distorting her vision of the dangerous man into a man who was sincerely looking for his aunt. This mistake cost her a lot ... but it also helped her to realize what the religion was actually doing.

Action-packed, this book will keep you on your toes and keep your interest throughout ... so much so that you don't realize you're reading almost 400 pages. If you're a fan of a slightly futuristic sci-fi novel, then you would enjoy this series.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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