Friday, 22 April 2016

False Idols by Alexis Grove (Aeons #1)

Synopsis from Amazon:

In the year 2047 neural implants have given a small slice of the population superhuman abilities. Are these Aeons brilliant humanitarians dedicated to saving civilization, or venal psychopaths bent on its destruction?

When Sarah Fenton is recruited out of her orphanage into a mysterious government program, this question becomes her mission. Answering it incorrectly could spell the end of the human race.

Her only path to the truth lies in beguiling an Aeon named Nick Lal, the reclusive scion of one of the planet’s wealthiest families. Even as she realizes she’s falling in love with him, she begins to fear that he is not as innocent as he appears. 

As famine and religious strife threaten to push the nation into a three-way civil war, Sarah’s time runs short. Will she be wily enough to choose correctly and save the world?

My review:

When I started reading this book I wasn’t sure about it at all. I found it a slow starter and I didn’t really understand the concept of it. But I am glad I kept on going as this is actually a very intelligent book and I think any age group from young adult up would enjoy its very current content.

This futuristic novel concentrates on high level technology that enhances an already high human intelligence. The idea of genetically modified humans isn’t new, but it is certainly taken to the next level here with the powerful brain implants called MindWave (only for the riches) that allow the person to access all area of their brain and basically live in the world of data and internet – or Ether as they called it here.

The risks that come with access to such technology are very well portrayed here in the face of the leader Aeon Laura – she perfects the life within the ether and thinks herself far superior to ordinary humans – she is actually disgusted by them. She cleverly manipulates humans and other Aeons to do her bidding and to take over the world’s supply of energy – creating chaos and destruction.

And then there are the heroes - the elite group of youths taken out of orphanages and trained in order to overpower the Aeons and save the world.

One of those is Sarah - a very likable character. I warmed to her straight from the beginning. Sarah is a typical teenager with mind set for flirting, body image and love and she does fall in love with the object of her mission – Nick Lal. Deep down she believes in Nick’s good nature and it’s that hope that drives her to bring Laura down.

Very good start to the series and I really cannot wait for the next book. Thank you to the author and NetGalley for access to this book in return for an honest review.

My rating: 4/5