Ghosts of Tomorrow ★★★☆½

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Title: Ghosts of Tomorrow
Series: ———-
Author: Michael Fletcher
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 396
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Mark Lokner has scanned himself and gone online while the world thinks he is dead. Just to be safe, Lokner1.0 has copied the scan and put Lokner2.0 into a secure digital space.

88, the scan of a young girl, gains her freedom and begins manipulating the real world so she will never be in danger again. This brings her into direct confict with Lokner1.0 AND Lokner2.0.

Agent Griffin Dickinson, with the military scan of Abdul Giordano, a 17 year old marine who died, is on the track of a group who illegally scan children. Scanning is a one way ticket and the head and brain are pureed after the fact. When 2 operations in a row go disastrously wrong for Dickinson, he’s about to quit. Then he gets a tip from 88 that sets him on the trail of the Lokners as the source behind all the illegal scans and children farms.

With the help of Abdul and an assassin scan loyal to 88, Dickinson must confront Lokner while the world around him is falling apart. It doesn’t help that 88 has her own plans for humanity and 88 has no mercy.

The book ends 1000 years in the future with scans as the de facto life form.

 

My Thoughts:

From a purely entertainment factor, this book was pure awesomesauce. Child assassins in suped up killer robot bodies, digital minds going insane, epic battles where scans take over electronics, massive and humongous acts of devastation, this had it all in spades.

Fletcher doesn’t shy away from brutality. Whether in thought or action, I as the reader was not spared. From the horror of how children are kept as livestock to be harvested for their brains and sold into slavery to the idea of corporations “selling” the idea of scans as a way to cheat death, for a mere 20year term of servitude, with all the attending small print we as citizens of the 21st century know to fear.

There was no hope. Griffin, the human who wants to be a hero and save the world, ends up being broken and then the woman he loved, who is now a scan, plots to have him killed so he can be scan’ed and join her. How soul destroying is that? Then the end where 88 turns all Skynet was so telegraphed that it didn’t really come as a surprise.

I thought Fletcher did an excellent job of portraying just how something like “scans” would work out in our world. How it might be used, abused, misused, etc. It was very eye opening. However, it was all predicated on the fact that a human brain could be digitized. If you think something like that could actually happen, then this was a very scary dystopean prophecy. If you don’t, then it’s just another prediction about a future by someone who has lost hope themselves.

While I enjoyed my time spent on this, I have to admit, I didn’t have any desire to seek out other books by this guy. I don’t enjoy wallowing in hopelessness and despair. It also didn’t help that I’m convinced that to you have to have a mind, body and will to be alive and to be human. Remove one and the other two are just ingredients, not something viably alive.

I did have one confusing issue. Most of this takes place in 2046 but right near the end things jump to 3052 but it feels like it should be 2152. It didn’t come across as a jump of 1000 years but just a generation. I might have mis-read though, as I don’t pay attention to dates real well in books.

If I see another Fletcher book really praised AND it has super cool over like this one, then I might seek it out. But if not, I’m good with having read just this one. Fletcher’s worldview is just too depressing for me.

★★★☆½

bookstooge

 

 

29 thoughts on “Ghosts of Tomorrow ★★★☆½

  1. Awesome, I love Michael’s books. Glad you somewhat enjoyed it. My claim to fame is in this book. I was a character in the first few pages that was brutally murdered. That was my 15 seconds of fame. His Manifest Delusions series is fantastic!

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  2. Bookwraiths says:

    Glad you enjoyed this one. Fletcher can be depressing at times but his stories are very boring. 🙂

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  3. Bookwraiths says:

    *never boring* God I hate this spell check/corrector on my phone.

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  4. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I love Fletcher, though he’s not for the faint of heart and I always hesitate to recommend him because…well, you saw why! 😛

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  5. Sounds like an exciting premise. Nice review.

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  6. I know you’re taking a hiatus from other people’s blogs for the month, but I thought I would let you know that Silver Sable has had her mention and you can drop in to see her next month. 😉 Take care!

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  7. You know, I think that sometimes we need (sort of) to taste grimness and darkness in a fantasy world, so that when we come back into the real one it does not look *that* bad… Call it cathartic therapy 😀

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  8. savageddt says:

    Cover love is real tho…

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  9. proxyfish says:

    I do enjoy some despairing reads – I love my grimdark – but I love it with humour and a certain modicum of hope at the end. This does sound like a fascinating read though…

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  10. I get what you mean- this does sound very dark- that said, I do find darker fantasies intriguing at times (though in small doses)- as someone else said, it’s pretty cathartic- so I do want to check this one out.

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  11. Sure does sound like despair is omnipresent in this one. I also got to admit that I suck at paying attention to dates, especially when there is one at each chapter. I definitely won’t remember what the date was in the chapter I was reading… Don’t know how they expect me to realize the importance of it to the story. I mean.. shouldn’t the story itself just mention the time jumps if they are relevant to the story somehow? Hahah nice review!

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  12. […] While I enjoyed several of the covers and thought that the full artwork version of Winter Rose was fantastic, based strictly on the front cover, I am going to go with Ghosts of Tomorrow. […]

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