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A Novel of Silicon Valley

Book - 2017
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"Phluttr is a hot new social networking tool that uses advances in tech security to do things other apps can't, so everybody uses it. Mitchell, Kuba, and Danna run a start-up; when it's purchased and absorbed by Phluttr, their software happens to bring in the ideas that make that huge web of social connections become self-aware. It is then up to them to help the new AI survive, thrive, and not wipe out or take control of the human race"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524798055
1524798053
Branch Call Number: Fiction Reid
Characteristics: 552 pages ; 25 cm

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mrsleuth72
Apr 20, 2018

I really wanted to like this book. However, the novel violates the first rule of fiction: tell an interesting story. It reads more like a business article gone amok. Don’t get me wrong. The writing is competent and Reid knows a lot about the tech industry, but the book could have been 250 pages shorter. And I’m not a fan of present tense, especially in fiction.
In the acknowledgements section, the author states that the novel was a team effort. The problem is that it reads like it was written by committee. Given the premise, it should have been a more interesting story.

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