Friday, April 19, 2024

#BookReview: The Downloaded by Robert J. Sawyer @lexilikestoread

Synopsis: The new novel by Canada's top Science Fiction writer In 2059 two very different groups have their minds uploaded into a quantum computer in Waterloo, Ontario. One group consists of astronauts preparing for Earth's first interstellar voyage. The other? Convicted murderers, serving their sentences in a virtual-reality prison. But when disaster strikes, the astronauts and the prisoners must download back into physical reality and find a way to work together to save Earth from destruction. The Downloaded debuted in a six-month exclusive window as an Audible Original narrated by Academy Award-winner Brendan Fraser promoted by national TV and radio ad campaigns. This print edition is coming out immediately after Audible's exclusivity ends and is being supported by a six-city cross-Canada author book tour.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: 
Robert Sawyer's "The Downloaded" is great example of what happens when two different groups of people are thrust together to overcome adversity and, well, their own imminent death. Set in the not-so-distant future, the plot unfolds through interviews with multiple points of view and tells the tale of a group of astronauts who were preparing for Earth's first interstellar trip, and a group of convicted murders who were serving virtual reality prison sentences. Each group has different understanding of what has brought them to where they are now, and different expectations on what should be done moving forward. As tensions escalate, they must work together to unfold the secrets of what has brought them to the situation they find themselves in and how to figure out a way forward. 

Sawyer manages to weave together intricate plotlines, bringing readers into a society on the verge of collapse. "The Downloaded" offers a blend of post-apocalyptic drama and sci-fi intrigue, catering to fans of both genres. Fans of "Wayward Pines" will find themselves drawn into the similar themes of survival and mystery, as Sawyer delivers a tale that leaves a lasting impression on readers long after the final page is turned.

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