REVIEW – VICARIOUS BY PAULA STOKES

VICARIOUS

 

Publisher: Tor

 

Date Published: 16th August 2016

 

Pages: 336

 

 

Blurb: 

 

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

 

Review: 

 

This is a review based on my reading experience of a 109 page excerpt provided from the publisher via Netgalley.

This is virtual reality on steroids!

I have had my eye on this book for a while now. The premise intrigued me from the get go. When I saw the first 100 or so pages available on Netgalley I had to give it a try.

This is a futuristic books where virtual reality has taken leaps and bounds. Now, people can live vicariously through others experiences, using virtual reality. Does that appeal to you? It definitely appeals to me.

One of the elements I really appreciated was the diversity of the characters. The main character, Winter, and her sister, Rose, are immigrant Korean characters with a complex trauma history. This is truly a pleasure for me to read. I enjoy characters with diverse and complex backgrounds.

On some occasions I found the world building to be drawn out and I was uncertain where it was going. After continuing I could definitely see the purpose of the previous pages and appreciated them.

It is hard to fully analyse this book with only 100 pages to work with, but the 100 pages I read really opened me up to the possibilities of the book. I have rated the first 100 pages 4/5. I am absolutely going to pick this one up when it is released so that I can finish off this book.

If you’re a fan of Sci-Fi, Murder Mystery or even a mash up of the two, I suggest you give this one a go.

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One thought on “REVIEW – VICARIOUS BY PAULA STOKES

  1. Greg says:

    I’m definitely going to read this one, I’ve been looking forward to it too. the premise appeals to me and I love the virtual reality/ mystery angle. Nice to see your thoughts as I’ve been curious about this one. 🙂

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