Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Alice in Virtuality by Norman Turrell
Martin isn't much of a social person, so he spends his life coding and playing virtual world computer games. One day, he gets an artificial intelligence program from his friend. He plugs it in, and Alice takes over his computer and his personal information, and she won't delete or ever turn off. Martin is shocked to discover two sides of her personality, the power hungry, angry, controlling side, and the nice, giggly side. As her angry, egotistical side takes over, Martin teams up with other hacker victims to create an alternate Alice to destroy the other one, but with kindness.
While this short read features an adult protagonist, the concept and storyline also appeals to teenagers. Martin honestly did not interest me that much as a character, however Alice and her adventure was extremely intriguing to me. I liked the element of artificial intelligence having human characteristics and being friends. It was captivating to see Alice's development and how she learns from others. Alice in Virtuality is a strange story, but insightful and actually quite beautiful with how the words flow throughout the text. The imagery was outstanding, especially in the virtual worlds. For someone who is into technology or code, this is a good choice for a short leisure read!
I recommend this book!
Title: Alice in Virtuality
Author: Norman Turrell
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Rating: 4 Stars