Unknown (Unreal, Book 2)
By: Cindy Gunderson
My Rating: Four out of Five Stars
Best for: 12 and up
AR?! Yes please!
You know what’s cool? Augmented Reality. The possibilities are endless!
At least, I thought it was cool–until crafty authors started telling stories about all the ways governments and corporations might use AR to passively exploit us into happily giving up our reality for their version of reality.
Now I’m a little freaked out.
In the Unreal series, Cindy Gunderson puts a really clever (and uncomfortable) spin on future applications of AR. This is a dystopian future, where the world has been ravaged by calamity and only pockets of humanity survive. The landscape is desolate, and resources are scarce. Instead of investing precious resources into things–variety in clothing, for example–these folks in our future use AR instead. It conserves resources and maximizes societal efficiency by allowing resources to be allocated to critical needs, while letting us customize the way we visually engage with our environment. How we look, how we learn, and how we interact with everything around us is fully customizable according to our every whim!
Sounds dreamy, right?
Book 1, Unreal, cleverly took this-could-really-happen science and incorporated it into a super engaging dystopian adventure. All the stuff we love about the genre is there: coming of age, love interests, revolutionaries, learning new perspectives…it’s all there, and more.
Book 2, Unknown, picks up right where book 1 left off. As the truth becomes known, the stakes get higher, the relationships get stronger, and the drama gets intense! I was glad to see the character growth, and I loved the sneaky twist…turns out, our heroes are up against some really bad bad guys. Unknown was an excellent second installment, and I’m looking forward to book 3!
I especially appreciated the steam-free content. No language, sex, or violence sensitive readers need to be concerned with. If you’re looking for a fun dystopian future with a cool ScyFy twist, I bet you’ll enjoy the Unreal series!
Best for 12 and up