(I received a free copy of this book from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
This book was actually longer than I’d expected. I was really intrigued by the plot idea and as I began reading, I found that it was as good as I’d expected.
Although the ideas in this book weren’t original ones, they were utilised in a really original way. I did get a bit confused with all of the characters at times, but by the end of the book, things made a lot more sense.
I really liked Nina and Joey especially, though Joey did take a little while to grow on me. It helped that he wasn’t just all about the money and taking on the mercenary jobs.
I wasn’t really sure what to make of Alex, though. He was a strange character. I would have liked to see a bit more of him in the real world, so I could get a better read on him as a person.
I also really liked Masuro and Katya. I would have liked to see more of both of their history, though there were hints about it throughout the book.
The idea about the dolls and AI were really intriguing, though I did get a bit confused with all of the different types and trying to keep it all in my head. There were also periods where I was confused between the real world and the virtual one.
The food idea was a bit cringe-worthy. That’s definitely not the kind of thing I would find appealing, whether it was changed from its original appearance and texture or not.
I particularly liked the relationships that formed through this book. I found them all believable and that they evolved in a way that made me want to read more and see how things went with them.
A lot of what happened in this book, I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t see many of the things coming. I also found myself getting amused by various comments that were made by characters.
I felt that the characters did have their own lives outside of the story and that came across really well – especially Kenny with his daughter. Their emotions and feelings were really and made me able to empathise with them.
I would definitely be interested in reading a sequel to this book at some point in the future.