4 out of 4 stars
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Cromby’s Axiom by Gary J. Kirchner is set in the near future, where all humans on Earth are connected to the Hive. The Hive allows humans to connect to the internet without using intermediary devices. With a simple thought, you can access information on just about anything. Everyone is always connected; every thought you have is immediately shared with your contacts the moment you think it and vice versa. Experiences can be shared to anyone instantaneously. Nothing in this society is yours alone, and everyone depends on the Hive’s technology for everything.
When Thomas Pierre Antikagamac got disconnected from the Hive on his trip to the Fallowlands in Switzerland, he was like a fish out of water. He has relied on the Hive his entire life, so without it, he doesn’t even know how to get home, nor does he know how to survive in the wild. Will he be able to reconnect to the Hive? Will he even stay alive long enough to get reconnected? Find the answers by reading the book.
I loved how Cromby’s Axiom was written as a critique about our increasing reliance on social media and the alarming disregard for our privacy. While I think that people would reject the concept of the Hive because of how extreme it is, I can’t say that it would never happen. This book was a fantastic read; I found it difficult to take breaks from reading the entire book because the story’s pace never slows down. Additionally, I was really interested to know the history behind the Hive. Kirchner’s writing was so descriptive that I could imagine what the characters were seeing and feeling.
While I loved the book in its entirety, there were some things that I disliked about it. I would have appreciated the book better if the author put a glossary of terms that he used in the book, such as “eegress” and “BOK.” Although I did grasp the concept of these terms later on, I couldn’t figure out their meanings when I first came across the terms. I would also suggest for the author to vary his sentence lengths to keep readers more engaged. Other than what I mentioned, there was nothing else for me to dislike about this book.
Although I found a few errors, I strongly believe that this book was professionally edited. Thus, I rate Cromby’s Axiom a well-deserved rating of 4 out of 4 stars. While there are some discussions of religion in the book, it is suitable for both religious and non-religious people. I believe that it will not negatively affect anyone’s reading experience. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy dystopian novels.
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