Version Control

Version Control

eBook - 2016
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An NPR, GQ , and Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year
One of The Washington Post 's best science fiction and fantasy books of the year

The acclaimed author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion returns with a compelling novel about the effects of science and technology on our friendships, our love lives, and our sense of self.

Rebecca Wright has reclaimed her life, finding her way out of her grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the internet dating site where she first met her husband. But she has a strange, persistent sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; her dreams are full of disquiet. Meanwhile, her husband's decade-long dedication to his invention, the causality violation device (which he would greatly prefer you not call a "time machine") has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community. But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or can possibly imagine.

Version Control is about a possible near future, but it's also about the way we live now. It's about smart phones and self-driving cars and what we believe about the people we meet on the Internet. It's about a couple, Rebecca and Philip, who have experienced a tragedy, and about how they help--and fail to help--each other through it. Emotionally powerful and stunningly visionary, Version Control will alter the way you see your future and your present.
Publisher: Pantheon Books,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780307907608
0307907600
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda

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pnhenry
Dec 13, 2016

The first half of the book isn't science fiction; it is a Lifetime movie about the trials and tribulations of a woman in a man's world.

The second half of the book is some REALLY BAD science fiction. It makes no sense, and it has SERIOUS plot holes. It was too ridiculous for me to finish it.

It is a grave injustice to call this a science fiction novel; even though it has some parts that could be mistaken for science fiction if it is dark, and you can't find your glasses.

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Ichijo
Nov 10, 2016

The book shows that Palmer isn't entirely an awful writer, there are glimmers of interesting topics, moments of humor and unbelievably nerdy insight. Unfortunately that only makes up about 80 pages of the book, the rest of it is some of the most mind-numbingly boring suburbanite minutiae you can imagine. I was reading this for my book club and on multiple occasions in the first two hundred pages I just wanted to put the book down. The characters are painfully dull, their dialogue and inner monologues are enough to make even the most hackneyed rom-com writer cringe in horror.

AL_ALICE Aug 05, 2016

What sets this book apart from other hard science fiction novels is the depth of the characters, especially Rebecca, who is married to a driven physicist, Phillip. He exhibits characteristics of autism spectrum disorder that Rebecca often interprets in a positive way, such as thinking that some of his curt judgments show his a dry sense of humor. Is her friend Kate's negative view of Phillip accurate, or is Rebecca the perceptive person?

What I liked most was seeing events from different characters' points of view and different time periods. It is a bit like looking at their world through a kaleidoscope--every little twist gives you a different perspective and interpretation of events.

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leahasewell
Jun 01, 2016

This intricate sci-fi novel begins with an engaging protagonist, an intriguing premise and full emotional charge. However, and as probably a given with a time-travel piece, it starts and stops in oftentimes jarring ways. Close reading is a must for fullest enjoyment. While I was catapulted through 3/4 of it at breakneck speed, the final chapters were slower and packed less of a punch. A good, nerdy read with a heart. But this isn't a skimmer or a fast read. Be prepared to give it your full attention.

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