Flew Through It
4.25 out of 5 stars
This is one of those books that I picked up at the wrong time. I started it near the end of 2020 and I couldn’t get into it. That wasn’t the author or the narrators fault at all. It wasn’t the right book for me at that time, but I picked it back up to start 2021 and absolutely flew though it. The premises that Danhoff writes into the story were fascinating and the book itself was written in a way that felt both familiar and brand new. I had also just picked up Cyberpunk 2077 and it’s not that the two have a ton in common, but it was similar enough that maybe my brain couldn’t pick one or the other to focus on.
It had that familiar feeling that comes with a storytelling style you’re used to but it took lots of twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting while also keeping the technology and everything around him simple enough to understand (simple probably isn’t the right word here, but it’s the only way I could think to describe it).
The story itself was great, fast-paced, and interesting. It was also a combination of a bunch of genres thrown into one and didn’t allow me to really pin it down to “oh this is going to be a mystery so this will happen” or “this is science fiction, so this will happen”. It had enough that it made it unpredictable and easy to continue reading.
Sean Duregger really knocks this one out of the park. He was able to add such depth to each character that I wanted to know more, just based on the way that he spoke. He definitely added to an already enjoyable story. While this is the first book of his that I’ve reviewed, it’s not the first one I’ve requested and definitely not the last one of his in my to-be-read pile.
Overall, I really enjoyed Revenant Sun and I thought that Danhoff’s world and character building were on full display. It was a book that I devoured in a few sittings and one that I’m glad I gave another chance.
Stanley Gabrels has been online for most of his life, living in a makeshift paradise hovering above those left behind for the sake of progress, shoulder to shoulder with thousands of others like him, working nonstop, guided in everyday life by the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence.
As passionate as he is for the latest technology and augmentation, he also longs to escape from the constant barrage of information that is stripping away his humanity. When offered to crack a code that could make him a fortune, he becomes involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse that will forever change him and the world as he knows it.